Nihon Minaken

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

It’s always interesting to learn how people used to live centuries ago, and good opportunity for that is visiting the open-air museum Nihon Minkaen in Kanagawa. My visit occurred on a week day in spring and there were only a few visitors, so I felt like getting back in time.

Old houses were mostly made of wood, including bamboo. Support beams, the frame of the roof and the floor were made of wood while the roof itself was made of bamboo and straw. Some inner walls were covered with the mixture of clay and wood dust. Walls were wooden too, but most of them were made as sliding doors with paper windows. The floor of living rooms was covered with straw carpets called tatami and furniture pieces were wooden as well. In the kitchen there used to be an open hearth arranged in a square-shaped groove in the floor filled with sand. Toilets used to be in small wooden buildings outside the main house.

I found the old houses to be fascinating. They were wisely arranged to serve as a good shelter, well adapted to the climate of Japan.

Getting there

Nihon Minkaen is a 25-min walk from Noborito Station on JR Nambu Line.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!