Best things to do in Tokyo???
4) Learn about the history
Today, let us do some HISTORY talk 🙂
If you truly want to know more about the present day Tokyo, there is no better way than to visit the Edo Tokyo Museum.
Edo Tokyo Museum is an expertly designed museum where you can see the history of Tokyo, with large-scale models of architectural monuments and important cultural events.
Free tours given by the volunteers are available in several languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German and Spanish. However, tours in some languages are unavailable on certain days. If you are interested in a tour, you may request at the ticket counter or at the 6th floor Voluntary Guide Desk.
If you are not lucky enough to catch the volunteer guide, audio guides may be rented at General Information on the 1st floor and 3rd floor. Audio guides are available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. A refundable deposit is required.
Visit their homepage to check the price of the entrance ticket.
At the permanent exhibition, you can see how Tokyo was being developed from the Edo period. You can see not only the changes in people’s lives but the dramatic transformation in economic activities as well!
All the miniatures exhibited at the museum really made me feel as if I was transported to the past.
The exhibitions include materials which illustrate people’s lives as detailed as the house design, living room, kitchen, furniture, housing appliances and ETC. Hence, we can see what kind of lives the Edo people led.
The full-size of Nihonbashi Bridge was built at the exhibition hall where you can travel back in time to the Edo period to see how the land was divided with the Edo Castle at the heart of the city.
How to get there???
- By JR Sobu Line, 3 mins walk from the West Exit of Ryogoku Station.
- By Metro Toei Subway Oedo Line, 1 min walk from the A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)
p.s.: Don’t worry about the direction, as there are many sign boards once you step out from the train station which show you the direction to the main building of the museum 🙂
How to save your transportation budget travel in Tokyo? Grab the subway ticket from H.I.S Tourist Information Center now and you can take the subway for an unlimited number of times!