tatemonoen tour

Tatemono-en Tour

(Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Tour)


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 we will take a look at variety of old Japanese residences, from thatched roof farm house to public bath house and learn how people in different classes lived over years. 

What's Included

・ Professional Guide too passionate about Japanese housing. ・ 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)

This tour is suitable for...

you who wish to see more of the traditional side of Japanese architecture than the contemporary works in the city central.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby or any place you feel comfortable meeting your guide.  

Trip Itinerary

9:00am - Tour start
After picking you up at your accommodation, we will take the local train and bus to Tatemono-en. Start your tour by taking in a house designed by Kunio Mayekawa, who worked under Le Corbusier and contributed to the development of modern architecture in Japan. Move on to a Horiguchi’s house designed by the architect Sutemi Horiguchi, who introduced Dutch architecture for the first time to Japan. Art Deco style and De Stijl (The Style) composition are also seen in the traditional Japanese rooms. 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.
13:00pm - Tour finish
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.   

¥10,500 (per person for two passengers)

NOTE: We are now actively closing this tour in these uncertain COVID-19 situation for the health and safety of our guests and tour guides.  We will gradually restart our tour by carefully examining the timing.
Thank you!

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment in the methods below.

Tour Pricing

Tour for 1
(1 passenger)
Tour for 2
(2 passengers)
Tour for 3
(3 passengers)
"I purchased this experience as a gift for my partner who works in carpentry and enjoys both history and buildings. It was a hit. I enjoyed it as well because it felt like traveling through time, and I learned a lot about architecture. Yuichi was highly knowledgeable and I appreciated that he picked us up from our hotel and we traveled together to the museum, since there are a few transfers involved to get there. For a comparison, if you've been to New York and enjoyed the Tenement Museum or the Museum of the City of New York, this is right up your alley. It was a bit more architecture focused, but we did have a chance to ask more questions about how people lived and how structures were built."
Rachel from US
"We loved this tour! Hal taught us so much about design and architecture and how historical events have changed Japanese architecture. We also enjoyed learning more about everyday life in Japan and upcoming preparations for the Olympics. Hal is clearly passionate about history and helping others. I would recommend her tours to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of Japanese history."
Khole from US
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