(original photo by Yoshikazu TAKADA; CC BY 2.0)

Edo-Tokyo Museum Reopens

Edo-Tokyo Museum (Exterior)

What is that looming structure, slightly reminiscent of a walker from the Star Wars saga, poised to beam down the Ryogoku Kokugikan (sumo hall)?

Yes, it is the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which reopened to the public on March 28 after renovations. For museum-goers, this facility is one of Tokyo’s best-kept secrets.

Viewed from the front, the building takes the shape of an elevated-floor type warehouse on the scale of Edo Castle, covering a massive 30,000 square meters, and the interior of the museum is no less extreme. The permanent exhibition begins with a full scale replica of Nihonbashi bridge, and other exciting, life-sized and interactive models are used throughout. Why not take this opportunity to rediscover the history, politics, and Edo-Tokyo lifestyle from the start of Edo through to the present?

Thematic special exhibitions are also displayed several times a year.

Rebuilt Room (of typical apartment room in the Showa era)Wooden Water Well (reproduction)
3 minutes from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, or 1 minute from the subway Oedo Line.
9:30 to 17:30, Saturday to 19:30, closed Monday
Admission Fee:
Adult 600 yen, College Student 480 yen, 300 yen for students and seniors, with further discounts for students of several schools in Tokyo with student ID.
Website: Edo-Tokyo Museum
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