Special Exhibition 1F

Splendors of Edo: Rites of the Samurai, Festivals of the Merchants


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This is on view until March 31 5:00 pm, 2022.


 Exhibition Outline

O-Edo. The name itself evokes bright, vibrant impressions of Edo, which in its time was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, Edo was a city with an estimated population of around 1 million. This summer, the Edo-Tokyo Museum will present the Splendors of Edo special exhibition, offering visitors a closer look at the bright, vibrant aspects of the great city of Edo. This exhibition will examine annual events such as the rites and rituals of the samurai class and festivals of merchant families in Edo, depicting ceremonial situations and settings in the lives of Edo residents. In addition to exceptional pieces from the Edo-Tokyo Museum’s collection and other outstanding items from all over Japan, two sets of armor will be returning home to Japan from the UK and the USA. These items tell us of the passion for tomorrow among Edo residents. Their ceremonial situations and settings convey their dynamic passion for the future. Of course, such an outlook is not unique to the Edo period—it is still relevant to us today. We hope that in an era impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition will offer a place to think about our own passion for tomorrow.




True Scales Dark-Color Lacing Chest Armor in Two Parts with Archer’s Glove with Hollyhock Crest








Left: True Scales Red Lacing Scale Armor with Silver Commander’s Baton and Five-Ribbed Black-Lacquer Battle Fan with Round Moon in Maki-e







Black-Lacquered Woman’s Palanquin with Plum and Arabesque Pattern and Scattered Three Diamonds in a Circle Crests in Maki-e

(August 11 – September 20)





Lion Masks



 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Saturday, July 10 to Monday, September 20, 2021 (national holiday)

Location: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1st Floor Special Exhibition Room (1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Phone: 03-3626-9974 (switchboard)


  • 3-minute walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line

  • 1-minute walk from A3 or A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line

  • Toei bus: 錦27, 両28, 門33, 墨38 bus routes

     Sumida City circulation bus “Sumida Hyakkei Sumimarukun / Sumirinchan (Southern Route)”

     Get off at “Toei Ryogoku Eki-mae (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)” and walk 3 minutes.


Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm *Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed: Mondays (however, the exhibition will be open July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 30, and September 20), Tuesday, August 10


Click here to view the List of Works.


Admission fee (incl. tax) Special exhibition ticket Special exhibition & permanent exhibition ticket Special exhibition advance sale ticket


1,400 yen (1,120 yen) 1,600 yen (1,280 yen) 1,200 yen

University & technical school students

1,120 yen (890 yen) 1,280 yen (1,020 yen) 920 yen

Junior high school students (from outside Tokyo), high school students, those aged 65 years and older

700 yen (560 yen) 800 yen (640 yen) 500 yen

Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo)

700 yen (560 yen) None 500 yen


*The parentheses (   ) indicate group rates for 20 or more people.


*The special exhibition admission fee is free in the following cases. Preschool children. Anyone who has a physical disability certificate, intellectual disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental health and welfare certificate, or an official designation as an atomic bomb survivor, as well as their attending caregivers (up to two people).


*There is no special exhibition & permanent exhibition ticket for elementary school students and junior high school students who live or study in Tokyo because the permanent exhibition admission fee is free for them.


*Junior high school, high school, university, and technical school students are required to present a student ID card, and those aged 65 and over are required to present proof of age (health insurance card, driver’s license, etc.).


*Advance tickets will be on sale from Saturday, April 24 to Friday, July 9 (this sales period may be subject to change).


We recommend you make an advance reservation online using the ASOVIEW service, which we have recently introduced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to purchase an electronic ticket for a specified date and time (external site).


*Ticket sales: Edo-Tokyo Museum, major ticket agencies (Special and permanent exhibition tickets sold only at the Edo-Tokyo Museum)