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Japanese Museums

Japan has many, beautifully arranged open air museums, displaying historic buildings from various regions of Japan and historical periods. Some of the best are listed below:

Historic Village of Hokkaido
Sapporo, about 60 buildings
This open air museum's theme is the development of Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, which took place on a large scale during the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912).
Edo-Tokyo open Air Architectural Museum
Tokyo, about 20 buildings
The "outdoor section" of the Edo-Tokyo Museum, this open air museum features various historical buildings of the Tokyo area, mainly from the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
Meiji Mura
Inuyama, about 60 buildings
One of Japan's largest and best open air museums, Meiji Mura ("Meiji Village") exhibits buildings from across Japan, which were built during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
Hida Folk Village
Takayama, about 25 buildings
The outstanding Hida Folk Village exhibits various buildings, including a few gassho-zukuri houses, from Hida, the mountainous region around Takayama.
Gasshozukuri Minkaen
Shirakawa-go, about 20 buildings
This museum exhibits and conserves numerous gasshozukuri farmhouses and other structures, which were relocated here from surrounding villages.
Shikoku Mura
Takamatsu, about 30 buildings
The Shikoku Mura ("Shikoku Village") displays buildings and structures from various historical periods and from across the island of Shikoku.
Glover Garden
Nagasaki, about 10 buildings
This garden with good views of Nagasaki, exhibits the former homes of Western residents and other Western style buildings, dating from the second half of the 19th c

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