Touch history and culture of Edo at Edo-Tokyo Museum Ryogoku 【Tokyo walker】

Walking through around Ryogoku let you melt into kind of Edo period atmosphere.

Surrounded by Kokugikan, Sumo museum, and Old Yasuda Garden…

It also has Edo-Tokyo Museum in the area. This time, I `ll unveil the admirableness of Edo-Tokyo Museum!

This museum was established to provide a diverse group of people with an opportunity to look back on the history and culture of Tokyo, in 1993.

Visited by many people including lots of foreign visitors every year, this museum have been loved by wide range of people from children to elder people since it has been opened.

Explore the large-scale museum

As soon as get of the train at Ryogoku station, you`ll see this Edo-Toyko Museum.

Covering 9.000 square meters, this 61 meters-tall site area is as large as Edo castle tower.

There`re always variety of exhibitions of items and documents making use of this large site.

You can see permanent exhibition on the 5th floor and the 6th floor.

It`s separated roughly between Edo Zone and Tokyo Zone.

Edo Zone exhibits mainly lives of citizens and lives of Samurai and culture of Edo.

On the other hand, the main exhibitions of Tokyo Zone are transition of life of citizens and transition of Tokyo itself from Meiji period to Showa period, relatively recent time.

It takes easily over 2 hours if you look all of them close!

The feature here is that it has full selection of large models and experiential models.

As well as Nihonbashi Bridge set near the entrance, you `ll be amazed to see front part of Kabukiza and float used in Kanda Myojin Shrine.

Ukiyo-e, Sushi, Kabuki… All symboles Come Together In The Museum

Edo Zone is set on the 6th floor and half part of the 5th floor on the building.

On the 6th floor you can mainly touch the lives of Samurai and see exhibitions of symbolic goods in Edo period such as Japanese sword, armor, actual palanquin as well as goods and documents about Edo castle.

Here it`s set as the world of Edo, you can compare the aria citizens live with big house of feudal lord and learn the architectural style inside and outside of Edo castle in the miniature.

Don`t miss to check the minutely reproduced model of hall of the pine, where the trouble which gave rise to historic case of forty-seven rounin happened.

Mean while, the exhibitions on the part of the 5th floor is life styles of citizens and culture of Edo.

Pay attention to the process of making Ukiyo-e, facility which provided throughout the Edo with water, the system of education and so on.

You`ll get knowledge about Kabuki within Kabuki Zone learning how they make a change of scene through the movie of Yotsuyakaidan, well known Japanese ghost story.

On the 5th floor, another part is Tokyo Zone.

This Zone focus on the transition of town of Tokyo after capital has been renamed from Edo.

It has shown the course of Tokyo, or Japan, from the era west stile architecture were standing up after opening diplomatic relations in Meiji period, to the post war era Japan was recovering from devastation from The Second World War and Great Kanto Earthquake.

The section of Meiji period lets you listen to the brisk around the Ginza town after the war with narration.

And you`ll see the big models of house from Taisho to Showa period modernly changing on the section.

As they`re understandably collected with detailed dates and reproduction, it`s just fit for children leaning Japanese history, let alone adults.

It also holds a lot of events with various of theme of special exhibitions and planning exhibitions for free of charge. What`s more, there`re experiencial tradition culture programs to make you being more familiar with Japan.

Soaked with history and culture in Japan, the experiences you got here must be unforgettable.

Basic Information of Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo, Sumida, Yokozuna 1-4-1
3 minutes on foot from JR So-mu line west gate
1 minute on foot from Ryogoku station Toei Subway O-Edo line Exit A4
9:30-17:30 (Saturday: 9:30-19:30 ) ※ Entry is permitted until 30 minutes before closing
Closed days:
Every Monday (When a national holiday or its substitute falls on a Monday, the Museum is OPEN. and is closed on the following day.)

※It`s the information as of March 2019. For updates, visit official website.

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