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An Authentic Edo Village

Are you fascinated with how people live? Do you want to get a better understanding of how the village of Edo started out and grew to become the sprawling, multi-faceted metropolis that is Tokyo today? Then you should visit the Fukugawa Edo Museum. The Fukagawa Edo Museum presents a fascinating reproduction of downtown Edo in the mid-19th century. The warehouses and stores have been painstakingly recreated along with a typical street of row houses where you can see the humble abode of a fisherman, a typical kitchen from the era and the living room that must have belonged to one of the wealthier inhabitants of the town. Leave your shoes at the door to wander through the various rooms and you will leave with an appreciation for all the modern conveniences that we take for granted each day.

Even the sounds of life in an Edo village have been recreated. The residents woke to the crowing roosters and spent their days listening to the vendors noisily hawking their wares. The Fukugawa Edo Museum is not large, in fact the time between sunrise and sunset in this small town is 20 minutes. So why not stay for a few days to look around?

Hours: 9:30-5:00 (Closed on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month)
Admission:Adults 300 Yen, Children 50 Yen (up to the 3rd grade of junior high school)
Access: A three minute walk from either the Kiyosumi Shirakawa or Eidan (Exit A3) Stations (map)
Other: An brochure is available in English that will help you better understand the exhibits.

Image Credit: Flickr, Loveberry, street & kitchen