A sprawling showcase of 200 years of design history, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is home to 27 buildings from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods, all of which have been painstakingly dismantled and reconstructed on the grounds. They range from an 18th-century thatched farmhouses to the chic home of modernist architect Kunio Mayekawa, originally built in 1942.
There’s also a Showa-era bathhouse, a politician’s mansion from the Taisho period, and a 1962 streetcar — just for good measure. Bring the kids on May 5 and 6 for an afternoon of children’s team games (1-4:30 p.m.) and general tomfoolery.
3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei City. Tel: 042-388-3300. Open Tue-Sun 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon (and May 7). Entrance: 400 yen (adults), 320 yen (university students), 200 yen (high school/junior high students), free (children). Nearest stn: Musashi Koganei or Higashi Koganei.© Courtesy of Metropolis magazine