You can learn and see the traditional crafts that have been passed down from the Edo period (1603-1868) in this museum. The museum holds craft demonstrations and workshops.
At the Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum, you can learn about Edo-period traditional crafts that were developed under Shitamachi (the geographically lower part of an area) culture and history. The museum permanently displays 350 works from 45 different industries, such as Edo sudare (bamboo screens), Tokyo kiridansu (chest of drawers made of paulownia wood), as well as Edo sashi-mono (cabinetwork). You can see and feel the craftsmanship of the handicrafts that you never get from ready‐made goods. The crafts museum is located in the Taito Ward, which has been known as a town of common people and has been thriving as the center of commerce and culture since the Edo period. It is the only area in Tokyo where you can see the shrines and temples that remain from that era. There are many craftsmen who have acquired traditional skills living in the ward. Some of the attractions in the crafts museum are demonstration shows given by skilled craftsmen, as well as workshops instructed by craftsmen. You need to register prior to joining the workshops. The museum is a two-minute walk from the Toei Bus Oku-asakusa bus stop and a five-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express Line Asakusa Station.