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博物館 明治村Museum Meijimura

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1 Uchiyama, Inuyama-shi, Aichi 484-0000, Japan
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Opening Hours
[Mar-Oct] 9:30-17:00, [Nov-Feb] 10:00-16:00
Date of post:2015/07/24

Open-air Museum for preserving and exhibiting Japanese Architecture in Meiji Era (1868-1912)

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Tourist Center Address:1, Uchiyama, Inuyama-city, AICHI pref.
Japan Category : Open Air Museum
Opening Hours : 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. (Mar.-Oct.)
9:30a.m.-4:00p.m. (Nov.)
10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (Dec.-Feb.)
Tel.: +81-568-67-0314

1. Outline
Meiji-mura ("Meiji Village Museum") is my favorite place, it is an open-air architectural museum/theme park in Inuyama-city, about 40 km North of Nagoya. The village was opened in 1965, and it preserves historical buildings built in Meiji era (1867–1912). There are more than 60 buildings moved and reconstructed in about 1km2 (250 acres) area around the Lake Iruka. The most important building in the Village is the Tokyo Imperial Hotel's main entrance and lobby, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and originally it was standing in Tokyo from 1923 to 1967.
The Meiji era, Japanese building styles changed rapidly. After more than 200 years isolation from other countries, Japan began to import modern cultures and industries from the west, including building designs and construction methods. Meiji-mura's target is to preserve these historical buildings of modern western architecture mixed with Japanese traditional construction methods and materials. Fortunately, many of these buildings were saved from demolition during the post-World War II period, and moved here. I always find surprise of the modernism of Western Japanese mixture, and feel nostalgia of that time.

2. Entrance Fee
Adult : 1,700 yen. Senior (over 65) and University student : 1,300 yen.
Senior High School Student : 1,000 yen.
Primary and Junior High School Pupil or Secondary School Pupil : 600 yen.
200 yen discount per adult- Senior High School Student groups of 20 or more,
100 yen discount per under Primary High School Student groups of 20 or more.

3. Access
There are several way to access from Nagoya Station or Sakae Bus Terminal
Via Meitetsu Railway : From Meitetsu Nagoya Station to Inuyama Station (30 minutes, adults : 550 yen, children : 280 yen)
Take a bus at East Exit to Meijimura (20 minutes, adults : 420 yen, children : 210 yen)
Via Meitetsu bus : Direct bus service from Meitetsu Bus Center near Nagoya Station and
Sakae Bus Terninal (60 minutes, adults : 960 yen, children : 480 yen)
By taxi from Nagoya city center : about 60 minutes

4. My recommendation
I recommend to visit at first Imperial Hotel entrance and lobby designed by marvelous American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I guided already many foreigners and they were very happy to see his master work. The main finish of the entrance is Greenish tuff (volcanic rock) carved in geometric patterns, and yellow brick, also ferro-concrete is used to provide structural strength.
It is very exciting to explain to you about the unique design and beauty of the building.

5. Best visit time
Spring is beautiful with Sakura cherry blossoms, Autumn is also beautiful with colorful leaves. Summer is hot in Nagoya area, but in Meiji-mura, it is cooler than outside because there are a lot of trees like Sunshade, and there are several cool Cafes you will enjoy.

6. Others
If you are interested in trains, there are interesting trains running in Meiji-mura. Two historical railroads have been laid and operated to provide visitors with transportation. The first one is Meiji streetcars originally operated in Kyoto city in 1895. The second one is steam locomotives imported from England in 1874. You can enjoy short trips with the trains which were running more than 100 years ago.

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