This is the place to learn about Tokyo's 19th century common folk. In those days, the city was known as "Edo," and native ... More
Fukagawa Edo Museum
This is the place to learn about Tokyo's 19th century common folk. In those days, the city was known as "Edo," and native Tokyoites (Edo-ko) pride themselves on their connections to this plebian past. Everyday life is reproduced in a rather constricted display area, but the replicas of row houses which were integral to living in shitamachi (the "lower" town) are nevertheless noteworthy. The fire water tower is also impressive. Take a good look at the maps to see how Tokyo has grown. The museum remains closed on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.
This is a great way to teach the kids about life in "the old days" in Tokyo. From what I understand, a lot of locals take their kids there to show them how their grandparents once lived.
It's set up like a small village. You can enter the homes and see what it was like to visit the market during the Edo period. You can check out what a typical home might have looked like back then. They even have some cool effects to change it from daytime to nighttime, moving clouds across the mock riverfront, and a tall fire watchtower. I think my favorite thing is the fake dog hiking its leg on the side of the watchtower. What a great addition!
You can go through the entire museum in about 30 to 45 minutes and it's very affordable!
This museum was a real find for our family. Fantastic exibits, real life houses, things to sit on, walk in and touch. It helped my kids understand the history of Tokyo. We had fun watching the ghost Kabuki show, and exploring the 1950's typical Tokyo house. Af great day out, you won't be dissapointed. I think next time I'll go back without the kis so I can see all of it!
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