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Japan has many, beautifully arranged open air museums, displaying historic buildings from various regions of Japan and historical periods. Some of the best are listed below:

Abashiri Prison Museum

About 12 buildings
This museum exhibits the former buildings of the Abashiri Prison and illustrates the everyday life of the prisoners.

Boso no Mura

About 30 buildings
Nor far from Narita Airport, Boso no Mura ("Boso Village") displays traditional local lifestyle and crafts of the area around Chiba Prefecture. It reproduces a typical local village of the Edo Period, complete with merchant houses, workshops and farms.

Nihon Minkaen

About 25 buildings
This open air museum in the suburbs of Tokyo exhibits preserved various buildings from the Edo Period which were relocated to Kawasaki from all over Japan, including farmhouses, samurai houses, merchant houses and more.

Meiji Mura

About 60 buildings
One of Japan's largest and best open air museums, Meiji Mura ("Meiji Village") exhibits buildings from across Japan, which were built during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Hida Folk Village

About 25 buildings
The outstanding Hida Folk Village exhibits various buildings, including a few gassho-zukuri houses, from Hida, the mountainous region around Takayama.

Gassho-zukuri Minkaen

About 20 buildings
This museum exhibits and conserves numerous gasshozukuri farmhouses and other structures, which were relocated here from surrounding villages.

Glover Garden

About 10 buildings
This garden with good views of Nagasaki, exhibits the former homes of Western residents and other Western style buildings, dating from the second half of the 19th century.
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