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“A little gem”
Review of Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi Museum
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ueno
Certificate of Excellence
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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 and puzzles which are entertaining to have a go at. I like that this museum gives you a glimpse into the lives of everyday people in the past in Tokyo. It would be a good place to take children.

Thank Hannah P
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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, schools and shops, all of them informative and engaging. A really delight to visit

2  Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
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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 up houses and exploring the exhibits upstairs. Hands on children’s games were great fun.
Toilets on both floors and a drinking fountain too!
We walked to Yanaka later the same day which gave real world application to the knowledge we’d gained!

1  Thank Prudence W
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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 in the 30 minutes. After that I walked on my own, and that was good too, although most of the second floor has information in Japanese only. Well worth it! Close to the pond in Ueno Park, where there's a temple on an island in the middle, and there are a lot of food stalls there.

3  Thank Anders L
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This is on the southeastern edge of the large park which contains lots of other, larger museums. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’ve been to the others. It contains recreations of local early twentieth century housing on both floors, as well as loads of old toys (most of which you can play with) upstairs. There are also guided tours of the ground floor in English available from the reception desk.

2  Thank TheOExpress
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