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Interesting open air museum to visit if you want to know a bit more about JP facilities and way of... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2018
Camper793153
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Tokyo, Japan
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A very valuable visit, interesting and relaxing

This open air folk museum is surprisingly rich. You will discover there a variety of buildings from... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
QF17
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some great friends from America come to visit us in Takamatsu (we live here) and we had just come from seeing the amazing sites of Kyoto and Tokyo. What they said they enjoyed the most was Shikoku Mura. It wasn't that it was super gorgeous or that it had all the excitement of other places, it was just that Shikoku Mura was a great place to learn, and be submerged in the past of Japan. It was "an experience" rather than "a site" from which to view from the sidelines.

Each location throughout the park is nicely explained in English, and clearly done by a professional native speaker of English who can write well. That was very much appreciated.

When we were there we basically had the entire "village" to ourselves. There were no crowds, and it was quiet and calm. So, it really was a terrific place to experience ancient Japan.

Thank MarkGroenewold
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely off the beaten path but worth a visit if you are interested in Japanese culture and history. There’s plenty of climbing and a waterfall for the kids as well. This collection of Japanese buildings from the region and connections to the past are interesting and beautiful. You can wander here for hours - there’s no single path to everything. The signs include English and there are two museums on the grounds. One is related to the buildings and homes on display and the other is not at all Japanese but it is an Ando building. This is a half-day visit including the trains to get here. We loved it!

Thank williamsM29HU
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Interesting open air museum to visit if you want to know a bit more about JP facilities and way of leaving in the past.
Beautiful place as well for a walk.
Easy to go there from city center.

Thank Camper793153
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Shikoku Mura is a "village" ('mura' means 'village' in Japanese) where a number of historical houses and buildings from all over Shikoku have been gathered. Those are the actual houses (some more than 200 years old) that have been dismantled from their original location and reassembled there. It's a great place to learn more about every day life in rural Shikoku during Edo and Meiji periods, and the location, on the south side of Yashima is a great location to just spend time outdoors in a great setting.

Also, note the presence of an art gallery that hosts temporary exhibits of modern and contemporary art. It feels a bit out of place there, but well... it's there... Some exhibits can be interesting, some other much less. Tadao Ando fans will be happy to learn that he designed the building.

Thank DavidinSetouchi
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

This open air folk museum is surprisingly rich. You will discover there a variety of buildings from all around Shikoku. All are authentic: they have been moved here to be preserved and have not been built for the museum. All explanations are translated into English. Furthermore, the vast park which hosts the museum is most beautiful in itself.

We actually felt that we saw more variety here (a sugar cane press, a soya sauce factory, a rice storehouse, etc.) than in most castles, shrines and palaces which often look like each other. However, the art gallery is completely useless and out of place (some minor paintings from famous European painters, including two from Picasso and a very rough draft by Modigliani, alongside with Arabic ceramics from the thirteenth century, what the heck really), but then, you can ignore it as well.

The visit ends with a tea house for which you get a special coupon (all customers in the tea house were regular ones, coming from the city and not from the visit), and it we spent a pleasing time there as well.

1  Thank QF17
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Reviewed November 30, 2017 via mobile

We went to the village to see the Bento box library display in the gallery. This temporary exhibition was amazing and the views from the gallery at the top of the hill wonderful. To get to the gallery you walk up through the village. This is a collection of interesting buildings from different parts of SHikoku that have been restored and reconstructed here. They illustrwte various styles of house and craftsmanship. They are dotted about the trail up the hill in a stunning garden. There is a vine bridge across a pond, reinforced with steel, that was a laugh. EXploring the village was fun and interesting - a great find that we were not expecting.
If travelling by train follow the signs and head uphill, there are only Japanese signs at the entrance, at least, we saw no others, but once inside there are English explanations throughout. The cafe onsite is also very pleasant, we had a lovely snack there.
recommended.

1  Thank Susanlam2015
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Great museum of buildings and architecture with a art gallery tucked away within it. Got to yashima station via jr train from takamatsu station. There was a specific bus laid on to take visitors to the museum. Bus was 100 yen but you were given a token to take 100 yen off the entry price. Route through museum takes you uphill through forest and you see a number of buildings that have been transported to the site along the way. Similar feel to the Weald and down museum in the UK but perhaps with less variety of buildings. Route ends up back at the start point and it is an easy downhill walk back to the station.

1  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed May 8, 2017

We saw more than20 buildings from around the island relocated to this area. It is easy to reach by the light rail system and worth at least half a day.
Several places to eat there or nearby.

1  Thank pdrobin77
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Reviewed March 27, 2017

The outdoor museum is situated on a hillside with structures faithfully rebuilt to show life as it was back in the late 1800's. The first stop is a rope bridge which many people walk over with some degree of fear...

2  Thank T0banker
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Reviewed December 18, 2016

I have visited many such open-air museums such as Skansen in Stockholm, which claims to be the first. This is probably the most intimate and detailed look at rustic life of the past that I have seen; and in the fall, at least, certainly the most photogenic.

Thank masuke
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