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“Its a nice location and some good time to spend”

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Koganei
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Dedicated to the architecture of the late Edo period, this outdoor museum showcases historic buildings, including 200-year-old farmhouses and specialty shops filled with reproduction products, such as a soy sauce shop, Japanese umbrella shop, and stationary store.
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

It is outside of Tokyo and its a nice place to visit. However not such an intense experience as some other places im Japan. There was a great local festival oitside while we visited which made ot micj more enjoyable tough. The restaurant just closed in front of us after 10 mins waiting and they last served just 1 minute to close, which was quite annoying. The buildings are nice to visit some beautidul sakura places too.

Thank gjanzso
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Here is your chance to see many buildings historically from the greater Tokyo area from farm houses to local businesses. The grounds are particularly lovely in spring and fall. There is some information in English and many of the houses have guides in them to provide more information. Some of them speak English, some do not. It's a great way to learn about the history of the area. Be prepared to take off you shoes when entering buildings!

Thank SJVBeijing
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We loved walking round this museum, even tho' it was cold, my boots were leaking and my poor cold bare feet were freezing looking round the buildings. Altho' the guides were very kind and let me share their heaters. The english guide who showed us round the old shopping area was excellent and the whole visit was interesting, informative and easy to get to from Tokyo on the train. Price reductions for over 65s

Thank Jaxx100
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The concept of bringing different buildings across the country of different times to one place is great.
There was also different demonstrations on going in keeping with the theme of the building ( eg umbrella making at the umbrella shop, and actual fire with cute elderly ladies manning it at the farmhouse) As most thing Japanese, the attention to detail is amazing.

Getting to the museum however is a different story. Its not very tourist friendly. It would be good to improve accessibility

1  Thank Eva R
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

I have to preface this review by saying that this is my favourite museum anywhere in the world and it is always a joy to visit. It’s never too busy and you genuinely feel as though you’re transported back to the times of the properties you’re visiting. It’s very easy to see why Hayao Miyazaki used it as inspiration for Spirited Away.

You can easily spend half a day here if you want to look inside every building. There is a cafe in one of the old houses (you do not need to get anything to look around this part of the building) that serves drinks, snacks and a few meals and a udon noodle restaurant in one of the old shops. There is also an exhibition space inside the visitor’s centre, as well as another cafe and shop.

The photo studio building still includes a studio set up upstairs where you can pose and ask one of the volunteers who work there to take a photo of you on your camera. A few of the older houses used to, at times, have volunteers who will show you how to make crafts such as paper windmills but this was not the case during my visit in November so may have stopped. I noticed that they appear to have more volunteers who speak English than the last time I visited, but many still speak very little or none. Each building has information in English and Japanese on a notice board outside the entrance and the houses have additional laminated sheets with information in English inside.

Wear a pair of socks as you will have to take your shoes off when entering each of the houses (but not the shops). Carrier bags and shoe racks are provided at each building’s entrance.

The museum is situated in the middle of a public park which sometimes has markets in front of the museum. If you get the JR Chuo line to Musashi-Koganei Station, you can reach the museum by a short bus, taxi or car ride or by walking for around half an hour. I have included a photo of the access directions given by the museum.

4  Thank diablodancer
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