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Discover Meiji Period History, Culture & Architecture At Meiji Mura Open-Air Museum

Meiji Mura is an open-air museum of historical architecture, structures and items of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) arranged in a theme park-like village in historical Inuyama city.

The Museum Meiji-Mura

In 1868, Japan emerged from a self-imposed isolation period during which it cut itself off from the outside world for 250 years. While Japan was able to develop and perfect its culture during those years, it also found itself left behind technologically as the rest of the world advanced.
Shaking off its feudal society, and casting aside the shogun in favor of the young Emperor Meiji’s leadership, Japan embarked on a road to rapid modernization, turning to Western fashions, architecture, education and inspiration, but much with a hint of Japanese aesthetics thrown in for good measure.

Relocation and Preservation

The Museum Meiji-Mura

Many of these building survived until the end of WW2, but then Japan’s second wave of modernization began, and many of these architectural treasures were demolished. Over 67 structures have been carefully sourced and relocated from across Japan, tastefully renovated and preserved in the wide grounds. 10 of those buildings have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. Some of the buildings are only viewable from the outside, but many are open, displaying period furniture and items making the museum come alive. The Meiji Mura Museum is so extensive, you may not be able to see everything in less than a full day. To help you get around, you can ride an authentic Meiji period street-car that once plied the streets of Kyoto, hop aboard a working steam train around Lake Iruka, or ride the Village Bus.

The Museum Meiji-Mura

The open-air museum is divided into five areas. Area One features a Meiji period high school and the homes of famous writers Natsume Soseki and Mori Ogai. Area Two has an old Sake Brewery, an original telephone exchange, a bank building and the auditorium of a former primary school. Area Three shows you what a Meiji period hospital looked like, Former politician's detached residence, a foreigner’s home from the settlements at Kobe and more. Area Four features a working post office, shops and a theater, while Area Five has Kyoto’s old St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, an old police box, photo studio, a prison and courts, and even the Main Entrance and lobby of the Frank Lloyd Write designed Imperial Hotel. There is so much to see and enjoy. The park and its fine collection are often used as sets for TV period dramas and movies. To really get a feel of the times, you can dress in period costumes to stroll the streets.

Step back in time to a fascinating period in between the world of the samurai and modern Japan, a romantic era known as the Meiji Period.

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒484-0000
1, Aza Uchiyama, Inuyama-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Adults (aged 18 and over) 1,700 yen, university students and seniors (aged 65 and over) 1,300 yen, high school students 1,000 yen, elementary and junior high school students 600 yen
Opening
days / hours
: March to October 9:30 to 17:00,
November 9:30 to 16:00,
December to February 10:00 to 16:00,
* Open until 7:00 PM on some days during November.
* Open until 9:00 PM during the "Yoi-no-Meijimura" event in August. Some areas close at 17:00. Opening hours may not be extended in case of bad weather.
Parking : 900 passenger car parking spaces, 100 bus parking spaces (including minibuses), 50 motorcycle parking spaces
Holidays : December 31
Every Monday in December, January and February (open on public holidays and New Years)
weekday maintenance closure in January
* Open everyday from March to November (Except for the a few days in August).
Phone number : 0568-67-0314

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    •From Inuyama Station of the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (board from Meitetsu Nagoya Station), take the Gifu Community Bus bound for Meiji-Mura (21min ride, 420 yen), or;
    •From either Meitetsu Bus Terminal (Nagoya Station) Platform 23, or Sakae Bus Terminal (Sakae) Platform 8, take the Meitetsu Bus bound for Meiji-Mura and get off at Meiji-Mura (approx. 1h20min 960 yen) (reference: http://www.meitetsu-bus.co.jp/express/toukadai).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    •Approx. 19min (19.6km) northeastwards from Komaki I.C. of the Meishin Expressway / Tomei Expressway via routes 41, 158, 176, 188, and 16, or;
    •Approx. 6min (4.2km) westwards from Komaki Higashi I.C. of the Chuo Expressway via routes 49, and 16.

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