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Minkaen:Japan Open Air Folk House Museum-Houses from Samurai days & Shinjuku's Twilight View etc.

by Yoko
(18) Reviews
6h $ 109 Price up to 5 people


  • 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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109.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Strolling along Nostaligic Town of Yanesen or East Gardens of the Pala....
$ 54.60
Other places in Tokyo or Yokohama (3hrs).
$ 84.63
Extra person.
$ 9.10


Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (Nihon Minkaen) in Kawasaki celebrated its 50th anniversary last 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 (1900 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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  • 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)


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.

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
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/Kawasaki Station
Ending Point
At your hotel or the places you prefer to during the tour
6 hours
Starting time
13:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 18 )
Shahe Shahe United States ( Family )
6 days ago

“ Amazing day with many new experiences! ”

Myself and my sister were quite nervous coming to Japan, but Yoko was very helpful and showed us around the Tokyo area. We explored temples, shrines, the Metropolitan area, Tsukiji, and the intricate subways! I was confused on how to use the subway system, but she was very patient and helped us understand what we needed to look for. I would highly recommend planning a trip with Yoko, she is very knowledgeable and taught us about the many customs Japan has. Thank you again Yoko!


IIt was my great pleasure, Shahe. I appreciate your prompt review. I had a lot of fun myself showing you and your beautiful sister, Gassia, around the major sights of Tokyo. I wish you would enjoy exploring collector items at Akihabara and the rest of your stay in Japan. Please say hi to Gassia for me and show the pictures to your Mom, too. ^_^

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Above and beyond!! ”

Hire Yoko! You can't go wrong! Since it was our first time in Japan, I thought it would be helpful to have a guide show us around so we wouldn't waste time trying to figure out the subway, etc...Yoko wrote to me beforehand and wanted to know who was touring and what we wanted to see. I told her we were staying on the East side of town and wanted to see as much as possible on the East side. We narrowed it down to 6 sites and I wanted her help exchanging our JR vouchers for rail passes. She went to our hotel beforehand and wrote to me telling me the lobby was on the 24th floor and we would meet at a couch by the elevator. She also asked if it was ok if she picked up 24 hour metro passes for the day so it would be easier (and cheaper) to get around. I said yes. We met her with the passes and got an early start to the day. We started at the fish market where she knew where all the free samples were and we got breakfast and coffee at some of the vendors. This review could be so long because we packed so much into our day but I won't tell you all the details. I will tell you that we learned so much from Yoko. She told us a lot of the history and she kept taking pictures of us. She brought us to all the places we wanted to see and showed us how to navigate the subway, the JR trains and how to buy a PASMO card which became so valuable throughout the trip. We were running late and I had forgotten the passports that we needed to exchange the vouchers. Yoko said not to worry about the time and we took the metro back to our hotel for a quick stop to pick up the passports. She took us to exchange the vouchers and we were off to the next stop. We made it to all the stops and we were shopping at the end and I told her she could go if she wanted because I felt bad we were taking so long. She said it was fine. She was so nice to us. It was like we were visiting a friend or relative and they wanted us to see everything! After our very long day, she wrote to us to see how the rest of our trip was going in Kyoto and had recommendations there as well. She checked on us and gave us great guidance throughout our trip! I had told her where we were staying next when we came back to Tokyo and she had left us a train schedule for getting back to the airport on our last day. She couldn't have been nicer! Her English is perfect! She went above and beyond to make sure we had a great trip! Thank you Yoko!!


Thank you so much, Lisa, for such a detailed review!! It was a great pleasure for me guiding such a wonderful family like yours. All of you were so nice that I miss all of you so much. Ken was so intelligent that I was amazed of his reading The Shogun and the biography of Showa Emperor, making all the conversations much more fun. I appreciate you giving me all the information before I was going to ask you and your detailed requests made it much easier for me to make the itinerary. I'm grateful to know that you enjoyed the whole trip. I was also glad to hear from Jackie that she enjoyed the Sumida Fireworks on her own. I wish you would visit the Sato Sakura Gallery New York branch and see you soon during the sakura seasons from February to May in the near future!!

Olga Olga United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing tour ”

Ms Yoko is very professional, my family and I had an amazing day with her the and the way she explained in detail all the locations


I appreciate your review so much, Olga. I had such a good time with you and your lovely daughters and your nephew, even though the heatwave was quite tough. I hope I can see all of you and Kevin with your sister soon!!

