VIDEO| Japan’s Open-Air Folk House Museum

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

VIDEO| Japan’s Open-Air Folk House Museum

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

While COVID-19 restrictions may be keeping you indoors and away from big crowds, join us for a virtual tour at the Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum in Kawasaki.

This vast open-air museum has a 25 authentic traditional houses and structures, which range from wealthy merchant homes to rustic farmhouses.

Travel back in time as you visit each of the museum’s buildings set in a typical Japanese rural landscape. Each home or structure is set up with furniture and various tools from the each represents, completing the vintage feel.

Try a taste of Japan on site at the soba noodle shop housed inside a folk house. And after that, try one of the many activities like indigo-dying or handloom-weaving workshops offered in the museum throughout the year.

Nearby you’ll find a few of Kawasaki’s other attractions like the Fujiko Fujio Museum dedicated to the cartoonist who created “Doraemon” and Kawasaki Science Museum furnished with the world’s newest planetarium.

So enjoy this tour from the safety of your home first, then, add this area to your list when travel is safe again.

Japan Open-air Folk House Museum

Location: 7-7-11 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefectue

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