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“Excellent Place to Visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3626-9974
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Sumida
4.5 of 5 stars 533 Reviews
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history. Exhibits include replicas of an ancient Kabuki theatre and the original Edo Castle.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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“Excellent Place to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was an excellent visit. The museum provides a great insight into Japanese history in a fascinating building and using a layout that re-creates the feel of the Edo period. Good value too.

Visited March 2013
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“Entering this museum over the replica of the original wooden, arched Edo bridge is an exceptional introduction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

During the 17th century the original Edo Bridge was a terminus of the Nakasendo Road through the mountains between Edo and Kyoto. Subsequently the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone bridge, which still stands today, though now lost in the midst of the Tokyo big city concrete structures around it. Traditionally, all distances in Japan are measured from the centerpoint of the Nihonbashi Bridge, this custom began in the Edo Period; road signs showing the distance to Tokyo actually state the number of kilometres to Nihonbashi.
The museum is photo and explore friendly with directional signs incorporated in the carpet which is helpful to avoid missing exhibits in such a large place. The exhibits both full size and miniature are meticulously presented; hours can be spent in both learning and admiring the craftsmanship and quality of the exhibits.
After leaving the Museum stroll around under the base of this huge, elevated structure to get a sense of the size of this massive building.

Visited February 2013
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“Outstanding Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I can't say I'm a huge museum fan. It's not that I don't enjoy them, but often my kids lose interest after awhile and start racing along. Not here. This museum ranks amongst the best I've ever seen for a local museum, and I highly recommend an easy trip here from most areas of the city. It's a few minutes by train from Ueno for example, and the museum is right outside the station. Depending on the season you're in Tokyo, a rainy day could hit. We had sun yesterday, and heavy drizzle all day today. So this museum makes an excellent substitution, or a nice half day in connection with other nearby areas.

I didn't expect the museum to be as large and comprehensive as we found it to be. The displays and models are simply remarkable. There are plenty of items behind glass cases, which are very interesting. But the models of Edo and the recreations of houses, stores, and many other buildings really take you inside another era in grand fashion. My kids enjoyed it, and we weren't in a mad rush to get through as a result. So keep it in mind, especially if you have a bad weather day or days you'd like to mix up your sightseeing routine. I don't think you'll be disappointed, and that's from a non-museum guy!!

Also as you're headed out of the station to your right there's a large restaurant, an izikaya really. We stopped there on our way back after a morning at the museum, and it was perfect for our family. Nice character, private tables, big menu and selection, and a good break before grabbing the train back to Ikebukuro. Just a thought...

Visited March 2013
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“Fascinating Cultural Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was my second visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum and I was surprised that I enjoyed it just as much as the first visit (which was admittedly some years ago during a High School trip). We took the Oedo Subway line to the Ryogoku stop which drops you almost to the entrance of the building, which from the outside looks more like a sports stadium. The entrance fee to the permanent exhibits in the museum was ¥600 for adults - which I think is very reasonable for a Tokyo attraction. Once on the 6th floor (accessed via an elevator), before you cross the bridge there is a desk where you can ask for a volunteer tour guide.

I would really recommend getting a guide as we asked so many questions and got so much insights on the exhibit items and Japanese culture/history in general. You just won't have the same experience without it. Our tour guide was so obliging, answering all questions and was obviously very passionate/knowledgeable about the subject. He even has his own website where you can refresh your memory on some of the information, along with photos of all the people he's taken for a tour through the museum. The tour takes about 1.5 hrs - and doesn't seem to matter about the size of your group whether you're a sole person or bigger group. The best thing is that the guide service is absolutely FREE! We noticed that apart from English, there were volunteer guides in languages such as French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese etc.

If you have a spare few hours in Tokyo, have a general interest in history or traditional Japanese culture - I would recommend a visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum.

Visited March 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

If you have any interest in Edo era in Japan, you must go there.
It's so interesting. I knew people in Tokyo(Edo) around 300-400 years ago had a great culture and cool life style. It was surprising.
Not completely English friendly but you can enjoy.

Visited January 2013
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