Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Koganei

4.5
Wander the green fields of Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, peppered with a range of historic structures that give a sense of traditional Japanese design. Over the years, Tokyo has lost many prized examples of its idiosyncratic architectural accomplishments to cataclysms, but across this 7 hectare (17 acre) park you'll have the chance to inspect some of these historic building styles in detail, inside and out. The variety of buildings salvaged and relocated from the city includes everything from upper-class homes, pre-war shops, and public baths to Western-style buildings of the Meiji period. Notably, this evocative and comprehensive museum provided visionary animation director Hayao Miyazaki with inspiration while working on his masterpiece "Spirited Away." Put Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Koganei online trip itinerary planner.
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  • Designed to preserve historic buildings and other artifacts, this is a true multi-functional "attraction". You are treated at seeing how a building was actually constructed. The buildings are not.....  more »
  • It's a bit off the beaten path and if you take the train, you need to take another bus to get there. It is a nice break though from the usual crowds of tourists at Asakusa, shopping at Shibuya or.....  more »
  • We (family of 2 boomers and 3 x 20 somethings) spent a cold gray December Friday here but were warmed by the friendly English speaking volunteers who explained points of interest while we sat around....  more »
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  • This is basically an amazing spot for literally anything. There is a museum that you can pay for and enjoy old buildings. Then there is the park outside that is just huge. It is used for viewing the cherry blossom and playing with snow in the winter. During the summer time, it’s just a great place to hang out in the evening seriously! You can ride your bike, go jogging or play soccer. Whatever your fancy is. The parking is a bit expensive however. Also, I do recommend car or bicycle when coming here. It’s a large park and walking with take the whole day to see every thing. This basically an all round park. You can’t regret coming here.
  • Super interesting, with some fascinating buildings to look in and lots of staff and volunteers to show you around. A little English is spoken, and most of the signs are also bilingual. The highlight is probably the shopping street, with a liquor store, and a sento recreation. There's a small restaurant which is not bad, and a good gift shop. Also, many buildings require no shoes so wear clean socks (!) There is some shelter, but a lot of being outside so wrap up warm or bring plenty of drinks depending on the weather.
  • Wonderful park with number of traditional houses + Great volunteer guides To be very honest, I did not expect much about this museum before I visited but I was totally wrong! Great peaceful park that comes with spacious parking lots and of course great traditional houses on display. I was very impressed by the quality of volunteers as well. Some of them speak good English and that made our visit even more enjoyable as we were able to know the history of the building, structure, old time usage, etc. Highly recommend for half a day visit for the museum and maybe you need full day if you also wish to enjoy the park itself.
  • It's great if you like architecture and if you're interested in Japanese lifestyle and history. You can walk into the traditional homes and appreciate not only the esthetics but also get a glimpse of the domestic lifestyle. Excellent follow up to the Edo museum
  • This place redefines what could be placed in a museum place. This open-air museum rebuilds or recreates some of the spectacular architecture samples in Tokyo from history. Two sections are in this museum—one is the Japanese-Western style that happened from the early 1900s where you can find Dutch or French houses with Japanese architect’s touches. The another one is Japanese tradition housing like the wooden terraced house. I spent an afternoon here for a good lesson of architecture.

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