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Shitamachi Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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A small museum with a couple of room-reproductions of historic Japanese life. Based on the exhibits... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
charming, informative museum

The Shitamachi are the old low-lying districts next to Tokyo Bay. They have always had a strong... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Oxford, United Kingdom
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2-1 Ueno Koen, Ueno, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3823-7451
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, I love history so I had to visit this museum. What a gem! It has models of the Shitamachi, or old downtown, in Tokyo. The first floor includes a coppersmith, and a candy/small goods store, with the living quarters attached. The second floor has...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to visit this small museum and get an english speaking guide to show us through the museum and explain what life was like in Tokyo in earlier days. The guide was passionate during the tour and happy to answer all of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RainbowReena
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Once you enter the museum, the receptionist will greet you warmly. The first exhibit is a red telephone booth where you need to speak into the speaker and put the receiver at your ear. After that, you can see a Rickshaw but you cannot sit...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank jelicias2015
Reviewed 11 September 2018

At edge of Ueno park, this museum depicts life of average resident of the area before the post-WWII industrialization. We took a free tour and the guide was wonderful; it's a small museum but worth a visit if you're at Ueno park.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hrtraveler
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Does not take long to go through this museum, even with reading allthe information on display. I did not time my visit for a guided tour but the brochure you are handed is a good guide. 300yen for entry, good value and great displays of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

I found this museum while doing research of activites in Ueno Park and it was the one I was most looking forward to while planning my trip. I was not disappointed! Entry was a reasonable 300yen (<$3) and my companions and I were immediately approached...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Pogaf
Reviewed 23 May 2018

A small museum with a couple of room-reproductions of historic Japanese life. Based on the exhibits alone, this tiny museum probably won't be all that amazing but what really makes this place interesting is the free guided tour given by volunteers. This guided tour breathes...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank L1OR85
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

This is a tiny museum on two floors on the edge on Ueno Park, it isn’t that well sign posted so I took a while walking round before I found it. If you find the pond first then it’s easier to get the the museum....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

This small museum packs a good punch. Its displays of houses and shops are very interactive, and the written information in the brochure and around the exhibits help you to understand what you are seeing. The second level has a bunch of fun traditional games...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Hannah P
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Shitamachi are the old low-lying districts next to Tokyo Bay. They have always had a strong working class culture, probably somewhat eroded now, but this charming little museum aims to capture something of their old spirit. It does this through displays of old houses,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
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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
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Response from HawaiiAndi | Reviewed this property |
As already mentioned, you should consider allowing at least one hour; however if you decide to read all the details of the displayed events on the second floor, it can easily take two hours. First floor is more displays... More