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“Great surprise!”

Nihon Minkaen Folk House Museum
Ranked #4 of 157 things to do in Kawasaki
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Initially did not think much of the place before going, and went just because we are in town for Fujiko museum. We are so glad we went! The whole place was big and a good relaxing walk, not tiring at all. The folk houses are informative for us and the people inside them burning charcoals(or boiling water, not quite sure) are very friendly too.
Get in from the front entrance and out at rear exit, will get you to the very beautiful park and just mins to the Municipal Science Museum. Just follow the route instructions.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Walking into the open-air museum was like stepping back into Japanese history. The old traditional style buildings are very well preserved. Information about the families who lived there & whether they ran a business from home & what kind, added another dimension to the history of the folk village. Nihon Minkaen is part of Ikuta Park and there is so much to do including science & art museums, nature trails & gardens. It could be a full day trip with family or a few hours just strolling the grounds & trying new things alone or with a friend.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I went on an organised tour here in the cold of winter and it was fabulous. The houses are interesting (even if you're not usually into history or architecture) as they are original and relocated here from different parts of Japan and of different ages.
We also did the indigo dying class for 1.5 hours (not sure how you organise this but was lots of fun) and had soba for lunch in one of the houses.
Highly recommended for seeing an outer area of Tokyo and some special houses you won't easily see, let alone all in the one place.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

It's very nice place to see old Japanese style houses.
Without traveling long distance from Tokyo, you can see 20 different houses here.
It's only 500 yen to enter and you'll enjoy few hours looking around the houses.
I recommend to visit there if you are interested in Japanese culture.

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

this museum is only half an hour away from shinjuku (plus a 15 minute walk), but offers excellent respite from the city. the houses here are from different parts of japan and are grouped by region, giving the visitor an idea of what the villages would have looked like. each exhibit is accompanied by a write up on the history of the house and the family that used to inhabit it. there are also demonstrations by volunteers of traditional crafts like basket weaving and such. other volunteers kept a fire for heating inside some of the houses and would explain the feature of the house to visitors. english support was great and some volunteers spoke english. there's also a soba restaurant inside one of the houses with reasonable prices. note that the museum is on a hill so you would have to walk upslope for most of your visit unless you start at the rear entrance

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