The Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses is a wonderful collection of 12 traditional Japanese farmhouses. Each of the farmhouses were transported from all over central Japan and reconstructed here, complete with authentic tools and furniture inside. Highly recommended!
Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses: non-euclidean photography
Visiting the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses isn’t quite the same as a trip to Shirakawa-go, but the general sentiment is pretty similar. You get exactly what’s written on the label: a dozen traditional Japanese minka farmhouses painstakingly reconstructed in a beautiful green space.
The Edo-period farmhouses here date variously from the 17th to 19th centuries, and originally stood in places as diverse as Fukui, Miyazaki, and Nagano prefectures. Each house has an English-language signboard outside with brief explanations, and you’ll be able to compare different kinds of thatching techniques, get insights into traditional farming tools, and more.
The museum is staffed by a mix of volunteers and full-timers, and they’re usually on hand to answer questions - some speak good English - and demonstrate the lighting of traditional hearths (irori). Unsurprisingly, this is also a popular location for shooting historical TV shows and films. If you’re very lucky you might catch a shoot while you’re there. Even if you don’t, there are all kinds of events you can partake in from concerts to tea ceremonies to kimono-wearing events.
The best part is that admission is just JPY500 - a steal considering how much effort goes into maintaining and preserving these gorgeous farmhouses. This might not be the first place most people think of visiting when they’re in Osaka, but taking a trip up north is worth your time.
A small downside is that this open air museum isn’t exactly right next to a station. You’ll have to walk about a kilometre from Ryokuchi-Koen Station on the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line to get here, and then there’ll be more walking involved in exploring the park. Don’t let that deter you though - just make sure you give yourself enough time in the day to check out all the farmhouses at your own pace. Plus, you can always check out the surrounding Hattori Ryokuchi Park afterwards.
Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
1-2 Hattori-ryokuchi, Toyonaka-shi, 561-0873
9:30am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm)
Closed Monday, or the following Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday
High school students: 300
Junior high and elementary school students: 200
Train: 15-minute walk from Ryokuchi-Koen Station on the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line.
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Official Website (PDF in English)
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