Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Travelogue: Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Top: from Bangkok | Skirt: Thrifted | Sandals: Call It Spring | Bracelets: Bershka

When I was young, I had this certain fascination with everything Japanese. My sister and I bought this Japanese-English dictionary and would try to decipher our favorite anime songs using that dictionary. I would even draw myself (in anime form looking like Card Captor Sakura) wearing a kimono with raining cherry blossoms in the background. I would even daydream of me living in a traditional Japanese house and Himura Kenshin would await me inside. Such are the thoughts of a secret otaku. So when the opportunity came for me to visit Japan I made a note to myself that I shall be able to wear a kimono and visit a traditional Japanese house. I was able to do both but on separate occasions. 

We visited the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living primarily to take pictures wearing a yukata/kimono. However, due to the high demand of yukatas and kimonos, the next available schedule was at 2PM. We were there at 11AM. We opted to go around anyway and ogle at the simplicity and authenticity of the traditional houses. I was no Card Captor Sakura and there was no Himura Kenshin waiting for me but visiting the museum is a rewarding experience when in Osaka. It gives you a short peek into the lives of people who lived during the Edo period. The floor area where the recreation of the traditional houses were wasn't as big as I imagined it to be but you get a good overview of what most houses would look like during that historical time of Japan. 

How to Get There:
Ride the Osaka subway and get off at Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome station (Sakaisuji line) exit number 3. We got a little lost after exiting the subway station because there were no signs leading to the museum. After asking a few stores, we found out the building on your right when you exit the subway station is where the museum is (8th floor of that building). 

600 yen per person for adults.

Operating Hours: 
10AM to 5PM (last admission is at 4:30PM).

It was worth visiting and should be included in your itinerary if you ever find yourself in Osaka. I still wish I was able to wear a kimono and took pictures in the traditional houses pretending Kenshin is somewhere inside. Hopefully there is a next time.


  1. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed this post a lot. Great job!


  3. Beautiful photos! It looks like a lovely place. Thanks for sharing :) I've never been to Japan before. But I've heard it's a fun place to travel to.

    xo Azu


  4. This looks like a really cool place to visit!

    Bella Pummarola

  5. Fabulous place ! I really love your photos. Kisses :)