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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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See Something Different at this Terrific little museum!

This small museum in the southeast corner of Ueno park is an easy way to learn more about the society and lifestyle in the area prior to WWII. Entry price was 300¥ and there were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 30, 2016
Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

It is nice spot to rest after a long walk in side of Ueno park. The museum exhibits how people lived in the past. At the 2nd floor, there are some old fashioned board games which were popular in those days; free to play.

Thank Beaucaillou
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The museum is small but boy do they pack it with information. Take advantage of the free guide, fortune telling machine and the children's games upstairs. I learnt so much about Tokyo's history.

Thank Oriana M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum. It's the only museum I've been to in Tokyo that successfully creates the old world atmosphere. The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming and our English speaking guide was lovely. Some great old photos as well. Recommended for history buffs!

Thank Joel D
Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

This small museum in the southeast corner of Ueno park is an easy way to learn more about the society and lifestyle in the area prior to WWII. Entry price was 300¥ and there were various brochures or pamphlets in English. Service was terrific. We arrived at 9:30 when it opened and they told us the English speaking guide would... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

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

Thank Ozkiwi58
Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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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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