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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Yoko.
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.
Guiding fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo/Yokohama/Kawasaki, The guide's Admission Fee of Nihon Minkaen
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
MInkaen is closed on Mondays
It will be first booked, first served basis.
If you're interested in TOKYO, MOUNT FUJI, or NIKKO, please check the tours before you make inquiries. (Some transportation for Mount Fuji or Nikko might be fully booked if you do last minute booking.)
If you'd like a car chartered, please check the PRIVATE CARS TOUR by yourself.
It's concerned with your budget, so I'm afraid I cannot make arrangements for that, but I will be happy to guide you with the car you chartered.
It's impossible to make quotes without knowing the spots you would like to visit.
Nikko and Mount Fuji are approximately two hours on Limited Express from Shinjuku or Asakusa.
Tokyo is not a compact city, but a huge one.
If you have difficulties with stairs, please tell me in your message. Thank you.
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.
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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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Great day out visiting Mount Fuji. Yoko was very helpful with the booking and anticipating all needs prior to the tour. On the day, Yoko met us at the lobby of our hotel and off we went to see Mt Fuji! Great day with the weather on our side. Yoko was very knowledgable, thank you for sharing your experience with us! I was traveling with my 7 year old son, we both really enjoy the day out and everything went smoothly. If you want a personalised tour, go for it, it makes a huge difference with no hassle, great learning experience, worth everything. Yoko is very flexible. Merci beaucoup Yoko!
Ne de rien!! Thank you so much for such a great review, Sophie. The pleasure was mine that I could share the great view of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko. I enjoyed the conversation with you a lot about France, UK and yourself even the temperature difference seemed to be quite tough for Rye. I hope you and Rye remember how to do the origami of Kabuto, the samurai helmet. I will practice the frog based on the site you told me. I hope you're enjoying Kyoto and please enjoy the rest of your stay. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt!!
Yoko was an excellent tour guide. She devised a tour with our interests as well as “must sees” as a newbie to Japan. Yoko is extremely organized and knowledgeable. Our time with her was well spent. We learned a lot and would definitely recommend Yoko for an enjoyable tour of Tokyo.
Thank you for a wonderful review. I had a great day with both of you. When I see works of Yayoi Kusama, I will remember you and the wonderful conversations we had that day. Nikko is also an amazing place to visit for an art fan like you, so please come again. Thank you again!!
As stated in earlier review. Perfect guide for perfect trip
Thank you so much for your review, Mr. McGuire. It was a great pleasure for me to guide you, Kelly, Kirsten and Jordan, Tokyo, Nikko and Lake Kawaguchiko. All of you were so intelligent, beautiful and so sweet, so I had a great time during the three days. I'll be looking forward to seeing you coming back with them or your other grandchildren. Please take care till then. Thank you again for the wonderful days!!
We had a good day with Yoko exploring all aspects of our local surroundings as per an itinerary we had designed. The day was cold and eventually wet, but we continued through our itinerary despite the elements. It was a long day but we managed to see everything that we had set out to see and explore. Yoko was very knowledgeable and was able to provide the context details that made the journey more interesting.
Thank you very much for your review. It was too bad it started to rain but we dropped by to get umbrellas even though some of you didn't like to use them. I hope you could find something interesting at Sekaido and enjoyed your stay in Japan. Sakura (Cherry blossoms) are very beautiful in Spring, so please come to see them in the future. Please take care!!
Yoko was very knowledgeable and very patient with my youngest who complained all day about walking. She took us to soo many different sights and taught us about why the Japanese do what they do and showed us how to cleanse ourselves before entering a temple. Sometimes she did walk super fast ahead of us and would be talking so we couldn’t hear but she was overall amazing.
Thank you for your review. It must be tough for your younger daughter when she couldn't sleep well and had jet lag but I was quite amazed that her sister agreed to walk the extra block to enjoy the view . I walked ahead of you when we went to the Disney Store and I told your husband that I would go to the counter ahead of you to ask if they dealt with the tickets but maybe you didn't get that message. Sometimes some of you seemed to be completely indifferent so I started to explain. Well, we did cover a lot in a day. I hope you enjoyed Disney Resort.