Shitamachi Museum
Shitamachi Museum
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09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 16:30
Thursday
09:30 - 16:30
Friday
09:30 - 16:30
Saturday
09:30 - 16:30
Sunday
09:30 - 16:30
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Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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Dr D
Husborne Crawley, UK11 contributions
Jul 2022
This museum highlighted how Tokyo was before its modern expansion. We had an excellent guide in English, who took his time to really explain in detail how people lived. It was wonderful.
Written 8 July 2022
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RaoulJean
Tokyo, Japan530 contributions
Jul 2021
The museum recreates a shimatachi street during Edo period; great learning experience; and short enough not to get overwhelmed....
Written 23 July 2021
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Bardabu
Lille, France4 contributions
Dec 2019
Museum staff are very knowledgeable. The museum allows you to learn a lot about the history of Japan.
Written 26 December 2019
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matthew330
Oxford, CT42 contributions
Oct 2019
We went with my 9 year old grand daughter on a terribly raining miserable day.
It saved the day for us. The guide in English told us so many wonderful things about living in Japan 100 years ago and taught Maeve how to pray at a shrine, which we did later! After gleamingly new Tokyo, learning about the old days was awesome.
The second floor was self guided and included many Japanese toys from 100 years ago. My grand daughter played for well overrun hour with the choices and had a ball.
Also upstairs were exhibitions from the early 20th century providing insights into the earthquake of 1924 and bombing of WW 2 that devastated the area. On a miserable weather day, our trip to the museum made this a memorable morning and afternoon.
Written 30 October 2019
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mbroe865
16 contributions
Sep 2019
This museum was a highlight of our trip. They offer a tour in English and our tour guide was wonderful. You get to see how the Japanese lived and worked in the 1920s. They also explain a lot of customs that people still practice today. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the exhibits.
Written 22 September 2019
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stan lee
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK291 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
There is a small admission fee to pay & enter. However, there was an English speaking Japanese tour guide that made this experience memorable. She was patient & provided us with an in-depth interactive history lesson. It may be a small place but it is well worth a visit.
Written 13 July 2019
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quin88
Oakham, UK334 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We were staying in Ueno and decided to visit this small museum. We were not expecting much but on arrival we were offered a tour in English and this was wonderful. We were able to see things in the houses that we might have overlooked and were given a real insight into how people lived before this area of Tokyo was modernised. I would thoroughly recommend.
Written 26 June 2019
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Chris H
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
A must stop on any visit, spend one or two hours there and really get to know the area and it’s past, I will never forget it.
Written 13 June 2019
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Rob C
New York City, NY692 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Exhibits depicting life in Tokyo in 1920 before the Great Kanto earhquake of 1923, including the shoelace makers shop and the shoelace sellers shop. Additionally there was the coppersmith’s workshop, and when I showed that was my surname I got a private guided tour in English
Written 6 June 2019
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria18,999 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Nice museum near Ueno Park. Dedicated to life in Edo and then to Tokyo to the present day.
On the first floor, several traditional houses are recreated, and on the second floor there are household items from Tokyo people who show how they lived.
There are free tour guides in English.
Written 9 May 2019
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