This museum is situated next to the famous sumo arena, Ryogoku Kokugikan. It was established in 1993. The museum is conceptualized with the motto “thinking about the future of Tokyo.” Many models and documents concerning many things from the Edo period (old name for Tokyo) to the period after the war are available here ~ Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Shōwa periods ~ . You can also see and learn about how people in the Edo period lived. Here, I will mainly talk about the permanent exhibition on the 5th and 6th floors, but you can also check out the special periodical exhibition held on the 1st floor.
The first thing you will see when you enter the building is the wooden “Nihonbashi” bridge. It is a reproduction of half the length of the 51 m original bridge that was created by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who established the Edo shogunate in 1603. You can actually walk on this bridge to get a closer look.
Real scale Nakamuraza
Nakamuraza was the official theater of the Edo shogunate. Back then, many theater performances were held here. A full-scale reproduction of this theater is exhibited in this museum. On weekends and holidays, there are performances of rakugo – comical storytelling – in front of the theater, that attract many tourists.
Walk into exhibits!
There are many exhibits inside the museum that you can actually enter inside. The biggest exhibit that you can enter is the reproduction of a typical house from the beginning of the Showa period. You can enter inside the rooms to experience how Japanese people used to live. The floor covered by tatami (mat) is quintessentially Japanese.
Edo-Tokyo Museum Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo Phone: +81-3-3626-9974 Access: 3-min walk from JR Ryogoku Station Time Required: 2.5 hours Official Website: Edo-Tokyo Museum