Built to commemorate the hardships regular Japanese people suffered during and after the Second World War, the National Showa Memorial Museum—also known as Showakan—captures everyday life during this ultimately tragic period of the country's history.
The museum is a one-minute walk from Kudanshita Station, and close to the entrance of Kitanomaru Park.
The museum was designed by architect Kiyonori Kikutake and houses over 18,000 items, including letters, clothes and other commodities from World War II. The exhibits provide a clear view of the day-to-day struggles of regular citizens, both during and after the conflict.
In addition to the moving exhibits, there is an interactive area where you can try on replicas of period clothing and a theater with regular showings of wartime newsreels. There's an English-language audio guide to fill you in.