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川崎市立日本民家園Nihon Minkaen Folk House Museum

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  • Other Kanagawa areas
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  • ClosedMonday (Open if it is a public holiday), open the next day of a public holiday (only Saturday and Sunday), Year-End and New Year Holidays (From 29 December to 3 January)

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7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, 214-0032, Japan
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[March-October] 9:30-17:00 (Reception closing 16:30), [November-February] 9:30-16:30 (Reception closing 16:00)
Monday (Open if it is a public holiday), open the next day of a public holiday (only Saturday and Sunday), Year-End and New Year Holidays (From 29 December to 3 January)
Date of post:2015/06/15

Visit photogenic site with old traditional Japanese houses

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Nihon Minkaen, the Japan open air folk house museum is located in the premises of Ikuta park in Kawasaki city, and takes about 30 minutes from Shinjuku on the Odakyu line. Being part of the Tama Hills, Ikuta Park consists of a golf course, a rose garden, and a planetarium.

Opened in 1967, the unique museum has attracted many people. The concept of the museum is to show the traditional Japanese houses in a good condition, to study and collect the references of old houses and the traditional life in Japan, then pass them to the next generations.

After you buy a ticket, before going outside to visit those houses, there is an exhibition behind the entrance where you can learn something about the traditional old houses. After getting some knowledge, you are ready to go outside. About 25 old houses were relocated here from other rural parts of Japan, although we rarely see those buildings especially around Tokyo, it’s a good opportunity to see and learn about them as they are surely dying out. Each has its own setting and background information, and you can see what they did for a living in each house. For instance, one is a house of an oil seller; the other is a house of farmer. Also depending on the areas and the occupation, the characteristics of the building are bit different. You can enter some of the houses after taking your shoes off, and see what it’s like inside.

Apart from those houses, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy soba noodles, and a stand which sells Japanese sweets. Occasionally workshops of the traditional Japanese craftwork are held.

One of the characteristics of the houses here is a thatched roof. Also the device for ventilation using wood can be seen. It would be intriguing to compare and find differences between Japanese houses and the one in your country. It takes about 2 hours if you look at all of them very carefully. I recommend you start your tour in the morning.

After looking at all the houses, you can go to nearby Taro Okamoto Museum of Art. Taro Okamoto was one of the greatest artists in Japan, who was leading the field of Art in the 20th century. As he was born in Kawasaki, the museum was built here. Together with Nihon Minkaen museum, you can spend one day here.

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (March – October) / 9:30-16:30 (November to February)
Closed: Monday (if a national holiday falls on Monday, it’s closed the next day), New Year’s holidays. (Please check in advance)

Price: Adult ¥500 (JPY) / High school, College student ¥300 (JPY) / Senior over 65 ¥300 (JPY)

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