Visit of an Open-air Museum of Japanese Traditional Houses at IKUTA RYOKUCHI Park

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Takashi Yoshikuni

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Do you want to study the traditional Japanese houses and people’s life in old times at an open-air museum located in a hilly natural park in the western outskirts of Tokyo, where you can enjoy strolling and a visit to an old castle site?

Hi! I am a retired government official. I lived in California, USA and in Geneva, Switzerland.

Now I enjoy playing golf, hiking and trekking, skiing, and travelling. I have climbed 70 of 100 best mountains of Japan.

I would like foreign visitors better understand our country, its history and people, and bring back home enjoyable memories.

For that purpose, I am ready to do everything I can and to meet your needs.

I am licensed as a national guide/interpreter for English language.
However, I can speak some French (Je peux parler un peu de français.), and some (standard) Chinese(能说一点儿中文(普通话)).


Sample Tour Timeline

09:30 AM
MUKOGAOKA YUEN STATION (ODAKYU Line)

The meeting point is outside the South Exit (ticket gate) of Mukogaoka-Yuen station on Odakyu line from Shinjuku (towards Odawara)

It is 21 minutes ride by express from Shinjuku, and costs yen 250 per person.

The station is 15 minutes walk away from the park/museum we are visiting.

In case you are not confident about the route to the meeting point, the guide can meet you at your hotel in Tokyo area. In that case, you are required to pay 3,000 yen for the guide’s extra work and transportation cost, in addition to the amount mentioned above.

09:30 AM
MUKOGAOKA YUEN STATION (ODAKYU Line)

The meeting point is outside the South Exit (ticket gate) of Mukogaoka-Yuen station on Odakyu line from Shinjuku (towards Odawara)

It is 21 minutes ride by express from Shinjuku, and costs yen 250 per person.

The station is 15 minutes walk away from the park/museum we are visiting.

In case you are not confident about the route to the meeting point, the guide can meet you at your hotel in Tokyo area. In that case, you are required to pay 3,000 yen for the guide’s extra work and transportation cost, in addition to the amount mentioned above.

10:00 AM
OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSES

You will visit an open-air museum of traditional Japanese houses (17th and 18th century) collected from various parts of Japan by moving and reconstructing exactly as they had been in the originals.

They were owned mostly by dominant families of the region, and depict, with their utensils and equipment, the life of the Japanese people (farmers, fishermen, sericulture, etc.) in earlier times.

10:00 AM
OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSES

You will visit an open-air museum of traditional Japanese houses (17th and 18th century) collected from various parts of Japan by moving and reconstructing exactly as they had been in the originals.

They were owned mostly by dominant families of the region, and depict, with their utensils and equipment, the life of the Japanese people (farmers, fishermen, sericulture, etc.) in earlier times.

11:00 AM
12th CENTURY CASTLE SITE AND STROLLING IN IKUTA-RYOKUCHI PARK

After finishing the Museum, we will enjoy walking in the park with an atmosphere of a remote mountain, and visit the site of a 12 century castle/fortress at the highest point of the park.

The building of the castle no longer exists, but you can climb a reconstructed observation tower, from where you can observe parts of skylines of Tokyo across the Tama River basin just below.

You might also be able to see the Tanzawa mountain range in the south west with, if weather allows, the view of Mt. Fuji in the background.

11:00 AM
12th CENTURY CASTLE SITE AND STROLLING IN IKUTA-RYOKUCHI PARK

After finishing the Museum, we will enjoy walking in the park with an atmosphere of a remote mountain, and visit the site of a 12 century castle/fortress at the highest point of the park.

The building of the castle no longer exists, but you can climb a reconstructed observation tower, from where you can observe parts of skylines of Tokyo across the Tama River basin just below.

You might also be able to see the Tanzawa mountain range in the south west with, if weather allows, the view of Mt. Fuji in the background.

12:00 PM
KOFUKUJI (temple)

On the way back from the park to “Mukogaoka-Yuen” station, you can observe “Kofukuji” temple from the 9th century.

It belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism established by a most popular priest Kuukai, who also founded Koyasan Kongobuji temple near Nara.

(You are not allowed to get inside the temple buildings; just an observation from outside in the precinct.)

12:00 PM
KOFUKUJI (temple)

On the way back from the park to “Mukogaoka-Yuen” station, you can observe “Kofukuji” temple from the 9th century.

It belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism established by a most popular priest Kuukai, who also founded Koyasan Kongobuji temple near Nara.

(You are not allowed to get inside the temple buildings; just an observation from outside in the precinct.)

12:30 PM
MUKOGAOKA YUEN STATION (ODAKYU Line)

Lunch is not included. If you want, I could help you (without extra charge) find a reasonable restaurant near Mukogaoka-Yuen station, where you can have a casual Japanese lunch.

12:30 PM
MUKOGAOKA YUEN STATION (ODAKYU Line)

Lunch is not included. If you want, I could help you (without extra charge) find a reasonable restaurant near Mukogaoka-Yuen station, where you can have a casual Japanese lunch.

Additional Details

Where we meet

MUKOGAOKA YUEN STATION (ODAKYU Line)

What's included
Things you need
  • Admission fee(approx. US $5.00)
  • Transport expenses(approx. US $5.00)
Notes:

The museum is closed on Mondays (except for holidays), and the days following a holiday. On those days the tour is not available.

Guest Requirements

All welcome

Cancellation Policy

Any trip or experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

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