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Home Sweet Home in Japan

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Posted on: October 26, 2008 at 3:01PM

When you have had enough of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo but donít want to venture too far, consider a trip to the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, Nihon Minkaen. This short ride on the Odakyu line will transport you to an authentic nineteenth century Japanese Village, a gem that doesnít appear in many guide books. Just as the name suggests, a trail winds through the museum grounds past unique houses. Each of the private residences were dismantled at their original locations and carefully restored here at the museum. They feature open seaside homes to mountain region homes with steep thatch roofs and everything in between from various districts throughout Japan. The staff can often be found in the homes tending fires and completing chores. Each of the structures has an explanation of how its rooms were used for both living and, in most cases, working. The museum also displays photos of the homes in their original location and a history of the owners. As you complete your stroll through the beautiful grounds, you may tour an indigo dying factory or if you are lucky, you might catch a Kabuki play on the nearby stage. The fresh air and unique educational aspect of the museum are enchanting and revitalizing. For those traveling with a family, pack a lunch and plan a picnic. If you have a Japan Rail (JR) pass and donít wish to buy an additional subway pass, take the JR Nanbu line to Noborito Station. From there, itís a twenty to twenty five minute walk. Otherwise hop on the Odakyu line to Mukougauka-yuen station and it is about a ten minute walk to the museum. You simply canít capture the unique Japanese culture and heritage in any other way. report a problem

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