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Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses

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Address: 1-2 Hattori-Ryokuchi, Toyonaka 561-0873, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6862-3137
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The Open-Air Musuem of Old Japanese Farmhouses is an outdoor museum where...

The Open-Air Musuem of Old Japanese Farmhouses is an outdoor museum where representative houses from throughout Japan have been moved and restored for exhibition along with related items and implements from daily living. Located on grounds of about 36,000㎡ inside Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the museum has on display 12 farmhouses such as the Namba Magariya from as far north as Iwate to the Takakura from as far south as Amami Oshima. These houses were all built in Edo period(17-19th century) and are imbued with the style created by the climate, culture, and customs characteristic to each locality. The clever use of the natural surroundings and wisdom applied by people at the time to live in harmony are in display throughout of time to convey to us quietly important messages.

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A very pleasant outdoor museum - worth a visit

I'd recommend visiting. It's a charming and informative site. You can walk around and see everything within an hour. Or you can set your own pace and take a shorter or longer... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I'd recommend visiting. It's a charming and informative site. You can walk around and see everything within an hour. Or you can set your own pace and take a shorter or longer time. Be sure to pick up a small booklet at the entrance to collect a stamp at every house. The park it's housed in is very pleasant too.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

2017.03.16 visited the Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses (日本民家集落博物館) with the goal of seeing if the site would be worth taking our guests from USA and our company employees from various country branches. Unfortunately, the women selling the entry ticket was rude, abrupt, and very anti-social. We were told that the site would close at 5 PM... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

What an unexpected find! This is a beautiful recreated village of historical farm buildings from around Japan in a lovely rural setting a short train trip north of Osaka. Apart from the interesting displays, the dedicated staff were so friendly and welcoming. We spent over 4 hours here being thoroughly enchanted. A real gem.

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1 Thank Julian S
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

This place is so interesting - I think anyone with an interest in history, architecture or interior design will love it - and it's not expensive and not far from central Osaka, so I have no idea why there was hardly anyone there when I visited on a beautiful autumn morning! Unlike some other reviewers, I unfortunately didn't run into... More 

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2 Thank empress_cherry
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I had seen the traditional houses in Shirakawago on a previous trip to Japan. The park was well worth a couple of hours visit if you have any interest in Japan history rural life not to mention architecture. The volunteer guides gave us alot more info than we expected and we spent 20 minutes talking to one of them, in... More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to similar museums in Europe and this one ranked up there. There are 12 buildings each with the history written up in English. there were attendants in each building and about half of them had excellent English and explained silk worm farming and how the buildings were heated. The price is good and it is a nice... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

It's remind me my grand mother house. Good to see once at life. I grow up like those kind of house:) so it's good memory and good to bring with foreigners friends!

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Thank erikamix
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

I followed the advice of my Lonely Planet, and found their recommendation of this open-air museum real great. A must-see for those of you who like outdoor walking, photography and learning. Even for those remotely interested in traditional Japanese architecture, in the words of Lonely Planet author. How true. And one of my greatest surprises is to see something more... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

The farmhouse is out of the way from Osaka city center but it makes an interesting visit. There are many locals at the park leading to the farmhouse so it's definitely away from the tourists bustle. The volunteers are very friendly and some of them speak good english. A gentleman volunteer even went to the extend of playing of a... More 

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Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

The family worn out so I decided to have a relaxed day and walked from Shinfuji Osaka up to the park. Warning this is a long hike but it let me experience the local neighbourhood. The park that the museum is in was a bit run down but would be great with young kids as it has multiple play grounds... More 

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