Tokyo's geographical centre, Koganei City is a bedroom community dotted with plenty of space. Filling some of those spaces are a number of quality museums and galleries. From the history and heritage of Tokyo's changing architecture to the science of silk, the city offers some quality destinations. Here is a simple introduction to the museums and galleries of Koganei City and how to reach them.
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
With all buildings dating back to the Edo and Meiji periods, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum turns out to be one of Tokyo's most appealing museum locations. A branch of the famous Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, the museum exhibits the architectural history of Tokyo through relocated buildings like farmhouses, public baths and political manors, offering a fascinating look at old Tokyo.
A 5-minute walk from Koganeikoen Nishiguchi bus stop on the Seibu Bus from the South Exit of Hanakoganei Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Hakenomori Art Museum
Kenichi Nakamura studied in France for many years and upon returning to Japan, developed a distinguished career as an artist. Along with exhibiting the Western-style works of the late artist, the Hakenomori Art Museum also features his residence and tea house. These buildings are now considered to be architecturally significant and have been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property.
A 14-minute walk from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line.
TUAT Science Museum
A museum focusing on the Japanese history and heritage of sericulture, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) Science Museum grew out of Japan's early silk industry. Home to many classical silk machines as well an excellent collection of woodblock prints related to the industry, the museum hosts several exhibitions throughout the year.
A 10-minute walk from either Higashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line or Shin-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Tamagawa Line.