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Edo-Tokyo Museum: Is it worth visiting?

You’re probably not a museum goer, but still inclined to be filled in with some history and culture of a certain place. Perhaps, you want to visit one where you think that’s worth your time. The question is, where in Japan? I might have the answer to that.

In March 1993, a space was built in order to give people a chance to cogitate on the history and culture of Tokyo and envisage the future. That is The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum. Let me present a few inside information about this institution.

  1. The museum is housed in an uncommon building and has a vast area.
  2. It has collected and preserved about 590,000 items for exhibitions.
edo-tokyo museum exhibition
It was really cool to see these old home appliances for the very first time!

3. Realistic dioramas are exhibited to get an overview of how Japanese people lived during the Edo period.

dioramas in edo-tokyo museum

4. Tours in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German, and Spanish are offered around the permanent exhibition areas for free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Availability depends on the presence of volunteers who speak these languages.

5. Audio guides for the permanent exhibitions are accessible free of charge (note: a JPY1,000 deposit is required) in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.

6. Plentiful of touchscreen displays with explanations in Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Germany, and Russian are present in the permanent exhibition areas.

7. The museum is indeed capacious as it proudly displays life-size models of the Nihonbashi bridge, houses of the Edo townsmen, and other artifacts.

Nihonbashi bridge model in edo-tokyo museum

house model in edo-tokyo museum

8. Hands-on exhibits are also featured. Not only viewers can see the tools used in the past, but can also experience using them.

hands-on exhibits in edo-tokyo museum
Used to carry the royal women

9. Live performances are held.

live performance at edo-tokyo museum
These talented males performed Japanese classical music using a Japanese traditional string instrument.

10. Getting there is quite easy and its location is surrounded by local restaurants.

For more details, visit the site here.

This is by far the most impressive museum I’ve been to. It’s definitely worth visiting! What do you think? Stay tuned for more!

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