A big collection of old houses displaying the distinctive history, natural features, traditions and cultures of the six prefectures in the Tohoku region. Old, thatched houses that convey the livelihood cultures fostered by the natural features and history of the Michinoku region were moved to the Home Village. At each house, wisdom for living is shown in an enjoyable, easy to understand way using videos, models and exhibits. Experience life in the old days with the houses and the paddies and fields.
Steeply roofed, suited for Aomori Prefecture with its notoriously deep snow. For convenience during periods of deep snow, the large separate roof on the front entrance leading to earthen-floored area.
Built in the “nambu-magariya” style, the residents lived under the same roof as their horses.
Built in the “Ryochumon-zukuri” style with two projecting entrances at both sides of the main building.
Owned by rich silkworm farmers. At times of flooding, to allow furniture and food to be raised to the second storey, a section of the floorboards is removable.
Rare in the Tohoku region, this house has the entrance on the side. Windows in the roof allow sunlight and wind to enter, which are required to raise silkworms.
Distinguished by having two entrances: one at the end of the bent section, and another at the main section. The bent section has a stable and an earthen passageway.
The stable is separate from the house, because of the feature of little snow on the south Tohoku Pacific coast.
In front of the Kamafusa house; nicknamed the crane pine.
Have you ever seen a working watermill? A watermill uses the power of water to rotate a millstone and a mallet to mill the grain into flour. Look inside the watermill in the Home Village and see the mechanism our ancestors devised. (Not in operation during winter.)