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Japan Open Air Folk House Museum & Shinjuku's Twilight View/Samurai Museum

by Yoko
(2) Reviews
6h $ 112 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (Nihon Minkaen)
  • A walk in a typical residential town in the suburbs
  • View from the Observation Tower of Mt. Masugata, a hill
  • Observation Deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Admission Free)

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Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Strolling along Nostaligic Town of Yanesen (2 hrs in the morning).
$ 44.64
Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens: 2 hrs in the morning.
$ 27.90
East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station (2 hrs in the mo....
$ 44.64

Overview

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (Nihon Minkaen) in Kawasaki is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
It has 25 folk houses, water mills & a stage collected from all over Japan.
After approximately thirty-minute train ride and fifteen-minute walk, we could timeslip to the old days of Japan, centuries ago.
We'll also visit the free observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

What to Expect

You can see beautiful Japanese folkhouses from the samurai period to the former century carefully preserved. Some are from the same area with Shirakawago, the World Heritage. They make you feel travelling back to the past as if we used a time machine. These houses are built without using nails.

The farming tools, weaving machines and daily utensils are also displayed, so I would explain about the Japanese culture, and answer your questions about them. Some of the houses were moved from Gokayama many years before it was acknowledged as a World Heritage. If you don't have the opportunity to visit Gokayama or Shirakawago, you can get the feel of it by visiting the houses in this museum.

After going up the hill and exiting the open-air museum, we'll walk ten minutes or so to Mt. Masugatayama, where we could view the Metropolis Tokyo.

Traveling back to Shinjuku, we will go to the observation deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Office. During the twilight, we might be able to have a better view than daytime.

If you still have enough energy, I can walk with you to the one of the following options: 1)Samurai Museum (1800 yen, children 3-12 800 yen) , 2) the entrance of Robot Restaurant, 3)the entrance of a beautiful Japanese restaurant using a former mansion (yashiki):Reservation is desirable, so please tell me if you would like me to book it for you. They could serve vegetarian cuisines if booking three days in advance, 4) Gonpachi, the Kill Bill restaurant in Roppongi, using Subway, or 5) Shibuya crossing by eight-minute train ride.

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Organized by Yoko

Licensed Guide
(2) Reviews

Highlights

  • Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (Nihon Minkaen)
  • A walk in a typical residential town in the suburbs
  • View from the Observation Tower of Mt. Masugata, a hill
  • Observation Deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Admission Free)

Important

MInkaen is closed on Mondays

Japan Open Air Folk House Museum is built on a hill. There are some slopes and stairs, which are not wheelchair-friendly. We're supposed to walk about more than two hours and a half, so please wear walking shoes.

Some houses are allowed to go in and see if you take off your shoes inside them.
Vending machines are available at many places in the Open-Air Museum and Mt. Masugata Park.

Feel free to make inquires by sending messages to me. If you would like to change the twilight view from Shinjuku to some other places, please let me know, because I'm quite flexible about that.

City Kanagawa

Depart From Kanagawa , Tokyo

Meeting Point At the lobby of your hotel in Tokyo/Yokohama/ Kawasaki or a station within the 23 wards of Tokyo

Ending Point At your hotel or the places you prefer to during the tour

Duration 6 hours

Starting time 12:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 5 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • Guiding fee
  • hotel pick-up in Tokyo/Yokohama/Kawasaki
  • The guide's Admission Fee of Nihon Minkaen


What‘s not included
  • Transportation fare (You and guide: From Shinjuku Station to our destination is 250 yen , From Shinjuku Station to Tocho by bus is 180 yen, the rest depends on where your hotel is)
  • meals
  • snacks
  • drinks
  • Your Admission fee of Nihon Minkaen
  • Adults (16-64) 500 yen
  • Seniors (65+) 300 yen
  • Students (13-) 300 yen Children (0-15) Free

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Yoko


Licensed Guide

(2) Reviews

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  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Yoko, a National License Tour Guide.
Having Lived in Seattle, Washington for six years in my childhood, I speak with an American accent.
Now I live within a walking distance from Ueno Park, Tokyo, so I see a lot of people from abroad walking around in my neighborhood every day.
(I'm giving some discounts on some of the tours, because the cost factor seems to matter for the first reviewer, and I would appreciate if you could see things better at a reasonable price and I'm keen to introduce the places, so please check them out.)

"Tokyo is larger than we thought and the transportations are so complicated," Swedish guys told me the other day. I'm here to help you. I know well about Tokyo, Yokohama, Yamanashi etc.
I would appreciate if you could see more sightseeing spots with me as your guide and enjoy your stay.

I love to answer your questions, even though I became nearly breathless when I was with American guests, a family of three, curiously asking me questions after questions:-)
I appreciated their interest in Japan very much.

I also go mountain trekking for twenty five years. I've been to the summit of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kitadake three times. Talking about Mt. Takao, maybe more than fifty times.
I hope we can enjoy the beautiful view together.

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon and having a good time together.
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Reviews ( 2 )

Very Good
4 weeks ago |   by Sherry

“ Very Thorough and Caring Guide ”

From the very beginning after I booked Yoko, she began to email me ideas and itineraries to consider. She also mentioned she was doing dry runs through the areas we wanted to see so she could figure out timing for us. I was impressed at her dedication. Once we arrived in Tokyo, she had subway maps and restaurant pamphlets for us to keep us organized. She spent extra time with us to make sure we got around safely. She suggested places to visit that our sons would enjoy, and because of this we actually got one of our best photo opportunities of the trip when she took us to a cafe that printed our images on our lattes! She emailed pictures after the tour. She speaks great English and is easy to understand. You can tell she really cares for her job and her clients. My one piece of criticism would be that she seems unaccustomed to young children, so frequently seemed overwhelmed by our young boys and their hyper energy. She was strict about where we could use our stroller and where we couldn't, and that felt a bit harsh to us. If you are traveling without kids, DEFINITELY choose Yoko. She is great at her job. She even gave us suggestions for places to visit in the next city in Japan where we were headed.

Good
4 months ago |   by Sheila

“ Lovely day in Kamakura ”

Yoko was a very pleasant and helpful guide, who made the day very enjoyable. Navigating the metro, trains and busses is not very easy so it was great to have a good guide. Kamakura is well worth a visit with many temples & shrines it's busy but away from the hustle of Tokyo.

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