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Shitamachi Museum

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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A look at old Tokyo

Volunteer english speaking guides show you around these recreations of an old Edo(Tokyo) street. See how the common people lived. The guides LIKE to talk so you can learn alot

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Volunteer english speaking guides show you around these recreations of an old Edo(Tokyo) street. See how the common people lived. The guides LIKE to talk so you can learn alot

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First off the museum is located directly next to the pond in Ueno park. You can actually see it on the app a few blocks to the north west of its location on the trip advisor map. We took 3 adults and 5 kids and had a great tour. We learned a great deal about living in the "down town"... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This small museum does a great job of showing how the common people lived in the lowlands (Shitamachi) near Edo Castle in the early 20th century. I especially liked the first floor's reconstruction of a Shitamachi street. This includes a merchant house and a sweet shop. All items on display were once used in the Shitamachi. Signs invite visitors to... More 

Thank Rumples
Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

A small museum focussing on daily life in this area of old Tokyo. The main floor features a few old houses and shops rebuilt inside the museum that give a good sense of the realities of daily life. Upstairs are exhibits of toys and household objects. An older Japanese lady was our volunteer guide on the first floor; she was... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I have been meaning to come here for a while..so finally made it..It is by the corner of the pond..and only 300 yen..I was greeted by an very friendly Japanese speaking English docent. She carefully explained to me..the different articles used in old time houses and buildings..Found out just how clever the Japanese are in storing..their belongings..there were alot of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The museum can be hard to find as most of the maps place it around the corner from where it actually is. It over looks Shinobazu Pond in the south east corner of Ueno Park. It is a small museum consisting of two floors. The first floor is a series of reconstructed Taisho period (1910s and 20s) homes and shops... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Early Sunday morning when the Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park is fresh and pristine, I find a portal to look into the life of common Japanese in the Edo era. "Shitamachi Museum" glimps into everyday life of a merchant who made straps for Japanese sandal. A place to visit if you come around Ueno Park.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We visited this museum under the encouragement of our guide book, which indicated it would take about 20 minutes unassisted, unless we get an English language guide. At the door we were offered the English guide, and took it. At about an hour in we had to stop, even though we'd only covered half of the place. The guide was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Museum in Ueno Park dedicated to the history of shitamachi-style living during the Edo period until post-WWII. English brochures are provided throughout, though individual objects are only labeled in Japanese. There are replicas of traditional homes and shops you can walk through, plus old photographs, children's games and other items on display. The museum is small, so a half-hour visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Worth a quick visit here if in the vicinity. It's nice to get a sense for how the local people lived, and to see the ingenuity they had in terms of maximising their small living space. There are decent English language leaflets available. Although I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this museum, it is particularly worth the... More 

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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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