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

by Hiroki
(8) Reviews
5h $ 117 Price up to 5 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 5 people

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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

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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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 ( 8 )
Matt Matt United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Tokyo Insider. Samurai and Iron Chef ”

I was traveling with my two daughters ages 11 and 8. It was our first time in Tokyo and we wanted to experience more than than the touristic places which we could readily have access to ourselves. Hiroki was punctual and greeted us at our hotel at 9:00 AM. We proceeded to the Imperial Palace and surrounding grounds. He provided us with an insightful background. From there he took us to the famous Tsukiji fish market. He was familiar with the entire market and gave us a brief history. He guided us to the best knife makers so that we could buy quality Japanese made cutlery knives as well. We then had lunch at one of the genuine Japanese Sushi Restaurants where you would not find too many tourists by the name of Tsukiji Sushisay. After lunch we proceeded to a Lao-do/Samurai dojo tour.... read more

Hiroki:

Matt san, Thank you very much for your detailed review as great as any despite being extremely busy !! I'm really happy to hear that you and your daughters had a great time !!(It makes me happier than anything else!!) And also, I had a great time with you and your daughters talking about not only the destinations but also many extensive topics !! (It's really perfect opportunity for me to exchange cultures, and I felt I became smarter after the tour😄 It's a memorable day for me!!) Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !!!! Hiroki

Sarah Sarah Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Highly recommended! ”

Myself and my two boys (ages 10 & 11) spent the morning with Hiroki at the Samurai experience. He was incredibly kind and helpful. We had trouble navigating the metro system and so jumped in a taxi and Hiroki spoke to the driver on the phone and made sure we got to the right place. He translated the Samurai experience well and it has been the highlight of our trip to Tokyo so far. After the Samurai experience (which I would highly recommend - tweens and teens will love this!) we were heading to the snake cafe. By this time I was very anxious about navigating the rail system and Hiroki not only organised rail cards for us all but even accompanied us on the complicated underground rail system right to the door of the snake cafe to ensure we got there ok. Nothing was ever too much trouble and... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Sarah san, thank you very much for your heartfelt review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time. And also, I had a memorable time with you and your cute and polite sons !! Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. I hope to see you and your sons again.Thank you again and stay happy !!

Antony Antony New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iado cutting lesson ”

Great time and very interesting. Both Hiroki and the Sensei were enthusiastic and patient. We attended as a family. Myself and two girls tried the lesson - successfully too - with a nice feeling of relief and achievement. Can recommend for sure.

Hiroki:

Antony san, Thank you very much for your great review!! I'm really happy to hear that you and your family had a great time!! I and the Sensei had a great time, too!! Because, you and your daughters tried the sword testing(試し切りTameshigiri) with a focused mind to cut the rolled tatami upper layers successfully, and gave us many questions to the point during the viewing of the antique Samurai weapons exhibited in the Dojo. Moreover, all of you learned how to appreciate the beauty of the Wave-Patterns (刃文Hamon) on sword blades using the antique samurai sword to succeed in spotting the tiny martensite crystals forming the upper edge of the Hamon called Boiling(沸Nie)!! Thank you again, and please enjoy tne rest of your stay in Japan!!! Hiroki

Darren Darren Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Trip to Ueno, Yanaka, Owl Cafe and Tokyo central ”

I really enjoyed my experience with Hiroki-san! He was patient, knowledgeable and planned the route well. He was also flexible and had a good grasp of the area. He made adjustments for bad weather swiftly as well and I really learnt a great deal about Japan history and culture with him. He also offers reasonable rates and can come on short notice. I would definitely recommend him to my friends, family and all future tourists to Tokyo!

Hiroki:

Darren san Thank you so much for your great review!! I had a really great time with you, too!! And,I'm so happy to hear your satisfaction!! Since we always do our best for your satisfaction, your great review really encourages us. Thank you again, and have a nice flight!! Hiroki

Christina Christina Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A personalised 1-1 tour with a private session with a Sensei ”

A TRULY MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! Starting with a hotel pick up, walk to the train station to experience Japan’s amazingly complex and efficient metro train system which led us to a walk on a non-descript Tokyo street off the touristy track. The Iaido experience was more than wielding a historic and genuine katana against a tatami roll. Coming into this with an interest in history, military heritage, blades and forging, it was the 1-on-1 conversations with Sensei Sakaguchi that made it special. The highlight was to be able to touch swords, armour and other weaponry centuries old, including pre-Edo period pieces that had seen actual battle. Hiroko translated beautifully and also took some amazing photos. His passion, interest and pride in his heritage really came through. Memory for a lifetim... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Christina san Thank you very much for your wonderful review !! I’m really happy to hear that it became a memory of your lifetime!! (Those words make me happier than anything else!!) Sensei Sakaguchi always considers how to tailor the most favorable experience to suit each participant’s own needs. That’s why this tour takes the form of a private session with a Sensei focusing on the 1-on-1 conversations with him.(In the case of your session, it’s particularly focused on the appreciation of Japanese swords such as examining of the shape of the blade, appreciating the beauty of the Wave-Patterns called Hamon, etc., since it seemed that you’re very much interested in Japanese swords.) So, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you when you visit Tokyo again. Thank you very much aga... read more