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Shitamachi Museum

2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
+81 3-3823-7451
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Ranked #16 of 68 Attractions in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
55 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This would be an average museum, except for the volunteer guide, a nice older lady who was great. Her English was quite good and it was clear she was eager to introduce Tokyo's history to visitors. We also used the opportunity to ask about some other things we had observed on our trip about Japan and its traditions. At 300... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This museum is pretty much all interactive. You can walk within the exhibits and truly appreciate the old way of life. The museum is small and intimate but perfect for an hour or two. I especially liked opening up the chest of drawers to see what a typical family would store. The puzzles on the second floor were also fun... More

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This really well done museum starts off with a first floor consisting of re-creations of shop and living spaces that you are able to "visit". Upstairs has a more traditional museum feel to it but is still quite enjoyable. The true highlight of visiting here was the volunteer who showed me around. It was like I was visiting his neighborhood... More

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Molinella, Italy
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this small museum several times over the years and like to take first time visitors to Japan there. It's a great way to get a glimpse of how people lived here, before the invention of concrete. On my last visit I was lucky enough to be guided by a charming gentleman who ,in excellent English, gave us... More

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Santa Monica, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a very tiny museum with a wonderful time travel back to see how the area looked before modernization took place. It is a the southern end of Ueno Park, facing the huge water lilies park. We had a delightful lady give us a talk about the displays of the area on the ground floor. Don't miss the talk.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is a small museum but the exhibits are beautifully replicated to show the life of the working class such as craftsman. the 2nd level has many traditional puzzles for you to try. There are English speaking guides who are volunteers that will bring you around the exhibits. Its really worth visiting.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great museum! Very helpful English-speaking guide, useful museum shop - they offer not only postcards, but also an informative and well-illustrated guidebook in English. The museum itself is very interesting, with examples of people's houses on the first floor and the second floor being more exhibition-like with separate objects on exhibit.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This museum is similar to the larger Edo Tokyo museum but focuses on its surrounding Ueno area. The downstairs has some authentic Japanese buildings which you are free to enter and examine the pieces in as well as take photos of anything you like. Very good value for money. The upstairs section contains many children's games and puzzles from the... More

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West Granby
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is a great little museum inside the Ueno Park. The ground floor is a reconstruction of several wooden homes and shops from the early 1900's. The homes were typically of the homes in the neighborhood prior to a huge earthquake and fire in 1923. A English speaking lady approached us upon entering and asked we wanted a volunteer guide.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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186 reviews 186 reviews
36 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is a most welcoming place. Don't forego the offer of a free guide if there's one available. In half an hour Mr Fuji-san was able to explain a lot of things and point out interesting detail that we wouldn't have been able to pick up on our own. The recreated houses were the highlight.

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