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Shitamachi Museum

Closes in 2 min: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 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 3 weeks ago

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

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.

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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

Thank Nunngo
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

2  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

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

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

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

2  Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Knowing very little about shitamachi culture or way of life, this was a lovely insight. The free guided tour was informative and encouraged questions and hands on with the exhibits. Fairly cheap entry (300¥ = £2) Spent just about an hour wandering around the mocked...More

1  Thank Prudence W
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

This was a highlight from Tokyo! The price of 300 ¥ is actually too little. It's a small museum, but it's very well made. The English speaking guide was incredible, and she was so nice, asking questions and explain stuff and I learnt a lot...More

3  Thank Anders L
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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