SAKURA city is most suitable sightseeing spot for the tourist who are going to stay in Narita or transit at Narita Airport!! Besides its locational advantage,it exposes all visitors to the Samurai warrior's culture and lifestyle. Because, it's a castle town flourished as a strategic point to protect the east of Edo. I invite you to slip back in time to the Samurai period!!
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroki.
This tour would be perfect for tourists who are interested in traditional Japanese culture derived from Samurai warrior's culture and lifestyles.
Additionally,its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train) makes easier for many tourists including people of the layover in the Narita Airport to use the available time effectively.
SAKURA city located in Hokuso District,the northeastern region of Chiba Prefecture,is designated as ”Japan Heritage” along with other three cities of this district.
The title of ”Japan Heritage” is granted by Agency for Cultural Affairs to the quality of a consistent story narrating the Japan’s culture and tradition finely studded with the historic charm and character of each locality.(Titled:"Edo-Era Travelogue of Four Hokuso cities;an excursion around Edo towns,with traditional townscape filled with the nostalgic air of Edo(old Tokyo)")
The specific reason for the designation is that Four Hokuso cities including SAKURA used to support Edo, a big city with a population of over one million by sending a broad range of things necessary for daily life for Edo and even now have preserved a number of traditional views of landscape and townscape, which the visitors from Edo used to frequent to see. (Unlike Tokyo, these local towns didn't suffer major damage from air raids during World War Ⅱ.)
Particularly,SAKURA is a castle town that flourished as a strategic point to protect the east of Edo and still have preserved a remnant of Samurai town!! We invite you to slip back in time to the Edo Period(1603～1868) in this local town abounds in rich nature around Inba lake.
Starting from Narita area(airport,station,your hotel,etc),we're going to Keisei SAKURA Station by train.(21min. from Narita Airport station to Keisei SAKURA station)
This walking tour of the following 3 sites starts from Keisei SAKURA station!!
Firstly,you'll visit "Samurai retainer's residential quarter".
There are three old Samurai Houses(※) along the main street(named Samurai Houses Street) of the quarter, surrounded by high walls and quick hedges, where you can feel the nostalgic air of Samurai-era. These well preserved residences were built in the later half of Edo Period where some samurai of SAKURA clan(samurai retainer) really used to live. These rarely seen Samurai Houses still remaining and open to the public definitely expose you to the samurai's life style!!
(※)This group of Samurai Houses is the one of the cultural properties that make up the Japan Heritage titled "Edo-Era Travelogue of Four Hokuso cities' traditional townscape filled with the nostalgic air of Edo"
Secondly,you'll visit "SAKURA Castle Ruins Park".
This expansive and beautiful park is set amidst the ruins of SAKURA Castle(※) used to serve as a strategic point to protect the east of Edo from 1617 to 1868. There's little left of the original castle, but there still remain the ruins of the fortifications such as defensive mounds,dry moats, water-filled moats and rarely seen large-sized "馬出し空堀 Umadashi-karabori" or a type of dry moat demarcated an enclosure(bailey) along with earthen embankments(ramparts). The enclosure served as a hidden entranceway(more likely a carriage porch space) for samurai on horseback!!
That's why you can feel the nostalgic air of samurai-era here!!
(※)This group of the ruins is also the one of the cultural properties that make up the Japan Heritage.
Lastly, the tour of "the National Museum of Japanese History(known popularly in Japanese as REKIHAKU)"
The REKIHAKU located in the park,which is Japan's only nationally operated and the largest museum of history and folklore,houses and displays some 230,000 artifacts of historical importance and cultural value that together help to tell the story of Japan's past!!(Its exhibits cover age periods from ancient to modern times,visually presenting the various moments of history,and scenes of everyday popular life.(※) )
In developing its galleries,REKIHAKU has endeavored to produce concrete,visual exhibits that facilitate an understanding of Japanese history and culture,relying on both the numerous authentic artifacts in its collection, and faithfully reproduced replicas and scale models based on academic validations.
At the end of REKIHAKU tour, you can drop by the museum store, where research bulletins, exhibition catalogues, and other REKIHAKU publications including visitor's guide book(summary of all the Galleries of this museum written in English) are available for purchase. Also available are picture postcards of museum artifacts,a variety of handicrafts, and an extensive collection of museum catalogues from around Japan!!
That's why I'm sure that you can most easily deepen your understanding on Japanese history and folklore through this exciting REKIHAKU tour!!
