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“A must see!”

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Ranked #18 of 996 things to do in Osaka
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“A must see!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

I really enjoyed the Museum of Housing and Living. It sounds a bit dry, but it's a fantastic concept. The museum has a floor dedicated to a complete reproduction of an Osaka street in the Edo period. You can go in and out of the buildings, and touch many of the displays. History really comes alive. The next floor has an excellent display on Osaka streets in other historical periods. The display includes detailed models of several streets. As each period is highlighted, the model drops away and a new model lowers from above, showing a close-up of a scene from the same streets. Another fantastic exhibition is about household appliances over the last 60 years. It's fascinating to look at the kitchen gadgets, TV's and so on.
The museum has lockers at the entrance (100 yen returned at the end). It also has an English audio guide, which is well-worth getting.
I used my Osaka Unlimited 2 day pass for the museum (2700 yen for attractions, subways and buses). The closest station is Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome. As you exit at exit 3 you are in the entranceway of the building that houses the museum. The museum is on the upper floors. There is a nice little shopping alley alongside the building. A short way down on the right is an excellent takoyaki (the delicious octopus balls) stand, where you can get good, cheap takoyaki to eat in or take away.

Visited January 2013
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“Underrated but worth a visit”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

I wouldn't have gone to this museum on my own but ended up here when I participated in a free experimental bus tour of the northern part of Osaka city. Since the fees had been paid for by the tour company, I cannot comment on value for money and neither did I take not of the entrance fee. The first thing that struck me when I walked in was the number of Japanese school children there on a field trip. There were so many!

The museum itself is excellently curated. I am not a huge fan of visiting museums when I travel but this one was highly interactive and engaging, with a life size replica of an Edo-era village, complete with changing 'weather' and interesting displays. Pity everything was written in Japanese! The most fun bit was getting to change into a kimono and walk around. Be warned though that the patterns are limited for larger sized women. It was still pretty fun!

There is another gallery which has displays of modern-day Osaka and how the city is planned. The models there are very intricately made and I found them really interesting.

Aside from the fact that the museum would be a little tricky to find, it's definitely a very good museum and provides lots of insight into the city of Osaka.

Visited January 2013
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

It's a very beautiful museum showing how the Japanese lived during the Edo period, and all in LIFE SIZED housing, and you can enter and take as many photos as you want!

But the REAL attraction is, you get to wear the men's and women's kimonos for FREE! They dress you up and you can walk about the museum in the traditional costume and go photo crazy! I know I did! :D

Visited November 2012
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“Finally you can see inside the houses!”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

As a tourist in Japan you see lots of old style wooden buildings and temples which are really nice, but you are not allowed to have a poke around inside, so it was great to come here and be able to walk through some of the houses and old style streets. The sound and light system creates the feeling of town life from dawn to night time and the audio guide is essential to get an understanding of what you are looking at. Unfortunately we only found out at the end that there are traditional clothes that you can wear (for kids (very cute) and adults!) otherwise we'd have got dressed up first. My wife still tried on a kimono for the fun of it and the photo opportunities! Definite highlight. Takes about an hour to walk around and listen to audio guide.

Visited November 2011
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“A wonderful array of Edo style offerings”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

We visited the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and were really pleasantly surprised. I've seen a few reproduction Japanese museums but this one shows more shops etc and it was really interesting. Lots of things to look at and compare to how they are done now. The lighting and sounds change with the times of the day as guests are taken from morning to night to show how dimly lit the streets were.

A really nice addition to any Osaka trip and a fabulous wet weather option.

Visited April 2012
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