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The Edo-Tokyo Museum is the best place to go if you want to find out more about Japanese culture as it is divided into two areas which explain the past and present history of Tokyo. The first part of the museum focuses on Edo, which was the name of the Japanese capital between the 15th and 19th centuries. The second part of the museum explains the history of Tokyo since it was named the capital in 1868.

In Edo Zone, there is a reconstruction of the Nihonbashi Bridge, as well as displays showing what life was like in the capital during this period. One of the most popular features is the model of the Kabuki-za Theatre.

The change from Edo to Tokyo is explained in Tokyo Zone and there is also a display showing how Japan has been influenced by the western world. See the effects of the Kantō earthquake which struck the city in 1923 with objects which where recuperated from the disaster, as well as a display showing the effects of WWII in Japan.

There are guided tours of the museum in English.

Tokyo Travel Guide | Museums in Tokyo

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