Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Glimpse Of Common People Dwellings

of time past. At Shikoku Mura.

The title of the English language pamphlet of the open-air museum  is : Step back in time to scenes of traditional Japan and encounter a bygone era.

We got to see 33 traditional buildings from all over Shikoku; reconstructed in their original forms in a tranquil park setting. When we were there, we got the whole place to ourselves. Boy, did we wander and touch and see and savour the atmosphere of the "villages".

Going to Shikoku Mura wasn't quite straightforward to us. While we know that it's about a 10 minute walk from JR Yashima Station, we didn't really know which way to head to. Luckily, there was a map of the area in front of the station... in Japanese.
A quiet JR Yashima Station on a Monday morning
Walked past this stream. It is the Aibiki River, actually.

In the past, Yashima used to be an island. In early Edo period, the south side of the island was filled-in and the sea remained between Yashima and the mainland as a stream, hence the name of the river. "Ai" is both (directions) and "biki" means to draw or pull. There is another story on how the river got its name. 

During the battle of Genji and Heike clans, it is said that both troops fought along this river. There was a stalemate and both troops withdrew : "Ai" both and "biki" withdraw.

Mentioning about the battle; remember my manhole cover post of Takamatsu that featured an archer?
Found a carpentry workshop near to the station too.
 and a shrine
Shikoku Mura is located at the base of Mount Yashima. An uphill walk for us to get to the open-air museum. I'm not complaining though. The weather was perfect to be out and about that day! Raimie too, was happily running/walking around.
 Just a little bit more walk and we were almost there!
 At the entrance. Shikoku Mura opens year round; from 8.30am to 5.00pm from April - October and from 8.30am to 4.30pm from November - March.

Tickets can be purchased from the building on top of the stairs, which I believe is the Hamada tomariya lodge building.

Admissions cost 800yen for adults, 500yen for high school students, 400yen for junior high school student and 300yen for elementary school student.
 
 
A teaser of photos before I embark on a more detailed posts on some interesting buildings in the open-air museum. A bridge, a theater and a home.

What? You don't think I'd just settle for one post for this awesome museum, do you? I certainly will not! Stay tuned for more!

20 comments:

  1. Looks like a place I should pay a visit to one day and a great day for the family. Cheap admission as well at 800 yen.

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    1. I think if you ever visit Takamatsu, a visit to Shikoku Mura is nice. Not great for those with wonky knees though. You have to walk up quite a bit.

      Kids on the other hand will have a grand time running around and seeing the villages. :)

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  2. How i wish i can go japan too. T___T cant afford now. T____T

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  3. You went to a tourist spot and there were no other tourists? How did you manage that? What is your secret? I demand to know! :D

    I had no idea where Yashima was, so - being utterly predictable - I Googled it. Then sat there staring and drooling and fantasizing over Shikoku and the Inland Sea and the thousands of places I still want to see in Japan.

    Anyway, what?, you're going to leave us at the front gate? We have to wait before we can go in? :(

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    1. Maybe because it's Monday and usually museums are closed on Monday so that's why there weren't bus loads of tourists there that day? ^^

      Well, my dear Jungle Woman. Anticipation is part of the experience. You must take a deep breath before entering. Stop. Smell. Breathe. hahaha

      I don't make sense. I know. ;p

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  4. Good to see some pictures of scenes so familiar to me... I pass by this place each day I go to work... and I never fail to smile whenever I read about your descriptions of things Japanese... :-)

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    1. I hope my description that made you smile isn't because I describe things wrongly Lrong! ;)

      You sure get to see lovely scenery each day Lrong. I'd want to cycle to work daily too like you if I get to see those scenery on my way to work instead of driving. :)

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  5. I leraned Shikoku mura from you. It sounds very interesting place. You can learn various old Japanese culture than I. :)

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    1. It is an interesting place.

      There are a lot of places in Shikoku I wish I can visit and learn more but they'll have to wait. Someday. ^^

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  6. LOL! Yeah it will such a waste if you just write ONE post on this museum! I know I won't! But I think mine will probably just be a 2 or 3 parter. So yours have how many parts? : D

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    1. I've got tons of photos and tons of information on those 33 houses/buildings. So... 33 posts? Brace for it! Bwahaha

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  7. Like the view of that quiet JR Yashima station! : )

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    1. When one gets out from cities, sometimes one can experience stations that are devoid of people (station staff included). Can be rather eerie. xD

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  8. I went back to Shikoku Mura a couple of weeks ago (after my first visit three years ago), so it's doubly exciting to read your posts about it. Can't wait for the rest. :-)

    Wait, what? You didn't take the Kotoden to get there. Your family love trains and you didn't take the Kotoden? Tell me you took it to go somewhere else, or to come back from Yashima...

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    1. Will you be posting yours too, soon? :)

      Ahahaha... yeah well. We like trains. But we like train rides that are free better. xD

      So we only took the JR line trains there. ^^

      But hey! We can always return for a visit and get on it! ;)

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  9. Was there a performance in the theater? I would like to walk that bridge over and over again.

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    1. No.

      The bridge sways. ^^

      I wanted to go to Iya Valley and see/walk the vine bridge there but it's so troublesome to get to. Ah well... another next time for me. ;)

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