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Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide 下町風俗資料館

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    Take a trip to the past at Tokyo’s Shitamachi Museum and see what life was like before Tokyo was filled with modern skyscrapers and bullet trains.Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    Tokyo Shitamachi Museum 下町風俗資料館

    Google Map Shitamachi Museum
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    Located inside Ueno Park on the southeast corner of Shinobazu Pond is the Shitamachi Museum. It’s a small museum showcasing what life was like in Tokyo around 1910-1925.

    Just One Cookbook children at Ueno Park near Shitamachi Museum - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Just One Cookbook children next to Shinobazu Pond.

    museum exterior - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    Shitamachi translates to “lower town” and historically referred to the area of Tokyo occupied by the lower income communities or common people.

    Our family enjoyed the visit to the museum and it was quite interesting to see what life was like in Japan 100 years ago. The entrance fee to the museum is just 300 yen ($3) per person.

    replica phone booth and shop inside the museum - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    On the first floor of the Shitamachi museum are the replica workshop, wholesaler, candy shop, and residential housing. Most of the props used in the replica set are all authentic and from the time period.

    rickshaw and shop inside museum - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Merchant’s house with rickshaw.
    interior of a house - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Merchant’s workspace.
    interior of a candy shop - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Candy shop.
    interior of a house - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Residential home.

    As you walk through the alleyway, there’s a small shrine where visitors can draw Omikuji (Japanese fortune-telling) as you can at many of Japan’s temples and shrines. What’s helpful is there’s a binder with English translation of what the Omikuji (fortune-telling paper strips) means.

    Just One Cookbook children with Omikuji - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    Omikuji translation booklet - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    On the second floor of Shitamachi Museum, there are a variety of exhibits including antique toys, games, and clothing on display and explanation of their significance.

    antique toy train - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Antique toy train.

    antique clothing - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |

    summer time peddler explanation on the wall - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Summer time peddler during the Edo period.
    images of Tokyo Taito area from 1940s to 1950s - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Photographs of Taito Area from 1940 – 1950s.
    replica kitchen - Tokyo Shitamachi Museum Guide |
    Replica kitchen/family room complete with sink and tv.

    When you’re in the Ueno area, stop by this unique museum to see what life in Shitamachi was like. If you are interested in other museums, don’t miss National Museum of Nature and Science and Tokyo National Museum.

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