Much of Tokyo's architectural heritage had been destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and the World War II bombings. In ... More
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Much of Tokyo's architectural heritage had been destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and the World War II bombings. In order to retrieve its past, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established an open air architectural museum as part of the Edo-Tokyo museum in 1993. The museum has 27 buildings (with plans for four more) that run along small streets and span architectural time-lines from the mid-Edo period through the mid-Showa. Do not miss the Tsunashima family's thatched-roof farmhouse, the old post box, the top of the watchtower from the Ueno Fire Station and the bricks from Ginza Brick Town.
We arrived by bus and had a nice stroll through the park on a Sunday afternoon. It was a neat to people watch. It was lively and full of activity... families bringing their kids out to play and their cute dogs. Family picnics, dogs of all different breeds running around dressed in various cute outfits, children playing (biking, unicycle, roller skates, jungle gym, sledding down a grassy hill).
The open air musuem was 400 Yen for an adult.
Walk through homes built and designed by Japanese. Little structural details and design with different influences - modern, old, traditional japanese, western, european touches...
At the town market place, children are learning games/toys during those times (pogosticks, string and spin top), buy candy ... in addition a couple of more shops to peek in stationary, caligraphy, flower shop, soy sauce bottles, "sento" (public bath) with male/female separate areas of course.
If you've seen every Tokyo district and want to get away to relax - this musuem should be your list to see.