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

by Yoko
(33) Reviews
6h $ 164 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....
$ 54.60
Other places in Tokyo or Yokohama (3hrs).
$ 84.63
Extra person.
$ 9.10

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

DURING MARCH & APRIL, it will be first booked, first served basis.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

If you're interested in NIKKO, MOUNT FUJI or TOKYO, please check the tours before you make inquiries.

It's impossible to make quotation 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.

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
11:30 AM ( 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 ( 33 )
Randal Randal United States ( Friends )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Day in Nikko ”

She met us on time at our hotel. She was helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We got to see everything in Nikko that we wanted to see, and then some. She had very good management. I highly recommend her as a guide for Nikko, or anywhere else.

Yoko:

Thank you so much for writing a prompt review, Randy. I'm happy you choose me as your Nikko guide during your 4th visit to Japan. We could see the beautiful Kegon Falls, Mount Nantai and Lake Chuzenji. In the World Heritage area, we could visit Shinkyo Bridge, Rinnoji Sanbutsudo, Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Jinja Shrine, Taiyuin Mausoleum, and one of my favorites, Kanaya Samurai House, the first Cottage Inn for welcoming westerners in Japan. It was quite interesting finding out you know so much of Japan even before I explain to you. I hope you and Scott will enjoy your rest of the stay in Japan. I wish you luck with your studying Nihongo and I wish I can see you soon again. ランディーさん、スコットさん、どうもありがとうございました。また会いましょう!! read more

Maria Maria Ireland ( Family )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Wonderful experience in Nikko ”

We had a great day trip from Tokyo to Nikko with Yoko. Yoko went above and beyond to ensure our group had an exceptional visit. Her attention to detail in terms of planning before the visit and care and advice in ensuring that we were prepared for the next stage of our trip was fantastic. Nikko itself is beautiful & well worth a visit. Yoko’s knowledge brought the historic sites to life for us. Yoko also made use of the train journey by teaching some of us how to make paper cranes! Thanks for a great trip. Maria, Robert, Lourda & David (Ireland)

Yoko:

Thank you so much for a wonderful review, Maria. I really enjoyed that Nikko visit myself having the privilege of meeting such amazing people like all of you, Maria, Robert, Lourda and David. It remains as a sweet memorable day. Please come to Japan again and see the other beautiful seasons, too. Thank you again for everything.

DOROTHY DOROTHY Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A True excellent Tour guide ”

Like many other travelers' review about Ms Yoko , is true, she is highly knowledgeable and energetic. Everything that she planned for our sightseeing trip was perfect. She had made every effort to cheer everyone in my group of 4, including my helper , who is a Myanmar. Yoko made an extra errand and effort to bring her to the land of fabric outlets. My helper bought for her mum and herself quite a bit of very reasonable priced silk . The fabrics are beautiful and of very high quality. (Oh Yoko, you have missed watching that "Overjoyed and Grateful " smile of hers ) On our way back to Singapore , I asked my 2 kids " What do you missed most about Tokyo? "....Both exclaimed almost at once ..." YOKO " !. See....She is that charming with such great personality ! We were impres... read more

Yoko:

What a sweet review!! I'm completely flattered. It was a great pleasure for me to meeting all of you. I already miss all of you so much. I love the way that Jayden appreciated Ootoro and Chutoro, even knowing cod is delicious. He is so smart that I'm looking forward to his future. Grace was so cute and she made her and our day dancing on the stage of Kawaii Monster's Cafe. Your helper were so faithful that she deserved What a sweet review!! I'm flattered. It was a great pleasure for me to meeting all of you. I love the way that Jayden appreciated Ootoro and Chutoro, even knowing cod is delicious. He is so smart that I'm looking forward to his future. Grace was so cute and she made her and our day dancing on the stage of Kawaii Monster's Cafe. Your helper were so faithful tha... read more

Lynn Lynn Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Caring & knowledgeable local guide ”

Yoko was very timely, provided clear agenda for day and kept our family on time to ensure we achieved our tour objectives. She also gave us additional walking tours around neighborhoods after our tea ceremony experience, we enjoyed witnessing what locals do and best snacks to have on a busy walking tour day. Despite our family’s needs and questions for Yoko, she was very patient and tried her best to answer all our questions. In fact went above & beyond to provide follow up tips for our free day in Tokyo. Nothing beats local expertise and recommendations. Overall, we are very happy and thankful for Yoko’s guidance and care.

Yoko:

Thank you, Lynn, for such a great review. It was a great pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family. I had a great time talking with you and your family. Every one of you were so polite. I'm glad you liked Yanaka. It is a town still keeping the flavor of good ol' days of Tokyo. Yomogi mangu and "melon pan" were delicious, weren't they? About the question about the size of the tea bowls that Steven asked, it is larger because we whisk in the same bowls. I hope Steven could find something he could add to his collection of Tokoname-yaki. I wish I could also show you the awesome sculptures of Nikko, the World Heritage, some day. I'll be looking forward to seeing you soon.

Bill Bill United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ You need a guide in Tokyo and Yoko is great ”

The 1st thing to Understand is that Tokyo is huge and you really maximize your time by having a guide taking you to the places you want to see in the most efficient manner. 2nd - English is a very distant 2nd language - so if you can’t speak Japanese you will get frustrated without a guide. 3rd - Japan is very formal and generally speaking reserved. I found Yoko via a search and spent a considerable amount of time exchanging emails with her on how to organize her trip as we were arriving during the new year when many things were closed. Although there is a slight cultural barrier and she can be a bit rigid in her approach at times, her advice was very good and helpful. We changed hotels based on her recommendation for location and changed the order of our sightseeing due to holidays. ... read more

Yoko:

Thank you so much for writing such an excellent review during your flight, sir. English is not even a second language in Japan, it is a complete FOREIGN language for the majority of Japanese. The two languages have a completely different language structures and pronunciations are also quite different. Japanese have more vowels pronounced as you might notice if you would see some other guides' videos. You mention Japanese are reserved. Well, your daughter is also quite reserved , especially during shopping, so I had to make sure if she want it/them or not, which was cute. She was quite hesitant to ask you to buy them even when she wanted you to, so please tell her it's OK to ask you to buy things and kindly ask her more from now on. Sorry I asked a lot of questions before and during... read more

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