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“Love it, but wish I'd had more time to see it all!”
Review of Museum Meijimura

Museum Meijimura
Ranked #2 of 50 things to do in Inuyama
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

An absolute gem, the Meiji-Mura is an open-air museum preserving dozens of Meji Era (1896-1912) Japanese buildings including schools, hotels, prisons, and even a lighthouse. Many of these buildings were strongly influenced by Western architecture and building materials. It's kind of like Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum, only much more spread out around Lake Iruka. There are costumed guides, vintage transportation, and ubiquitous food and gift shops.

The buildings are fairly spread out around well-signed paths. It's worth the upgrade to the ticket that includes rides on the vintage streetcars, steam locomotive, etc. (2200 yen versus 1600 for admission only); you'll do A LOT of walking otherwise.

There's an English-language brochure available at the main gate, and most of the signs feature English as well as Japanese (there's also a serviceable little English-language guide for 1000 yen in the main gift shop). I visited on a particular day since I’d read there was to be a Christmas handbell concert in the cathedral. The handbell concert was superb and highly emotional since it was my first Christmas away from home in Japan; I only wish that the girls' junior high handbell choir had a CD available for purchase!!

Plan on spending at least half a day here, more if you really take your time exploring the various houses and exhibits.

http://www.meijimura.com/english/index.html

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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Open air museum located in Inuyama.
Taking around 1hr from Nagoya station. The buildings are japanese-european style which were build in Meiji period. This museum is located in calm mountain side next to iruka-pond.
The scenery is so beautiful and quiet. nice place for walk. Sometimes they open until late, around 9pm., I recommend the night tour if you have chance. This is one of the best "to see" places in Japan for me. However Kids may be boring there are not much toys to play in the museum.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

I didn't know what to expect but had a great day out there. All the relocated or reconstructed buildings were fascinating, but the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel was particularly interesting.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

but all the houses were super recent - like last 100 years, which was not what I was looking for when we made the long trip out there. The place is super well done, but it is not the samurai houses etc that I was expecting. IF you want old houses in an outdoor museum head up to Tokoyama and head to the museum there.

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

spend 1 hour train and bus ride from Nagoya, but the journey was worth it, the place have miniature models of most of famous monuments of Japan. its a huge park, and also have some busses running to take you from one place to another, but walking is also a great option as its very green and nice walk around, and you might also miss some places if you are not careful in bus. they also have train ride in side, a coal engine train is operated to show you some nice sights. food is also good, many options. but remember is you come by bus, - be on time as if you miss might take long before you get another bus.

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