Tokyo’s facade may be in a never-ending cycle of renewal, but its architectural heritage is well preserved in an unexpectedly rich hoard of buildings at this picturesque branch of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. As well as swanky private residences and quaint old town shops, there’s a host of one-offs, such as an ornate bathhouse and a mausoleum built for a shogun’s wife. Even the visitors’ centre once served as a ceremonial pavilion in front of the Imperial Palace. Be prepared for lots of slipping in and out of shoes if you want to visit the interiors.
|Venue name:||Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum|
3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei-shi
|Opening hours:||Apr-Sep 9.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm), Oct-Mar 9.30am-4.30pm, closed Mon (Tue if Mon is hols)|
|Transport:||Musashi-Koganei Station (Chuo line), north exit then any bus from bus stops 2 or 3 to Koganei Koen Nishiguchi|