The 2020 Olympic Games: Musashino-no-mori Park

The venue for the cycling road race

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Musashino-no- mori Park is located to the west of central Tokyo and offers a very different atmosphere to central Tokyo. It is a quiet residential district mostly consisting of homes and spacious parks.

At the 2020 Olympic Games, Musashino-no-mori Park will be the starting point for the cycling road race. Cycling road race is one of the oldest Olympic sports and has been part of the programs of all Olympic Games since 1896. Along with road and track races, the extreme sport, Freestyle BMX will make its debut in Tokyo.

To the north of Musashino-no- mori Park lies another large and popular park– Koganei Park. This park is considered to be the second largest park in Tokyo. It’s wonderful when its 2,000 sakura trees are in bloom but is also beautiful in other seasons. Koganei Park features seasonal flowers, sport and children grounds, as well as flea markets on select weekends.

Koganei Park
Koganei Park

Perhaps the main reason to visit Koganei Park is to visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. The museum displays houses of the past centuries, including both traditional Japanese and Western-styled houses that were built in the early 20th century. This museum is especially interesting for those who like learning more about the history and culture of Japan. The museum has souvenir shops and restaurants, and each month there are different events, seasonal festivals and demonstrations of traditional crafts.

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is open from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm and closed on Mondays. Adult tickets are 400 yen. The museum can be reached in a 15-20 minute walk from JR Musashi-Koganei Station.

Getting there

The North area of Musashino-no- mori Park is a 5-minute walk from Tama Station on the Seibu Tamagawa Line while its south area is a 15-minute walk from Nishi Chofu Station on the Keio Line. For bus information please visit the official site.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!

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Sleiman Azizi a year ago
Venues such as this one give visitors to Tokyo the chance to experience 'normal Tokyo' away from the brand name tourist spots. Having said that, though, Koganei Park and the museum are quite special.
Elena Lisina Author a year ago
On my visit the park was gorgeous, and I still regret I came late to see the Museum! So, I took photos only around it. :(