Situated in the northeastern corner of the Tama region, Tokyo's Kodaira City is a bedroom community well supported with public spaces including the substantial Kodaira Central Park. The city also features a number of interesting museums and galleries, including the Kodaira Furusato Village, one of Tokyo's most fascinating open air museums, and a gallery dedicated to master wood sculptor, the late Hirakushi Denchu.
Very much a local temple, Shosenji Temple was established in the 17th century. Along with its beautifully maintained garden that includes traditional landscaping elements like ponds, stones, statues and moss, the temple's two-storied entrance gate, its two nio guardians and bell tower are definite points of interest.
Eighteen minutes from Higashiyamtoshi Station on the Seibu Hajima Line.
Kodaira Central Park
Particularly attractive during the spring and autumn season, Kodaira Central Park is filled with open space, walking trails, children's play areas and sporting tracks and fields. Popular with local families, picnics are common here with the park having a decidedly relaxed vibe.
One minute from Takanodai Station on the Seibu Kokubunji Line.
Kodaira Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum
Featuring the works, home and studio of the master wood sculptor Hirakushi Denchu, the Kodaira Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum is a fascinating tribute to the career of the late artist. In addition to his works, the museum's garden is a lovingly maintained example of traditional Japanese landscaping.
Ten minutes from Hitotsubashi-Gakuen Station on the Seibu Tamako Line.
Kodaira Furusato Village
An open-air museum, Kodaira Furusato Village features restored traditional buildings arranged in a typical Edo period setting. Recreating life pre-modern life, the exhibits and displays take visitors through the area's history. Numerous annual festivals and events are held, including kamishibai traditional street theatre.
Three minutes from Tenjincho 2-chome bus stop via the Seibu Bus bound for Musashi Koganei from Kodaira Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.