The Japan Open-Air Folk Museum (Nihon Minka-en) is one of the best kept secrets in the Kanto area. It is a great collection of heritage homes from the Edo period onwards, from all over Japan. A visit offers a walk back in time to the days of the samurai. It offers a remarkable look into at how common folk, merchants and traders, samurai, boatmen, farmers, etc, of the period lived. Click on the tabblo-photo essay above for a virtual visit.

Also, Japan Times’ Kawasaki’s Nihon Minkaen: Traditional folklore in a natural setting by Mark Schreiber has more on the attraction.