Living Museum of Traditional Homes
in the Hot Spring Village
The museum was opened recently in September 2010. So far they’ve relocated and reconstructed the homes of eight families from Kanazawa, Toyama, and Fukui, for a total of five Samurai homes and three farmer’s homes. When I arrived at the ticket office, I was amazed by the multilingual support that the museum offers. In addition to pamphlets, each house has an audio guide available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean—the perfect setup for foreigners looking to learn more about the history of Japan. Just so you know, the audio guide carries a 1,000 yen deposit, which you get back upon returning the equipment. Also, each room follows a “shoes off” rule. I wish I had known—I wore my lace-up boots that day, and spent half the time taking them on and off! I suggest wearing shoes that are easy to slip in and out of when you visit the museum.
Published: January 31, 2011