Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum was established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1993 as a branch museum of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. In the seven-hectares wide site of the museum situated in the Metropolitan Koganei Park, historic buildings that have high cultural value but became unable to stand in their original location are relocated to, and reconstructed, preserved, and exhibited. In total 30 buildings are displayed presently.
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan1,980 contributions
Open-air museum where you can experience early modern and modern Japanese houses
Jun 2020
小金井公園の敷地内にある野外博物館。江戸時代から明治・大正時代の面影を遺す建物を移築し、保存することにより、その時代の建物の特徴や暮らしを身近に体験することが出来ます。都心から1時間程度で行けるところにあるため、気軽に行くことが出来ます。昔ながらの家屋や古民家が好き、そこにいるとホッとする、という、日頃のコンクリートジャングルに囲まれた生活の中で疲れを感じた人が行くには最適のところではないかと思います。
必ずしも、囲炉裏のある古民家だけ、というわけではなく、明治以降の近代化に伴って取り入れた洋式の家具・調度品、和洋折衷の装飾品もあり、時代の流れに伴った建築の変遷も見ることが出来ます。

家だけでなく、昔懐かしの路面電車やボンネットの車も屋外展示されており、また季節ならではのイベントも盛り沢山であるため、大人だけでなく、お子さんも十分に楽しむことが出来ると思います。

It's an open-air museum located in the grounds of Koganei Park. By relocating and preserving buildings that still retain aspects of the Edo period through the Meiji and Taisho periods, visitors can experience the characteristics of the buildings and the lifestyle of those times. It takes only about an hour to get there from the central of Tokyo, so it is easy to visit. If you like old-fashioned houses and old folk houses, or feel relieved when you are there, this is the perfect place for you to go if you feel tired from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city.
Not only old houses with sunken hearths, but also Western-style furniture and furnishings introduced with the modernization after the Meiji era, as well as ornaments that blend Japanese and Western styles, allow visitors to see the changes in architecture that accompanied the flow of the times.

Not only houses, but also old-fashioned streetcars and hood cars are exhibited outside, and there are many seasonal events, so not only adults but also children can enjoy themselves.
Written May 13, 2021
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Rohan G
Suginami, Japan10 contributions
It felt like an English lesson
Jul 2020
To be honest, I enjoy place and I've been there many times as I've lived in Japan for many years. But I wanted to get this off my chest. I speak Japanese reasonably well and I don't need English to communicate with staff at all. But every time I go there and ask questions I get answered in English of a relatively poor level. The staff struggle with the language and I feel like I am giving them a free English lesson. As I am a paying customer I find this situation extremely disappointing. I honestly get the feeling, "Oh, it's a another foreigner!! I have to speak English". If it weren't for this I would rate it much more highly.
Written July 30, 2020
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SFBayAreaTrekker
San Francisco Bay Area (CA)564 contributions
True Interactivce Museum
Sep 2019
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 an interpretive reconstructions. These buildings were deconstructed and rebuild upon relocation. The curators have taken time to add furnishings and wares to the period, and provide educational displays that transcends language.

Several of these buildings were inspiration for popular films.
Written May 3, 2020
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SpahkeeTrav
Minneapolis, MN773 contributions
A nice break from the overcrowded Tokyo attractions
Jan 2020
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 Harajuku or the Skytree. This is set in the middle of a park and gives you an idea of typical buildings of merchants, farmers and shop keepers during the Edo period.

Probably the best time to go is in the Spring when the cherry blossoms are out or in the Fall. In the chill of the winter, because you have to take your shoes off to walk through these houses, my feet froze in spite of wearing wool socks. Summer heat and humidity might create the opposite problem with these houses not having great ventilation.

All in all, a good activity for architecture buffs or people wanting to do something a bit different.
Written January 24, 2020
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Debra B
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Chilly weather, but warm greetings by staff and volunteers
Dec 2019 • Family
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 the hearth fires in the traditional Japanese houses. Not to mention the hearty hot soba at the museum restaurant, cheap and tasty.Afternoon coffee and snacks at the cafe was a bit more pricey. Great place for a leisurely day if you have an inkling of interest in Japanese history and/or domestic architecture. You can walk a couple of k's from the nearest train station up the main drag and down a long laneway adjacent to a park, or catch the bus to the park entry and walk through the park from there, it's easy to find. Alternatively catch the bus back, they are all going to the station.
Written January 4, 2020
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Luke L
Metro Manila, Philippines54 contributions
One of the best Tokyo attractions
Dec 2019 • Solo
A very underrated museum. Its popularity does not seem to match its greatness. Most people do not know about this place, hence the almost zero crowd. While it's a good thing for me personally, it deserves more recognition. The buildings are attractive, the guides are very helpful (some even try their best to explain in English even though I can speak basic Japanese). It is definitely the highlight of my Tokyo trip this year. Not to mention, the park it is located in also deserves some stroll as well
Written December 17, 2019
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Freyjudagr
75 contributions
Great Open Air Museum
Feb 2019
Went there with my family that included one toddler. It was very accessible from Tokyo city center by public transportation and the museum entrance was easy to find from the bus stop. The museum itself has souvenir shop and 2 restaurants inside, but when I was there, the one that serves udon was under renovation. We ended up having lunch in Cafe "Musashino Sabō" - it was great. Interior is Instagrammable and food is good (I prefer the curry than Hayashi rice).

The museum has houses from different period and this is a perfect museum for both history and architecture enthusiast. Since you can go inside the houses but have to take off your shoes, I'd recommend you wear shoes that you can take off and wear easily, maybe even sandals. Bring a tote bag to store the footwear while you wander inside the houses. They provide plastic bag in each of the house, but it would be better to decrease the usage of single-use plastic :) In the entrance to a house/building, you can take info sheet of the building. They have ones in English as well.

All in all, it will be worth the trip to visit this museum in Koganei.
Written November 13, 2019
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jbushman2017
Fresno, CA408 contributions
Don't Have to be an Architectural Buff to Like This!
Sep 2019
As open air museums like this go, this ranks as one of the best. Essentially there are about 30 homes or business buildings that have been relocated to this spot that can can be viewed by a visitor. Each building had its own guide, all of which spoke English the day we attended. There was also signage in English. Some of the homes are quite large but the business buildings all aligned in a city block provide the most photogenic pictures. Essentially you pay a fee and then walk around visiting each of the buildings at your own pace. My wife and I spent 3 hours here which included eating a quick lunch. Getting here either driving or using public transportation is the biggest minus. But for us who had seen most of the sights in Tokyo, it was the right choice.
Written October 1, 2019
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tim m
Leeds, UK920 contributions
Fascinating, good value
Sep 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in architecture and history this is the place for you. Fascinating collection of properties both domestic and commercial.
Knowledgeable guides look after the buildings and some but not all are fluent in english.
Lots of places to have light snacks and a restaurant serving excellent udon noodle soup. Tip put money into the vending machine first press illuminated button with picture of food take tickets to staff to get lunch.
We liked iced coffee at one of the houses called cafe musashino sabo glass of shaved ice, bottle of black coffee, syrup and cream poor all slowly over the ice and drink though a straw.
Look out for the tiny details like the metal fittings, wooden joints and big things like fire proof annexs to one domestic property and one commercial premises
Written September 5, 2019
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Serge Rovox
5 contributions
fantastic concept of a house museum
Sep 2018
So interesting to discover all the period of Japanese history through houses , a must !
you will find yourself inside houses from different kind all with his original furniture
Written August 19, 2019
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