The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum has been opened in 1993 and ever since provides a space to reflect on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and envision the city and life of the future. Its home is a unique building following the idea of an elevated warehouse. The mindblowing permanent exhibition, showing countless original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum aspires to be a cultural facility that offers high quality programs modeled on “iki,” an aesthetic ideal distinct to Edo.
More than 400 years have passed since the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu established his government in Edo. Edo is located in today’s Tokyo area. In the early 18th century, Edo had become a large metropolis, one of the world’s largest with a population of about one million people. By the late 18th century, its own distinctive culture had flourished, and it had become Japan’s de facto capital, where people, manufactures, and information converged from all over the country.
Thearea of the permanent exhibition features life-size replica models of the Nihonbashi bridge and houses of Edo citizens. Many superb and finely crafted dioramas re-create in every little detail the architecture and lifestyles. Even hands-on exhibits are on display showing tools and equipment used by Edo merchants, firefighters, feudal lords and many other artifacts. Through the museum’s many exhibits and historical material, visitors can learn about the history of Tokyo regardless of their age or nationality.
Volunteer guides offer tours of the permanent exhibition areas free of charge. The tours are in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German, and Spanish and from 10:00-15:00. Alternatively visitors can also listen to an explanation of the permanent exhibition using a headphone receiver which can be used free of charge.
Monday: closed (When a national holiday or its substitute falls on a Monday, the Museum is open. and is closed on the following day)Tuesday: 09:30-17.30Wednesday: 09:30-17:30Thursday: 09:30-17:30Friday: 09:30-17:30Saturday: 09:30-19:30Sunday: 09:30-17:30
Entrance Fee for the permanent Exhibition:
General: 600 YenOver 65 years old: 300 YenCollege/Vocational Students: 480 YenHighschool Students: 300 YenChildren: freeSeparate and changing fees for additional temporary Exhibitions
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015〒130-0015 東京都墨田区横網1-4-1