Updated: May 15, 2019
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Experience History at Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum was established in 1993 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, displaying various works of architecture relocated from all over Tokyo. The best part? You can see everything from inside the constructions!

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The Museum

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The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (江戸東京たてもの園, Edo Tōkyō Tatemono-en), is an open-air museum in Koganei Park, western suburbs of Tokyo.
The museum exhibits a range of historic buildings from the Tokyo area. The buildings were relocated or reconstructed here in order to preserve a chapter of architectural history, which has been almost completely lost in fires, earthquakes, wars and city redevelopment.
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Most of the buildings exhibited are from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) or more recent times, and include among others, a politician's elegant former residence, a farm house, a public bathhouse, various shops, and a police box.

The size of the museum is approximately seven hectares and is divided into three zones: West, Central, and East.
In the West Zone, a wide variety of architectural styles are displayed, from houses built in the Edo Period to modern architecture. The house of the prominent Japanese architect Kunio Mayekawais a highlight.
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House of Kunio Mayekawa.
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Farm House at the West Zone.
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Interior of the farmhouse.

The Central Zone includes the Visitor Center (which is the former Kokaden Palace built to celebrate the 2,600th anniversary of the Chrysanthemum Throne at the height of Japanese militarism) and other residences from the 1920s, like House of Korekiyo Takahashi and Kaisuian.
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House of Korekiyo Takahashi.
In the East Zone, visitors can explore constructions from the Edo to the Showa Period, like shops, public bathhouses, and taverns. Some of the shops have their goods displayed, making the experience very realistic.
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Public bathhouse, Kodakara-yu.
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The magnificent interior of the bathhouse.

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Japanese abacus and paper on the wooden desk in one of the shops.
The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum is a truly worthwhile experience. From traditional farmhouses to modern houses, the visit is a feast for the eyes. Make sure you visit when in Tokyo!
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Access

Address: 3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei 184-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
Tel: 042 388 3300
Opening hours:
from April-September - 9:30 - 17:30
from October-March - 9:30 - 16:30
Admission Fee: 400 yen (adults), 200 yen (children)
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