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Bonsai (Living Art) & Railway Museum


Saitama
8 hours
up to 3 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

We visit the Bonsai Art Museum which has World famous masterpieces of Bonsai that are displayed in the gallery, Japanese reception rooms and a neat garden and then The Bonsai Village called "a mecca for lovers of Bonsai" where you can savor a moment of healing with the calm town scape and the beautiful Bonsai. However, at the Railway Museum, we get excited about the many latest Shinkan.

Itinerary

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  • You can appreciate many world famous Bonsai and traditional Japanese culture at the museum.
  • At Bonsai village, you can savor a moment of healing with the calm townscape and the Bonsai that have been raised at great care by artisans.
  • At the Railway Museum, you can see lots of trains ranging from steam locomotives to the newest ones, the largest rail way diorama in Japan,and train-driving simulators.

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What to Expect

You will feel refreshed and relaxed by viewing beautiful Bonsai trees at a quiet and peaceful area.
I will tell you how to appreciate Bonsai and traditional Japanese culture.
Bonsai should be viewed as a natural landscape.
You can create your own Bonsai world in your mind.
When you are appreciating Bonsai, your soul can roam in your own ideal nature. For example, an authentic Bonsai inspires you to visualize the scene in which you are standing or sitting under the tree and you might feel a pleasant breeze or a delightful morning sunshine. The museum has more than 100 pots of masterpieces, which are from 45- year-old ginko tree to 1000-year-old Yezo spruce and they select about 60 pots to display according to season. So you can see the most beautiful Bonsai trees there.

At the Railway Museum, we, even adults can get excited and eager to see many kinds of real Shinkansen running just in front of us through the big windows.
In addtion, they have lots of trains ranging from steam locomotives to the latest ones at a rolling stock station, the largest railway diorama in Japan and many train-driving simulators.
About lunch:
What kind of dish would you like to try?
You can have tasty soba, buckwheat noodles at a Japanese restaurant near Bonsai village and you can also have excellent Western dishes at a restaurant like a dining car in the Railway Museum.
Let's have a wonderful day with Michiko!

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel within 23 wards in Tokyo or JR Tokyo Station
Ending Point At your hotel within 23 wards in Tokyo or JR Tokyo Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee:¥10000
transportation fees for your guide:¥1647

What‘s not included

transportation fees for each guest:¥1647
entrance fees for each guest:¥1600 (¥300 for Bonsai Museum & ¥1300 for Railway Museum)
food and drink

Important

This tour is not available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

I don't work as a guide after 5 p.m.

This tour is not available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 27 )
4.6 (27) Reviews
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Jerry Jerry United States
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Michiko-san was a great choice! ”

Michiko-san epitomized professionalism by pre-planning our individual tour based on what we'd like to see in the Tokyo area. The pre-planning included her going through prior dry-runs of routes to ensure that we'd be able to accomplish what we prioritized on our wish list and within the allotted time. If we chose to linger more at one location, Michiko-san was flexible and adjusted our itinerary. Without her, we couldn't have seen half the sites if we had tried on our own to find and navigate to these places through Tokyo's extensive rail and subway system. Additionally, she provided some written brief background & context on our tour stops prior to the actual meeting - which was quite thoughtful. We were very pleased with Michiko-san!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I found a good dish called "sweet potato rice" at a small restaurant in Kawagoe on the day before the tour date. Sweet potato is a specialty of Kawagoe and I thought it was good for your stomach. Let's try it next time! And now I'm on the way to Lake Kawaguchiko to do the final route check for the tour expected next week. It's a beautiful day to enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji. Michiko

Lorne Lorne Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great day in Nikko with Michiko ”

My wife and I met Michiko at the Nikko station and had a great day discovering the wonders of Nikko. Michiko was the perfect guide - friendly, thoughtful and informative. She gave us great information but also gave us space when appropriate. We would highly recommend Michiko for tours in Nikko and Tokyo. Thank you Michiko!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I just enjoyed the tour with you two. I was thrilled with the heavy traffic in the peak time of autumn color viewing. But we walked faster than the bus, right? And thank you for your interest in a Japanese sense of beauty called "Wabi Sabi". Michiko

Denise Denise United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Very accommodating ”

She was very kind, and adaptable to schedule changes. She knows Tokyo very well and was able to point out information, such as history, customs and culture. Very pleased! Would book again!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. It was really nice talking with you. Let's enjoy our third act of life, where we create value for things that we love to do! Please give my regards to your friends.

Puloma Puloma United States ( Couple )
Good
2 weeks ago

“ Pleasant Day in Nikko ”

Michiko was a very kind and lovely person, as well as a great guide to have at Nikko, an area more geared more towards Japanese tourists than foreign ones. She did a great job translating and explaining the important historical sites to us. We encountered several rituals which we would not have understood had she not been there to inform us, and she helped make our visit respectful by guiding us through the customs and etiquette of each place. She was particularly helpful at the Imperial Villa, where she helped translate a number of questions we had about the villa's history to the Japanese-speaking staff. She did at times struggle with speaking English, but we were able to work together to find the right words and got some interesting context. We wish we could have gone somewhere a b... read more

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. You wanted to have "soba (buckwheat noodles)", right. You should have let me know in advance. Actually, I know some good "soba" restaurants there. But I'm reluctant to take my foreign guests to a soba restaurant and make a reservation at some long-established restanrants which serve good western dishes unless I'd had any special requests for lunch. Because soba could develop a severe allergy condition. (I have a certification as a medical interpreter, I have no intention of using it though.) Anyway, you are blessed with many things including weather. If it had not rained at the very end of the tour, I could have show you another good place to you!

KARYNA KARYNA Canada ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Shortened and rescheduled tour but very informative and memorable. ”

After our flights were delayed due to typhoon number 19 and our one day tour had to be cancelled, Michiko generously gave up two afternoons to tour us around Asakusa, Shibuya Ginza and the Imperial Gardens. Very pleasant, accommodating and easy to be with, she worked with our schedule and made our day and a half in Tokyo truly memorable. Thank you Michiko for showing us Hachiko and cafe latte with our faces!

MICHIKO:

Thank you for your review. I was impressed by your modest personality and the great contribution to the society. I was really happy sharing a wonderful time with you all. Please say hello to your adorable K9s from Michiko.

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