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Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Beautiful traditional homes

I took my husband there to show him Japanese traditional architectures and to take pictures of the... read more

Reviewed September 14, 2017
Boca Raton, Florida
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Must stop for anyone into design or architecture

I've visited twice, once when I lived in Japan and once when in Tokyo on business. It's a great... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2017
Arie v
Redmond, Washington, United States
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Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

I took my husband there to show him Japanese traditional architectures and to take pictures of the houses. Though it was only a half an hour away from the central Tokyo area, we felt like we were in a country side village in Japan and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

I've visited twice, once when I lived in Japan and once when in Tokyo on business. It's a great place if you need to get out of Shinjuku for half a day. I've been on tours of old homes in Belgium and Holland and this...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

This is a traditional open air park, with 22 real, old houses from countryside. All the houses are original, all have its own story! The park helds events and workshops too, usually sundays between 10 and 15 o'clock. They offer traditional techniques to try, and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

I've been twice. Very enthusiastic English-speaking docents both times. For Americans, think of this as a small and quiet version of Old Sturbridge (MA) in which you can see how the historical homes have influenced the present. Quiet and not crowded. My grandson (10) wasn't...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Tom B
Reviewed May 31, 2017

A nice collection of old homes. Each home was open to view with good explanations. Several homes had volunteers, some of which spoke English, ready to share information about the homes. It is set on a hill so there is walking and climbing, but not...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

It was a perfect wether to visit this amazing place. Be careful if you don't enjoy walking. But it is a easy walk. There are nearly 23 houses and every house contains its unique history. Different Japanese family with fame had their houses with unique...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

A great to place to spend an afternoon strolling amongst the old houses. They're set in lovely peaceful grounds and midweek its fairly quiet so a good time to go. There's a lot of English guidance so you'll be well informed and it's only 30...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ktari3
Reviewed September 28, 2016

I love old houses so this was really interesting to me. It is hard to imagine people living and working in these houses. These buildings were brought from all over Japan and reconstructed here at the museum and they have done a wonderful job. I...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is a museum quite unlike any other that I have visited in Japan. Some years ago, the mayor of Kawasaki City decided to set aside a large park area in Noborito and recreate the look and feel of old Japanese homes. However, instead of...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank John H
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

It was really good to see and learn about old Japanese houses. I recommend to apply in advance for a guide.

Date of experience: March 2016
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August 20, 2016|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Hmm. It's a bit of a go but doable. Take the Keikyu Line to Keikyu Kawasaki station. Short walk to JR Kawasaki Station, then take the Nambu Line to Noborito. Taxi or a ~800m walk to the park with the museum. Station staff at... More
April 19, 2016|
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Response from bartyjy | Reviewed this property |
Take the Tokyu Line to Musashi Kosugi. Then change to the Nambu Line to Noborito. At Noborito change to the South Bound Odakyu line for just one stop. Avoid the express train that will miss the station. At Musashi Kosugi it... More