Although its purpose is to enlighten visitors about life in “old” Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1868), the Edo-Tokyo museum itself is a remarkably modern building in Ryoguku. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and illustrate Edo Period architecture, culture, commerce, politics and general way of life. The museum has a number of detailed town models, which give real insight into the layout of Tokyo in former times.
Scene from Edo Museum
The permanent museum exhibition also has genuine items from the Edo Period on display. These range from everyday articles to carriages. There are special exhibitions from time to time, all on specific themes to do with Tokyo. Between 10:00 and 15:00 each day, there are volunteer tour guides on duty. Several of them conduct their tours in English. The museum also has a theater for live performances, generally held on the weekend.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryoguku has a sister museum in Tokyo’s west, known as the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum. Its specific focus is historical buildings from the Edo Period.
Getting to the Edo-Tokyo Museum
The museum is only a short walk from Ryoguku station.
Opening Hours/Admission Fees
Open between 9:30 and 17:30 (19:30 on Saturdays.) Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. Admission is 600 yen.
Museum closed on Mondays (or Tuesday, if the Monday is a public holiday.) Also closed during the New Year holiday period.