Experience life in pre-modern Japan at Kodaira Furusato Mura in Kodaira, Tokyo
Learn and celebrate the history of Kodaira Furusato Mura, a historical farming village complete with relocated and reconstructed 17th and 18th-century buildings. Experience what life was like in a farming village by gathering around the sunken hearth inside the former Kohyama family residence. You can also learn how villagers used water to grind grains. Visit the former entrance hall of the Ogawa family residence, the family that founded Ogawa village (current day Kodaira) after the construction of the Tamagawa Josui canal was complete, and the previous Ogawa-cho post office, built in the Showa era. Every February 3rd or 4th, the Kodaira Furusato Mura celebrates Setsubun, a holiday which celebrates the start of spring by throwing beans to ward off demons and inviting in good luck. Many other holidays are celebrated every year, such as Girl’s Day (March 3rd) and Children’s Day (May 5th)! Check out the village’s event list on their homepage for more details. The Kodaira Furusato Mura is a 20-minute walk from Hana-Koganei Station, which is a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station.