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Shitamachi Museum

2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3823-7451
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A lovely local history folk museum

Small unique folk museum and enhanced by a warm personal guide offered free by the staff. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tetney, United Kingdom
Self venture

Initially was to have coffee at kayaba coffee just opposite the street when we saw this Museum. A... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Isaac L
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2-1 Ueno Koen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3823-7451
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small unique folk museum and enhanced by a warm personal guide offered free by the staff. The reconstruction of actual small living quarters from old Edo was a real delight.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Initially was to have coffee at kayaba coffee just opposite the street when we saw this Museum. A small museum showcase the history of late 19th century and early 20th century of sake was made.

Thank Isaac L
Reviewed 3 November 2017

If you are near Ueno Park and looking for an hour long activity, the museum is an option but I would not place it on a "must see" list. It is a small museum with reproductions of Shitamachi buildings from the 1920's to give you...More

Thank Janice L
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This small museum, tucked next to the lovely lotus pond in Ueno, will take about an hour to experience and nit expensive. There are replica shop houses and interesting information on the area over the past 180 years or so. Try the old games for...More

Thank drmushrooms
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Smallest museum that I have visited, but my sons loved it as there were many games/activities that were setup that children/teenagers could actually touch and play. I would recommend this museum for families for the above reason. You could also go into the different rooms...More

Thank Deb H
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We went to this museum, situated in Ueno park, on our last full day in Tokyo. I wish that we had visited sooner, as it was fabulous. Even our 11 year old daughter, who declared all museums to be boring, was interested. Our English-speaking guide...More

Thank Gemma D
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Easy to miss, I'm very glad we discovered this treasure trove. Do accept the tour from the English speaking guide. Our guide brought the exhibits alive, relating story about her own Tokyo family. The information we gleaned here was a useful reference point during our...More

Thank sally962014
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Visited while staying nearby during a brief stay in Tokyo. The museum offers many evocative displays and photographs from old Tokyo. A definite must for anyone with an interest in the city's Edo-era history. Exhibits are well presented and there's enough variety to offer something...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This little museum is a hidden gem located next to the pond at Ueno park. Its two floors house the reconstruction of different kinds of ancient buildings (houses, artisan workshop, a candy store, etc). English translations are available next to each item and the museum...More

Thank moken1
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I wanted to visit because my of own families ties to the Japan of long ago. For the most part, this small museum show cased life in Tokyo from the 1800s through the early 20th c. The staff are kind and very helpful. One staff...More

Thank mt188
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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20 July 2015|
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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