Welcome to Edo!

Hi there! My name is Edoreki Gakushimaru, and I live in the city of Edo (you probably call my city "Tokyo" -- that's the modern name for Edo). I'd like to take you on a trip through my city, to see what it was like when it was still ruled by the Shogun, when samurai walked the streets, accompanied by beautiful women wearing silk kimono. There are lots of sights to see and plenty to learn about ancient Japan. But first, you have to travel back in time about 200 years. Are you ready?

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Hey, look! According to the calendar in the top corner of the screen, we are now in the late 18th century, when Edo was the largest and busiest city in the entire world. There are about 1 million people living in the city itself -- that's more than twice as big as Paris or London, which were the two biggest cities in Europe during the 18th century. Although it is a huge city with lots of things to see, Ill be happy to show you around.

Although I live in Edo, and work as a messenger for one of the most important men in the city, I was born in Western Japan, near Kyoto. In fact, I am just on my way back to Edo after paying a visit to my home town. I have been travelling for several days and I was just resting under this tree for a while before continuing on towards the city. We have almost reached the first checkpoint on the outskirts of Edo, so if you want to join me, we can begin the tour right now. Just click the "Next" icon at the top of the page, and we can get started!

*If this is your first visit, I recommend that you read the instructions for this site. Just click on the large pink question mark in the upper left corner of this web page. If you ever need instructions or help navigating the web site, click on the question mark and the instructions will appear.

**If you have been here before and already know your way around, you can click the icon below. It will take you to the "Map Room" which shows a map of all the places to visit in Edo.

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