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Experience the history and premodern lifestyle and culture of Tokyo

The Edo–Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum exhibits 30 restored buildings—traditional Japanese-style houses and stores, and Western-style structures—constructed between the Edo period (1603–1868) and the early Showa period (1926–89) in a seven-hectare area. Travel back in time and visit the house of Japanese modernist architect Kunio Mayekawa, and take a stroll down Shitamachi Naka-dori Street reminiscent of a film set and indeed said to have inspired the animated film Spirited Away. Admission is permitted to nearly all buildings, offering visitors a fun opportunity to handle classical lifestyle tools and take a lesson in history. Volunteer guides are available to provide an introduction to the exhibits. A library, museum store, and cafe are provided in the Visitor Center facing the entrance, as well as cafes in a number of the buildings on display. The museum organizes events such as traditional craft demonstrations.
* English-speaking volunteer guides are available on certain days of the week. Tours may not be available for certain group sizes.

House of Kunio Mayekawa

Shitamachi Naka-dori Street

Edo–Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Address

3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo (inside the Metropolitan Koganei Park)

Regular holidays

Mondays (Tuesday when Monday falls on an actual or observed holiday), New Year’s holidays

Hours

9:30-17:30 (April–September)
9:30-16:30 (October–March)
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Access

5 min. by bus from JR Chuo Line Musashi-Koganei Station North Exit

URL

http://tatemonoen.jp/index.html( External link )

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●Address: 5-10-64 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo
●Regular holidays: Mondays (Tuesday when Monday falls on a holiday), days following holidays, New Year’s holidays, irregularly during maintenance
* Open throughout August
●Hours: 9:30-17:00 * Last admission 16:00
●Access: 18-min. walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Hana-Koganei Station North Exit; Approx. 25 min. by bus from Seibu Shinjuku Line Tanashi Station North Exit
●Contact information: TEL 042-469-6100 (Japanese and English languages only)

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