Friday 23 January 2015

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Me: What do you want to do?
Ebi-kun: Go to an architectural museum
Me: .....?!

So, i got onto google and discovered that there is one in Japan but right at the other other end and it would involved hopping on a plane to get there. So I shelved that idea but then came across the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. It is a bit of a trek to get there by train so we decided to go on the national holiday and daddy thought it would be better to go by car.

It's a lovely museum, set in a big park. We didn't have time to explore the park, maybe next time! There were a variety of buildings that had been taken down from their original location and rebuilt. I quite liked this home from 1941, could have been the fact that they had radiators - shame that trend didn't catch on!

WARNING if you go, make sure you have shoes that are easy to take on and off, you pick up a carry bag when you arrive and use that to pop your shoes in so you can take them off to walk around the houses.

There are some traditional farm houses, worth popping in it's cold because they have a fire going and volunteers telling stories and sharing their knowledge.

This member of staff was making Japanese style shoes.

Maybe because it was winter it wasn't busy but it was a lovely day - a bit chilly.

This makes me laugh, the boys visiting the local izakaya (bar)

The taylors...

We stopped at one of the farmhouses to warm up and we got to sample salty cherry blossom tea - yep, tastes as revolting as it sounds!

Before we left, Ebi-kun tried his hand at a fan game. I didn't catch all the rules but you throw the fan to the flower off the box. He was playing against daddy and won!

All in all, a great day out and highly recommended if you are looking for something to do.


  1. I really enjoy getting to know about all the museums you go to. If I ever visit Japan, I'll be sure to call you for advice about where to go! :)

  2. Wow ! great architecture. Thanks for sharing.

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