Shitamachi Museum

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Shitamachi Museum was created and exists to protect the Tokyo "Shitamachi" (Downtown) culture that prospered from the Edo period until the vast majority of it was destroyed by air raids in the Second World War, by collecting and displaying artifacts and reconstructing typical Shitamachi features in it's exhibitions. On the first floor of the museum for example there is a life-size replica of a Edo period merchants house, so you can get a taste of the type of things that were made and sold at the time, with a rickshaw out the front also! The second floor hosts a variety of different exhibits with old toys, kitchen utensils, games etc, so you can have a peek into what live was like for local downtown inhabitants until the Second World War.

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2-1 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Recommended season
March, April, May, July, August
Business Hours
Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Saturday・Sunday : 09:30~16:30

If Monday is a public holiday, the facility will be closed the following day instead.
Closed December 29th - January 1st.
Closed during special arrangement periods.

Regular Holiday
Admisson Fee
JPY300 / Adult

Under 18yrs: JPY 100

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5 out of 5 stars

Shitamachi museum is close to the Shinobazunoike Pond. I think the second floor is a good place to enjoy the sight of the pond. This museum is small, which I only spent less than one hour here. But I still found it interested. It provides free English guide service and most of the introductions have English version. What surprised me was that visitors can walk into the replicas of Edo period houses if they take off their shoes. And some toys popular in Edo period are displayed in the second floor. You can play with them carefully.


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