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  1. Japan
  2. Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Open–Air Architectural Museum 3–Hour Tour

Product ID: 123707
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Many precious historic buildings have been lost in Edo due to fires, floods, earthquakes and warfare. In 1993 the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum opened for the purpose of preserving historical buildings of great cultural value.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

At the lobby of your accommodation.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See various types of old Japanese residence
  • Get to know the history of Tokyo
  • Experience the work of Le Corbusier’s Japanese apprentice Kunio Mayekawa
  • Find out how Western European architectural design was adopted into Japan
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Ghibli
Full description
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.
  • Pickup at your accommodation
  • English-speaking licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Admission fee (400yen per adult)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Transportation fee to and from Musashi-Koganei station

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note: a house of Kunio Maekawa will be closed for seismic renovation works from early October 2019 until the end of March 2020. The local partner kindly asks for your understanding in advance.
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