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“Not easy to do on your own”
Review of Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Fee: Yes
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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Camarillo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Not easy to do on your own”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I went by myself to this museum. It was more difficult than I expected to understand all of the exhibits. The free English speaking guides were not available when I was there. So, I checked out a set of headphones. Unfortunately, English explanations of exhibits were available for only a handful of the permanent exhibits and none of the special exhibits. I felt the museum was more for Japanese visitors than American visitors.

Visited August 2014
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Pennabilli, Italy
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“Definately cannot miss!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Great museum to learn about the history of Tokyo.However, it is only two floors. There do have special exhibitions - which really attract people to come, but this special exhibition costs extra.

Visited August 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Really Interesting Museum of Edo/Tokyo's History”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

This is a really special, wonderful museum of Tokyo's history from its early days as Edo to current times. Unlike many history museums which can be staid and boring, this one really brings the history to life through use of artifacts, recreations, films, etc all laid out in a very interesting manner. Highly recommended. The museum is right near the JR and Toei Oedo Ryogoku train stations. Note for English speakers: there are many signs in English although also easy to sign up for an English speaking guide

Visited July 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Great Miniatures and Beautiful Building Re-Creation”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

This Edo Tokyo Museum is my first stop in Tokyo.. I don't have high expectation and yet, I was surprised by packed content inside the building. The museum is filled with a lot of character miniatures and beautiful building replicas.. When you entered the museum, you will go to the top level (6th floor), then you'll be greeted with the beautiful hall with wooden bridge connecting the two side of the building..

With relatively cheap entrance ticket (only 600 yen per person, even free admission for children below 5 y.o), you get a great experience of Tokyo in the past.. For non-Japanese speaker, it is recommended to either rent an audio-speaker guide (for free, but you need to deposit cash in the locker) or you could "hire" a english-speaking volunteer on the 6th level entrance.

Visited August 2014
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“See this early in your visit and profit”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Less well known than other places, this museum would be a great place to see early in your visit as it situates Tokyo-Edo in time and place. A modern museum with full scale reproductions and maps and miniatures, you can get a real sense of the city as it grew over the centuries, how it came to be laid out as it was, and thus improve your experience of the city while you are there.

Pluses are: excellent reconstructions and artifacts from every era especially the WWII period, a sample Kabuki theater building and demonstrations of entertainment, maps and miniatures of neighborhoods and how they functioned.

Minuses are less than intuitive directionals and limited English signage. Free English speaking guides are available, though. Fine gift shop at the end.

Visited April 2014
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