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Shitamachi Museum

Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture (Ueno, Asakusa)
Phone Number: +81 3-3823-7451
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Ranked #21 of 82 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A small museum with little English explanation, but with a personal English tour by a volunteer! Nice to see and they gave me an origami doll as a goodbye gift, very nice!

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Tokyo, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Its a free museum where you can see some pretty neat stuff. It is highly recommended to have a guide or Japanese speaker with you who can explain things if you really want to enjoy it. Otherwise, they sometimes have events on the first floor (kimono designers, etc...) that can be interesting to check out

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Tokyo
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The entrance fee is 300yen per adult and 100yen per student. The museum is closed from December 29 -January 1st.The English guide is complimentary. It takes about 15-25min to view the first floor and hear the details. Try the "fortune teller ticket"! Second floor has a lot of hands-on games for kids and a little movie. Enjoy!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Shitamachi - mostly Yanaka - in the older quarter of Tokyo - still retains buildings like those set up here. All the items in the museum were donated by locals. There are complete merchant houses, a sweet shop, townhouses... the attention to detail is amazing. The guides very friendly and knowledgeable, but please ask if you need an English speaking... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
56 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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singapore
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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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