For history buffs and anyone interested in the history of modern Japan, this is a great museum. I really wished that this had existed when I lived in Japan 25 years ago, as it explained so much that I didn't understand then. This is more of a modern museum with plenty of life-size reconstructions and dioramas taking visitors through the history of Tokyo, from its founding as Edo under the Tokugawa Shogunate through to the modern day. This includes some unique insights into life in the lead-up to and during WWII.
There are some amazingly detailed reconstructions of street scenes from Tokyo's history and daily domestic life. There is enough English signage to make the visit worthwhile if you don't speak Japanese. Apparently the English guides are good if you are nervous about the amount of Japanese, but speaking both languages, I though the English signage was just fine.
The museum provides insights into daily life and who the Japanese are that as a tourist you can't normally get by visiting the temples and shrines. There are some interesting insights into the commuter and "salaryman" cultures which dominated so much of 20th century Japan.
There is enough to keep kids interested and if you relate them back to your own country then it will be quite an educational experience.
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