Sunday, October 23, 2016

Tokyo, Japan (Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum)

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In my past life, I could have been an architect. I am always compelled and awed by architecture and even houses that are out of the ordinary (meaning houses that don't look anything like the houses in Manila) make my heart flutter and my eyes sparkle. In particular, there is something amazing and breathtaking about Asian architecture that visiting temples, shrines, palaces and castles whenever I go to an Asian country is mandatory - no if's, no but's. I need to visit at least one.

While Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple remain as the most popular sites to witness Japanese architecture in Tokyo, visiting Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in my opinion is a better option. Though it is located far from the heart of Tokyo, the efficient mass transit in Japan makes it easy. We had to walk for 30 minutes after getting off the train but you have the option to take the bus. My mom was just being stingy as public transportation costs in Japan are not that cheap.

It could be difficult to find the museum if you choose to walk from the train station (we got a little confused along the way) but you can always ask people around. And one thing I noticed about the Japanese is their willingness to help even when they speak limited English. Or, you can visit any tourist information center to ask for directions before you go there. The museum is also two train stations away from Studio Ghibli so you can kill two bird's with one stone.

One thing I liked about this museum is the story behind each structure. There are houses that used to be home to some prominent Japanese figure that give you a glimpse of the history of Japan. Depending on the house, you can find an old Japanese man who can give you a brief tour and share stories but in Japanese. For non-Japanese speaking visitors, you can find a short story written in front of each structure - in English - to give you an idea of what the structure was all about.


The museum is like a mini city wherein you can find structures of varying purposes. There are farm houses, houses for prominent figures, houses for concubines, a small merchant city, a spa, a restaurant and many more. It is a great place for kids and adults alike.

Entrance to the museum is 400Yen. They are open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30AM to 4:30PM. For further information about the museum you may visit their website: http://tatemonoen.jp/english/

51 comments :

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  2. the places are so picturesque I would love to visit Japan someday :)
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  3. Lovely post dear!Have a great week! xx

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  5. What a lovely museum in the green, I love your pictures too :)

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  6. That's a cool museum. I love going to the museum and seeing things I've never seen before.
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  7. I love architecture too! I bet this is an amazing museum! The pictures look gorgeous!
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  8. Such an amazing place, I would love to go there sometimes.

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  11. This museum looks beautiful, great photos!
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  15. I love looking at buildings too! It looks so beautiful here, I would love to visit Japan! Lovely to see it through your photos though! :)

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  16. I see this museum is definitely more worth than one visit! I really understand your weakness for architecture - personally I like especially old houses and I'm always happy when I have the possibility to visit one old house from the inside :) You look really cool and cute with the pink bomber and the red skirt! Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful post.
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  17. I just came back from Japan as well! I didn't visit this open air architectural museum but it seems like it's a very cool place for a lot of amazing picture. I'm a huge fan of their traditional architecture. Reading your blog reminds me I should probably get start writing mine. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Really beautiful photos. Really nice place, I love old houses and historical places too. I'd like to go there too. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)
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  19. Japan is top on my list of places to visit and I would love to go here on a trip! I took a class focusing on Asian architecture in college so this would be so cool to see!

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  20. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. i have only seen these amazing architecture in movies and I would so love to be able to experience this myself. Great pictures Jenn :)
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  21. I want to visit Japan so much, these buildings are beautiful!

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  22. This just makes me think about Japan even more :)


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  23. Wonderful pictures! Awesome post!
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  24. Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt TrendOctober 31, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Wow this place look amazing. Enjoy
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  25. It is beautiful! I enjoyed this place a lot.

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  26. Yeah, I miss Japan too. But not as much as I miss Korea.

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  27. You should. The architecture and everything else going on around is so different. I dunno how best to describe it.

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  28. Then go to Japan! You will love it there.

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  29. Wonderful place indeed.

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  30. Really? Interesting! Was the Philippines included in that class?

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  31. Go to Japan next year! It is an amazing place. I can live there!

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  32. Really? How was your trip? Did you enjoy? What places did you visit? Can't wait for your Japan posts!

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  33. Yes, I was so tired after half a day of roaming around. I loved it nonetheless.

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  34. Right? Especially traditional architecture.

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  35. So much prettier in person!

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  36. Very beautiful!

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  37. Japan is one of those places one shouldn't miss in his lifetime.

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  38. Super amazing! Anyone going to Tokyo should visit!

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  39. Me too! But I am not really a fan of science museums. I like museums like this.

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  40. Thank you! Come visit this museum if you are ever in Japan.

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  42. Thanks. Have a lovely month ahead.

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  43. Japan is picturesque. Everywhere you go is picture-worthy.

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  44. Thank you! I am glad my Japan posts are helpful. Yes, I love museums like this because there is a lot to be discovered.

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