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The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Hana-Koganei, Tokyo is one place Studio Ghibli has accounted as using as a model for Spirited Away. Take a look at these photographs. I’m sure you’ll notice the similarities!

But we won’t just stop there. We’ll also actually stay there, enter the onsen, and enjoy delicious Japanese food to tell you more about Spirited Away. This is a must-see for those of you with interest! (Follow the last link)


1. Downtown Edo Street

5 minutes by bus from Musashi-Koganei Station and you’ll arrive here at the museum. Museum? That’s right! The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum has the buildings themselves as exhibits.

Went wandering through this strange city where Chihiro got lost, and then….


2. Sanseido


A stationary store built in the early Meiji era. And inside…

The boiler room where Kamajii worked! It looks just like it!


3. Locksmith



And inside a locksmith that’s been around since the Edo era…

I’ve seen this befor somewhere…

It’s where Chihiro’s parents turned into pigs!


4. The Residence of Takahashi Korekiyo


And what scene’s this from?? Are you having fun? Well, where I this?

It’s the window where Haku came flying through!

The EXACT same! Lol


5. The Bathhouse


And before I forget, here’s the Bathhouse run by Yubaba. And that treasured scene is here

Inside is a landscape painting of Mt. Fuji, bringing up nostalgic memories of old Japanese-style sento baths.


6. Toden Type 7500


And here’s gotta be that train scene!

This is the train Chihiro rode to find Zeniba. Kaonashi (No-Face) made an appearance too!

Here’s an article on No-Face: No-face, No Sen, No Haku; Spirited Away


Regular Sightseeing

7. Police Box


They had a Meiji era police box.

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By the way, did you know that many countries have adopted the Japanese police box system—which is globally well-received—and, as a result, crime has dropped drastically?


8. Luggage Carrier Attached to Bicycle


Long ago, human power was the main way to transport items.


9. Ryokan


A ryokan that’s been around since the Edo era. You really get the feeling of ‘Wa’ here.


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Inside are very Japanese “washitsu” room. The genkan’s unique for its large size and built-in steps.

They look similar, right? Go and check it out for yourself!

And here’s the additional information I promised earlier: So Beautiful…! Meguro Gajoen: An Invite to a Secret Spot Full of Japanese Traditions


Information: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Address: 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
・From Musashi Koganei Station
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Musashi Koganei Station>> Take the Seibu Bus from stop #2/#3>>Get off at “Koganei Koen Nishiguchi” >> 5 minute walk from stop
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Musashi Koganei Station>> Take the Kanto Bus from stop #4 (located in front of Mega Don Quihote store)>>Get off at “Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en mae” >> 3 minute walk from stop
・From Higashi Koganei Station
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Higashi Koganei Station, exit North Exit>> Take the Coco (Koganei-shi Community Bus) North-Eastern Route>>Get off at “Tatemono-en Iriguchi”>>10 minute walk from stop

Open: 9:30 – 16:30 or 17:30 (Closed: Almost Sunday)
Phone: 042-388-3300
Price: 400 yen

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