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Shitamachi Museum

2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
+81 3-3823-7451
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Ranked #18 of 65 attractions in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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St. Petersburg, Russia
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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33 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

the museum was small but the staff was really friendly. upon seeing that i am a tourist, a volunteer guide who speaks english came to show me around the museum, and even offered me a handmade souvenir at the end of the tour. the exhibits are also interactive, so visitors can really have a feel of what it felt like... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Really interesting and fabulous hands on displays make the historical realities of life in the area come to life. Time well spent.

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San Diego, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

this is a great choice. We found this place to be friendly, and welcoming, they provided an English speaking guide to take us through the recreated Edo street. She explained all of the features of the houses and described how the people lived, really brought it to life. It was a hands on type place, and on the second floor... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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200 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is a small museum on the south end of Ueno Park that is really welcoming. You see a slice of Tokyo's small neighborhoods through recreations of apartments, stores, and a blacksmith's shop. There are children's games, everyday memorabilia, and pictures of what neighborhoods were like before the destruction of World War II. You learn how to tell your fortune... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The Museum is easily accessible via the Ueno Subway Sta (JR Line) or the Keisei Sta. This nostalgic museum is not big but it sure packs a punch! Within the 2-storey building it houses exhibits and reconstructions that allows one to experience what life was like in Tokyo from the late Meiji right up to before WWII; the house lodging,... More

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
48 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

On the edge of Ueno Park, this small museum is easily overlooked, but definitely worth a visit. Inside are relocated, original buildings from the late Meiji period (early 1900's). There is a merchant's house, a sweet seller's house and a coppersmith's house. They make a little street, alongside an original rickshaw, water pump, drain, shrine and so on. The great... More

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