Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum

Introduction

The Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum is located in Kawasaki City. It was built in 1967. The purpose of this museum is to share Japan’s heritage with future generations. You can see a typical old Japanese folk houses such as Boatman Hut, Takakura, Rural Kabuki Stage and so on. There are 23 houses in this facility. For visitors to experience traditional Japanese life style, farm and household tools are also displayed inside the houses. These folk houses were relocated from all over Japan.

What to see

When you visit the folk houses, you can see how the folk houses were made. Carpenters of the olden days did not use nails. They used ropes to tie the beams of the houses together. There are many ways to tie the beams and strengthen the house. There are 23 houses and each of them has its own charm. You can understand Japanese customs and culture deeply. The museum is open throughout the year so you can come and see it anytime you want.

What to eat

The main food here is soba (buckwheat noodles). It is really highly recommended. However, the noodle house is currently close for renovation. You might want to bring a packed lunch.

You can also eat mochi (sticky rice). This Japanese snack is sold here. There are many types of mochi. It is sold in a little food stand right outside the noodle shop. So it is perfect to relax at here and re-energize. Also you can learn traditional dyeing. Dyed products are also on sale and displayed.

Information

Facilities
There are rest areas, toilets, nursing room, AED, vending machine, baby strollers for rent and a museum shop. There are Chinese, Korean, English and Japanese pamphlets. If you need a Japanese or English guide, you have to make a reservation 2 weeks in advance.
Admission
Admission costs 500 yen for adults, and 300 yen for students. Admission for children is free. An annual pass costs 1000 yen for adults, and 600 yen for students. Opening hours from March to October are from 9:30-17:00. Opening hours from November to February are from 9:30-16:30. The museum is closed on Mondays, the day after national holidays and from December 29th to January 3rd.
Getting here
You can use the Odakyu Line and get off at Mukogaoka-Yuen station. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the museum from the station. You can also get on the bus bound for Mizonokuchi near the station of Mukogaoka-Yuen and get off at Ikuta-Ryokuchi entrance. This is much closer because it takes 3 minutes to walk to the museum from the bus stop. When using the car you can use the Tomei Highway. Exit at Kawasaki Interchange and turn right at the intersection of Inukura. It takes 10 minutes to the museum from there. You can park at Ikuta-Ryokuchi east entrance parking area. The parking rate is 300 yen per hour.
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Contact
Address
7-1-1 Masugata, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-0032
TEL
044-922-2181
URL
http://english.nihonminkaen.jp