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 where you can view residences over two hundred years old.

Nihon Minka-en

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.

Nihon Minka-enThe main entrance Exhibition Hall of the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum is a place where you can learn the essential knowledge of Japanese folk houses.
Nihon Minka-enThere are over twenty houses with thatched roofs on display in its wide grounds.

Introducing the Facilities

Old folk houses continuing the unique culture 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.

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

Traditional Craft Hall (indigo-dying workshops)

Traditional Craft Hall (indigo-dying workshops) 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.

Restaurant

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

Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall 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.

Shop

Shop The entrance to the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum sells postcards, indigo-dyed products and other Folk House Museum goods.

Information on Guided Tours in English

Information on 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.

> Information on guided tours in English can be found here.


Museum Information
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/
Access
Access Access

Access

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)


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