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“Important start to a visit”
Review of Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history. Exhibits include replicas of an ancient Kabuki theatre and the original Edo Castle.
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“Important start to a visit”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The museum is organized into 2 sections - Edo Period and Tokyo's history. We took a volunteer guide tour in English through the Edo period and found it very interesting. Our guide was knowledgable and friendly. We found that what we learned helped us with the rest of our tour through Japan and its historic sites, given how important the Edo period was to establishing everything from crafts to industry to civic infrastructure and more. Some exhibits are better than others but overall there is enough to keep everyone in the family engaged. Do consider using a guide for some of your visit - they are free and very good.

Visited May 2014
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is not a museum of paintings. It has wonderful models of old Tokyo (Edo) including market places, theaters, and more. There is a smaller exhibit of daily items from the 1920s and a small but interesting display on WWII that focuses exclusively on the bombing of Tokyo. Nevertheless, even if you find some museums boring, you will like this one as the exhibits are full size and a great way to learn about the history and culture of Tokyo.

Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice exhibits detailing the history of Tokyo.”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is an oddly shaped looking museum, where the exhibits are all located up the building. There is sufficient English exhibits and as its name suggests, the museum mainly focuses on Edo and Tokyo. Of greater interest to me were the period from the post great earthquake to the world war period segment.

Overall, you can easily spend 1-2 hours here looking at the exhibits, and definitely more time if you plan to use the English audio guide. As the exhibits are too specific simply on Tokyo, i would recommend skipping this and visiting the national museum if you are more interested in understanding the history of the nation as a whole.

Visited June 2014
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“Essential to understand the history of Tokyo”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

A large, wonderful museum for adults and children alike with magnificent models of old Edo, interactive exhibits and cultural information. We were there for 3 hours and could have easily spent more time. The reproduction of Nihonbashi near the entrance is magnificent.

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderfully arranged and full of detailed information”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

This is a large museum that is extremely well organized with information, artwork, dioramas , clothing of the times and more. One can easily spend several hours in this museum and not see it all. Many of the exhibits are interactive with explanations in both Japanese and English. The set up of the actual museum building mimics an old elevated warehouse and you cross the replica of the Nihonbashi bridge with life sized buildings on the side, to enter. There are two zones on two floors...the Edo period and the Tokyo period. There are clean bathrooms throughout and a wonderful gift store. I suggest going early as it does get crowded.

Visited May 2014
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