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Sunday tea gathering in Samurai town near Narita!!(Tea ceremony experience & Samurai houses tour!!)

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5h $ 121 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Visit Samurai retainer's residential quarter designated as Japan Heritage.(Samurai houses built in the late Edo Period!!)
  • Stroll SAKURA Castle Ruins Park.(The ruins is also Japan Heritage)
  • Tea ceremony experience in Sankei-tei(tea ceremony house) in the Park.
  • The tour of the National Museum of Japanese History in the park.(Japan's largest museum of history and folklore)

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Overview

Besides its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train),SAKURA city exposes all visitors to the Samurai’s culture and lifestyle through the tour of the original Samurai houses and SAKURA Castle Ruins. Additionally, you can enjoy tea ceremony experience after that. I invite you to slip back in time to the Samurai era!!

What to Expect

This tour would be perfect for tourists who are interested in traditional Japanese culture derived from Samurai warrior's culture and lifestyles.
And also, you join the tea gathering held on every Sunday in "三逕亭 Sankei-tei",where you can have a bowl of powered green tea served sincerely by the Kimono wearing local tea master!!
Additionally,its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train) makes easier for many tourists 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 JR SAKURA Station by train.(28min. from Narita Airport station to SAKURA station)
This walking tour of the following 4 highlights starts from JR 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!!
Tha 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.

Thirdly,you’ll visit a municipal-owned tea ceremony house named Sankei-tei located in SAKURA Castle Ruins Park, where you can have a refreshing bowl of matcha powered green tea with a wagashi Japanese sweet served by the Kimono wearing local tea master!! By observing the highly artistic procedure of making tea, you’ll see how tea ceremony is performed, and how great-tasting green tea is made.(See the video of the actual footage!!)
Additionally,this interesting event hosted by the locals as volunteer activity is open to everybody for a small fee!!(for only 400yen/person: as cost for a bowl of tea)
The tea ceremony house of Sankei-tei was originally built in 1954 at Nogi Shrine(noted for its enshrined deity of General Nogi Maresuke)in Tokyo,being modeled on a tea room named Bosen, which is a national important cultural property in Koho-an sub-temple of world famous Daitoku-ji temple in Kyoto.
SAKURA city received the tea room from Nogi Shrine and brought it to SAKURA city to be reconstructed at the current location in 1983.
Moreover,Sankei-tei has beautiful tea garden!! You’ll be completely immersed in the traditional atmosphere of Japan!!

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, but only the first gallery(Paleolithic age~8th century) is currently closed for refurbishment.

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 Ending Point of the JR SAKURA station by walking or route bus. (depending on your physical condition)
Incidentally,you can take a bath to wash away the sweat due to the walking tour in the natural hot spring named "You-Paradise SAKURA" located a 1 minute walk from the JR SAKURA Station if you have a time!!
And also,if you would like to try open air hot spring, you can enjoy Onsen bathing in SAKURA ONSEN located 10 minutes drive of the station.(Free shuttle bus service for visitors is available from the station)

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Highlights

  • Visit Samurai retainer's residential quarter designated as Japan Heritage.(Samurai houses built in the late Edo Period!!)
  • Stroll SAKURA Castle Ruins Park.(The ruins is also Japan Heritage)
  • Tea ceremony experience in Sankei-tei(tea ceremony house) in the Park.
  • The tour of the National Museum of Japanese History in the park.(Japan's largest museum of history and folklore)

Important

Only available on Sunday

Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.

This tour is available on Sunday only as main highlight of Sankei-tei is available on Sunday only.
The tea ceremony experience is not usual hands-on workshop focusing on foreign tourist. You join a briefly simplified tea ceremony for the locals,and have a sweet and a bowl of tea served by the tea master.(But,by observing the highly artistic procedure of making tea, you’ll see how tea ceremony is performed, and how great-tasting green tea is made!! Now,many visitors from abroad enjoy this event!!)
Since the closing time of the final destination(the REKIHAKU museum) is 16:30, we should preferably start by 11:30 at the latest. (In the case of meeting in Tokyo, preferably by 10:30. And the duration of the tour will be 6 hours,but no extra charge!!)
Comfortable shoes are recommended as we walk approximately 3.5 km in total and there're several slopes. read more

What‘s included
guide fee,pick-up from Narita area(airport,station,your hotel),pick-up from your hotel in Tokyo,transportation fee(guide)
What‘s not included
Transportation fee(you):from/to Narita airport station:820 yen per person, The Old Samurai Houses admission fee (you):210 yen per person, Cost for a bowl of tea(you):400 yen per person,The National Museum admission fee(you):420yen,lunch(you), Bathing fee for the hot spring(you):if you needed
Meeting Point
Narita station(JR or Keisei),Narita Airport,Your hotel in Narita,Your hotel in Tokyo also available at no extra charge!!
Ending Point
JR SAKURA station
Duration
5 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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 ( 32 )
Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.

Hiroki:

Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

David David Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great Guide with excellent knowledge of Tokyo ”

We had a great afternoon with Hiroki who was very professional and very patient with us as our plane was delayed by 90 minutes so are meeting time was deferred. Hiroki adopted our initial brief to fit our revised timeframe. This started with an introduction to the extensive Metro system to buy tickets for us to use for the next three days. Our tour included the area around the old fish market and its many streets and stalls and an excellent sushi place for lunch. we also visited the Imperial Palace and Yanaka. Hiroki answered all our questions ( even the silly ones) and paced the tour to suit our walking speeds and the time even extended past the planned finishing time. Hiroki -Thanks for great afternoon from David and Margaret ( Australia).

Hiroki:

Dear David, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad to hear that the tour was a satisfying one including selected destinations and walking speed for you and your wife !! (Actually, I concerned about your physical conditions as it's just after 11 hs flight!!) And also, I really had a great time with nice couple , and it became really memorable tour for me !! Thank you again, and please give your wife my best regards. Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Stephen Stephen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ One of the best! ”

There is no question that Hiroki is one of the best private guides in Tokyo! He was on-time, courteous, friendly, knowledgable, and organized. Hiroki patiently entertained my questions about Japanese history, culture, religion, and cuisine. I have plans to return to Japan with my family and will make sure to request Hiroki as our guide. I am confident that you will not be disappointed spending a day with Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review!! I really had a great time with you as your extensive questions to the point fullfilled my tour !! Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !! Best regards, Hiroki

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ This is a must do! ”

It was such a wonderful and memorable day spent with Hirokisan. Hirokisan is a fountain of knowledge, not just about samurais, but Japanese history in general. He taught us SO MUCH, from cemeteries to katanas to samurais to dry moats to the Jomon period, and everything in between. Hirokisan made our last day in Japan very special and he is a consummate professional from beginning to end. You have to book this tour, it is unforgettable. Hirokisan, we thank you so much!!!

Hiroki:

Dear Maria, Thank you very for such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time !! And also, I really had a memorable time with you and your husband. Especially, your unexpected but significant questions led me to realize many things related to cultural differences. (I also really enjoyed cultural exchange!!) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Hiroki

Kim Kim United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iaido tour ”

Hiroki was amazing. Our train in was delayed an hour but he was able to rearrange things so we could continue with our tour. He was s kind and very easy to understand. We had many tours and guides over our two week vacation but Hiroki was the best!!!! We hope to have him again in the future. He also brought us to and fro the event. He even went out of his way to bring back some items to the school that we had brought. He went out his way to help us and was so sincere.

Hiroki:

Dear Kim, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time!! I had a great time with you and your family too!! (Having conversations with all of you was really fun.) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family!! Hiroki