The first open-air museum in Japan was opened in 1956 in Toyonaka city, Osaka: the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses. Since then, several other museums appeared, showcasing region specific buildings.
So far, my favorite traditional Japanese buildings are those from the Edo Period and one of the most important museums presenting them is Boso-no-Mura, located in the Sakae town, Chiba: it presents about 30 buildings, including samurai residences, merchant houses, farmhouses, even a kabuki stage and a water mill.
Here’s the main street, photographed in the light of the evening, with a couple of workshops and the red gates of the Inari shrine.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: