What to do on a rainy day in Tokyo? Go head to the best rated museum in Tokyo and why not learn a little bit about the culture and history of this metropolis? There is no big city with a good museum! So check out how people lived in the Edo era and learn how Tokyo became the metropolis it is now.
1590 Edo – Japan’s new capital to today’s Tokyo – The Edo-Tokyo Museum 江戸東京博物館
Well, we admit, there are several kinds of travellers and lots of them are not the biggest fans of museums – so aren’t we! So why would we recommend this particular one?
Imagine, it’s a rainy day in Tokyo and you simply do not want to go outside! The museum might be the best option for a half-day hide-out while you can explore and learn how Tokyotees lived back in the days.
Or you simply like history and would like to have some food for thought on how Tokyo looked like? Well, real life buildings and amazing historical items on display might be what you are looking for. Even things from the 80’s and 90’s are displayed here and for those, who grew up in the 90’s might recognize toys with which they used to play! #memories!
Furthermore, this museum is even nice and interesting to those who usually avoid these indoor places since the life size exhibitions make you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Edo-Era Japan. And on top of this, lots of items are even ‘tangible’! Try to carry the ancient merchant buckets or sit inside a Japanese palanquin (not sure if today’s human beings can carry this one if someone sits inside!).
So, even if you’re not the biggest museum fan, the Edo-Tokyo museum is surely recommended due to its exhibitions being tangible and making you feel like travelling back in time – and it’s educational as well! The museum also offers seasonal and special exhibitions. Check out the calendar here.
09:30-17:30 Tuesday-Friday & Sunday; 09:30-19:30 on Saturdays; Closed on Mondays
Times are subject to change and an annual calendar can be found here
General Admission Fees
Adult – 600 Yen
Seniors (over 65) – 300 Yen
Students – 480 Yen
Audio Guides are available for free (just a deposit).
Columbus’ advice: if you have backpacks, jackets or other things with you, simply put them in the coin lockers located next to ground floor counters. These coin lockers can be accessed with a 100 yen coin as a deposit and once you return and retrieve your things, the 100 yen will be returned. What a service!
How to get here
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is located in Sumida-Ku, which is located in old Tokyo just next to Koto and Taito.
Wilson’s advice: Try to do a half day museum tour and stay in the old parts of Tokyo (Sumida, Taito, Koto) for the rest of the day. The Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Wrestling Arena) and the Tokyo Dome (Baseball Arena) are easily accessed. Also, Asakusa in Taito (Kaminarimon and Sensoji) or Uena is just next door! This would allow to see a lot of historical and traditional places in a day without having to navigate through Tokyo (and it will safe you bucks on train tickets!).
Ryogoku Station is served by the JR Sobu Line and the Toei Oedo Line
If you’re coming from a JR Yamanote Line Stop, get off at Akihabara Station and change to the JR Sobu Line (towards Nishi-Funabashi).
From Ryogoku Station, the museum is simply access on foot within 5 min.