Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Sarah A
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    تجربه جميله great experience
    المكان كان غير مزدحم ، تجربه ممتعه للتعرف على طريقه بناء ومنازل اوساكا قديما، يوجد موظفين يتحدثون الانجليزية لشرح المكان . يوجد امكانيه استئجار لبس الكيمونو والتجول بالمتحف والالتقاط الصور. لكن مده الانتظار كانت ساعه ونص فلم اتمكن من تجربتها. بشكل عام المكان جميل انصح بزيارته ( يكفيه نصف ساعه لانه صغير) Great place to visit, wasn't crowded .it shows the old Osaka house and living. They had English speaking staff. I anted to experience the kimono. But waiting time was an hour and a half, so I didn't have the chance to do so. Overall I recommend visiting it and take pictures there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • alohatripper
    Honolulu, Hawaii1,713 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Twilight Zone" -- 1830s Osaka -- comes to life
    This is one of the most interesting museums on this trip. It was not on my radar, but our driver suggested we go. We were transported to Edo-period Osaka with all the structures, furniture, clothing (rentals), and scenes that collectively made it seem authentic. At one phase it was daytime, and then we saw the roof close to reveal a moon with flying geese in the forefront showing nighttime. Wow -- they thought it out to every detail. This is the perfect setting to rent your kimonos. On another floor we saw post WWII Osaka both in photos and in scale model. I'm glad we didn't miss this attraction. And the entry fee was very reasonable.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 November 2023
  • TCPERTHWA
    Perth, Australia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience a little bit of Edo era Osaka.
    This is a good way to experience Edo era Osaka and imagine that you are in a historical drama or a samurai movie. We enjoyed exploring the two life-size streets, houses and shops. You can even dress up in traditional clothes, we didn't. If you get to stay in Machiya this helps provide a historical context to these. I really liked the transition between day and night. The other section of the museum showed the development of Osaka in very detailed scale models. These were interactive and very clever. The gift shop is very good and reasonably priced.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 January 2024
  • EmptyNestExpat
    Chicago, Illinois36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this museum in Osaka!
    Do not miss this fantastic museum! They create absolute magic. One floor of a high-rise building is devoted to the recreation of an Edo-era street on a festival day. It’s worth it just to go to see this part. Absolutely do not miss the movie in the public bath as it creates lots of context about the exhibit. It’s easy to miss as they retract the screen between showings. That’s not all! They have a kimono-renting program. Mothers and daughters came to have their photos taken with these kimonos. You can’t believe the dignity these gorgeous clothes confer on all families who rent them. And isn’t funny how men and women’s kimonos are so alike, but men’s kimonos make them look so dignified and manly? People took such beautiful, magical photos of their families in these clothes. A Hong Kong mom, whose daughter was back a second time to take photos in a kimono, told me renting one here was cheaper than in Kyoto, plus one is in air conditioning the whole time! The only bad part about the kimono rental program is that you only have them for 30 minutes, which turns us all into clock watchers. Three cheers for the very patient and kind ladies fitting people into their kimonos! After experiencing the 9th floor EDO street exhibit, go down to the 8th floor for modern Osaka. Do not miss the movie opposite the entrance. So well done! This museum is what I would consider as the number one thing to do in Osaka. For context, I have been here touring Osaka more than one week.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 June 2024
