Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Osaka

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At Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, see how the city's lifestyle and housing developed during different time periods. The museum draws scores of tourists with its life-sized street scene reproduction from the Edo Period (1603-1867). In addition to this highlight, you can also find a scale model of the city during the Edo times, replete with painstaking details. Don a kimono (offered by the museum for a small fee) and witness the street's simulated transition between day and night. Inspect all the facilities, such as the meeting hall, sento (public bath), and drugstores, which will enhance your appreciation for Japan's architectural solutions and the need for practical minimalism. Put Osaka Museum of Housing and Living on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Osaka trip builder website .
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  • Really enjoyed walking around the old streets and taking pictures in kimonos. Only USD5 per person for 30 min in kimono. We were there late morning on a weekday in December and there wasn't much of a ...  more »
  • It is possible to visit the House Museum passes gas free of charge, please don't let this visit a kimono experience or experience by booking in advance (if you have to wait) produced by the actual building size, you can feel the culture of Japan housing
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  • Model houses, stores and more all in life sized reproductions done very well to give one a real sense of history from the Edo period to the modern time. Well worth the visit and usually not crowded if...  more »
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  • Went here because it was one of the free attractions on the Osaka amazing pass and also because of the cheap kimono rental. You can rent the kimono at 500yen for half hour. You then can take beautiful pictures in the kimono with Edo period houses as background. The highlight for me is the changing between day, night and also rain in tbe exhibition.
  • Great Museum with great friendly staff. It is very small but worth to go if you love the history of the city Osaka. Plus, there is great shopping and food around the area.
  • This is a must go place when visiting Osaka. Had a hard time looking for the museum because I was looking for something that looks like the picture in google maps. It turns out, the museum is inside a building that is just right on top of the metro station. Silly me.
  • although it is a small place, but we can learn the history of osaka back from edo periode until post ww2
  • Interesting place. Provision of Japanese clothing. However, only 25 customers they can serve each hour for the Japanese Clothing Servuce. Better plan carefully before arrival.

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