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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  • October 3, 2017
    Didn't know I'm living in Osaka, was from a long time ago. Good transportation access, there was plenty of highlights. Fit the shower are likely to forget that especially during the building of the sound and lightning, seasonal Moon bores in and out like Fireworks that comes and goes and. It is not just sneaking a peek inside a townhouse in Edo period, depending on the season, such as tea ceremony and Festival exhibitions for many times to come. It is recommended to leave your luggage in the return expression lockers before entering.
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  • October 1, 2017
    The Museum houses the old city Simulator to play photo shoot. Use of Osaka, amazing free entrance pass. There is morning atmosphere at night can lend a yukata to take.
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  • October 1, 2017
    The museum illustrated the past of Japan in an interesting way. I could touch the exhibits. There were lots of animation which attracted travellers to have a deep look at the history. This was a great...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • January 18, 2017
    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.
  • April 13, 2017
    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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