If you want to go back to the old times of the Edo period, you’ll probably be directed to the fancy and well-publicized Edo-Tokyo Museum. But do you know that a small yet charming museum called Fukagawa Edo Museum which features exhibits on the Edo era can be located in a non-touristy neighborhood? Though it’s off the beaten track, it is a great destination if you really want to get a feel for Edo life.
Fukagawa Edo Museum was established in 1986 for the purpose of exhibiting things related to Edo Fukagawa. It primarily consists of exhibition spaces and an area for cultural activities. It is very easy to reach as it takes only 3 minutes from the closest metro station. The main entrance displays an introductory exhibit to provide background information on the museum. Once you go down to the lower level, you will be greeted with a little reconstructed Edo town complete with shops and homes. There are also dogs and cats going about their daily routines.
You also have the opportunity to be guided around the museum by a member of staff with adequate English skills who is very much engaging. He or she will ask you some questions along the way while sharing interesting information. You will learn new things such as the Edo-period style of putting away the futon in the morning. They usually have a room divider in one corner where they set it aside. You can also see some items used in everyday life including plants. One exciting feature is the lighting system which changes with the season. You can hear birds chirping and merchants calling. For more information, panels have been set up featuring explanations about traditional events. There’s also a small theater where traditional music performances, as well as plays and lectures, are held.
Visit this indoor recreation of the Edo era and learn about how ordinary people used to live in the day time and night time.