During the Tokugawa period, Japan's last samurai era, people were divided into four social classes: warriors, peasants, artisans, and merchants. The last two classes were also known as "townspeople." Fukagawa was a typical community developed by townspeople. Why don't you visit the Fukagawa Edo Museum and get a sense of how people in the old days lived? You can enjoy and experience the atmosphere of the old capital, the way it was. Also, near the museum, there is a Japanese garden in a style typical to the period.

Fukagawa Edo Museum

The old town of Fukagawa, circa 1840, has been carefully reproduced in the museum. You'll see how most townspeople lived in densely packed blocks. Each ward had a gate to ensure public safety. All the buildings were constructed in the same way, as was the custom in those days. Nevertheless, there were various kinds of businesses and homes – a wholesaler's shop, warehouses, stores, boathouses, stalls, tenements, a communal space used by all the tenants, etc. Let us show you what life was like in the samurai era of the 1840s.

Kiyosumi Garden

While strolling through this traditional Japanese garden, you will find a beautifully-crafted artificial pond along with a man-made hill. Moreover, many of the city's wild birds find a sanctuary here.

Originally, the residence of a great merchant stood here. At the end of the 19th century, the founder of the Mitsubishi Financial Group, Iwasaki Yataro, purchased the garden. A highlight of the landscaped garden is the many rare rocks set around the grounds. The stones were collected from all across the country.

Kiyosumi Garden is an environment of greenery in a city that can make one forget their troubles and relax for a time.

Course Date & Time:

The last Saturday of every month, 14:00 – 16:00 (2 hours), except August and December. The date and time are negotiable.

Note: Fukagawa Edo Museum is closed on second and fourth Mondays (if Monday falls on public holiday, it is closed on the next Tuesday).


400 yen for the Fukagawa Edo Museum and 150 yen for Kiyosumi Garden (pay at the gate).

Meeting Place:

The ticket gate of the Toei Oedo-Line Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station (E14).

Gate of Fukagawa-hudo

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