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Understanding the history of Tokyo


Edo-Tokyo Museum

600¥ 9:30 - 17:30

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a museum centered in the history of Tokyo, formerly known as Edo, from the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868), when it was selected as Japan's new capital, to the end of World War II. It was established in 1993 and it's housed in a massive and unique looking building, designed by the prominent Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake and located in the Ryogoku district, by the Sumida river.

The museum features a permanent collection of ancient artifacts and items, real size reconstructions of historical landmarks and environments and detailed models of the city during various periods of time. The exhibits are focused on portraying the culture, daily life and growth of Tokyo along its history, as well as the historical key events which triggered major changes in its society. English labeling and explanations are conveniently present throughout the museum and guided tours by volunteer guides in different languages are available under request.

Aside from the permanent exhibition, the Edo-Tokyo museum frequently hosts temporary exhibitions related with the city. There is also a replica of a Kabuki theater located at the entrance of the exposition, where traditional performances are held for visitors during weekends. It should be noted that the museum is closed on Mondays.


JR Ryogoku Station
Sobu Line Railpass

Ryogoku Station
Toei Oedo Line


The Edo-Tokyo museum is located a few steps away from either the west exit of Ryogoku train station or the A4 exit of Ryogoku subway station.