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Shitamachi Museum

2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3823-7451
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2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3823-7451
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little museum is a hidden gem located next to the pond at Ueno park. Its two floors house the reconstruction of different kinds of ancient buildings (houses, artisan workshop, a candy store, etc). English translations are available next to each item and the museum...More

Thank moken1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to visit because my of own families ties to the Japan of long ago. For the most part, this small museum show cased life in Tokyo from the 1800s through the early 20th c. The staff are kind and very helpful. One staff...More

Thank mt188
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is quite small but gives a good impression of the houses in the Edo time. We had a great English tour guide (free of charge) which showed us the houses and explained a lot about the history of Tokyo.

Thank siliarpi
Reviewed 29 May 2017

On a free day in Tokyo we decided to go to Ueno Park and found this WONDERFUL museum at its edge within a block of the subway. It is relatively small and easily seen in 1-2 hours. Entrance is very reasonable and they had English...More

1  Thank ga2rdoc
Reviewed 30 April 2017

If you want an insight into the life, living & working conditions of people in this part of Tokyo in the early twentieth century this is the place to come. On the ground floor there are several old shops & dwellings including a metal smiths...More

Thank suzziej
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This small museum is easy to access as it is within walking distance of Ueno station. It gives a glimpse into life of the past of urban Tokyo in the early 2oth century. One floor is set up as a reconstruction of an old street...More

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We popped into this small museum in the corner of Ueno Park. It was inexpensive, and one of the curators took us round the ground floor which included full size replicas of old houses and shops, several of which you could enter. We also got...More

1  Thank Granny_Gertrude
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a fascinating museum easily accessible from Ueno Station and just on the edge of Shinobazu Pond. Small but well put together and informative and very interactive. Many of the shitamachi dwellings can be explored and the contents interacted with. Nearby Ueno and Asakusa...More

Thank brixtontrev
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Without the guide, you would be left with useless images as an English only speaker. The guide gives the tourist insight into what the objects mean and the history of this part of the city.

1  Thank yoshithatsme
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I came here over 20 years ago with my Japanese middle school students. I recently visited with my 8 year old. This museum is still fantastic and great for kids of all ages. A very knowledgeable volunteer showed us around. Since I am a historian,...More

Thank raku
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
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19 July 2015|
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Response from HawaiiAndi | Reviewed this property |
As already mentioned, you should consider allowing at least one hour; however if you decide to read all the details of the displayed events on the second floor, it can easily take two hours. First floor is more displays... More