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Shitamachi Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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A Focus on Everyday Life

This small museum does a great job of showing how the common people lived in the lowlands... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2016
Tucson, Arizona
Small but charming

A small museum focussing on daily life in this area of old Tokyo. The main floor features a few old... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Edmonton, Canada
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2-1 Ueno Koen, Ueno, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3823-7451
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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

First off the museum is located directly next to the pond in Ueno park. You can actually see it on the app a few blocks to the north west of its location on the trip advisor map. We took 3 adults and 5 kids and...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank joel b
Reviewed 19 June 2016

This small museum does a great job of showing how the common people lived in the lowlands (Shitamachi) near Edo Castle in the early 20th century. I especially liked the first floor's reconstruction of a Shitamachi street. This includes a merchant house and a sweet...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

A small museum focussing on daily life in this area of old Tokyo. The main floor features a few old houses and shops rebuilt inside the museum that give a good sense of the realities of daily life. Upstairs are exhibits of toys and household...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Genjidog
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

Date of experience: June 2016
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

Date of experience: April 2016
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

Date of experience: May 2016
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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

Date of experience: April 2016
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

Date of experience: April 2016
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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

Date of experience: March 2016
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

Date of experience: January 2016
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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