Allison Allison United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Amazing personalized service from a friendly and completely fluent English speaking guide! ”

There basically aren’t words that I could use to describe how incredibly happy we were that we booked Yoko! We had three days in Mt. Fuji and needed to book a guide super last minute (like within 12 hours). Yoko was incredibly prompt responding and the communication was super easy. She took the train all the way in from Tokyo to meet us and had the whole day well organized and planned out. First off, Yoko (having lived in the US as a child) is completely fluent in English which was really nice for us since we don’t speak Japanese. She was able to give us the history of the area, context, and knew all the right spots to hit up. We had a blast! During the tour, we mentioned to Yoko that we were trying to track down some “long lost” relatives in Japan (only using my great-aunt’s journals from over 30 years ago). We shared the story with Yoko and talked about the challenges we were having hunting down our relatives info in Japan. Yoko offered to look into it for us... by the next morning, Yoko did some amazing investigative work and tracked down their contact info and even found them on *******! I reached out to them but had a little trouble communicating (again, not speaking Japanese). Yoko offered to reach out to them for us. She called them on our behalf and, over the next few days, was able to arrange a dinner for all of us in Kanazawa. We couldn’t believe it, she was literally a miracle worker! On top of that, we were also interested in visiting the shrine for some of our ancestors in Matsumoto. She made more phone calls and connected with more relatives and was able to share with us the cemetery where they were buried (and even gave us instructions on how to approach the priest at the temple to have him help us find the right shrine). The whole experience was absolutely incredible and it never would have been possible without Yoko’s assistance. The long short of it... Yoko really cares. The tour she provided was highly personal and customized and exactly what we needed. Before we met Yoko, we considered hiring a “private detective” in Japan to help us find our family (at a considerable cost). But... Yoko actually found them and she did it for free just because she cared and wanted to help us out. It was such a wonderful gift for us and we’ll always be grateful! Thank you Yoko!!!


Thank you so much, Allison, for such a great review even though you're still on the road travelling Japan. I was so glad that you enjoyed the tour visiting Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba and Kawaguchiko Music Forest. Both of you, Allison and your elegant mother Sherrie, were so nice to me that it was a piece of cake making the whole day so sweet. I was interested in listening the stories how the Nikkei, Japanese Americans' family made it in Seattle/Bellevue. It was quite exciting trying to find your "long-lost " far relatives just like "A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" or Alex Hailey's "Roots" but the Internet made it quite easy that I just needed to google the less common family name that the sister of Sadao-san, who guided your Great-Aunts in the 70s and the 80s, got married and had. I guess your late great-aunt Kazuko-san, Sadao-san and his sister helped you make it happen. By the way, the grave of your great-grandfather's brother and Sadao-san's you visited is at a Buddhist temple, not a Shinto shrine in Matsumoto City. I usually explain the distinction between temples and shrines, but I didn't have that chance that day. Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan and I would appreciate if I could have another opportunity to guide you in the near future. Thank you again for the wonderful day and the review. Please say hi to Sherrie for me.

Songsiri Songsiri United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Awesome, dedicated, conscientious, polite, helpful... virtues of a wonderful guide ”

My family and I found Yoko on TripleLights and the first thing that attracted us to her was that she said she had lived in the USA from age 3-9. I knew that it would be easy to communicate with her and for our kids to understand her explanations of the places we were planning to visit. I gave Yoko places that I had wanted to visit ahead of time and she balanced out both days with culturally stimulating activities to both entertain the kids and also to let our family learn more about Japanese history, culture and foods. She was so caring, and when my daughters were tired because of jet lag, she fitted in time to go get breaks for snacks and to go into air conditioned areas to cool down from the summer heat. She took so many pictures of our family... it was awesome for us to have all 4 of us in the pictures! Yoko was a guide whom I felt secure with and I would trust my girls with. She is not a push over though; she was more like a teacher who kept the girls stimulated and they actually followed her directions. It was amazing because after our 4th shrine/temple, my girls knew the difference between the two and how to respectfully behave at each. I enjoyed being with Yoko because it was like having an old friend guide us around town! Thank you Yoke for your dedication to your profession and your perseverance towards high customers experiences.


I appreciate your superb detailed review so much, Songsiri. I'm quite flattered. I was glad that Camilla changed from a quiet "Gudetama" to a talkative active girl on the second day. It was a great pleasure for me meeting such a wonderful lady like you, Songsiri, with such a humble, polite, and amicable personality and your kind husband John and lovely daughters, Olivia and Camilla. Please come to Tokyo again soon. I will love to show you Kamakura and/or the World Heritage Nikko. Please have a lot of fun in Osaka and Okinawa. Thank you again for everything making the couple of days awesome!!

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