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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 13 September 2017

We went to this museum, situated in Ueno park, on our last full day in Tokyo. I wish that we had visited sooner, as it was fabulous. Even our 11 year old daughter, who declared all museums to be boring, was interested. Our English-speaking guide...More

Thank Gemma D
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Easy to miss, I'm very glad we discovered this treasure trove. Do accept the tour from the English speaking guide. Our guide brought the exhibits alive, relating story about her own Tokyo family. The information we gleaned here was a useful reference point during our...More

Thank sally962014
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Visited while staying nearby during a brief stay in Tokyo. The museum offers many evocative displays and photographs from old Tokyo. A definite must for anyone with an interest in the city's Edo-era history. Exhibits are well presented and there's enough variety to offer something...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 7 August 2017 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 24 July 2017

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.

1  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

2  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
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