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If you are in Tokyo, have you ever come up the history of Tokyo suddenly? Are you interested? Over the centuri …

If you are in Tokyo, have you ever come up the history of Tokyo suddenly? Are you interested?

Over the centuries, Tokyo has experienced its fair share of hardships: in the beginning fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters including an eruption of Mt Fuji did their best to flatten the city, then came the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake; followed by repeated bombing during World War II, and afterwards a period of unregulated urban development brought to an end by the collapse of the bubble economy. There were so many things. All of this and more made Tokyo what it is today, and provides some stellar material for an enormous museum about the history of the city. You can have look currently in the eccentric form of the Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Edo-Tokyo Museum where the museum is located you can see the building hovering over the train tracks about to beam up all of the sumo wrestlers at the Kokugikan sumo stadium next door. So of course, you can both visit one time!

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Inside the museum is just as impressive with a vast display of items spread over two open floors, dominated by a life-size replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge that you cross over when you enter the museum. There are more than 2,500 items on display. From old maps and swords to meticulously detailed dioramas, as well as large-scale, interactive models showing what daily life was like during the Edo period plus a full reconstruction of the Nakamura-za Theater which is one of the three main kabuki theatres of Edo.

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The museum’s recently renovated permanent exhibition is divided into three main zones. The Edo Zone, the Tokyo Zone and the Comprehensive History Zone, take you from the beginnings of Tokyo through the centuries up till the present day.

There’s decent English labeling in each zone and an engaging mixture of fragile relics behind glass, full-size models of houses which you can walk through and ‘Please touch’ interactive displays that all bring the city’s past to life.

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The museum offers free guided tours led by volunteers of the permanent exhibition area. The languages available are Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German and Spanish, tours last approximately 2 hours. Of course, you can have also an audio system with you during you are in inside. By the way, the Tokyo Sky tree is definitely walking distance. Interesting? Please check it out!

Station

Ryogoku

Price

600yen

Open

9:30~17:30, 19:30(only Satday)

Closed

Monday