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Meiji Mura (明治村, lit: Meiji Village) is an open-air architectural museum in Inuyama, near Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, Japan. It was opened on March 18th, 1965. The museum preserves historic buildings from Japan's Meiji (1867-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras. Over 60 historical buildings have been moved and reconstructed onto 1 km² (247 acres) of rolling hills alongside Lake Iruka . The most noteworthy building there is the reconstructed main entrance and lobby of Frank Lloyd Wright's old Imperial Hotel, which originally stood in Tokyo from 1923 to 1967, when the main structure was demolished to make way for a new, larger version of the hotel.
Other structures preserved at Meiji Mura include Lafcadio Hearn's summer house from Shizuoka (1868) and Kyoto's old St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (1890). The former Cathedral is available to rent for weddings.
Meiji Mura is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from March to October, and until 4:00 p.m. from November to February.
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