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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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Without the guide, you would be left with useless images as an English only speaker. The guide gives the tourist insight into what the objects mean and the history of this part of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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East Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without the guide, you would be left with useless images as an English only speaker. The guide gives the tourist insight into what the objects mean and the history of this part of the city.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here over 20 years ago with my Japanese middle school students. I recently visited with my 8 year old. This museum is still fantastic and great for kids of all ages. A very knowledgeable volunteer showed us around. Since I am a historian, I do not typically like guides, but she was fantastic! My daughter loved the interactive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Even this museum is not really big, they provide on first flood good atmosphere of Old Tokyo and english guide provide really nice explanation of everything or answer on your questions. English is really good so you don't be afraid that you won't understand. Second floor is without guide, but there are nice picture from old Tokyo and some interesting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

I really liked the ground floor that sets you back in time. The guide walked me trough.. Its very cheap entry fees so I would recommend visiting if you are around the area..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Lovely little museum, very interesting when seen with a tour guide who showed things we would have missed ( eg the clever use of storage space in the tiny living area) and explained a lot about Japan in that era. We particularly enjoyed the interactive old-fashioned toys upstairs and getting our fortunes at the little shrine - you can get... More 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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

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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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