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Tokyo's Shitamachi (downtown) has changed a lot since the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and post-WWII (1945). It has lost a lot of its nostalgic views and lifestyle that the Japanese people used to live in under the age of Meiji and Taisho period. Shitamachi Museum, located in Ueno, is a small museum that is worth a visit if you are interested to see what life was like in downtown Tokyo more than 70 years ago.
As soon as you enter, you are greeted with a very warm colour of antique tools and equipments that were used in the streets of Tokyo. Entry fee is 300 yen for one adult, and there is also an English guide available for free. Once you enter, you will be greeted with 3 main structures within the building: a Dagashiya candy store, a coppersmith and another merchants store. These are careful replicated housing structures within the museum building, and you can enter each structure to see the interior details - just don't forget to take off your shoes, just like when entering any Japanese home.
There is also a second floor to the museum, where you can learn about the history of downtown Tokyo. There is also a little toy corner where you can play actual toys and games that they had back in the old ages of Tokyo. Just be minded that you are not allowed to take photos on the second floor of the museum.
Overall, Shitamachi museum is a small museum where you can learn and enjoy the downtown Tokyo experience. Because it is a small museum, you will probably be able to tour around the museum just over an hour. However, being located right in the middle of Ueno district, you are nearby many other attractions in Ueno such as the Ueno zoo, Ueno park and the nationalise up, so this is an easy and definite addition you should add to your itenary when visiting Ueno.
Shitamachi Museum - Ueno
Address: 2-1 Uenokōen, 台東区 Taitō-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:30 - 16:30
Average spend: 300 yen for adult. 100 yen for children
Access: 4 minute walk from Keisei Ueno station. 6 minute walk from JR Ueno station.
Born in Japan, brought up in Hong Kong and currently living in Sydney, Australia.
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