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Edo-Tokyo Museum

[Strongly Recommended!] [Standard] [History] [Museum] [Architecture]

[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★★★★★ (10.0/10.0)

△ Enjoyable
△ Beautiful
△ Relaxing
○ Unique
◎ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see unique shape of museum like a raised floor warehouse
2: to imagine the Edo period when crossing the revised Nihonbashi Bridge
3: to see dioramas of citizens residence, samurai residence and shogun residence in Edo period

History Museum of Tokyo since Edo period

If you visit Edo-Tokyo Museum, you can walk across the replicated Nihonbashi Bridge.

Regular Exhibition displays history and culture since Edo Period (1603-1867). It occasionally holds Special Exhibitions and Feature Exhibitions. Kiyonori Kikutake (1928-2011) designed this uniquly shaped museum like a raised floor warehouse.

Regular Exhibition is held in the 5th floor and the 6th floor. There is an entrance in the 6th floor. It consists of Edo Zone and Tokyo Zone.

In Edo Zone, you can walk through the revised Nihonbashi Bridge. There are some dioramas such as "Citizens Residence" in the north of Nihonbashi Bridge, "Samurai Residence" around presently Otemachi area, and "Shogun Residence" in Edo Castle. It is also overwhelming to see "Nakamuraya Theater" and "Float of Kanda Myoujin Shrine."

In Tokyo Zone, you can enter a revised house around 1954. There are some dioramas such as "Ryounkaku Tower" in Asakusa and "Ginza Bricktown." You can also see dioramas of "Rokumeikan Palace" and "Nicholai-do Cathedral" that Joshia Conder (1852-1920) designed. It is also wonderful to see "Choya Newspaper Company" and "Hibarigaoka Danchi Collective House."

You can find three sared items: refrigerator, washing machine, and black-and white television. The change of Tokyo in every 10 years from 1960s to 2000s are displayed. You can see Walkman by Sony (1970s), Family Computer (1980s), and iMac (1990s).

Feature Exhibitions are occasionally held. "Feature Exhibition in Commemoration of the Renovations: Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" (from March 28, 2015 (Saturday) to May 10, 2015 (Sunday)) shows masterpieces of Hiroshige Utagawa (1797-1858) including "kameido Umeyashiki."

Special exhibition is held at 1st floor. The Special exhibition "20th Anniversary Special Exhibition of the Opening of Edo-Tokyo Museum Ukiyo-e: A Journey through the Floating World" (from January 2, 2014 (Thursday) to March 2, 2014 (Sunday)) was wonderful. A lot of famous Ukiyo-e masterpieces including "The Actor Ichikawa Ebizo as Takemura Sadanoshin" by Toshusai Sharaku (year of birth and death unknown) were displayed.

For you information, there is Edo-Tokyo Architectural Museum in Koganei City, Tokyo, as a branch of this museum.

It opened in 1993. It is a large public museum of Tokyo Metropolis at a commercial area in Ryogoku, Taito City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Ryogoku station.

Event Information

"Project Exhibition: Gift from the Citizens 2020 -A selection of new acquisitions from 2019-"
from March 9, 2021 (Tuesday) to May 9, 2021 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: The Mount Fuji Challenges -Hokusai and Hiroshige-"
from April 24, 2021 (Saturday) to June 20, 2021 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Exhibition of Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago 2021"
from June 5, 2021 (Saturday) to July 4, 2021 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Splendors of Edo -Rites of the Samurai, Festivals of Merchants-"
from July 10, 2021 (Saturday) to September 20, 2021 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: JOMON 2021 -JOMON PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN TOKYO-"
from October 9, 2021 (Saturday) to December 5, 2021 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"The 13th Ryogoku Nigiwai Spring Festival"
from May 2, 2015 (Saturday) to May 3, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition Celebrating 400 Years after the Demise of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Sekigahara Exhibiton"
from March 28, 2015 (Saturday) to May 17, 2015 (Sunday)

