miniature This little museum is an interesting mean to spend a little afternoon. It gives a glimpse of japanese life with a real size reproduction of a little neighbourhood of the Edo period. The visit is interesting for the little details. It is nice to have the explaination by some of the guides. English explanation is avairable by a volunteer staff. You can rent an autoguide in Englsih, and the main brochures are in English. For those of you who have kids, you can give them in the street, a few staff are there to look after them and entertain them with some games and toys.

Osaka museum of living and housingOn the second floor of the museum you have a few miniature of the city over ages, with the explaination and illustration of the main characteristics of that period. It is all in Japanese, and there is only the view of miniature to entertain those who don't speak Japanese. There is a bit of a surprise for those brave enough to wait through the Japanese explainations.

Here is the website of the museum. It is extremly simple to go there: the museum is at the exit number 3 of the Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome station on the tanimachi or sakaiuji line. Right there you take the elevator to the 8th floor and you're in the museum.

Have you ever visited any museums in Kansai?
If not, this could be a good oppotunity for you to visit more than on museum for reasonable price.
With Museum Grutto Pass KANSAI 2005 sixty Kansai area museums and facilities are either free or discounted.
They don't mention much in English, so I recommend some of the museums might be interesting for you.

This is a strongly recommended place to visit.
You can stay in "Machiya"; traditional Japanese house, try Japanese cloths "Kimono" and experience tea ceremony.

Kyoto National Museum

The Museum of Kyoto

English version is currently under construction.
But you can see some nice photos just clicking Japanese page.

kiyomizu sannenzaka museum


You can join some events for free:
Koto(Japanese traditional string instrument) Concert
Feb 19(Sun) 2pm-3pm
Feb 25(Sat) 2om-3pm
Mar 5 (Sun) 11am-0pm
Mar 11(Sat) 2om-3pm
Get Explanation of "Irori" fireplace
A volunteer guide will explain and how to use Irori.
You can feel how to live in old Japanese farm house.
Jan 17th - Mar 31st
Tue - Sun 1pm - 4pm

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Osaka Museum of History
Special Exhibition
Japanese Artistry and Beauty
Jan. 25th - Feb. 27th, 2006

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
This museum is not typical Japanese museum.
You would feel and see 100 years ago Japan.
There are some events every month.

Machiya Tour
For example, you can join free tour of the town with Japanese guide on weekdays and Saturdays starts at 11am and 2pm.
On Sundays and national holidays, there are special tours with Japanese guide wearing traditional resident costume.
The tour start at 2:10pm and lasts 45 minutes.

Address: 8F Housing Information Center 6-4-20, Tenjimbashi, Kita-ku
Business hours: 10:00 - 17:00(last entry 16:30)
Closed: Tuedsday (Webnesday if Tuesday is a holiday), the next day of a holiday(Open if the day is Sun., Mon), the 3rd Monday(Wednesday if the day is a holiday), the end and the begining of the year, (not closed during GW)
Admission fee: 600 yen
Access: Subway/Hankyu Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Sta. JR Temma sta.
Tel: 06-6242-1170