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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. Arrange your visit to Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and discover more family-friendly attractions in Osaka using our Osaka vacation builder.
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  • I think the building is small, instead of photographing every inch of the place pretty pecking couples just go ahead and leave a Memorial Photo Yen was ...! Oh boy! And yukata (Japanese summer kimono) experience is like purchasing tickets as soon as you let go. Of course, the two-hour wait time? Pecking every now and then just to come out of the housing, rather than just a museum waiting inside the Tenjin underground shopping malls like the Sith visit bar-lots to eat in the market die Soto! Even to buy the magazine as the viscosity in the fits! The Museum is available for re-entry! Do not lose the table ~
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  • This is one of the best thing we did in Osaka. The museum isn't very big but it is definitely one of the best in terms of experience. We went as a family of 6. We wore the traditional Japanese kimono ...  more »
  • The staff are very friendly, and though everything is explained in Japanese, they will demonstrate many interesting things to you as you walk around. It's hard to find the museum (it's at the end of t...  more »
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  • If you enjoy history and the evolution of people this is one of the best places to visit. It shows the evolution of the standard of living in japan and has an olden time shopping street that is filled with actors, you are also able to purchase some of their wares that are being sold. Really enjoyed the time I spent here. Easily worth the entrance fee.
  • From Tenjinbashisuji-6-chome Station take exit 3. The museum is right in front of you. The entrance is towards right. If you walk straight ahead, you will enter a bank. You need to take an elevator and all bags had to be placed in a lockers provided. Photography is allowed. Free entry with Osaka Amazing Pass. This is more of an interactive museum where you can "plug and play". You can hire traditional clothes, play traditional games like spinning the top and you can play board games inside a Japanese traditional house. You can play a classic or modern role as you wish or you can just be an observer. It is not like a boring museum elsewhere. Unfortunately this museum is quite small but its content is quite diversified.
  • 기모노 체험을 할 수 있어서 좋았습니다.It was really nice place in that they lend people kimono for only 500 en. But the line is very long so I'd recommend to go there early like 20 minutes.
  • Two short streets of houses and shops from Edo period Japan. The buildings are fairly pretty, but no different to the real buildings you can see elsewhere in Japan. There is very little explanation about the buildings or history in either English or Japanese. It was also very busy when I came on a weekday, with the vast majority of visitors just using this as a photo opportunity, to get dressed up in Kimonos. Cannot recommend for the history, but good opportunity to get those kimono photos if you're so inclined.
  • It's a great place to get appreciation of the different Japanese style of housing. You can also rent kimono and take photos of yourself inside!

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The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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