"2015 NHK Historical Drama Special Exhibition Hana moyu"
from June 4, 2015 (Thursday) to July 20, 2015 (Monday, National Holiday)

from August 4, 2015 (Tuesday) to September 27, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: From Ukiyo-e to Photograhy: Cultural Awakening in Japan's Visual Field"
from October 10, 2015 (Saturday) to December 6, 2015 (Sunday)

"New Year Holidays in Edo-Tokyo Museum 2016"
from January 2, 2016 (Saturday) to January 11, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

from January 16, 2016 (Saturday) to April 10, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 14th Ryogoku Nigiwai Spring Festival"
from April 30, 2016 (Saturday) to May 1, 2016 (Sunday)

"2016 NHK Historical Drama Special Exhibition: Sanada Maru"
from April 29, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday) to June 29, 2016 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: From Eery to Endearing -Yōkai in the Arts of Japan-"
from July 5, 2016 (Tuesday) to August 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Revisiting Siebold's Japan Museum"
from September 13, 2016 (Tuesday) to November 6, 2016 (Sunday)

"New Year Holidays in Edo-Tokyo Museum 2017"
from January 2, 2017 (Monday, Substitute Holiday) to January 9, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: The Exhibition of the Sengoku Period -A Century of Dreams-"
from November 23, 2016 (Wednesday, National Holiday) to January 29, 2017 (Sunday)

"Tokyo Marathon Festa"
February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: EDO and BEIJING -Cities and Urban Life in the18th Century-"
from February 18, 2017 (Saturday) to April 9, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 15th Ryogoku Nigiwai Spring Festival"
from April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to April 30, 2017 (Sunday)

""150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition: Sakamoto Ryōma -Japan's Favorite Hero-" Special Event: TOUKEN RANBU DAY"
from May 25, 2017 (Thursday) to May 28, 2017 (Sunday)

"150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition: Sakamoto Ryōma -Japan's Favorite Hero-"
from April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Exhibition of Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago 2017"
from June 3, 2017 (Saturday) to July 23, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: 2017 NHK Historical Drama "Naotora: The Lady warload" -Sengoku! From Ii Naotora to Naomasa-"
from July 4, 2017 (Tuesday) to August 6, 2017 (Sunday)

"Featured Exhibition: Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō"
from July 25, 2017 (Tuesday) to August 27, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: An Invitation to the House of Tokugawa"
from August 11, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday) to September 24, 2017 (Sunday)

"Re-Open Anniversary Week Event"
April 1, 2018 (Sunday)
April 7, 2018 (Saturday)

"The 16th Ryogoku Nigiwai Spring Festival"
from April 28, 2018 (Saturday) to April 29, 2018 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: NHK Special related exhibition OEDO"
from April 1, 2018 (Sunday) to May 13, 2018 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Exhibition of Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago 2018"
from June 2, 2018 (Saturday) to July 22, 2018 (Sunday)

"Featured Exhibition: Tamagawa Waterworks"
from August 28, 2018 (Tuesday) to September 24, 2018 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: Tokyo 150 Years"
from August 7, 2018 (Tuesday) to October 8, 2018 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: Tama -The Treasures of Ancient Japan-"
from October 23, 2018 (Tuesday) to December 9, 2018 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Celebrating Spring -The Grace of the Tokugawa Shoguns-"
from January 2, 2019 (Wednesday) to March 3, 2019 (Sunday)

"Tokyo Marathon Support Event"
March 3, 2019 (Sunday)

"The 17th Ryogoku Nigiwai Spring Festival"
from April 27, 2019 (Saturday) to April 28, 2019 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Gift from the Citizens 2018 -A selection of new acquisitions from 2016 and 2017-"
from March 19, 2019 (Tuesday) to May 6, 2019 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: Traveling on the Edo Highways ~A Journey of Shogun and Princesses~"
from April 27, 2019 (Saturday) to June 16, 2019 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Exhibition of Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago 2019"
from June 1, 2019 (Saturday) to July 21, 2019 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: The History of Sport in Japan -From the Edo Period to the Tokyo Olympics-"
from July 6, 2019 (Saturday) to August 25, 2019 (Sunday)

"Featured Exhibition: FUROSHIKI TOKYO"
from July 23, 2019 (Tuesday) to August 25, 2019 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Samusrai, Peacekeeping Contributors in Edo Period"
from September 14, 2019 (Saturday) to November 4, 2019 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: Five Ukiyo-e Favorites -Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusdai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi-"
from November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) to January 19, 2020 (Sunday)

"Tokyo Marathon 2020"
March 1, 2020 (Sunday)
*Marathon Course: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Start) ~ Iidabashi ~ Kanda ~ Nihonbashi ~ Asakusa Kaminari-mon ~ Ryogoku ~ Monzen-nakacho (Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine) ~ Ginza ~ Takanawa ~ Hibiya ~ In front of Tokyo Station ・ Gyoko-dori (Finish)

"Tokyo Marathon Support Event"
March 1, 2020 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Special Exhibition: The Tradition of Edo Creativity -The Skill and Soul of Craftsmen Give Birth to Japanese Beauty-"
from February 8, 2020 (Saturday) to April 5, 2020 (Sunday)
*Edo-Tokyo Museum is temporarily closed until April 13, 2020 (Monday) and this exhibition has been cancelled.

"Special Exhibition: The Pioneers -Masters of Edo Painting-"
from June 2, 2020 (Tuesday) to June 21, 2020 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Exhibition of Excavations in the Japanese Archipelago 2020"
from June 13, 2020 (Saturday) to August 3, 2020 (Monday)

"Special Exhibition: Gift from the Citizens 2019 -A selection of new acquisitions from 2018-"
from August 4, 2020 (Tuesday) to September 27, 2020 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Splendors of great Tokyo -"Modern" Culture that Embellished the City-"
from August 25, 2020 (Tuesday) to November 23, 2020 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: Princess Kazu Goes to Edo -The Object She Held and the World She Saw-"
from January 2, 2021 (Saturday) to February 23, 2021 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: Ancient Egypt -The Creation of the World-"
from November 21, 2020 (Saturday) to April 4, 2021 (Sunday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is 3 hours in a regular pace, 2 hours in a hurried pace, and 4 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
It opens from 9:30 to 17:30 (last entry: 17:00). On Saturday, it opens from 9:30 to 19:30 (last entry: 19:00).

Closed Day
It closes every Monday, year-end and new year perild. In case that Monday is national holiday and substitute holiday, it opens on that day and closes on the next weekday. Also. it opens on Monday temporarily. Due to construction, regular exhibition room is to be closed from December 2, 2014 (Tuesday).

Admissions Fee
The fee is different between regular exhibition and special exhibition. In case of regular exhibition, it is 600-yen for adults, 300-yen for those over 65 years old, 480-yen for university students, 300-yen for high school students, and junior high school students outside Tokyo. It is free for junior high school students that live in Tokyo and go to school in Tokyo, elementary school students and infants. Incase of special exhibition, it is different from each other. For your information, in case of "Five Ukiyo-e Favorites -Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusdai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi-", it was 1,400-yen for adults, 1,120-yen for university students and college students, 700-yen for high school students, junior high school students, elementary school students and those over 65 years old. Also, the fee for regular exhibition is free on January 2 and January 3 of new year special opening days, March 28 of opening memorial day, and October 1 of Tokyo citizens day.

The closest station is Ryogoku Station of JR East Sobu Line and Toei Subway Oedo Line.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Ryogoku Station (JR East: Sobu Line)
◎ Ryogoku Station (Toei Subway: Oedo Line)

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Name in English
Edo-Tokyo Museum

Name in Roman Letters
Edo Tokyo Hakubutsukan

Name in Japanese

1-4-1, Yokoami, Sumida City, Tokyo, 130-0015, Japan

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Purpose: Architecture

Purpose: History

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