First of all, Happy Chinese New Year!! I kinda forgot it was this week but I managed to celebrate in my own way by steaming some fish for lunch.
Back to the post title, so today I went to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park. I wanted to do something after my last class of this semester and this seemed like a good idea as it was a really nice day. Only 20 mins away by bike, this Open Air museum is located inside Koganei Park.
I went to a museum similar to this one last year in Kanagawa – the Japan Open Air Folk Museum – which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward to going to this one. The Edo-Tokyo museum is a seven hectare piece of land where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has relocated, reconstructed and preserved buildings from the Edo period.
They have a wide variety of buildings and you can go inside almost all of them, and see the interiors of these old buildings. It’s so cool – it feels like you’re stepping back in time!
There were quite a few farmhouses which all looked kinda the same – thatched roofs etc.
You can’t touch most of the artefacts but you’re allowed to have a go at using this water pump!
One of the buildings has been transformed into a cafe! They sell tea and cakes, and I was tempted to buy something just to be able to sit inside and imagine what it would’ve been like to live there, but I had just eaten lunch when I went, and the museum was going to close within an hour so I decided not to go in. Maybe next time!
In addition to buildings, they had vehicles from the past.
They had this really cool City Train Model that you could climb inside!
To the East of the museum/park is “Shimamachi-Naka Street” where they have reconstructed buildings to look replicate what a normal shopping street would have looked like. It was really weird – I felt like I was in a different era!
They even had the old-style tills and telephones! Love this stuff!
I really liked how they got products from the past and lined them up as if it was a fully-operating shop.
One of my favourite buildings was the Public Bathhouse (Kodakara-yu). It was amazing inside and you could actually climb inside the baths!! It was incredible how they managed to restore it and keep all the original tiles.
Isn’t it just beautiful? I can imagine spending the whole day in here looking at the artwork while having a bath!
Amongst the old buildings, they had some random ones like the Ueno Fire department Watch Tower, and an old-style Police Box.
They even have a photo studio where you can have your photo taken using the old style cameras!
You have to book in advance but it’s about 500 yen for a photo!
The photos come out in black and white – very authentic!
Anyway, judging from the number of photos I took (had to select the best ones!) I had a great time at this Open Air museum. I definitely want to go back again even though I had to pay (students pay 320 yen) but it was worth it. They are currently restoring another building which I didn’t get to see this time so perhaps I will go back once it is ready.
Thanks for reading!