  • Mellie2013
    Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    #1 Attraction in Osaka
    Our Number 1 choice for attractions in Osaka! This little known and often neglected museum is well worth the visit. It's a recreation of an Osaka town from around the Edo Period. It's beautifully presented and is very immersive in nature. Few people were visiting during the weekday we went. It was excellent! Spend the extra Yen to visit the Painting gallery and for the Kimono rental. You will enjoy it! The most amazing thing about this museum is it's change from daytime to nighttime. The ceiling lights dim, the street lights turn on and the night sky is playful with fireworks and the moon. We highly recommend you enjoy the film in the bath house as an orientation to the museum and the site. The short film is full of tid bits and info. The on site volunteers are fluent in English and have special stories to share. Ensure you check the schedule for the timing of the day to night rotation. Will always remember this museum. I am sure children young and old will love it!! The location of this museum is also near to the famous Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street. We purchased some of the least expensive and most tasty sushi from a sea food shop ( 100 Yen per piece) and found lots of amazing souvenirs at discount prices!!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2024
  • Roisin F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum
    This was a fun and immersive way to learn about the history of Osaka. I highly recommend renting an audio guide to explain everything while you explore. The entrance is on the 8th floor so it can be a bit tricky to find but there are signs on the street pointing you in the right direction.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 June 2024
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Roisin F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This was a fun and immersive way to learn about the history of Osaka. I highly recommend renting an audio guide to explain everything while you explore.
The entrance is on the 8th floor so it can be a bit tricky to find but there are signs on the street pointing you in the right direction.
Written 28 June 2024
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is one of the most interesting museums on this trip. It was not on my radar, but our driver suggested we go. We were transported to Edo-period Osaka with all the structures, furniture, clothing (rentals), and scenes that collectively made it seem authentic. At one phase it was daytime, and then we saw the roof close to reveal a moon with flying geese in the forefront showing nighttime. Wow -- they thought it out to every detail. This is the perfect setting to rent your kimonos.
On another floor we saw post WWII Osaka both in photos and in scale model.
I'm glad we didn't miss this attraction. And the entry fee was very reasonable.
Written 11 November 2023
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Sarah A
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
المكان كان غير مزدحم ، تجربه ممتعه للتعرف على طريقه بناء ومنازل اوساكا قديما، يوجد موظفين يتحدثون الانجليزية لشرح المكان . يوجد امكانيه استئجار لبس الكيمونو والتجول بالمتحف والالتقاط الصور. لكن مده الانتظار كانت ساعه ونص فلم اتمكن من تجربتها. بشكل عام المكان جميل انصح بزيارته ( يكفيه نصف ساعه لانه صغير)

