The Sento: The History and Culture of Bathhouses in Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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[Image: Kodakara-yu Public Bathhouse]

Ends in 45 days

*Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum will be open from June 2.

Since the Edo period, public bathhouses have been centers of rest and relaxation, and have evolved throughout the ages. The Public Bathhouse “Kodakara-yu” (1929) was relocated from Senju Motomachi in Adachi Ward for preservation at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Kodakara-yu’s lively décor and temple-like appearance makes it a definitive example of the “Tokyo-style bathhouse.” Kodakara-yu abounds with flourishes to put bath-goers at ease, such as the veranda and garden outside the dressing rooms, the charming painted tiles, and its classic mural of Mt. Fuji. As Japan continues to change, seeing the end of the Heisei Era and the start of the Reiwa Era, and the number of bathhouses dwindle, those that remain offer people warmth, hope and a sense of community. This public bathhouse exhibition explores the history of public bathhouses in Tokyo, and the impact and role they have played in society.

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Schedule

from June 02, 2020 to September 27, 2020

Website

https://www.tatemonoen.jp/english/ (venue's website)

Fee

Adults ¥400, University Students ¥320, High and Junior High (not in Tokyo) School Students and Seniors over 65 ¥200, Junior High School Students and under free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Until 16:30 from October to March. Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.

Access

Address: 3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo (inside Koganei Park) 184-0005
Phone: 042-388-3300

From the South exit of Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line, take the Seibu bus and get off at Koganei-Koen Nishiguchi. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.

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