Tokyo has a lot of museums, some are more special and bigger than others, but even the small museums can be worth visiting. The Edo Tokyo Museum is one of the bigger museums in Tokyo, and is full of history and fun activities.
The Edo Tokyo Museum is a museum about the history of Tokyo during the Edo-period. The museum also has special exhibitions that will change throughout the year.
While getting into the museum through the main entrance you will find a ticket office and a museum shop. The available tickets are for the permanent exhibition, the special exhibition and a combination ticket. There are multiple discount tickets available for elders and for students. There is also a ticket office at the 3rd floor.
The special exhibitions are usually held on the first floor, with a current exhibition The special exhibition might not have many English information about the pieces they exhibit. After visiting the special exhibition, you will have to go through a hall way with a small museum shop that will lead you back to the main hall.
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From the main hall, go to the right and you will see electric doors going outside to the escalators. The escalator will first bring you to the 3rd floor, where the other ticket office is. From here you will have to show your ticket to continue to the 5th and 6thfloor, where you will find the permanent exhibition. The permanent exhibition of the Edo Tokyo Museum is a 2-floor exhibition, starting on the 6th floor and going down to the 5th floor. It is not possible to start on the 5th floor. You can either take the escalators or the elevator, taking the escalators is recommended since you will be able to see some art portraits on the wall while going up.
On the 6th floor you will be able to get audio guides for the main exhibition. The audio guides can be returned at information desk at the 5th floor (You can get the audio guides by leaving a ¥1000 deposit, this will be refunded). Throughout the museum are information signs about the art available. The signs are in English and Japanese, but there is an electronic sign that will be able to give the information in more languages (Korean, Mandarin, Thai, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Bahasa Malaysia).
The museum itself is big and after coming down to the 5th floor it will feel like you are stepping into the world of Japan from back in the days. You will be able to interact with some of the pieces in the museum, which is fun for all ages. It will be easy to find your way around the museum since quite some signs are pointing you to certain directions. There are also quite some staff members available who will be able to answer your questions.
You will be able to find a variety of museum stores throughout the different exhibition areas, there are also some restaurants in the building.
How to get to the Edo-Tokyo Museum:
The easiest way to get to the Edo-Tokyo Museum is to get off at Ryogoku Station. After getting out of the station you will see multiple signs directing you to the museum. You will walk up to some stairs, if you take the stairs you will get to the 3rd floor of the museum. There is a ticket office there and you will be able to go to the permanent exhibition. If you want to see the special exhibition, go to the left of the stairs and walk there. You will walk through a parking lot and see the museum on your left side.
Opening times: 9:30 – 17:30 (Saturday: 9:30 – 19:30)
Entry is permitted until 30 minutes before closing time.