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Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum, Koganei

Edo-Tokyo Open-airI highly recommend you visit the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum to see actual homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. Unfortunately due to natural disasters, war and redevelopment much of DSC_1979Tokyo historical architecture has been erased, but at the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum you can tour over 30 homes and businesses in their original condition.

DSC_1987In 1993, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established the seven-hector Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum. The goal of the museum is to relocate, reconstruct, preserve and exhibit historical buildings of great cultural value.

The museum is very hands-on where you will enjoy touring inside and learning the histories of each house and business. The Edo-Edo-Tokyo Open-airTokyo Open-air Architectural Museum has excellent English documentation in the buildings, as well as, the brochure booklet. If you would like to go into each building, plan for 3-4 hours. Although we loved every building, the top three highlights for our family were the farmhouse of the Yoshino family built in late Edo period (later 1800’s), the house of Korekiyo Takahashi who was assassinated in the Feb 26, 1936 coup, and the public bathhouse “Kodakara-yu” built in 1929. Not only is the museum great for adults, but kids will love learning the history and exploring the houses. If you are a budding Edo-Tokyo Open-airphotographer, there are also many great photo opportunities.

The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum is located inside the Koganei Park that is also known for its lovely plum and cherry blossoms. There is also plenty of car parking available. It takes about an hour to get to the museum from downtown Tokyo so make it a day trip and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with a picnic.

Edo-Tokyo Open-airEdo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum Details

Address: 3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-0005 (in Koganei Park)
Phone: 042-388-3300
Hours: April – September 9:30 -17:30; October – march 9:30 – 16:30
Cost: Adults 400 yen, college 300 yen, Hugh school 200 yen, junior high school and below free
Website: http://www.tatemonoen.jp/english/index.html
Access:
– 5 min bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line (take the Seibu bus from platform #2 or #3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk 5 mins).
– 5 min bus ride from Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line (take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk five mins).

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