Edo-Tokyo Museum

What everyday life was like in Tokyo, from samurai times through WWII and beyond
ModelBridgeCorner
You can spend hours zooming in with binoculars on the intricate models of Old Tokyo life at the Edo-Tokyo Museum.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is my favorite museum in town, because it’s so entertaining, you learn a lot about Japanese daily life without realizing it.

Half the museum is about everyday life in the Edo Era (during the time of the shōguns, before Japan opened to the West) and half of the museum is about life in the Meiji Era (after 1868, including fascinating info about life in Japan during WWII)

Instead of dull, dry, exhibits, they use full-scale rooms to show what life was like, and intricate models of town life that you could look at for hours, they are so amazing.
Instead of dull, dry, exhibits, they use full-scale rooms to show what life was like, and intricate models of town life that you could look at for hours, they are so amazing.
The Echizen model from the outside...
This is the old Echizen kimono emporium – now it’s the Mitsukoshi flagship department store, in Nihombashi!
...and the inside! Isn't the detail incredible?
Here’s what that model looks like from the inside. Amazing, huh?
You can get an idea of how large these models are. Each figure is about 2" tall.
You can get an idea of how large these models are. Each figure is about 2″ tall.
This is one of the fantastic costumes worn by the male kabuki actors who play women's roles.
There’s a room that explains everything about kabuki theatre (including an animated model of special effects). This is one of the fantastic costumes worn by male kabuki actors who play women’s roles.

And on the Meiji Era side…

WWIIRoom
This is a life-sized construction of a typical World War II-era room, showing how ordinary people lived during wartime. For example, that big saké bottle is filled with unhusked rice. The stick poking out the top was threshed around inside to get the hulls off before cooking.
This is the model of the post-war black market near Shinjuku Station. All the figures are about 3" high.
This is the model of the post-war black market near Shinjuku Station. The figures are about 3″ high.

Open: Six days a week, closed Mondays, on the day after national holidays, and from December 29 – January 3. Open other holidays.

Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)

Admission: Adults: ¥600, Seniors (65 & older): ¥300, College students: ¥480, High school & middle school students: ¥300, Younger children: Free. (Plus extra fee for special exhibitions.)

DIRECTIONS & MAP

Nearby destinations: Akihabara, Asakusa, Asakusa-bashi, Inari-cho, Kappabashi, Ningyo-cho, Ueno

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo

The #1 hostboy at Club Nova makes a handsome living, whispering sweet nothings in the ears of women who pay him a fortune for the privilege. But the party’s over when Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura is assigned to investigate the death of one of Hoshi’s customers…read more

 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s