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Nihon Minka-en, Kawasaki Municipal Japan Outdoor Folk House Museum

A must-see for retro lovers! Relive the moments from Edo era at this Outdoor Museum of Old Folk Houses.

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Museum

Opened in 1967, Kawasaki City is an outdoor museum that represents ancient Japanese homes. Twenty-five buildings, including private houses from the Edo period, have been relocated here and displayed, all designated as Japanese cultural heritage. Here you can visit old civilian houses and traditional buildings that were built between 100 and 300 years ago, including the Kabuki Stage.

Some of the old folk houses have fires lit in their hearths, so you can truly experience what it was like to live back in Japan’s old days. The spacious garden is also perfect for taking a stroll, and it is beautifully dotted with nature throughout the year, including cherry blossoms and greenery in the spring and gorgeous autumn leaves.

In addition to the various activities of appreciating traditional Japanese art, the museum also has a traditional craft museum with free admission. After visiting the ancient houses, you can also experience the “aizome” (Indigo-dye craft) for a fee.

Highlights

  • There are many old residential buildings built in the Edo period.
  • Recommend it to friends who like to take retro photos.
  • There are a soba restaurant and dango shop in the park, where you can take a break and relax.
  • Free voice guided Tours are available(English, Chinese, Korean).
  • Pamphlets available in 11 languages(English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Thai, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Tagalog).

Photos

  • Japanese Folk House Garden (Main Gate)

    Japanese Folk House Garden (Main Gate)

  • Emukai Residence, built in the early 18th century

    Emukai Residence, built in the early 18th century

  • Kabuki Stage “Funakoshi’s Stage,” an important tangible folk cultural property designated by the Japanese government

    Kabuki Stage “Funakoshi’s Stage,” an important tangible folk cultural property designated by the Japanese government

  • As if through time and space into the Edo era of Japan's rural villages!

    As if through time and space into the Edo era of Japan's rural villages!

  • Learn about Japanese folk houses in the main building’s exhibition room. A recommended stop for those interested in architecture.

    Learn about Japanese folk houses in the main building’s exhibition room. A recommended stop for those interested in architecture.

  • Experience “aizome” indigo dyeing (fees required) at the “Traditional Crafts Museum.” Even beginners can enjoy creating original pieces.

    Experience “aizome” indigo dyeing (fees required) at the “Traditional Crafts Museum.” Even beginners can enjoy creating original pieces.

Reviews

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  • 吳淑敏

    蠻有趣的一個場所,可以看到不同時期的人生活方式,有些是就地取材、有些是利用再生,和我們現在強調力行的節能環保是不是很像呢?

  • 林惠雪

    每棟房屋都有其獨特的風格,依生活地方不同而有各式各樣風貌,每天會輪流開放兩三個民家,讓人入內參觀,還有一點蠻貼心的就是有提供中英文的語音導覽服務,可以讓我們更深入了解日本早期的生活

  • Rise

    川崎市立日本民家园非常有特点,能看到古时候日本人居住的房间和居住环境,我觉得和在电影上看到的中国农村的房屋颇有相似之处,所以有亲切而又熟悉的感觉。而且这个野外博物馆在被称为川崎大自然景观区的「生田綠地」内,可以顺道在生田绿地散步游玩。我去时正好赶上绣球花盛开的季节,优美娴静的氛围让人难以忘怀。

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Details

Name in Japanese
川崎市立日本民家園
Postal Code
214-0032
Address
7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Telephone
044-922-2181
Admission
General admission 500 yen, high school and college students 300 yen (※Must show student ID), 65 years and older 300 yen
※Free for those 65 years and older and Kawasaki residents (proof of date of birth and proof of residency [driver’s license, health insurance card, Senior Identification Silver Pass, etc.] required)
※Free for junior high school students and younger
※Annual Passport (good for 1 year from date of purchase): General admission 1,000 yen; high school students, university students, and 65 years and up 600 yen
Closed
Mondays (open on public holidays), day following public holidays (open on weekends and public holidays), year-end and New Year’s holidays (December 29th-January 3rd). Other temporary closures may occur.
※The facility will be closed from December 28th through January 4th over the year-end and New Year’s holidays between 2020 and 2021.
Business Hours
March – October 9:30 am-5:00 pm (Last admission 4:30pm)
November – February 9:00 am-4:30 pm (Last admission 4:00pm)
Access
1. Approx. 13-minute walk from the South Exit of the Odakyu Line’s Mukogaoka-Yuen Station
2. Approx. 25-minute walk from the Ikuta-Ryokuchi Exit of the Odakyu Line and JR Nambu Line’s Noborito Station
3. Take the Kawasaki City Bus [Mizo 19 ”溝19”] bound for “Mizonokuchi Station South Exit” or the Kawasaki City Bus [Ta 83 ”た83”] bound for “Tama-plaza Station” from the South Exit Bus Terminal at Odakyu Line’s Mukogaoka-Yuen Station. Destination is Approx. 3-minute walk from the “Ikuta-Ryokuchi Entrance” stop.
4. Take the bus bound for “Ikuta-Ryokuchi (via Fujiko F Fujio Museum)” outside of the Ikuta-Ryokuchi Exit of the Odakyu Line and JR Nambu Line’s Noborito Station. Destination is approx. 1-minute walk from the “Ikuta-Ryokuchi” stop. (Not available on days the Fujiko Museum is closed)
5. Take the Tokyu Bus bound for “Mukogaoka-Yuen Station South Exit” from the Den-en-Toshi Line’s Kajigaya station. Destination is about approx. 10-minute walk from the “Iimuro” stop.
6. Take the Kawasaki City Bus [Mizo 19 ”溝19”] bound for “Mukogaoka-Yuen Station South Exit” via “Ikuta-Ryokuchi Entrance” from the Tokyu Den-en-Toshi Line’s Mizonokuchi Station South Exit Bus Rotary at the Nambu Line’s Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station. Destination is approx. 3-minute walk from the “Ikuta-Ryokuchi Entrance” stop.
7. Take the Tokyu Bus [Ta 83 ”た83”] bound for “Mukogaoka-Yuen Station South Exit” from the North Exit terminal at the Tokyu Den-en-Toshi Line’s Tama-plaza Station. Destination is approx. 3-minute walk from the “Ikuta-Ryokuchi Entrance” stop.
~When Heading Directly to Traditional Crafts Museum (West Gate)~
1. Take the Odakyu Bus [Muko 10” 向10”] bound for “Senshu Daigaku-mae” from the North Exit of the Odakyu Line’s Mukogaoka-Yuen Station. Destination is approx. 5-minute walk from the “Senshu Daigaku-mae” stop.
2. If going to the West Gate on foot from the station, starting from the South Exit of the Odakyu Line’s Mukogaoka-Yuen Station, pass by the main building of the Japanese Folk House Garden and continue toward Senshu University through the green space. Approx. 20-minute walk.
Parking Lot
Available (using the Ikuta-Ryokuchi parking lot)
Bicycle Parking
Available (using the Ikuta-Ryokuchi bicycle parking)
Official Website
Official Website (English)