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Open: Six days a week, closed on Mondays, on the day after national holidays, and from December 29 – January 3. Open other holidays.
Hours: Mar – Oct: 9:30 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:30); Nov – Feb: 9:30 – 16:30 (Last entry 16:00)
Admission: Adults: ¥500, Seniors (65 & older): ¥300, College & high school students: ¥300, Younger children: Free
How to get there:
•Take the train to Shinjuku Station.
•Go out the South Exit ticket gate. Still inside the building, turn right, following the Odakyu Line signs.
•Go in the Odakyu Line ticket gate.
•Go down the stairs to tracks 4 and 5 and take any train except the Tama Express (pink train). The Shonan Express, the Express, the Limited Express and the Local all stop at Mukogaoka-yuen. It only takes about 20-25 minutes if you don’t take the local. The local takes about an hour.
•When you get off the train at Mukogaoka-yuen, go up the steps and out the South Exit.
•Take a cab from in front of the station, or walk through town along the big street that starts at the station. (It is about a 15-minute walk to the Minka-en) Pass three traffic lights.
•Eventually you will get out of town and there will be a highway sign on the road that points to a right-hand turn to Nihon Minka-en. Turn right onto that road.
•A little ways along that road you will see the entrance. Buy tickets at the first building up on your right. That is also the building with the museum that explains the traditional construction methods for building the houses. Don’t skip the museum, even though the explanations are in Japanese. The models and pictures of construction methods are great.
•About halfway through at House #10, there is a soba restaurant, which is a good place to eat lunch.
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