The Meiji Mura first opened in 1965. It is an open-air museum used to preserve the important historical buildings with western architectural influence from the Meiji period in Japan. Altogether 67 structures have been carefully renovated and preserved, with 9 buildings designated as Important Cultural Assets, and the rest registered as cultural assets of Japan. The displays of buildings have been arranged with gardens, sidewalk and trees to give visitors a better feel of the cultural environment during the Meiji era. Some of the buildings have displays of decoration and furniture from the Meiji period, while others remain empty. A couple of buildings to take note of Tokyo’s old Imperial Hotel entrance hall and Kyoto’s St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Travelers can stroll through the park and experience the time in which Japan went through rapid change.