Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Koganei park, north from Musashi-Koganei station in Tokyo, is located near the workplace of Studio Ghibli artists. Part of the park is occupied by the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (江戸東京たてもの園) where there are several streets with reconstructions of houses of the Edo era. Not only the outer part of the houses is faithful to the Edo era architecture, but also the inner part of the houses carefully represents the houses of the time.

During the production of the movie Spirited Away, master Hayao Miyazaki visited several times the museum taking notes and drawing sketches.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
This is one of the houses that Hayao Miyazaki likes the most when he visits the museum.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Does this train sound familiar? It is located at the entrance of the museum.

What I like the most about this museum is that, apart from Edo era buildings, there is a commercial street with shops from the Edo era. For example, you can see how a pharmacy or the public baths were 150 years ago in Tokyo.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

How to get to the museum.

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