Great place to visit, wasn't crowded .it shows the old Osaka house and living. They had English speaking staff. I anted to experience the kimono. But waiting time was an hour and a half, so I didn't have the chance to do so. Overall I recommend visiting it and take pictures there.
Written 7 August 2023
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TCPERTHWA
Perth, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a good way to experience Edo era Osaka and imagine that you are in a historical drama or a samurai movie. We enjoyed exploring the two life-size streets, houses and shops. You can even dress up in traditional clothes, we didn't.

If you get to stay in Machiya this helps provide a historical context to these. I really liked the transition between day and night.

The other section of the museum showed the development of Osaka in very detailed scale models. These were interactive and very clever.

The gift shop is very good and reasonably priced.
Written 16 January 2024
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Atiyadlc
Makati, Philippines276 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Total Rip-off . Dont Waste your money here
we went here to check out the place. we were surprised that the place was so small. THe staff were not helpful. 800 Yen down the drain. The line for the kimono was also too long. but its weird because they still had lots of kimonos available.. the waiting time was 2-3 hours
Dont waste your money or time here
Written 8 March 2016
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Carmen L
Singapore, Singapore147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014
Spent 200yen to rent a set of simple kimono and took lots of pics in them. The rental include a brand new pair of socks, kimono, slipper and a small little handbag. The museum itself have two level. The real action is in level one where there are lots of picture taking opportunities. The lighting will be adjusted and resemble morning to night. Different lighting give different feeling and mood to the environment. I will recommend to those who love to take picture and have lots of time to spare to visit the museum. Some people spent half an hr there but my husband and I spent 2.5 hrs there :)
Written 9 November 2014
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Nomad65843395326
Sydney106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
I really enjoyed the Museum of Housing and Living. It sounds a bit dry, but it's a fantastic concept. The museum has a floor dedicated to a complete reproduction of an Osaka street in the Edo period. You can go in and out of the buildings, and touch many of the displays. History really comes alive. The next floor has an excellent display on Osaka streets in other historical periods. The display includes detailed models of several streets. As each period is highlighted, the model drops away and a new model lowers from above, showing a close-up of a scene from the same streets. Another fantastic exhibition is about household appliances over the last 60 years. It's fascinating to look at the kitchen gadgets, TV's and so on.
The museum has lockers at the entrance (100 yen returned at the end). It also has an English audio guide, which is well-worth getting.
I used my Osaka Unlimited 2 day pass for the museum (2700 yen for attractions, subways and buses). The closest station is Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome. As you exit at exit 3 you are in the entranceway of the building that houses the museum. The museum is on the upper floors. There is a nice little shopping alley alongside the building. A short way down on the right is an excellent takoyaki (the delicious octopus balls) stand, where you can get good, cheap takoyaki to eat in or take away.
Written 19 January 2013
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Abovetheclouds
2,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Cannot recommend enough. Appears like an outside museum but it is indoor and perfect to do on a rainy day.  Located inside a building so take an elevator to the 8th Floor where you can purchase your ticket.  Ignore Google Maps.  My one sent me all over the place!  Use Metro Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome station and connect from Exit 3.  Would highly recommend getting the Audio Guide for the 9th Floor.  Very cheap and in June, 2023 the cost was 100 Japanese Yen.  Otherwise you will just look. Very interesting without information overload.  A small negative is that the points need to be labelled clearly.  I struggled to find some of the points of interest despite having a Map. You need to purchase the Audio Guide on the 9th Floor and not the 8th Floor where you will enter.  Best way to do it, is enter on the 8th Floor, go to the ticket counter and purchase your ticket, use the toilet and whatever else before you start your visit.  Go to the 9th Floor and get your Audio Guide.  Then go to the 10th Floor as the first two points of the Audio Guide are on this level.  Even if you don't purchase the Audio Guide, the Observation Floor is great to see an overview of the 9th Floor from above and to get good photographs.  Then go down to the 9th Floor, explore this and then the 8th Floor before concluding your visit.  I loved it, especially the 9th Floor which covered Osaka in the Edo period.  It was literally like stepping back in time.  I actually felt like I was living in a different era.  The 8th Floor wasn't as good but still worth a look.  This covered a more Modern Osaka.  Most of the information was in Japanese but there are leaflets in English (not sure about other languages).  Very clean and easy to navigate.  Appears big but I was done in an hour and fifteen minutes.  Children will enjoy it.  Many people were hiring the Japanese traditional clothing if you want to take photographs but I didn't bother with this.  I would allow maybe two hours at the most to visit.  The museum shop as you exit was really nice and had some quality Japanese handicrafts.  Staff are very nice, pleasant and friendly but speak basic English.  This is not one of those historical museums with loads of information.  It is more interactive and allows you to step back in time to see what it was like to live in Osaka.  You can then compare it to the more modern Osaka that we know of today.  I learnt a bit without feeling overloaded.  You cannot eat or drink inside. 
Written 8 June 2023
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soursops
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
I made a mistake of looking at the pictures of the place first before going, and I was very perplexed. My google maps told me that I had arrived, but I can see no traditional buildings or people wearing kimonos around. In fact, it was located in the bustling streets of Tenjinbashi-suji, right on top of the subway station. After walking around for 5-10 minutes, we finally realised that the museum was indoors!

By that time, we have kinda lost our vibe but we went in anyways and thank god we did because I dare say this is one of the most interesting museums in Osaka! You get to rent kimonos for cheap (500Y, in comparison to 5,000Y in Kyoto) and if you choose to rent the audio guide, you will be very suprised at how informative and interesting it is. We also loved how during out 2 hour stay we got to experience simulation of sunrise, rain, thunderstorm, sunset and night time of the whole mock village.

On top of that we also paid to get to the special exhibition room, which displays 2,000 intricately done Hina dolls.

