Tatemono-en, Edo-Tokyo Open Air
Architectural Museum Tour
4 hours with hotel pick up/
Moderate/ Private tour
Please note that a house of Kunio Maekawa will be closed for the seismic renovation works from early October 2019 until the end of March 2020. We kindly ask for your understanding before booking this tour. Thank you!
The precious building in Edo (old Tokyo) have been slowly vanishing due to fire, flood , earthquakes and the slow march of "progress". The Edo- Tokyo Open Air Museum is dedicated to relocating, restoring, preserving and exhibiting these buildings of important cultural heritage. On this tour you will see a variety of old Japanese residences and learn how people in different classes lived.
Start your tour by taking in a house designed by Kunio Mayekawa, who worked under Le Corbusier and Antonin Raymond, and contributed to the development of modern architecture in Japan. Built during the Second World War, Mayekawa’s sophisticated design was influenced by world-renowned architects, and still attracts many visitors.
Move on to a house designed by the architect Sutemi Horiguchi, who introduced Dutch architecture for the first time to Japan. Built in 1925, just after Horiguchi returned from a trip to Europe, Art Deco style and De Stijl (The Style) composition are also seen in the traditional Japanese rooms. See the luxurious interior decoration in the residence of the Mitsui family, said to be one of the richest families in Japan.
The latter half of the tour can enjoyed especially by Studio Ghibli film fans. Many familiar scenes which appeared in "Spirited Away" including the bathhouse, the boiler man’s studio, and the one-way train are found in the downtown area, where a lively atmosphere can be experienced.
Hotel pick up
What's NOT Included?
Transportation fee to Tatemono-en for both you and your guide from your hotel (average 700yen/one way per adult)
Entrance fee to Tatemono-en (400yen/adult)
The tour will finish at JR Musashi Koganei station (JR Chuo Line). Our guide will navigate you the direction back to your hotel or your next destination. Of course, feel free to stay at the Tatemono-en taking time on your own.
Please keep in your mind that this is a walking tour, so you will be walking fair bit of distance (but with breaks in between).
No age limit, however children who can enjoy walking together till the end of tour may join.
Since this is a small group tour, last-minute reservations cannot be accepted.
Cancelation a day before the tour: We will deduct the PayPal transaction fee and refund 30%.
Cancelation on the tour day or in case of failure to show without notice: No refund can be arranged, sorry...
Per person Total tour fee
15,000 yen 15,000yen
Your hotel lobby or any place you feel comfortable meeting your guide.