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Shitamachi Museum

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3823-7451
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Small, but interesting museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

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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Toronto, Canada
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I enjoyed the exhibits featuring the homes and shops of a cord maker, a candy maker, and a coppersmith, and additional exhibits on everyday life for Japanese residents of the Ueno area in the 1940s. Exhibits were well done and visitors can walk into them. Games for children are true to the era and for adults, too, in a reconstructed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This small museum sits at the far end of Ueno Park. We found it to be easier to access it if you walked South pass the Keisei Ueno station and turn right at McDonald's. The museum will be just as you enter that entrance of Ueno Park. There's a nominal fee for admission. They offer English brochures. The museum consists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This lovely small museum on teh edge of Ueno Park was quite a find. The entrance fee was very low and the place shows how a typical Japanese home would have looked in the years gone by. There's a little about WW2 here too and an informative guide on the whole place in English is available at extra cost too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great free tour with good English speaking tour guide. Very informative to know how Japanese use to live 100-200 years ago with their daily implements and tools which are open for touching . And very interesting to know that life after all is basically the same wherever you live , whenever time period you belong to. There will always be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This small, unlikely museum is in Ueno Park across from one of the ponds. From its exterior you would never guess what is inside. An English-speaking guide gave us a tour, and was very helpful. The museum is very small, but gives a good depiction of what life was like in the Taito neighborhood during the first half of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We had a lovely personal English guide taking us through the exhibits who successfully transported us back in time to old Japan. You really come away with a sense of how things were as you match the stories with the Shitamachi recreations. The top floor has some fantastic old photos and drawings and the chance to play with some traditional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great price, had an English speaking personal guide through museum. Was able to really get a sense of how locals lived. Definitely recommend!

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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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