Edo Tokyo Museum
The Edo Tokyo Museum has various original objects, mixed with replicas of objects and buildings that take you back through Tokyo's history from the end of the 16th century to the industrial revolution.
The architecture of the museum building itself is reminiscent of an old warehouse: at 62 metres tall it's the same height as the tower of the old Edo Castle.
The museum has been open since the 28th March 1993, and houses an illuminating and interactive exposition, where you're able to touch many of the objects and even enter into some of the buildings.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum exhibition is organised so that, as you advance from room to room you will see the various historical monuments of the city.
After you cross the replica of the Nihonbashi bridge (the first bridge in Tokyo, and its centre point) where you'll see mock-ups of old Edo, old paintings, and even details such as their drainage systems, how they managed fires and security... You can see documents from the Second World War and, finally, the technology that heralded the industrial revolution in Japan.
What better way to tour the museum than by taking a totally free guided tour? At the entrance to the museum, on the upper floor, you'll find a countre where you can request a guided tour.
There are volunteers that speak a range of languages, depending on the day, but the majority speak English.
As well as the volunteer guides, you can contract an audio guide without any additional cost.
We're not sure if it's because of the quality of the exposition, or for the history lesson given by the volunteer guides, but this museum comes totally recommended, an unmissable visit in Tokyo.
From Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Saturdays until 7:30 pm
Closed on Mondays. If Monday is a public holiday, the closure moves to Tuesday.
Adults: ¥ 620 (US$ 4.40)
Students and seniors over 65: ¥ 300 (US$ 2.10)
Metro: Oedo (E) line.
JR Trains: Sobu line.
Asakusa (1.7 km) Tokyo Skytree (1.9 km) Akihabara (2.2 km) Ueno Park (2.8 km) Tokyo National Museum (3 km)