Do you wanna know how it would feel like living in the Meiji era? Or wanna witness how amazing architectural designs were during that time? Or wanna learn and boost your knowledge concerning this Japanese history? These will be some reasons for you to visit Meiji Mura or Meiji Village in Inuyama, Aichi. For only 1,700 JP yen, you can gain access to this site and witness a rich culture unfolds before your eyes.
One of Japan’s outstanding open air museum, Meiji Mura displays over 60 buildings from Meiji period (1868-1912). This period’s architecture is strongly depicted by influx of Western’s. Most of the buildings were destroyed during the war or lost to city redevelopment that’s why collection of this era’s edifice from across the country was moved to Meiji Mura for preservation. Their original locations range from nearly all the islands of Japan to as far as Hawaii, Brazil and Seattle. The 1st director of Meiji Mura, late Dr. Y. Taniguchi requested his then schoolmate and VP of Nagoya Railroad Company, late Mr.M. Tsuchikawa to choose valuable structures that were going to be destroyed to be reconstructed to their original appearance at Meiji Village.
Meiji mura’s buildings are arranged so that they can best display their value as a heritage of Meiji culture. Displayed inside these structures were interesting objects of reference related the these buildings. You can also see caretakers for gardens, pathways, and trees to keep the environment pleasant to the eyes.
Hours and Fees:
9:30 – 17:00 (March to October)
9:30 – 16:00 (November)
10:00 – 16:00 (December to February)
Closed during Mondays from December to February, December 31 and occasional closures for maintenance
1,700 JP Yen
Plus 1,000 JP Yen for unlimited rides on the village bus, tram and train