Park sights in Osaka
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In Ryokuchi-kōen, this fine open-air museum features 11 traditional Japanese country houses and other structures brought here from all over Japan. All have been painstakingly reconstructed and filled with period-era tools and other displays. Most impressive is the giant gasshō-zukuri (thatch-roofed) farmhouse from Gifu-ken.
The parklike setting, with plenty of trees and bamboo, gives the museum a pleasantly rustic air – and the whole place comes alive with fiery red maple leaves during the November foliage season. For anyone even remotely interested in traditional Japanese architecture, we highly recommend this excellent attraction. An English-language pamphlet is…