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Shitamachi Museum

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Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3823-7451
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A step back to the early 20th century

This small museum is very near KFC and McDonald's and next to a field. The last admission is at 4 pm and it closes at 4:30. High school students and younger have reduced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is very small but highly interactive. There are not many descriptions of things so you needed more background. There were however very nice artifacts and pictures. The "english" guide speaks very little english so be prepared to be pretty much on your own

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The Shitamachi Museum is a small two-story museum about life in Tokyo's working-class neighborhoods, mainly in the Taishō period (1912-26). They offer English tours of the first floor, which has reconstructions of a storefront and tenements (nagaya), filled with real objects. My guide was friendly and knowledgeable with impeccable English! She explained the exhibits and answered questions. The exhibits are... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This small museum is very near KFC and McDonald's and next to a field. The last admission is at 4 pm and it closes at 4:30. High school students and younger have reduced admission otherwise it is 300 yen. We really appreciated having an English speaking gentleman give us a tour of the first floor. It really made our visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is a constructed village within another building and represents the types of people and houses/shops that were here before they were pulled down and destroyed. I was lucky enough to have a guided tour and it was fascinating. It is really helpful to see the furniture and daily utensils in situ. This museum is really quite small but it... More 

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Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I didn’t have much of a look at the upper floor because there was a class of school kids, but a guide showed me around the bottom floor. It’s a small museum, so it’s good to check it out if you have even just a little time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

If you are in the Ueno area visiting the park or the National Museum, Zoo, etc. you might as well pop over to this fun little museum a few minutes walk to the west. Basically a tribute to old Edo, it has a reconstructed merchant’s shop-house and alleyways and stuff from daily life showing how it was before the big... More 

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Scania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a small museum dedicated to showing life in downtown Tokyo about a hundred years ago. Without the assistance of a woman guide who spoke excellent English, I wouldn't have been able to make much of the exhibits. But thanks to her I learnt more about Japan than from any of my guidebooks, good as they were. I came... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

I had SUCH a good time here. I love seeing how things used to with and how things used to be made. This museum has life size recreations of commoner and merchant households from Edo Japan that you can touch and walk through (after you take your shoes off, of course). One of the docents spoke excellent English, and she... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

This little museum is worth visiting. We unexpectedly found ourselves being guided through the exhibits by a member of staff. The guide was not only extremely knowledgeable but she was also polite and very happy to answer any questions or give further explanations. The tour was indepth but not exhaustingly so. We even got fortunes as you would at a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is definitely a better choice, but this small museum gives a nice overview of life in the poorer quarters of Tokyo. Some nice interactive exhibits, with good English explanations throughout. We stopped in here, in part to get out of the overbearing heat, but thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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