Nihon Minka-en
Mukogaoka Yuen: Museum
 
Nihon Minka-en: Mukogaoka Yuen
Mukogaoka Yuen / Museum
Open 9:30am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed Mondays.
Admission is Y500

Also known as the Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum, this sprawling park is home to two dozen old houses that were built between the 17th and 19th centuries. The buildings were transported from various parts of Japan and reconstructed here, and they are all decidedly rural in style, many with thatched roofs, mud floors and open hearths.

There are regular exhibitions covering folk-house related subjects in the exhibition hall, and folksy activities such as indigo dyeing and cloth weaving are held on weekends; check the website for details. The park closes 30 minutes earlier during the period between November 1 and the end of February, with last entry at 4pm.

Although the park is a bit of a hike from the nearest station, it is located close to several other spots that may be of interest, including the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art and the Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum.

Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Masugata 7-1-1.
13-minute walk from Mukogaoka Yuen Station (Odakyu line); 25 minutes from Noborito Station (JR Nambu line); there are also buses from Mukogaoka Yuen Station.
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