Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Temporarily closedClosed until Dec 31, 2025
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【NOTICE】 The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closed for major renovations during the following period: April 1, 2022, through fiscal 2025 (tentative schedule) === The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum opened its doors in March 1993 as a space to reflect on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and envision the city and life of the future. Housed in a unique building modeled after an elevated-floor type warehouse, the museum has been a landmark and popular tourist attraction in Tokyo since its opening. The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions at the first floor gallery five to six times a year and carries out various other events, including lectures and workshops on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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David
London, UK3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After reading the amazing reviews & being in the area (after sumo), we headed to this museum. If you’re into figurines / models, then this place might be for you, or if you are very interested in the Edo period. However, unfortunately we didn’t really see what all the fuss is about.

Positives;

English audio guide
Helpful staff
Displays also in English
Cheap (for the permanent exhibition - 600yen)

Downside;

A bit dull
Could be more interactive
The special exhibition is quite a bit more (add c. 800 yen on top). We did not do this.

Written January 4, 2020
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Alison B
101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The standard exhibit for this museum is small replicas of historical parts of Japan, along with life size replicas of a few things. The museum is on two floors, but the upper floor is mostly open to view down on the lower level. This portion of the museum I found to be mediocre and probably aimed more towards children than towards adults.

They did, while I was there, have a special exhibit featuring 5 of Japan's great artists with works loaned to them from museums around the world (why are Japanese Artists' works owned by other countries? I don't know and I guess that's a separate issue). When you walk through, you will more than likely recognize several of the pieces with the most famous being the "Giant Wave", which has become one of the most well known and reproduced images we saw.

The gift shop had several great options including magnets and postcards which were inexpensive. They also had options to purchase some original artwork for a considerable amount of money, which we did not do.

If you are considering Edo-Tokyo, I would keep in mind that the permanent exhibit is more aimed at children and check to see what the special exhibit is in order to see if it's worth visiting. Also, our permanent exhibit visit was free of charge the day we went - not sure if that's normal or just because it was after the New Year's holiday.
Written January 12, 2020
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Adam M
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Brilliant museum, and quite busy too. However, I’m not sure what the audio guides were like, but the volunteer guides were absolutely brilliant! We explored the Edo side of the museum in-depth with our English speaking guide who was a retired enthusiast volunteering his time! So much information from him, and I don’t think we would’ve gathered as much without him as the written information wasn’t very extensive. You just have to go to their booth and ask. It’s not even a tour, it’s personal to you. Couldn’t recommend them more!
Written January 5, 2020
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thorneta
Brisbane, Australia349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a fantastic museum- ended up staying for 3.5 hours - could have stayed for a lot longer.

The museum is set out well and even with big crowds, it was still not too bad trying to view most of the exhibits. I was not that familiar with Japanese history and this really covers the field over the last 400 or so years.

A must visit when in Tokyo.
Written January 2, 2020
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Kyle J
Fuji, Japan44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Reasonably priced, indoors with air-con, and has some interesting history such as replicas of homes early 1900s, the first "family computer", and relics from both modern and ancient history. It was a good hour taking in and worth the visit. Convenient to Ryogoku station.

Note: with any Japan national exhibit, check the calendar in advance. This country is weird and places will close completely on Monday or Tuesday as routine.
Written June 12, 2021
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Jason Wyngrade
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We went here on a whim one day. Got off at the wrong stop on the train and decided to look around and we were glad we did. I didn't like the look of the grounds or the building (nothing wrong with it, just didn't look 'inviting') and virtually nothing to indicate what it was for. Fortunately, I had walked a way and wasn't going to turn around for no reason, so I decided to check it out. Turns out, it was a good decision.

You have to go up a 3 story escalator to get to the front entrance and lobby. Once inside you have to buy tickets to get in and drop off some of your stuff in the coin locker room. HINT: you CAN take your camera with you- if you have one.

Then you walk across a huge wooden indoor bridge and start your tour of the Edo-Tokyo museum. There is a HUGE amount of stuff to see in here with some outstanding displays and quite a bit of explanation in English. I learned a lot from the large wall sized mural of how the Shogunate was arranged.

While most of it is dedicated to older history, like the stuff you would find in Shogun (dating myself there), on the lower floors there are many more recent displays, particularly of artifacts from WW2 and the 1950's. The first car produced commercially is no display here (it's a Subaru!).

There is also a small and inviting gift shop on the bottom floor along with a full-size replica of an old Enka house.

Seriously, if you have ANY interest in old Japanese history, you really need to see this place. Once you find your way in, it's well worth the time and price of admission.
Written March 18, 2020
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BVinLA
Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a very well planed museum that covers the history of Tokyo from the days it was once a sleepy village called Edo till the modern day megacity we know today.

The building itself is a architectural marvel far larger than photos give it credit for. The amount of interior space allows for many life sized exhibits. Beyond practicality, its interesting shape almost suggests it could walk away at any moment.

Inside the museum a well planned path of different historical eras of Edo/Tokyo are covered from past till present. Its a very interactive space with many hands on exhibits, and life sized recreations of homes and buildings. You can get a feel for what a typical home in old Edo, or 1950's Tokyo was like.
Written September 15, 2020
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Rhi
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited and had a englush speaking tour guide which was included for free. Aiko, i believe, was very nice and professional and obviously proud of his country and history. His tour lasted about 90 mins and gave an overview of the history. We missed a lot of exhibits on this tour and you would need to go back round again if you wanted to see everything. This museum is huge so leave half a day. Would recommend if you want an overview of the edo period!
Written March 2, 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you enjoy history of any kind, especially that of ancient cities, this museum would be right up your alley. Tokyo is an old medieval city and there is so much to absorb when you have a museum dedicated to this capital city. Almost every facet of life in old Tokyo is captured in the carefully intricately crafted street scenes, castles and living quarters etc. That is only a part of the display. Other historical paintings, pottery scripts and old artifacts are displayed on another level of the museum. Be prepared to spend a good part of the day at this museum.
Written April 26, 2020
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DannyShez
Sydney Australia118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If there's one thing and one thing only I wanted to do in Tokyo was visit this museum. So planned it yesterday. Then I discovered it was a public holiday. So I juggled other plans and decided to go today. Checked trip advisor and it said it's open today. So big trip on a few different trains, get to the door. Greeted by a big 'closed today' sign. WTF!? Apparently they like to stay closed the day after a public holiday! And I leave Tokyo in a few hours. The ONE AND ONLY museum I wanted to visit and its always damn closed. Utterly seething.
Written February 24, 2020
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