The Kawasaki Municipal Japan Open-air Folk House Museum is an outdoor museum of old folk houses opened in 1967 to preserve long into the future traditional Japanese houses, the numbers of which have rapidly declined. Twenty five buildings are on display here, including typical folk houses of eastern Japan, including the Water Mill, Ferryman's Hut, Storehouse on Stilts, and Kabuki Stage from Funakoshi. Folk materials and other items relating to folk houses, specified as important cultural assets by the national and prefectural governments, are stored here, making this an outdoor museum of folk houses representative of Japan.
Twenty five buildings are on display here, including typical folk houses of eastern Japan, including the Water Mill, Ferryman's Hut, Storehouse on Stilts, and Kabuki Stage from Funakoshi. There are also houses with gassho-zukuri roofs as also found in Shirakawa-go, Gifu, recognized as a world heritage site, which attracts many travelers.
Here you can try out for yourself the traditional art of indigo dying. (Fees required) Make this one of your memories from your trip here.
Try our soba (buckwheat) noodles made with spring water from Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture.
The Exhibition Hall (main entrance) of the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum has two permanent exhibition rooms, allowing you to learn the essential knowledge of Japanese folk houses.
The entrance to the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum sells postcards, indigo-dyed products and other Folk House Museum goods.
|Opening times||March to October: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (entry closes at 4:30 pm)
November to February: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (entry closes at 4:00 pm)
|Closed times||Mondays (but the museum will be open if Monday is a public holiday)
Days following public holidays (but the museum will be open if the following day is a Saturday or Sunday)
New Year's period (December 29 to January 3)
|Admission||Adult: 500 yen
High school students / university students: 300 yen (*please show your student ID)
65 or older: 300 yen (free for those 65 or older living in Kawasaki City or holding a Fukuju Book)
*Please show proof of your age and where you live (e.g. your driver's license, insurance card, Fukuju Book silver pass, etc.)
Junior high school students or younger: free
|Available for borrowing / sanitary facilities||Wheelchairs, baby strollers and lockers are available at the front entrance.
*All can be borrowed free of charge.
Accessible toilets for persons with physical disabilities and toilets with baby seats are available.
|Official home page||http://english.nihonminkaen.jp/|