Tokyo has thrived as the center of Japan’s politics and culture for over 400 year, beginning in the early 17th century when the samurai warriors dominated society. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a convenient one-stop location for leaning about the city’s history, culture, and modes of life throughout these centuries. From Tochomae Station (located near the Keio Plaza Hotel), the museum can be accessed by a 30-minute ride on the Oedo Subway Line to Ryogoku Station, followed by a short 1-minute walk. The museum’s permanent exhibition space displays various items such as ukiyoe prints, kimonos, scroll paintings, and old maps. A kabuki drama stage and typical Edo-era houses are examples of the 50 or so models that simulate traditional structures. The larger of these were built with meticulous precision following careful historical research, and their massive presences are truly impressive. Volunteer guides offer free-of-charge explanations in eight languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish and Italian. (On some days, however, certain languages may not be available.) Explore the pageantry of the city’s history with a short trip to the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Updated: 27 February, 2019