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

by Yoko
(23) Reviews
6h $ 107 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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Extras (optional)

Strolling along Nostaligic Town of Yanesen or East Gardens of the Pala....
$ 53.40
Other places in Tokyo or Yokohama (3hrs).
$ 82.77
Extra person.
$ 8.90

Overview

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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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.

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
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
12:00 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?

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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 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 ( 23 )
Sarah Sarah United States
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Tokyo tour ”

Yoko was a very nice guide and was very knowledgeable about Tokyo. We had an awesome time exploring Japan, and would definately recommend Yoko to show you around. She was very accommodating to what we wanted to see, and wanted to make sure we made the most of our day. I would book her again for my next trip to Japan.

Yoko:

I appreciate your review, Sarah. I had a wonderful day meeting you and your wonderful parents, Barbara and Robert. The weather was also nice to stroll through the East Gardens and I had a great time myself sharing the time seeing the beautiful sculptures and traditional Washi (Japanese paper) store together and talking about the Nikkei society with you. I will be looking forward to seeing you and your lovely parents in the future. Thank you again!!

Derin Derin United Kingdom ( Solo )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Very passionate and knowledgeable guide ”

Spent 1.5 superb days with Yoko getting to know Tokyo. Yoko demonstrated incredible service way before I arrived in Tokyo. She provided a lot of useful information on arriving, hotels and planning my trip beyond Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Yoko met me promptly at the hotel and took me on the whirlwind tour of Tokyo with a detailed tour the next day. Yoko is very passionate about Tokyo and this comes across in the information and instructions she provides on navigating the city. I saw a great deal - highlights being the fish market and the different shrines. It was incredible. I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction to Japan. The only comments I have that prevents me from rating Yoko a 100% is that at times in being do passionate about is doing guidance I sometimes felt a sch... read more

Yoko:

Thank you so much, Derin, for your review. So many customs are really different. I'm sorry I repeatedly told you about the escalator rules, keeping to the left in Tokyo, which is the opposite with those of London. We won't touch food we're not going to buy, so I was extremely shocked when you touched a Nikkuman at the Market to check if it was soft or not, so I had to tell you about those rules. I saw that you were waiting for people to get off at the station but I said that just to make sure, but I understood that was too much for you. I hope you would enjoy the other parts of Japan and please tell me about your journey when I see you in two weeks. Have a lot of fun!!

SALIK SALIK United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great day in Tokyo! ”

I had a wonderful first full day because Yoko made everything less daunting. I highly recommend her as a private guide as she is fluent in English and knows how to balance visits to culturally enriching sites as well as commercial areas. I would advise everyone to be ready to walk a lot if you want to make the most of this tour.

Yoko:

Thank you, Mr. Shaikh, for such a prompt great review. You're the first guest who had the Geisha experience and Samurai Museum on the same day with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Nihonbashi, Shiodome and Ginza. Tokyo sightseeing requires a lot of walk, so congratulations on surviving the day.:-) I'm always amazed even they usually won't walk so much, the Americans can do it. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo!!

Raylene Raylene Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great day with Yoko ”

We spent a day with Yoko who took us to see the highlights of Tokyo we did not have in the tour we had booked. Yoko navigated the subways system which we would of had difficulty with on our own the first time. Yoko took us to see the Imperial Palace, the Ginza area, Tokyo station and Tokyo Skytree. We visited the Nissen crossing and seen some beautiful cars of the future. Yoko was very informative and it was a great first day for us in Tokyo. I highly recommend Yoko she speaks clear English with an American accent and very knowledgeable. Yoko was also punctual and at out hotel foyer at the agreed meeting time and she took us back to our hotel at the end of the day.

Yoko:

I appreciate your great review so much, Raylene. I was lucky that I could show you some of the older part of Tokyo, too, because I can exclude the main highlights covered in your long bus tour the next day. I'm happy to hear it was a great first day for you in Japan. I hope you would keep some of the pictures of you and John I took at many places in Tokyo. It was a great pleasure for me to see such a lovely couple like you. Thank you again, Raylene!

Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Yoko gave us a great tour of Mt Fuji and provided us with some great knowledge.

Yoko:

Thank you for your review. It was a great pleasure for me to meet such world travelers and amazing English gentlemen. I wish you could come again soon and shoot the beautiful Mt. Fuji and enjoy Yoshida Udon, which we couldn't try because of the traffic jam of the Obon vacation. Good luck with the editing!! I'll be looking forward to your works.

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