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Fukagawa Edo Museum showcases a life-sized replica of a Tokyo neighbourhood from the end of the Edo (or Tokugawa) Period (1603 -1867).
Kiyosumi-Shirakawa on the Hanzomon Line is the closest station, a 5-minute walk away.
Opening times and admission
It's open from 9.30 am to 5 pm most days. It's closed on the second and fourth Monday of the month and from the 29th of December to the 3rd of January.
Admission is 400 Yen for adults.
It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to visit.
Before entering the area containing the buildings, there are a few posters with information about the most prominent kabuki actors of that time.
As you walk in, you have a view from above of the little neighbourhood containing 11 buildings, with one meowing cat sitting on one of the rooftops.
You can walk in and get a closer look into the Vegetable Store, the Rice Store, Boatman's Room and Sawyer's Room, but you must take your shoes off before you do so.
The lighting changes to reflect different times of the day and there are ambient sounds to enhance the whole experience.
There are no boards or panels with detailed explanations but you will encounter a few knowledgeable English-speaking volunteer guides who will explain a bit more about certain aspects of life during the Edo Period, as it is presented in the museum.
As you exit the area with the buildings there is a small space which contains a few extra bits of information regarding some of the objects you've seen or how they were used, with explanations written both in Japanese and English.
If you want to immerse yourself in the Edo Period, this museum is exactly the place to go to, especially considering that Edo Tokyo Museum is now closed for renovation until the end of 2025.
If you're visiting Tokyo and want to briefly travel back in time I would highly recommend paying a visit to this beautiful museum.
Have you ever been to the Fukagawa Edo Museum? If so, I would love to hear about it, in the comments below.
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