And for an architecture aficionado like me, this place is a must visit. So let's enter our DIY time machine and for 1,700JPY*, let's go back and get lost in Meiji era through their amazing architectures.
St. John's Church. Built in 1907. Its brick exterior is a beautiful blend of ROmanesque and Gothic design, the interior features distinctively Japanese designs appropriate to Kyoto's climate, such as the bamboo blind in the ceiling. Located in phase 1.
Reception Hall of Marquis Tsugumichi Saigo House. Built in 1877. This was built to entertain guests. The interior is decorated with imported French furnishings. Located in phase 1.
Cabinet Library. Built on 1911. Its design is genuine Renaissance style, and this is a perfect example of Meiji period's brick-stone architecture. Located in phase 5.
And now, after those long trip, how about a selfie with the Imperial Hotel as the background?
Since the open-air museum is a big place to walk around, they have these different types of transportations for you to ride on for 500JPY* each type of transpo. For my case, I walked from phase 1 to phase 5 and rode the black train from phase 5 to phase 4 then rode the red bus from phase 4 to the main gate since I was not able to catch up on the last scheduled trip of the brown train.
Meiji mura is located in 484-0000 Aichi ken, Inuyama shi, Uchiyama, Museum Meiji mura 1, Japan.
Ride a train in Meitetsu Nagoya bound for Inuyama for 550JPY*. Head along to east exit where you can ride a bus bound for Meiji mura for 420JPY*. For people coming from Tokyo, it is about 2 hours and for people coming from Osaka/Kyoto, it's an hour ride via the shinkansen to Nagoya.
*Rates as of July 2014
**Building descriptions were copied from this website.