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Shitamachi Museum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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A Walk into the past

Early Sunday morning when the Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park is fresh and pristine, I find a portal to... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
Interesting peek into the past in Tokyo

We visited this museum under the encouragement of our guide book, which indicated it would take... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Stephen D
Madison, Wisconsin
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2-1 Ueno Koen, Ueno, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3823-7451
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

I have been meaning to come here for a while..so finally made it..It is by the corner of the pond..and only 300 yen..I was greeted by an very friendly Japanese speaking English docent. She carefully explained to me..the different articles used in old time houses...More

Thank Marta E
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The museum can be hard to find as most of the maps place it around the corner from where it actually is. It over looks Shinobazu Pond in the south east corner of Ueno Park. It is a small museum consisting of two floors. The...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Early Sunday morning when the Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park is fresh and pristine, I find a portal to look into the life of common Japanese in the Edo era. "Shitamachi Museum" glimps into everyday life of a merchant who made straps for Japanese sandal....More

Thank Siripatana
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We visited this museum under the encouragement of our guide book, which indicated it would take about 20 minutes unassisted, unless we get an English language guide. At the door we were offered the English guide, and took it. At about an hour in we...More

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Museum in Ueno Park dedicated to the history of shitamachi-style living during the Edo period until post-WWII. English brochures are provided throughout, though individual objects are only labeled in Japanese. There are replicas of traditional homes and shops you can walk through, plus old photographs,...More

1  Thank wdcwrldtrvlr
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Worth a quick visit here if in the vicinity. It's nice to get a sense for how the local people lived, and to see the ingenuity they had in terms of maximising their small living space. There are decent English language leaflets available. Although I...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We love this little museum in Ueno. My husband has visited this museum twice in his past trips and has always been telling me about it. So on our vacation this time, we made sure to visit it again. He was right! For a straight-from-the-heart...More

Thank geckopoo
Reviewed 14 January 2016

This museum is very small but highly interactive. There are not many descriptions of things so you needed more background. There were however very nice artifacts and pictures. The "english" guide speaks very little english so be prepared to be pretty much on your own

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Reviewed 5 January 2016

The Shitamachi Museum is a small two-story museum about life in Tokyo's working-class neighborhoods, mainly in the Taishō period (1912-26). They offer English tours of the first floor, which has reconstructions of a storefront and tenements (nagaya), filled with real objects. My guide was friendly...More

1  Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

This small museum is very near KFC and McDonald's and next to a field. The last admission is at 4 pm and it closes at 4:30. High school students and younger have reduced admission otherwise it is 300 yen. We really appreciated having an English...More

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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