Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi Museum © yoojin

Shitamachi Museum

Shitamachi Museum is a museum that reproduces the livelihood of people who lived in the downtown area of the Taisho (1912–1926) and Meiji (1868–1912) Periods, which had remains of the Edo Period (1603–1868). In an ordinary downtown, commerce and industry merchants lived in the area along the river and sea. In the Shitamachi Museum the majority of the items being exhibited are related to the downtown region that was in the center of Taito-ku. The tools on display that were used in everyday life were donated to the museum when it opened by people from inside and outside of Taito-ku and these tools have actually been used.

The museum has two floors and on the first floor there is a reproduction of a Taisho Period townscape with such things as merchant’s houses and a cheap sweets shop. On the second floor there is a separate exhibition space and a toy corner where you can play with toys that were played with by children of that time period. On the weekends there is a picture story show and there are also demonstrations carried out by woodblock print and sculpture artisans.

Admission fees are 300 yen for general admission, 100 yen for elementary, middle and high school students and for groups of 20 or more people general admission is 200 yen and 50 yen for elementary, middle and high school students.


The nearest stations are JR Ueno Station and Keisei Ueno Station and from either station it is a 5-minute walking distance to the museum.

Description: Shitamachi Museum

Sights Shitamachi Museum (下町風俗資料館)
Address 2-1 Ueno-park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3823-7451
Duration 40Minutes
Business Hours Tuesday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:09:30-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Closed dates Monday Irregular closed dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

Map: Shitamachi Museum