Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum information

Location
Tokyo , Japan
Address
1-4-1 Yokoami
Sumida-ku
Telephone
+81 3626 9974
Getting there
Train: JR Sōbu Line to Ryōgoku, west exit
More information
www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp
Prices
adult/child ¥600/free
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, to 7.30pm Sat
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This massive, futuristic institution is by far the best city-history museum we have ever encountered. The permanent collection on the upper floors starts with a reconstruction of half of the bridge at Nihombashi, on either side of which are thorough histories of Edo and Tokyo respectively, mostly with excellent English signage. Highlights include the lodgings of the daimyō (domain lords), wood-block printing, the evolution of kabuki and Tokyo’s headlong rush to Westernise. There are often special exhibits, but the extent of the permanent collection is usually enough to overwhelm most visitors.