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Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Sanny Soedjatmiko Hartanto

Edo is one of the ancient periods in Japan, while “Tatemono” means building and “En” means park. So, Edo Tokyo Tatemono En literally means park with Edo era buildings. Nowadays, it is known as Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. It's a very interesting experience to see the old and ancient buildings in Japan. So, let’s learn more about this museum.





The Tokyo Metropolitan Government established the seven-hectare Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural section as part of the Edo Tokyo Museum. Since the Edo period, Tokyo has lost so many historical buildings because of fires, flood, and etc. Because of that reason, the government wanted to reconstruct those historical buildings. The museum is located in Koganei Park, Tokyo, Japan. At this museum, you can see so many different styles, periods, and purposes of some buildings in Japan. You can also see from lower class buildings to upper class homes too there. Such an interesting museum, isn’t it?

House of the Leader of the Hachioji Guards


The Hachioji Sennin Doshin (Hachioji Guards) was a retainer band of samurai stationed in Hachioji to defend the border with Kai Province. The inclusion of the word Sennin (1000 people) in the name of the band is due to the fact that the band consisted of approximately 1000 samurai warriors during the Battle of Sekigahara. After losing their home in the Great Hino Fire in 1893, the Mizorogi family purchased the house owned by Shiono family, descendants of the leader of the Hachioji Sennin Doshin, and reconstructed it as a farmhouse in Hino City. This building was constructed in late Edo period, at Oiwake-cho, Hachioji City.


Farmhouse of Yoshino Family


Yoshino family built this farmhouse in the late Edo period. It was originally located in Nozaki, Mitaka City, or Nozaki Village, Tama-gun, Musashino-kuni during the Edo period. Of the materials which were used in the original construction, only those used for the wooden terrace, and newer materials have replaced door and window frames. The interior of the farmhouse has been remodeled to reproduce the lifestyle of farmer’s family in the 1950s.


House of Koide


This house was built in 1925 in Nishikata, Bunkyo-ku, and is a private residence. Its steep hipped roof with tile roofing and eaves, which jut out horizontally, characterizes the outward appearance of the house. The interior, with the exception of the installation and repair of water-related facilities, doors and windows, has not undergone any major reconstruction, remaining largely the same since it was first built. This house was lived in and taken good care of by Osamu Koide (1865-1945), the first owner of it, and his descendants until 1996.

The Other Attractions

There are so many other buildings there, such as House of Kunio Mayekawa, House of Okawa, House of Korekiyo Takahashi, and etc. Not only those buildings, but if you go there in March, you will be able to see the plum’s blossom there. It is one of the typical Japanese attractions, besides the Sakura. It is really beautiful!


At Last

Please visit the link below for more information about the opening hours, and the access to go there :