Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

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Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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creepygeek
Seattle, WA19 contributions
wonderful traditional houses
Oct 2019
Glad I visited - lots of beautiful traditional houses and buildings brought to this serene site for preservation. Spent about 3 hours here and took tons of lovely photos.
Written December 25, 2019
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HJW09
Foix, France62 contributions
Excellent fascinating museum
Oct 2019
A real hidden gem well worth seeking out, accessible and good English printed guide.
The preserved houses are really fascinating and so informative about how the people lived as well as being beautiful to look at in this lovely wooded landscape. It was set up to preserve the vernacular houses for future generations and has added some craft instruction sessions and special seasonal events e,g, annual Kabuki Theatre in November.
We did the traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop which was excellently presented and great fun to do with a lovely tie dyed piece to take home.
Food in restaurant was copious and good quality .
Definitely worth a visit .
Written October 14, 2019
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Andy C
Canada452 contributions
hidden gem
Jul 2019
A hidden gem near Tokyo. There are almost 30 preserved minka (folk house) from Edo period relocated from other parts of Japan including the picturesque Gassho Style houses found in Gokayama. Random workshops and volunteers helped to explain the history of the houses, they are usually found in first few houses. After about house #19, we found the houses more or less the same and the weather was too hot so we had to skip the rest and leave. There was an exhibition of traditional Indigo Dyeing workshop which we was originally planned to visit. Maybe next time in Spring or Autumn... There is a soba restaurant in the museum but it was closed until Q2 2020 for earthquake resistant construction. The Miyoshino stall that sells dango (rice ball) and bean paste waffle was closed for some reasons.
Written August 17, 2019
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Mark B
Papillion, NE8 contributions
Great Lessons in Construction
Jul 2019
If you are interested in various types of Japanese house building techniques and the engineering behind them, you will enjoy the Open Air Folk House Museum. The houses (some of them more than 400 years old) came from various regions of Japan and showed how the the people used differing available resources to build structures to meet particular needs of community. Plan to spend several hours touring the grounds if you are the type who likes to read about how and why the houses were built the way they were.
Written August 6, 2019
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Richard E
5 contributions
Excellent living museum
Jun 2019 • Couples
If you like history or want to see how people lived in Japanese villages come here. The buildings are set in a beautiful landscape and there are plenty of places to rest if you're tired. Captions in English are informative and help you to understand village life. The nearest station is at least ten minutes walk which is probably why fewer foreign tourists come here than you'd expect. A great experience and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Written June 16, 2019
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G G
Metro Manila, Philippines9 contributions
An interesting peek into Japanese culture
Feb 2019 • Friends
We had a tour guide to take us around the folkhouse museum and we really enjoyed looking at the architectural concepts of Japanese, especially as it's closely related to their spirituality and life philosophy. We chanced upon some bamboo craft workers making traditional baskets. One of the keepers also invited us for a chat in the traditional fireplace demonstration houses and they were all very kind and welcoming. Even if they didn't speak a lot of English, they did their best to communicate and make us feel welcomed.

The place though has a lot of steep steps and require a bit of light trekking to get around the whole area. If it's winter, wear a good coat. If its summer, wear rubber shoes and light clothes. If it's raining, I'd suggest rescheduling as some of the slopes would get a bit slippery, I would imagine.
Written March 3, 2019
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TravelNutKase
Reno, NV121 contributions
Interesting Look into Traditional Japanese Housing
Aug 2018 • Solo
Several old Japanese houses that were once located in the Kawasaki and surrounding regions. Cool look into the past. All but one house is pre-Meiji era. Volunteers tend fires in some of the houses and are more than happy to share the history and show off their origami skills.
Written September 13, 2018
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CarinaHarumi
Williams Lake, Canada38 contributions
Officially my favorite place in Tokyo
Sep 2018 • Couples
Original March 2017 review:
This place is so nice and relaxing, the staff is so warm and kind that I was sad to leave it at the end of the day! The houses are authentic, they have been moved here from their original location. It's a much deeper experience than you would have at Edo-themed amusement parks. There are explanations in English. Some houses had a fire going in their hearth so we could sit and enjoy the atmosphere. And the soba restaurant is also inside a minka! We had lunch on tatami mats with a nice breeze coming from the terrace. Totally recommend!

Updated September 2018 review:
I am going to make a point of returning to the museum everytime I go to Tokyo. I love it! It is such a relief from the busy, tourist-y Tokyo. Kawasaki city is a charming place as well, you can feel the atmosphere relaxing as the train moves away from downtown Tokyo!
This time the weather was perfect too! Not too hot, not too cold. It was overcast and a fresh breeze was blowing from the woods in the park. Some volunteers this time spoke English and were very eager to share information about the houses! We learned things we had not last visit. We also did the stamp hunt.
Unfortunately, the Shirakawa-go restaurant was closed... but the house where it used to be was open. I didn't get the soba I was craving but at least I got to relax on the porch of the old minka.
I'm kind of afraid of recommending it too much for fear it will become crowded with people who can't really appreciate folk architecture... but if you do, you should definitely go!
Written September 11, 2018
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Masaki T
Yokohama, Japan22 contributions
We can learn Japanese old life.
Sep 2017 • Solo
This park has many old houses relocated from all over Japan. So, we can learn Japanese old-fashioned life. You must be overwhelmed by the extensive park. You can enjoy it for a long time. Spring and Autum are nice seasons for visiting. It takes around 10 minutes from Mukogaoka station, Odakyu line by foot. The entrance fee is 500yen, very reasonable! Opening time is 9:30am to 5:00pm. When you visit there in November to Feburary, closing time is 4:30pm.
Written August 28, 2018
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Leliz0402
Manila, Philippines122 contributions
Old Japanese houses
Jun 2018 • Solo
I didn’t enjoy going to this museum because:
1. It was raining when I went and, being an outdoor museum, it got muddy and slippery,
2. For me the house features were just similar and I didn’t feel the need to see all the old houses,
3. I felt tired from all the walking from the train station to the museum (better check the available bus rides from your origin)
Written July 26, 2018
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