Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum 江戸東京たてもの園
Stroll along streets lined with buildings from centuries past
Only about 30 minutes from central Tokyo, the Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is a showcase of preserved and reconstructed buildings from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Offering a fascinating insight into Japan's past, buildings on display include old teahouses and bathhouses to private residential homes of famous people.
- A model of the vanished Tokyo Toden tram
- Special illumination events are held in fall; you can enter the museum at night
- Visiting the museum during cherry blossom season when Koganei Park is a riot of pink
- The museum's bathhouse, said to be one of the inspirations for the Ghibli animated film Spirited Away
How to Get There
The Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is in Koganei Park, which is around 30 minutes from central Tokyo by train.
From Shinjuku Station, take the JR Chuo Line and get off at Musashi-Koganei Station. You can also take the Seibu Shinjuku Line and get off at Hana-Koganei Station. Buses going to Koganei Park West Gate can be found at either station.
Take an architectural amble
The museum is divided into three zones, each arranged to reproduce a townscape. Visiting each zone is like slipping into a different era. Feel free to explore the streets and go into the buildings. You can also touch the various objects on display.
You can shoot photos here
Whereas other museums prohibit the use of photo and video-recording devices, you can freely take pictures and videos on the premises.