Located by the Shinobazu Pond, Shitamachi Museum was established in the effort to preserve culture, tradition, and history of old town shitamachi in Taito ward. The first floor exhibition reproduces shitamachi landscape 100 years ago, while the second floor displays various objects related to shitamachi and Taito area.


Nagaya (tenement houses) of Old town Shitamachi

The exhibition on the first floor is set in the Taisho period (1912-1926). The displays reproduces good old days of Tokyo’s shitamachi townscape. Inside the shop complex facing the street and the tenement house between narrow alleys are coppersmith’s workshop and a traditional sweets shop, as well as a communal well. Each room contains ethnographical objects owners of the house may have used.


Dagashiya , the classical Japanese sweets shop was commonly seen throughout Taito town until the recent past. The shop sells not only sweets but also small toys like spinning tops, kites, and marbles. These shops served as children’s social spot and they were also was a place they learned various life skills outside of classrooms.

Coppersmith's Workshop

Most of the artifacts displayed on the first floor are original objects used daily in the past. The hands-on exhibition within the objects’ original context provides a deep understanding towards values and meanings of these objects. Visitors are invited to enter inside tenement houses to touch and feel the life of shitamachi life.

Admission fees

Primary/Junior/Senior High School Students  ¥100(¥50*)
*Special group rate of 20 people or more
Free admission for person presenting disability certificate and his/her caregiver


5 minutes walk from Ueno Station
< JR Lines/Keisei Line/Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya Lines >

Shitamachi Museum


  • [Opening Hours]

    9:30am-4:30pm (last admission at 4:00pm)

  • [Closed]

    (Open on holiday Mondays and closed on the following Tuesday)
    December 29-January 1,and on some days for administrative purposes

  • 2-1,Ueno-koen(Ueno Park), Taito-ku, Tokyo

  • +81-3-3823-7451

  • Official website

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