Japan Museums: Edo Tokyo Museum
Edo Tokyo Museum 江戸東京博物館
Edo-Tokyo Museum is Japan's premier museum dedicated to the history of Japan's capital city, Tokyo. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is just east of the Ryogoku Kokugikan in the Ryogoku area of Tokyo, and is immediately identifiable by its distinctive architecture.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum requires at least two hours to see properly. It is a historical and cultural resource with imaginative presentations, interactivity, and user-friendliness - for English-speakers, too.
Almost every facet of life in old Tokyo is on show at the Museum in a compelling and memorable way. There are numerous intricately constructed and minutely finished scale models, reconstructed historical buildings that can be walked through, and a wealth of realia from over the ages presented close up, sometimes even hands-on.
On entry the visitor is plunged into a replicated old Edo, crossing a life-size replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge. From here you look out over a vast space that resembles more an indoor version of a theme park than a traditional halls-and-corridors museum.
The extensive Edo section of the museum follows into modernized pre-War Japan - again presented in compellingly real detail and atmosphere. Especially recommended is the section dealing with Tokyo during the Second World War.
Perhaps best of all, all exhibits have at least some English explanation, explanations notable for their balanced and often politically enlightened commentary.
Access to Edo-Tokyo Museum
West exit of JR Ryogoku station (JR Sobu line)
The Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Kokugikan (in the foreground) seen from across the Sumida River
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