Metropolitan Tokyo's smallest residential enclave, Komae City sites quietly between the Tama and smaller Nogawa rivers. It's size is a good indicator of what's located within its borders - there are only a small handful of locations one would usually be called a museum or gallery. Still, there is a bit of real life history existing here and the local galleries are as local as they come but, fortunately, they do offer a surprisingly interesting twist to each of them. Here is a simple introduction to the museums and galleries of Komae City and how to reach them.

Gallery Hechi

A unique little gallery in western Tokyo, Gallery Hechi offers hand crafted dyed textiles that range from kimonos and obi belts to bags. The gallery is also the location of a small tea house, offering tea ceremony performances that welcome beginners as well offering originally designed tea ceremony utensils.

A 4-minute walk from Kitami Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.

Muikara Minkaen

A living museum, the Muikara Minkaen is actually an old residence that dates back to the old Edo period. Saved from demolition by residents, a multi-year restoration project gave the building new life. A beautiful nagayamon gate sits at the entrance while the building itself features a thatched roof, traditional design features and an easy display of old feudal straw making equipment inside. Closed Mondays.

A 9-minute walk from Komae Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.

Orangerie Collection

A definite surprise is Orangerie Collection, a showcase of 16th to 19th century European antique prints and rare books. Several exhibitions are held throughout the year and focus on the botanical and natural history worlds as seen by European artists. There is also a picture mounting and framing service on offer.

A 9-minute walk from Komae Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.