Meiji Mura

Recently, I went to Meiji Mura.  It’s taken me a few weeks to make this post, because I’m up to my eyeballs in work and packing at the moment. Going to Meiji Mura was something I had meant to do the whole time I’ve been living in Nagoya, but had never quite gotten around to.  Meiji Mura is in Inuyama, so it’s really easy to get to from Nagoya (we just took the train from Kamiida to Inuyama, and then a bus from Inuyama Station to Meiji Mura).

I’ve never really been that into history, but the Meiji era (1868 – 1912) and surrounding times have kind of caught my attention recently and I want to know more. I see the Meiji era as a time when Japan was going through a great change.  Japan began to modernise, and during this time, and after the war, Japan finally left its doors open to the rest of the world. (As you can probably tell, I still have a lot of reading to do before I can really share any historical facts!)

Anyway, Meiji Mura is a kind of open-air museum, where you can see lots of buildings and artifacts from the Meiji era. I thought it was a lot better than Showa Mura, which I visited back in December.

One of the highlights of visiting Meiji Mura was going to the Uji-yamada Post Office, where you can write a letter to be sent in ten years time.

Uji-yamada Post Office

Of course, I really have no idea where I will be living in ten years time, and you couldn’t send the letters abroad. But my friend wrote a letter addressed to her father-in-law’s house, and let me include a letter to myself, too.  It will be interesting to see if we ever get the letters!

Writing letters to the future, Uji-yamada Post Office

You can see my whole photo collection here.  But here are a few more highlights from the day…

Maze (めいろ)
There was a maze (めいろ in Japanese)


Steam Locomotive NO. 1 of the Bisai Railways
I thought the steam train was pretty cool!


View from Rokugogawa Iron Bridge
There were some nice views.


St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral
St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral was pretty impressive inside.


Head Office of Kawasaki Bank
I loved this strange looking building, which was the Head Office of Kawasaki Bank.


Central Guard Station and Ward, Kanazawa Prison
In Kanazawa Prison, you can try being a prisoner!


Main Entrance Hall and Lobby, Imperial Hotel
I really liked the Imperial Hotel building. And they had a nice cafe where we could stop and have coffee.


2 thoughts on “Meiji Mura

  1. Yet another thing to put on my list of places to go, things to see.

    That post office idea sounds interesting. I, too, have no idea where I’ll be in ten year’s time, what I’ll be doing, where I’ll be working. Could be quite fun to write such a letter, forget about it entirely, and then receive it ten years later…


  2. The post office sounds like Royal Mail on a bad day!
    Now if it could happen in reverse and you get a message from 10 years in the future that’d be something.


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