Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sumida: Hours, Address, Edo-Tokyo Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Edo-Tokyo Museum
4.5
09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:30
Thursday
09:30 - 17:30
Friday
09:30 - 17:30
Saturday
09:30 - 19:30
Sunday
09:30 - 17:30
About
The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum opened its doors in March 1993 as a space to reflect on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and envision the city and life of the future. Housed in a unique building modeled after an elevated-floor type warehouse, the museum has been a landmark and popular tourist attraction in Tokyo since its opening. The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions at the first floor gallery five to six times a year and carries out various other events, including lectures and workshops on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo. ※Edo-Tokyo Musesum will be opened on June 1st (Tuesday) after taking measures to prevent infection. Any further announcements will be made via our website.
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Kyle J
Fuji, Japan42 contributions
Interesting
Jun 2021
Reasonably priced, indoors with air-con, and has some interesting history such as replicas of homes early 1900s, the first "family computer", and relics from both modern and ancient history. It was a good hour taking in and worth the visit. Convenient to Ryogoku station.

Note: with any Japan national exhibit, check the calendar in advance. This country is weird and places will close completely on Monday or Tuesday as routine.
Written 12 June 2021
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BVinLA
Los Angeles, CA84 contributions
The past, present, and future of Edo-Tokyo.
Oct 2019
This is a very well planed museum that covers the history of Tokyo from the days it was once a sleepy village called Edo till the modern day megacity we know today.

The building itself is a architectural marvel far larger than photos give it credit for. The amount of interior space allows for many life sized exhibits. Beyond practicality, its interesting shape almost suggests it could walk away at any moment.

Inside the museum a well planned path of different historical eras of Edo/Tokyo are covered from past till present. Its a very interactive space with many hands on exhibits, and life sized recreations of homes and buildings. You can get a feel for what a typical home in old Edo, or 1950's Tokyo was like.
Written 15 September 2020
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Eric_Greeney
Finland872 contributions
So much to see - Edo period brought to life!
Oct 2019
Museum in a bit strange modern building turned out to be one of the highlights of our Tokyo visit. It houses several life size models of Edo period bridges, houses, ships, etc. as well as fantastic miniatures in various scales. Inside the houses you can see models of Edo period people living their lives, peasants, kabuki actors, teachers, chefs, craftsmen… Authentic historical items are at display, too, such as the letter declaring Ieyasu Tokugawa as the Shogun. You can even interact with some of the models, try to lift portable sushi booths and the like.

The museum is divided in two parts: Edo and Tokyo. The history continues in Tokyo part up to late 20th century and is interesting as such, but I have to admit I went there mostly for the Edo part. The museum shop sells some nice souvenirs at reasonable prices. Overall, a superb museum, highly recommended!
Written 10 August 2020
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coco h
122 contributions
Loved it
Jul 2020 • Family
Loved it as we have learned history & hands on stuff interesting to see samurai life& after war period buildings
Upstairs we had lunch ,it was yum &quite & spacious ,good for my little child
Written 30 June 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Nov 2019
If you enjoy history of any kind, especially that of ancient cities, this museum would be right up your alley. Tokyo is an old medieval city and there is so much to absorb when you have a museum dedicated to this capital city. Almost every facet of life in old Tokyo is captured in the carefully intricately crafted street scenes, castles and living quarters etc. That is only a part of the display. Other historical paintings, pottery scripts and old artifacts are displayed on another level of the museum. Be prepared to spend a good part of the day at this museum.
Written 26 April 2020
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Jason Wyngrade
66 contributions
Looks suspicious from the outside, but inside...wow!
Apr 2019
We went here on a whim one day. Got off at the wrong stop on the train and decided to look around and we were glad we did. I didn't like the look of the grounds or the building (nothing wrong with it, just didn't look 'inviting') and virtually nothing to indicate what it was for. Fortunately, I had walked a way and wasn't going to turn around for no reason, so I decided to check it out. Turns out, it was a good decision.

You have to go up a 3 story escalator to get to the front entrance and lobby. Once inside you have to buy tickets to get in and drop off some of your stuff in the coin locker room. HINT: you CAN take your camera with you- if you have one.

Then you walk across a huge wooden indoor bridge and start your tour of the Edo-Tokyo museum. There is a HUGE amount of stuff to see in here with some outstanding displays and quite a bit of explanation in English. I learned a lot from the large wall sized mural of how the Shogunate was arranged.

While most of it is dedicated to older history, like the stuff you would find in Shogun (dating myself there), on the lower floors there are many more recent displays, particularly of artifacts from WW2 and the 1950's. The first car produced commercially is no display here (it's a Subaru!).

There is also a small and inviting gift shop on the bottom floor along with a full-size replica of an old Enka house.

Seriously, if you have ANY interest in old Japanese history, you really need to see this place. Once you find your way in, it's well worth the time and price of admission.
Written 18 March 2020
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aidanh
North Vancouver, Canada62 contributions
Wonderful and Informative Museum
Feb 2020
This is a terrific museum about the history of Tokyo. It has very good displays of Tokyo through the years. Well worth a visit.
Written 10 March 2020
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Rhiannon K
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom46 contributions
Great overview
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited and had a englush speaking tour guide which was included for free. Aiko, i believe, was very nice and professional and obviously proud of his country and history. His tour lasted about 90 mins and gave an overview of the history. We missed a lot of exhibits on this tour and you would need to go back round again if you wanted to see everything. This museum is huge so leave half a day. Would recommend if you want an overview of the edo period!
Written 2 March 2020
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DannyShez
Sydney Australia86 contributions
Always closed. Very angry
Feb 2020 • Couples
If there's one thing and one thing only I wanted to do in Tokyo was visit this museum. So planned it yesterday. Then I discovered it was a public holiday. So I juggled other plans and decided to go today. Checked trip advisor and it said it's open today. So big trip on a few different trains, get to the door. Greeted by a big 'closed today' sign. WTF!? Apparently they like to stay closed the day after a public holiday! And I leave Tokyo in a few hours. The ONE AND ONLY museum I wanted to visit and its always damn closed. Utterly seething.
Written 24 February 2020
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Shaun1965
Oxenford, Australia47 contributions
Learn the history of Tokyo and the Edo period
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited the museum to understand the history of Tokyo during the Edo period, it has fantastic models and exhibits, showing life from the Edo period through to modern day. A great couple of hours. They also had an exhibit of Samurai, explaining how they went from warriors to administrators. A fascinating history lesson.
Written 21 February 2020
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Edo-Tokyo Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 09:30 - 17:30
  • Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
  • Sat - Sat 09:30 - 19:30
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