(※)The permanent exhibitions span six galleries from prehistoric to modern times.
This interesting tour set in both rarely seen historic sites and the best museum of history will make you immerse in a atmosphere of old times!!
After the museum tour,We'll go back to the Keisei SAKURA station by walking(20minutes) or route bus or Taxi.(You choose amongst these three options depending on your physical condition !!).
guide fee,pick-up and drop off from/at Narita area(airport,station,your hotel),transportation fee(guide)
Transportation fee(you) : 920 JPY/person(from/to Narita airport station) ,The Old Samurai Houses admission fee (you) : 210 JPY/person, The National Museum admission fee(you) : 600 JPY/person ,lunch(you&guide:if any), pick-up from your hotel in Tokyo : 1,500 JPY/group ,drop off at your hotel in Tokyo : 1,500 JPY/group, Bathing fee for the hot spring(you:if any):800JPY/person
Monday is not available.
Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.
Not available on Monday as all of the spots are closed.
Since the closing time of the final destination(the REKIHAKU museum) is 16:30, we should preferably start by 12:30 at the latest. (In the case of meeting in Tokyo, preferably by 11:30. And the duration of the tour will be 5 hours,but no extra charge!!)
Comfortable shoes are recommended as we walk approximately 6 km in total and there're several slopes.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hiroki was a terrific guide who led us around the Yanaka district showing us important sites (where the last Shogun is buried) and many famous temples. He was well prepared and informed us of much of Japan's history and in particular, this area of Tokyo. His english was great and his enthusiasm to teach and help us was fabulous. I would definitely recommend him.
Dear Susan, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad that you fully enjoyed the nostalgic townscape of Yanaka district, one of the few towns escaped from being burnt-out ruins during World War Ⅱ. Definitely, please come back to Yanaka again especially in the springtime when Shidare cherry (drooping cherry) trees of ineffable beauty are beautifully blooming in these historic temples !! (Above all, Cherry blossoms blizzard in Zensho-An Temple you stopped by is really overwhelming!!) Thank you again, please give my best regards to your husband !! Sincerely, Hiroki
We had a great day with Hiroki. He picked us up and returned us to our hotel in Kanda. It was our first day in Japan and he gave us an excellent historical and cultural overview of the city. We saw interesting sights and he taught us about how to use the different transportation systems while exploring the city. We will be traveling in the country for a month so it was helpful to learn about food, religion, important words to know where to buy souvenirs for our family. Thank you for a wonderful tour day, Hiroki!
Dear Julie, Thank you very much for joining my tour of "selected destination in Tokyo to learn about Japanese History and Culture"!! Since the tour includes transportation orientation and its destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively, it came to be the most suitable tour for your 1st day in Japan !! And also, today's tour really turned into a meaningful one for me, because I learned a lot from your questions to the point!! Thank you again, and I hope your trip in Japan will be a memorable and wonderful experience for you. Sincerely, Hiroki
Hiroki was very generous with his time. He had a lot of knowldeg about he history as we asked many questions around japanese traditions
Dear Gerald , Thank you very much for joining my tour !! The duration of 2 hs quite seemed to be too short for the tour of YANESEN area, but I'm glad you seemed to have had a fun!! I had a great time with you, too !! Especially, your questions to the point activated my brain were so impressive for me !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki
Dear Agnieszka, Thank you very much for joining my tour between your international conferences in Japan and posting a nice review despite being busy at work !! Unfortunately, it's a day of unseasonable cold rain and poor visibility, so we had to end the tour skipping over a few highlights, but I'm a little relieved as you enjoyed in its own way. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your colleagues !! Sincerely, Hiroki
Our experience with Hiroki was simply amazing. He is very knowledgeable about history of the area and patiently and clearly answered all our questions. But most importantly, he is extremely courteous, considerate, prompt and resourceful (we were traveling w/ of 2.5 year old who was a bit riotous at times:-) partly due to jetlag and travel -- but Hiroki was simple amazing in helping us throughout our tour, which involved a lot of walking). Would any day recommend his services to make your trip around the area joyous and memorable!
Dear Ajay, Thank you very much for choosing my tour for Narita Stopover !! It's considerably tight schedule for 5 hs stopover tour as we toured both Samurai town and Naritasan temple being a bit far apart from each other, but I'm so glad you had a memorable time. And also, I had a great time with you and your family including your cute son !! This time, it's only a few hours stay in Japan on the way back home, but please have Japan in your mind when you plan your travel next !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife and son !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki