Kimono experience for only 500 yen in Osaka! Including some of the best photo spots!
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is probably not on most people list when visiting Osaka. Personally, I rarely go to museums myself, but I have definitely not regretted visiting this museum and with this article I’d like to tell you why the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living should included in your next itinerary when visiting Osaka.
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is a small museum which has recreated buildings and streets from Osaka in the Edo Period. In there, visitors can learn about the history of Osaka and get a real feel of how living in Osaka (and other Kansai areas) in the Edo Period might have been. This museum is the only museum in Japan having this type of recreated townscape inside and is therefore definitely worth checking out!
This museum starts on the 10th floor after elevating on a huge elevator where you can look down over the Edo (19th Century) recreated town below.
After checking out the scenery you will head down back to the 9th floor, where you can enter the recreated town yourself. The model town is equipped with special lighting which changes and gives you certain weather conditions (such as rain, thunder) and even sunset, night and morning. Strolling around this recreated townscape will give you a full 24 hour day period within 20 minutes.
One of the best experiences to visit this museum for is the Kimono Rental shop inside the model town. Here you can rent a Kimono for 30-45 minutes (depending on the crowds) for only 500 yen…
This means you can walk in traditional Kimono and stroll around the traditional streets of ancient Osaka and take amazing photographs.
You can leave your belongings in a locker for free and only walk around with your camera and Kimono attire. When crowded, you might need to get yourself a ticket and wait a little bit before being helped wearing a Kimono, but the ladies at the Kimono Rental work friendly, but fast and after choosing the Kimono you want to wear, they will help you put them on so you can experience the Edo Period reconstruction in traditional attire.
You are allowed to explore all the houses from the inside and with all the nooks and crannies there will always be a nice place to shoot a picture of yourself wearing the Kimono! For example, there is a traditional porch, kitchen, book-house, festival nook, laundry area, comedy area, market etc so a little bit creative person will have plenty of inspiration. (Please look out for the Akita Dog statues and give them a pet and get your photo together) Also you are free to try traditional Japanese toys children used to play with.
After exploring the 9th floor there is only 1 floor left which is a big exhibition room with displays which change with the seasons. Also, traditional arts and craft lessons are given on this floor if you are lucky and you are welcome to join.
The Museum isn’t big and if you are not going to take a lot of photographs while wearing a Kimono this museum might not be worth checking out, since the Edo Period Reconstruction is definitely the highlight of the museum. However, if you like to learn a bit more about Osaka History and have yourself a cheap and lovely Kimono experience where you can take traditional photographs without having to worry about all the tourist in the background, this museum is definitely worth checking out!
Address: 〒530-0041 8F 6-4-20 Tenjimbashi,Kita-ku,Osaka City
The Kimono Forest is located at the Arashiyama Station just a few minutes away from the Bamboo Forest. Walk through 600 colorful poles, filled with a variety of kimono fabrics representing the beauty of the Kyo Yuzen style. Visit the Kimono Forest in the evening to see the fabrics create an illuminated and mesmerizing pathway.