Edo-Tokyo Museum

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The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a history museum dedicated to Japan's metropolis. The museum traces Tokyo's history over a period of more than 400 years, back to the age of ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, when the city was called Edo. Opened in 1993, the museum has itself become a Tokyo tourist attraction. The permanent exhibition features historical artifacts and replicas and changing exhibitions focus on specific aspects of the city's history.

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2.0 Hours
Telephone Number
Postal code
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
東京都墨田区横網1-4-1 江戸東京博物館
Method of payment
Cash, Credit Card
Recommended season
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Business Hours
Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Sunday : 09:30~17:30 Saturday : 09:30~19:30

Regular Holiday
Admisson Fee
JPY600 / Adult

University Student: JPY 480
Age 13-18: JPY 300
Age -12: Free
Discounts available for groups and people with disabilities.
Special exhibitions may cost extra.

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5 out of 5 stars

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is one of the most impressive museums that I've visited in Japan. The view when you reach the sixth floor is simply jaw-dropping, and although it is a museum in the sense that it has exhibitions and artifacts in glass cases, it felt more like a trip back in time that allowed visitors to truly get a sense of what life was like during the Edo period with the architecture and several interactive displays including the fire standard that visitors can pick up that weighs 15 kg (33 lbs), to name one. Most of the museum's displays had descriptions and background info in English, with more than a few having other languages such as French, Spanish, Russian and even Malay on a screen, making having a pleasant experience at a museum possible for foreign tourists too. I spent nearly three hours here, reading about almost everything that was on display, and although there were many elementary students walking around and filling out questions for their school trip, the place was vast enough that their presence added a certain livelihood. Overall, the Edo-Tokyo museum is a definite must-visit spot on anyone's list.


5 out of 5 stars

One of the fundamental museum of Tokyo and Japan as a whole. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of artifacts and objects over the last 400 years. Especially interesting are the city models of Edo and later Tokyo between 1490 and 1960. Moreover you will find some life size replicas of buildings and a bridge inside the museum itself. Overall there is a good mix between models, objects and interactive exhibits which are going to keep you from yawning during your visit. Audio guides and free tours in several languages provided by volunteer staff are also available. Personally I got stuck here for 5 hours and couldn't make myself leave until I saw everything. Besides the main exhibition there are also changing temporary exhibitions on the basement floor. During my visit the temporary one was about the changing role of Samurai from warriors to bureaucrats and how they coped with the gradual extinction of their class. Finally the design of the building itself is quite impressive and you get some cool pictures. If any, this museum is definitely worth your time!


5 out of 5 stars

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a great spot to visit if you are interested in the history of Tokyo, with historic information that dates back over 400 years, when the city was called Edo.
The Museum is very conveniently located next to Ryogoku Station and there are many signs in English that guide you right to the main entrance.
You will arrive on the first floor and from there you purchase a ticket and go up to the main exhibition hall, which is on the sixth floor.
Once inside the main hall there are many notable exhibits to see, ranging from the geographical layout of Edo in the the 16th century and its architectural design, many different types of disasters that subsequently destroyed most of the city, a retrospective on life as a commoner during the years as well as modern Japanese inventions and pop culture.
Not only is there a lot of very informative history to soak up, there is also a lot of fun exhibits which you can actually interact with.
As well as this main exhibit hall, the museum also has a unique feature on the first floor which varies at different times of the year.
Overall, if you're looking to learn more about the history of Tokyo then the Edo-Tokyo Museum is a must visit.


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