Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Koganei, Japan

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei City, western Tokyo, is a collection of historic buildings, mainly from around the Tokyo area, brought to a new location for preservation. The Museum is part of the Edo-Tokyo Museum located on the other side of Tokyo in Ryogoku.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is located in Koganei Park, the second largest park in metropolitan Tokyo. The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is divided into three zones: West, Central and East. The West Zone is mostly residences: both farm houses and city dwellings.

The Central Zone includes the Visitor Center (which is the former Kokaden Palace built to celebrate the 2,600th anniversary of the Chrysanthemum Throne at the height of Japanese militarism) and other residences from the 1920s. The Visitor Center has an exhibition on the history of Tokyo from ancient times to the present.

The East Zone has many properties formerly used for commerce, including various stores, a bath house and a bar. The majority of the structures are from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), but with buildings from before and after then, too.

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