We left the museum feeling satisfied and I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone visiting Osaka.
Written 20 March 2017
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Geobar01
Manchester, UK1,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living was opened back in 2001 yet still didn’t appear in one of the most popular travel guide books that we took with us and we heard about it locally. I have seen an occasional poor review for it but we were really glad we visited and thought it was a little unsung gem. It’s located in the North East Kita area of Osaka and was an easy subway ride from where we were staying arriving via the Suji 6-Chome station where exit 3 brought us out a short walk away. Even so it’s in an unusual location and would have been easy to miss being up on the 8th and 9th floors of the Municipal Residence Information Centre with rather discrete signage .

Walking up to the main floor of the museum we were greeted with a view down onto the reconstruction of part of a late Edo period town, looking down the main street. It was surprisingly small yet surprisingly effective with the sky projected onto the curving ceiling high above and running through a complete day perhaps every 15-20 minutes it seemed. Watching the sun rise and climb through the sky to be followed by the constellations and an occasional shooting star had a fascination all of its own before descending down into the street where we found it felt like we had stepped back into history. In this setting seeing the occasional kimono wearing fellow tourist added to the feeling.

A good and representative selection of mainly single storey building make up the ‘town’ and one of the first that you will see to the right offers short film giving an overview of the history of Osaka and the background to what you will see as you walk around. The most obvious building is because of its wooden watch tower is the Town Meeting Hall. Although this would have been the place to find municipal regulations, land registers and would have been the place where the local population were registered it would not have mirrored the idea of a town hall in the West. Residents of the immediate area would have met here on the 2nd day of each month and it would have had a role akin to that of a resident’s association. Every vulnerable to fire with closely packed highly flammable structures the tower above was essentially a fire warden’s watch tower.

Elsewhere along the street you will find the cosmetics shop (Komamonoya), the bath house (increasingly common from the 18th century), an apothecary and a sweet/toy shop (Dagashi-ya). In most cases you can discard your shoes at the entrance and wander around the interior to examine the furnishings, commercial, household and kitchen items a few of which are set out to be handled. Photography is also possible throughout though leaving your flash off would be both considerate and allow you to capture more atmospheric shots as the lighting changes throughout each short day. Once in the reconstruction it actually feels a good deal larger than it looked from above, a real testament to the amount of thought its designers must have put into the way they used the space available.

Leaving the main street down a side alley leads to small single storey back street tenements where the less affluent members of the area lived and again there are lots of clever small touches that give visitors a lot to watch out for along the way and it’s here that you’ll also find the surprisingly small coppersmith structure (Doko-ya) . It really is well a very well thought out use of space that makes you forget you are 9 floors up in what looks like a very ordinary building.

Leaving the reconstructed town there is the opportunity to see the history of urban development in Japan recreated in miniature as a series of very well made cased dioramas. As you wander around these however there is a little bit of extra magic the designers incorporated to make the best use of space again. Every few minutes the model you can see will either be raised or lowered to be replaced by another, doubling the number you can enjoy. Some of these are townscapes, others show more unusual ways in which housing needs came to be met such as bus parks and some are small scenes of daily life that let you look into the apartment of a Japanese family enjoying an early television or a visit to the barber shop. There are models of fairs and river events, a collection that gives both an insight into past times and that are fun to watch.

Moving on there is an exhibition space that when we visited displayed a range of printed materials, photographs, magazines, newspapers and other documents illustrating different periods and including wartime and more recent events into the latter part of the 20th century. Finally you will find the museum shop where you can collect a souvenir or two though this was the only point we thought could be really improved by offering a better thought out range of items.

This was a small and surprisingly well thought out, informative and enjoyable museum in a most unusual location, away from the centre of Osaka and high up in a place we really wouldn’t have expected to find it had we not known it was there. If you have the time to make your way over to this museum we’d recommend it and hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoyed ours.
Written 18 April 2020
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