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“History of ordinary citizens a century ago. Rare opportunity.”
Review of Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi Museum
Ranked #20 of 448 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I’m writing to pay tribute, but would not be necessary, as I agree with the other positive reviews. A journey in time. With the Tokyo-Edo Museums, the only opportunity I had in Tokyo. Too bad the Shitamachi is so tiny.
A very well spent hour. Fee very reasonable ( 300 yens)
Really met my eagerness for ordinary people’s History.
By the way, if you hire a Japanese guide, as I did, he/she may not know about this one. Mine, although of a very good professional level, national licenced, big agency (JTB), was not aware of it. Had two different guides in this trip. Ended up believing they are trained mostly in what they expect people want to see: shrines, temples and big busy museums. But this one is about simple, ordinary people, their daily life a century ago.
Well written one-page printed page, given at entrance, in English.
Review from Hapa, from Florida ( June 10, 2012) is excellent: I could not say it better ( so, better not plagiarize her).
The review of Annh, from California, published on December 10, 2007, is worth reading.
In the very pleasant Ueno Park. Go see reviews about it. Peacefull, many museums, and good people watching.
Will visit again, on my next time in Tokyo.

5  Thank 88puffin
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is one of my favorite museums in the world. The area is known as Shitamachi and it was a working class neighborhood in the early 1920's. This region was first destroyed by the earthquake of 1923 and then again by bombing raids in 1945. Local historians joined together to preserve their heritage and requested items from families from the area that were legitimate from the neighborhood. They took all the original finds and re-constructed a small neighborhood just like it would have looked like 100 years ago before the earthquake struck. There are rooms to show how people lived, cooked, slept and worked. There is a merchant's house where he makes geta thongs, the Japanese wooden clogs. There is a smaller home shared by two families, one who has a candy store and one with a copper smith. The details are fascinating, you feel like you are actually visiting the neighborhood all those years ago. It doesn't take long to visit and is well worth it. It is on a lovely walk around a large lily pond. Enjoy.

3  Thank Linda K
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyable tiny, tactile reproduction of a poor neighbourhood in downtown Tokyo in the early 1900s.
English speaking guide made it a worthwhile visit.

Would be a fantastic museum for families with children to visit.

Thank daisy111Sydney
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Ultra small, 20th century museum. If your passing by check it out otherwise don't bother. Unless your big on turn of the century art and history.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

One of the smallest museums i've been in my life, but well worth the ¥300.
It has two floors, the first will show and tell more about the life before Tokyo went all big and the second one shows more what happened during and after the big quake in 1860.

Be aware that this is a very very small museum. Make sure you ask for an English tour at the front desk.

1  Thank Jerrold P
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