Fukagawa Edo Museum: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Fukagawa Edo Museum: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa

Looking almost like a film set for a historical drama, the main exhibit here is a life-size reconstruction of an early nineteenth-century neighorhood on the banks of the Sumida River, filled with shops, warehouses, private houses, and even a canal with a traditionally built boat. There are eleven buildings in all, and you can take off your shoes and wander around inside them to get a glimpse of what daily life might have looked like in that era.

The foliage and lighting of the exhibit area change with the seasons, and sound effects of  birds and street sounds add to the overall ambience. While it’s nowhere near as big as the Edo-Tokyo Museum (two subway stops away in Ryogoku), this compact museum is worth checking out if you’re in the area, and it can be combined with a visit to the nearby Kiyosumi Gardens (a two-minute walk from here) as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art (a nine-minute walk).


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