Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

What’s crossing in your mind if someone asked you to experience the old japan?

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Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (江戸東京たてもの園 Edo Tōkyō Tatemono En) in Koganei Park, Tokyo, Japan, is a museum of historic Japanese buildings. In this museum you can enjoy how is living old tokyo. The houses in here are real, not replica. This museum aims to preserve historical buildings who have great cultural value, also to introducing these valuable cultural assets to future generations.

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This museum preserved historical structures from the Edo to early Showa period (1600s to the 1940s), and the streetscape created by the collection of those old structures. Visitors are allowed to come inside of the building so they can study the building detail and experience the old japanese daily life.

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What kind of old building you can find in this museum? A lot! From ordinary houses of both the rich and middle class lived in, florist, groceries store, inn, bath house, a bar, rice granary, farm house, and many more. You can get a real sense of what life was like in earlier times, as many of the structures like old furniture and utilities of old japanese daily life are well maintained here (with “don’t touch” sign almost everywhere, of course).

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Hayao Miyazaki was finding his inspiration here when he creating ‘Spirited Away’.The townscape on the east side of the museum’s was Hayao Miyazaki’s inspiration for the world after magic transition tunnel. One of the houses here, a store with an entire wall made of tiny wooden drawers, became the setting of where the six-armed Kamaji boiler room where he heat up the hot water and mixes herbal remedies for the bath house visitor on the film! Somehow it looks like Ollivander’s wand shop in Harry Potter!

This museum have seventeen hectare area. I think this is the largest museum I ever visited. If you want to exploring a whole of this museum, I think you have to spend a full day in this place. But it’s really a worth visit since you can experience old japan in a one place!

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