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“Ask for the guided tour”
Review of Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Ueno
Certificate of Excellence
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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 life into the exhibits and brings more understanding to some of the things you may see on your travels around Japan. Included in the museum tour, they showed us how the fortunes / "O-mikuji" system works in the temples or shrines, and we got our own fortunes read which was fun!

If you're lucky you'll get a knowledgable volunteer guide who can answer most questions you may have about Japanese culture, traditions, religion and history - which was great! Be sure to *ask* for the guided tour when you buy tickets because I don't think they always offer it unless you specifically ask for it.

Look out for the little rack of traditional robes that you can put on for photos :)

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank L1OR85
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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. The museum is dedicated to downtown. The first floor has a recreation of an old edo era street with a sweet shop, house and another shop which I think was a carpenters?
You can wear a kimono style jacket and have your photos taken. Then upstairs is more of an exhibition with many photos of days gone by and how the first teams were built.

It’s a really nice museum, and well worth a visit if you are in Ueno area. Don’t forget to get your stamp on the way out! The man on the desk also gave me some origami as a left as well.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Lauren W
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2017
3  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!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 511prudencew
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