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Shitamachi Museum

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 workshop. A delightful woman gave me a detailed tour of the ground floor. She spoke... More 

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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 with tenant houses and a sandal manufacturer etc. Upstiars are examples of children's games, home... More 

Thank Barbara P
Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 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 our fortunes, and this was one of the only places where there was a full,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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 are still considered shitamachi and residential areas for the 'common' folk. There is an English... More 

Thank brixtontrev
East Moline, Illinois
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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.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 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, I do not typically like guides, but she was fantastic! My daughter loved the interactive... More 

Thank raku
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Even this museum is not really big, they provide on first flood good atmosphere of Old Tokyo and english guide provide really nice explanation of everything or answer on your questions. English is really good so you don't be afraid that you won't understand. Second floor is without guide, but there are nice picture from old Tokyo and some interesting... More 

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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I really liked the ground floor that sets you back in time. The guide walked me trough.. Its very cheap entry fees so I would recommend visiting if you are around the area..

Thank Nathalie K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Lovely little museum, very interesting when seen with a tour guide who showed things we would have missed ( eg the clever use of storage space in the tiny living area) and explained a lot about Japan in that era. We particularly enjoyed the interactive old-fashioned toys upstairs and getting our fortunes at the little shrine - you can get... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

It is nice spot to rest after a long walk in side of Ueno park. The museum exhibits how people lived in the past. At the 2nd floor, there are some old fashioned board games which were popular in those days; free to play.

Thank Beaucaillou

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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 sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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