Nihon Minka-en / Japan Open-air Folk House Museum

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The Japan Open-air Folk House Museum is an outdoor museum of old folk houses.You can view buildings of around three hundred years old.

Nihon Minka-en

The Japan Open-air Folk House Museum is an outdoor museum opened in 1967 in order to preserve the disappearing traditional houses to the feuture. Twenty five buildings are on display, mainly typical examples from the eastern Japan, including the Water Mill, Ferryman's Hut, the Storehouse on Stilts, and the Kabuki Stage.

Nihon Minka-enYou can learn the basics of Japanese folk houses at the exhibition hall by the main.
Nihon Minka-enThere are eighteen houses with thatched roofs on vast areas.

What we have inside museum.

The gassho-zukuri houses with steeply pitched roof of in Shirakawa mura and Gokayama(a world heritage site) attract many visitors.

Nihon Minka-en
Nihon Minka-en
Nihon Minka-en

Indigo-dying Workshop

Traditional Craft Hall (indigo-dying workshops) You can try traditional indigo-dying.

Soba Restaurant

Restaurant Try our soba (buckwheat) noodles made with spring water from Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Hours 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
*The restaurant will close early if the soba noodles runs out.

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall The Exhibition Hall


Shop We offer postcards, indigo-dyed products and other original goods at the museum shop.

Guided Tours in English

Guided Tours in English

We can guide groups of 5 to 30 persons free of charge.
Please apply for the guided tour two weeks in advance.

> For further information on guided tours in English.

Museum Information
Hours March to October: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:30 pm)
November to February: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (last admission at 4:00 pm)
Closing and Holidays Mondays (open on holidays)
The days after national holidays (open on Saturdays and Sundays)
New Year's period (December 29 to January 3)
Admission Adults: 500 yen
Students: 300 yen (*16+ whit valid ID)
Seniors(65+): 300 yen (free for those 65 or older living in Kawasaki City)
*Please show proof of your age and where you live (e.g. your driver's license, insurance card, Fukuju Book silver pass, etc.)
Children(15 and under): free
Available Items & Facilities Wheelchairs, baby strollers and lockers are available free of change at the front gate.
Accessible toilets and a nursing room are available.
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13 minutes on foot from the South Exit of Mukogaoka-yuen Station (Odakyu Line)
25 minutes on foot from the Ikuta Ryokuchi Exit of Noborito Station (JR Nanbu Line / Odakyu Line)