24 February 2016
I made my way from Tokyo to Inuyama to visit the Meiji-mura (literally “Meiji Village”)… And I wish I could remember the exact route I took -__-
Based on this picture, I was at some point taking the Nagoya Meitetsu line. hahah
*goes to look up my own Tripadvisor review*
From the Nagoya JR station, you can hop across to the Meitetsu line and head for Inuyama. Once you get off at Inuyama, look for the bus stop outside the station that’s labelled Meiji Mura. I didn’t have time to observe if the bus itself had English signage as I arrived and found the bus there and about to leave – I caught a glimpse of the Japanese characters for it (明治村) and jumped on.
The bus I took did not accept IC cards (those prepaid cards like Suica and Pasmo that are frequently used in most parts of Japan) and I didn’t have enough small change, but you can make change at the machine up front next to the bus driver. It costs about 420 yen from Inuyama Station to Meiji Mura.
The bus ride took about 20+ minutes and went all the way out into the countryside, where Meiji Mura is the last stop. I’d highly recommend making a note of the return schedule so that you minimise your waiting time at the bus stop, as there are maybe only 2 or 3 departures per hour from Meiji Mura back to Inuyama Station
I am so glad that a friend had warned me about the fact that the bus goes all the way out into the countryside and that it’ll look as though you’re going nowhere in particular. I would’ve been pretty worried otherwise.
The Meiji-mura, or the Museum Meiji-mura is an open-air architectural museum with over 60 buildings from the Meiji era. It was really quiet that day, but it meant that I got lots of pictures of buildings without hordes of tourists in the way.
The Mie Prefectural Normal School
One of the reconstructed classrooms in the Mie school.
Saw this lady at the Renga-dori, where they have Meiji-era costumes for rent. Would actually like to try this if I visit this place with friends…
The most significant piece at the Meiji-mura is the main entrance hall and lobby of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The interior. It felt like the floors were rather low. Is this because people used to be shorter…?
Reverse view of the entrance. Can’t say I was very impressed by the building, but at least I can say I’ve seen one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s works! heh.
Outside the Imperial Hotel, you can see the Head Office of Kawasaki Bank, a Stone Bridge lamp from the Imperial Palace
and the remnants of the Cabinet Library from the Imperial Palace.
St. Paul’s Church from Nagasaki
The interior of St. Paul’s church. Looks just like European churches… But with less stained glass. I think I like the lack of stained glass.
There were plum trees in bloom!
I’d bought the 1000-yen unlimited rides option for the transportation within the park, and this included rides on the steam train as well as the streetcar and the retro bus. I’d taken the bus, and now I decided to try the train. This was the “Tokyo Station” stop at Area 5, behind the Imperial Hotel.
The steam engine!
On the train.
View of the Uji-yamada Post Office from the train. That lake in the background really makes the scenery extra lovely.
The train stops at “Nagoya”, in Area 4.
The Barber Shop “Kinotoko”.
Inside the barbershop.
The Uji-Yamada Post Office.
Inside the post office, you can write and send postcards.
Post boxes on display.
Inside the “Shimbashi Factory of the Japan National Railways (The Machinery Hall)” they had various machinery on display. Only a few were of real interest to me though, like this spinning machine.
Ooh. Universal x-ray and diathermy..?
This is the “Zagyo-so,” the villa of Prince Kimmochi Saionji. They had tours of the interior but unfortunately I’d missed the tour so I could only see it from the outside.
The “Kagyu-an (Snail Cottage),” which belonged to a writer named Rohan Koda.
The “Official Abode of Sugashima Lighthouse” and the Shinagawa Lighthouse. The latter, built in 1870, is the oldest Western lighthouse remaining in Japan.
This amused me. hehehe
I took the streetcar from the “Shinagawa Todai” station in Area 3 to the “Kyoto Shichijo” station near Renga-dori. I was the only one on the streetcar but was pretty impressed by the dedication of the streetcar operators to behaving as though there were more people than just the one tourist on the car.
The “Kyoto Shichijo” stop.
I presume these were students with their teacher. Clearly in rented costumes, but having loads of fun.
The Renga-dori, with the Higashi-Yamanashi District Office at the end of the road.
The interior of Dr. Shimizu’s Office from Nagano.
Sunset view from the bullet train back to Tokyo.