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“Perfect experience withh a freely available volunteer guide”
Review of Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Ranked #2 of 227 things to do in Sumida
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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 historical Kabuki theatre and the original Edo Castle.
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Anyone visiting this LOVELY museum can enjoy the free volunteer guided tours, available in English, Spanish and a couple of other languages. Inquire about availability at the ticketing counter or in the beginning of the exposition on the 6th floor.

Also try to catch a traditional music & dancing performance at the replica of an old Japanese theater building - a great way to experience authentic Japanese folk customs without buying a Kabuki or No theater ticket.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We spent about 3 hours here on the last day of our stay in Tokyo and it was really worthwhile. As soon as we stepped into the museum a japanese man walked up to us and offered to act as a volunteer guide, which was free of charge. We took him up on his offer and it was excellent as it was much better than walking around looking at the exhibits - much more of a personal perspective. As we were coming to the end of the tour I started to think about whether we should offer him a tip, but he said goodbye and dissappeared before we had the chance to do so - which was a relief.

I would put this museum down as a must-see in Tokyo if you want to find out about history and culture. If you're not interested in this stuff, then why go to Tokyo?

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Edo Tokyo Museum is definitely worth going if you are a history buff. Long before Japan became this high-tech country with automatic toilet bidet or automatic car park, here's your chance to check out the Era of Edo period. It's pretty fascinating really. There were lots of miniatures of the old neighbourhood of Tokyo. You can see ow Japanese used to dress up, what the traditional houses with futon and tatami looks like. I suggest for foreigners to sign up for a guide from the 6th floor, it's a free service and they speak many languages. Our guide was so passionate about telling us the history of Japan, about the Era with Shogun and Samurai. We learned so much in one trip. The location of the museum is perfect, just 5 minutes from Ryogoku Station and the ticket price is so cheap 600 yen. If its the right season, you can also go see a sumo match at the Ryogoku major sumo stadium about 10 minutes from the museum. *highly recommendable* I reckon this is one of the best museums in Tokyo, definitely worth to go!

1  Thank Louisa K
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I didn't know much about Tokyo before World War 2, so this museum was really interesting to me to see what the area was like before westernization. They have things you can touch and some manikins that move for a play.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Not knowing much about the history of Tokyo or the systems of government (samurai, traders etc) this was a great place to start. It took a few hours to get through, and at times felt a bit long, but of course you can go at your own pace and the headsets in English were nice to have.

Definitely recommend for those who want a bit of context to their stay in Japan.

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