Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living offers an excellent introduction to the region’s culture and history that’s engaging for adults and kids alike. Most of the recreated houses sit on the building’s ninth floor, while the floor below houses an impressive scale model of “New Osaka” as it looked just after World War II. The 10th-floor observatory makes for a prime spot to people-watch, as museum-goers pass below. For an additional fee, visitors can rent traditional kimonos to wear while walking around to really immerse themselves in the scene and to create better photo opportunities.
Some sightseeing tours include a visit to the museum for those who’d like the added insight of a guide. These itineraries often include other notable attractions, like Osaka Castle, Tenmangu Shrine, Kuromon Market, Shinsekai, Tennoji Park, and Shitenno-ji Temple Homotsukan.
Things to know before you go
- Bring your camera; this museum is packed with photo ops.
- The museum is barrier-free and wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
- The museum occasionally hosts tea ceremonies, storytelling sessions, music performances, and other cultural events; check the calendar ahead of your visit.
How to get there
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is located on the eighth floor of the Housing Information Center Building in Kita-ku, so it’s a little difficult to see from the street. The easiest way to get there is by taking the Tanimachi line to Tenjinbashisuji-rokuchōme.
When to get there
The museum is typically open Wednesday to Monday throughout the year, but it’s best to check the opening schedule before you visit, in case of closures. Since it’s completely indoors, it’s an excellent option to escape the rain or afternoon heat in the summer. Plan to visit on a weekday morning when the museum is at its quietest.
Kita Neighborhood Guide
Kita means “north” in Japanese, and this district is one of Osaka’s two primary downtown hubs. Most visitors will find themselves here at some point, as it’s home to the JR Osaka Station. For a breath of fresh air, take a stroll through Nakanoshim-koen Park. Head to the top of the Umeda Sky Building for stellar views from its observation deck, or enjoy some retail therapy along Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street. Other museums in the district include the Museum of Oriental Ceramics and the National Museum of Art, Osaka.