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  • 600 yen (about $5.60) for adults; 480-300 yen (about $4.45-$2.80) for students
  • Tues-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Sat 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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For a greater understanding of Tokyo's evolution, head to the gigantic Edo-Tokyo Museum. This expertly designed museum showcases the city's history with large- and small-scale models chronicling Tokyo's architectural transformation as well as recreating Japanese life through the centuries (exhibits with statues recreate cultural practices and norms of the time). Here, travelers can walk through Tokyo's humble origins (via the life-sized Nihonbashi Bridge) in the early Edo Period to the Meiji Restoration (the period where Japan transitioned from traditional to a more modern society, influenced by western principles), through the subsequent industrial revolution, past the devastation of the World Wars and into today's modern metropolis. In addition to models of all shapes and sizes, the museum also features historical and cultural relics visitors can observe up close, including traditional kimono gowns and woodblock prints. 

Overall, travelers were delighted with all that the Edo-Tokyo Museum had to offer, with many saying they spent nearly half a day here. Visitors described the museum as incredibly informative and interesting and appreciated the vast amount of history on display. Travelers recommended taking advantage of the complimentary museum tour guides on-site (available in multiple languages). Tours span an hour and a half to two hours and reservations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 6th-floor Voluntary Guide counter. 

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and open until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission costs 600 yen (about $5) for adults. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is located near the Sumida River right next to the Ryogoku subway station. For more information, check out the museum's website

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