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The Nihon Minkaen (“ϊ–{–―‰Ζ‰€) is an open-air museum in the suburbs of Kawasaki City. The museum is home to 25 preserved buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1867) which were relocated to Kawasaki from all over Japan. They include traditional farmhouses, such as a gasshozukuri farmhouse from the Shirakawago area, samurai houses, merchant houses, houses from post towns, homes from fishing villages, a shrine and a kabuki stage.

Some of the homes house workshops where demonstrations of traditional handicrafts such as indigo dyeing, straw and bamboo craft making, and cloth weaving are held on Sundays. There are also daily indigo dyeing workshops where, for a small fee, you can dye your own handkerchief, bandana, or traditional shop curtain. A variety of other cultural events and festivals, such as rice cake pounding, folk storytelling, traditional carpentry demonstrations, and lion dances are held occasionally during the year.

The Nihon Minkaen also has a small folk museum with a healthy collection of tools and folk instruments from the Edo Period on display. A soba restaurant can also be found in one of the farmhouses.

Getting there and around

The Nihon Minkaen is a 15 minute walk from Mukogaoka Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes, 270 yen by express train from Shinjuku, frequent departures) or a 25 minute walk from Noborito Station on the JR Nambu Line (30 minutes, 320 yen from Kawasaki Station, frequent departures). It is also a 25 minute walk from the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum.

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      HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI features a fitness centre, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Kawasaki. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 6.5 km from the hotel and Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.7 km away. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI every room has bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Omori Hachiman Shrine is 6.3 km from HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI, while Showa no Kurashi Museum is 6.3 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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    • Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot Spring
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      Situated in Kawasaki, 5.6 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine, Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot Spring provides accommodation with a spa and wellness centre and private parking. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation features a sauna, hot spring bath, restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 5.9 km from Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot Spring, while Uramori Inari Shrine is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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    • slash kawasaki
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, slash kawasaki is set in Kawasaki, 6 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine and 6.2 km from Miwa Itsukushima Shrine. With a terrace, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy American dishes at the restaurant or have a cocktail at the bar. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At slash kawasaki all rooms include bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes ? la carte, Italian and American options. Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.4 km from the accommodation, while Tokujo-ji Temple is 6.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from slash kawasaki.
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    • HOTEL Enmichi
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      Situated in Kawasaki and within 5.6 km of Omori Hachiman Shrine, HOTEL Enmichi has a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 5.8 km from the hotel and Uramori Inari Shrine is 6 km away. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At HOTEL Enmichi rooms include bed linen and towels. Tokujo-ji Temple is 6.2 km from the accommodation, while Gonsho-ji Temple is 6.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from HOTEL Enmichi.
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    • Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel
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      Located within 10 km of Yumemigasaki Zoological Park, Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in Kawasaki provides a shared lounge, as well as free WiFi. The property is around 14 km from Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium and 15 km from Todoroki Arena. Guests can make use of a bar. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room has a shared bathroom with free toiletries. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. There is an in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of European dishes. You can play table tennis at Kawasaki Tokyu REI Hotel. When guests need guidance on where to visit, the reception will be happy to provide advice.
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    • Richmond Hotel Premier Musashikosugi
      Luxury
      Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from JR Musashi Kosugi Station, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk and coin launderette for guestsf convenience. The station provides direct access to Shibuya, a 13-minute ride, and Yokohama, a 15-minute ride away. Each room at Richmond Hotel Premier Musashikosugi comes with modern facilities like a flat-screen TV and an air-purifier/humidifier. An electric kettle with tea bags and a mobile charger are also provided in the room. Special amenities for female guests and children are available at the front desk. Premier Musashikosugi Richmond Hotel offers drinks vending machines and in-room massages at an extra charge. Laptop can be rented from the reception for a fee. Todoroki Athletic Field is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. JR Shinagawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 10-minute train ride away. On-site Richmond Diners restaurant offers a Western/Japanese breakfast buffet. Various meals are also on offer for dinner.
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    • Hotel The Lotus Bali (Adult Only)
      Budget-friendly
      Hotel The Lotus Bali is an adult-only accommodation located in Kawasaki. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Tokyo is 18 km from Hotel The Lotus Bali, while Yokohama is 11 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 7 km away.
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    • Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi
      Mid-range
      Located on a 5-minute walk from Kawasaki Station, Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi offers comfortable rooms with a flat-screen TV and free internet access. The Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi is in close proximity to shopping areas. From Kawasaki Station it is a 10-minute train ride to Yokohama and Tokio Shinagawa. Haneda Airport is a 15-minute train ride away from Keikyu Kawasaki Station. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature a colourful contemporary decor. They are equipped with a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi features coin-operated laundry facilities. Services include luggage storage. Public parking is available near the hotel, at a charge. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi offers a la carte breakfast options at Excelsior coffee shop on the first floor from 07:00 to 10:00. Drinks vending machines are available throughout the hotel.
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    • Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C.
      Mid-range
      Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C. Is 5 km from Yokohama International Swimming Pool. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has a terrace and 24-hour front desk. The accommodation offers an open-air bath and stone sauna for private use as well as a foot bath. All guest rooms in Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki are fitted with a microwave, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The property offers complimentary breakfast of breads at the lobby. Guests can relax on the garden terrace or enjoy darts and hot yoga at Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C.. Haneda Airport is 22 km from the hotel.
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    • JR-East Hotel Mets Kawasaki
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, JR-East Hotel Mets Kawasaki is set in Kawasaki, 6.3 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine and 6.4 km from Showa no Kurashi Museum. This 3-star hotel features free WiFi and a restaurant. Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 6.7 km away and Grandtree Musashikosugi is 6.9 km from the hotel. Staff at the hotel are always available to provide information at the reception. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 6.6 km from JR-East Hotel Mets Kawasaki, while Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.7 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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