Private tour

Private Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour

Private tour

Private Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour

From US$ 184.54 per person

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.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
At the lobby of your accommodation.
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  • See various types of traditional Japanese residence
  • Get to know the history of Tokyo
  • Experience the work of Le Corbusier’s Japanese apprentice, Kunio Maekawa
  • 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/ drop off at your accommodation
  • Admission fee
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Your Transportation fee to/ from Tatemono-en (on average, transportation fee would be 1000 yen one way from the hotel in Tokyo. We will use trains and buses to get to Tatemono-en.)

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Yuichi is very informative and generous

October 18, 2019

Historically and culturally interesting.

June 10, 2019

The guide was ver kind and patient with us and tried to answer every questions.

April 3, 2019

Product ID: 123707