Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en), Koganei

(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Wander the green fields of Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en), 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." Plan your visit to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Koganei itinerary builder.
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  • Gorgeous open air museum: basically a huge park where you can admire, from within and from outside, Japanese houses, since the Edo period onwards (until the mid-1900). Reconstructions of houses, or houses real uprooted from their original home and transported here. Within each House stalwarts elderly volunteers explain with broken English the interiors of the houses and their history. Warning: You must take your shoes off each time you visit a House! At the end of the path there is a stunning reconstruction of a typical Japanese historic district, with shops, clubs and public baths, all open to visitors. Very nice but long to visit.
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  • The open air museum was very interesting and catered for English language well with the information etc in both languages. Easy enough to get to and very reasonably priced, but by the time you're done...  more »
  • It is a restored transfer there is no exaggeration to say living textbook here, but there are many museums dealing with the Edo was building an outdoor museum. Because the building was just none touched in the history textbooks of this once very interesting and we could see. It is by far more interesting than the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
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  • Great museum, with very well preserved old buildings and interiors. Very interesting glimpse into the past way of living in Tokyo. Most buildings can be enteres, once u take off your shoes. It's located in a park with lots of trees, so it's very peaceful and easy to stay in the shadows on a hot summer day. It's neither very busy nor empty. (Almost?) everything is accessible by wheelchair.
  • A good place to explore and learn about more recent (19-20th centuries) Japanese architecture. You can go inside most of the houses & shops see the interiors. To go into every single one would probably take 3 hours. The park is a few bus stops north from the train station; there are signs guiding tourists near the bus stops.
  • Very quiet, sleepy part of Tokyo. It's an interesting display of Japanese homes and architectural styles all in one area. With the added ability to explore the buildings within limited scope. It was a shame we couldn't view the mezzanine levels on one particular house. The park leading to it is nice with an odd encounter with locals jogging and practicing their flute skills.
  • As far as the idea of a museum go, this one stretches it really far out, but in a good way. There's an obvious privilege in collecting actual live sized buildings and locating them all within a single street. The effect is great and super uncanny. This is a must visit when in Tokyo.
  • Extremely interesting architectural open air museum. An absolute must see if you visit Tokyo. It's not only a nice park, you can also go inside the buildings which are really unique and fascinating to look at.