About the Tokyo Historical Heritage MuseumEdo Tokyo Museum is a museum set up to preserve the historic heritage of Tokyo, the Edo.
Edo was the name of Tokyo for more than 250 years, between the beginning of the 17th century and the second half of the 19th century. The name was changed in 1868, when Japan was ruled by Tokugawa Shogunate. At that time many traditions were created and Japan developed a lot culturally.
In the museum you can learn about the city of Edo from its early days, the industry that developed in it and the daily life in the Old City. Actors present pictures and demonstrations of life and culture in the Edo era, from life in the homes of the city's residents to the Kabuki Theater, the oldest and most famous of Japan.
The entrance to the museum begins when you cross a replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge. The exhibits inside focus on the Edo period and can track the progress and development of the city, along the periods of rulers such as the Meiji, and the Showa , and up to recent years.
In the museum there are models of Edo and reconstructions of buildings from that period. The museum is divided into different zones. In the Edo Zone, you can learn about politics from the Edo era. In the Tokyo Zone you will see the great changes in the transition to the Tokyo era, due to the European and American influences on Japan during the Meiji era. In the others areas are the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, followed by the Great Earthquake, or the Kanto, as well as the effects of World War II on the city and the aftermath of the massive reconstruction that Tokyo went through.
The Museum's architectureThe museum building was designed according to the typical shape of a kurazukuri-style warehouse from the Edo period. At a height of 62.2 meters, the unique design of the building recreates exactly the height of the ancient castle tower of Edo.The museum is spread over 30 thousand square meters. It has galleries and an exhibition that shows changing displays, including numerous large models of historical cities. Alongside them are demonstrations and illustrations of traditional crafts from the previous centuries, which are displayed in workshops built in the style of workshops of the old days.
Tuesday to Friday and Sunday - 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Saturday - 9:30 am - 7:30 pm.
There is no more entrance half an hour before the museum closes.