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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo

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See how Japanese capital evolved into a global city at Edo-Tokyo Museum, filled with artifacts, exhibits, and models documenting the urban center's growth since the ancient times. Marvel at dioramas depicting the lives of samurai, explore replicas of Tokyo's 19th-century streets, and admire ornate kimonos as you follow the transformation of the city from a medieval hub to a high-tech metropolis. Don't miss the full-sized recreation of the Nihonbashi Bridge, the main entryway into historic Edo of the Tokugawa period. Grab a free audio guide to get more info about the displays inside the museum. Most exhibits feature English-language descriptions and signage, which makes tours all the more pleasant and rewarding. Check the website for information about temporary exhibits and special events. Work out when and for how long to visit Edo-Tokyo Museum and other Tokyo attractions using our handy Tokyo trip planning website.
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  • Well worth a trip - lovely exhibition, amazing building. I spent around 3 hours looking at the various displays. Truly fascinating and gives a great understanding of the Edo period. Staff were... 
    Well worth a trip - lovely exhibition, amazing building. I spent around 3 hours looking at the various displays. Truly fascinating and gives a great understanding of the Edo period. Staff were...  more »
  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
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  • If you are interested in Tokyo, this museum is a must see. It covers the entirety of the city's history. The building design is based on an old Japanese-style rice granary, but it looks very futuristic. Inside it is extremely spacious and the exhibits are first-rate, absolutely fabulous. Actually, it is divided into two zones, one of the Edo period and the other for the modern period. Both are great. The designers and staff paid so much attention to detail. I've been there many times and highly recommend it. Please be aware it is closed until some time in 2025.
  • Well organized, spans the period from before Japan's relative isolation to post war, even someone well-versed in Japanese history will come away with new insights into the development of Japan today. I recommend coming here early in your stay in Tokyo to give you context for the places, sights, and sounds you will experience during your stay in Tokyo. Take advantage of the free audio guide (JPY 1,000 deposit required).

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