Having the hands-on experience of making Ukiyo-e, a Japanese woodblock print is one of the fun and interesting things to do in Japan. On this private art culture tour, you will be introduced to one of the most prominent Japanese arts, Ukiyo-e. We will be visiting 2 museums and learning the Japanese history through the collection of artwork and a famous woodblock print shop, Mokuhankan. So come and enjoy the traditional side of Japan in your very own custom private art tour!
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At JR Ryogoku Station (station code JB21) or your hotel
10:00 AM - Edo-Tokyo Museum: Discovering pre-modern Japan through the well-designed city and town models during the Edo and the Meiji era. As Ukiyo-e originated in the Edo period, the museum features the Ukiyo-e exhibition, consisting of materials of making this amazing artwork and its long history.
11:30 AM - Sumida-Hokusai Museum: Dedicated to the most famous Ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai, the museum houses lots of real-size models of his major artwork. Come here and witness these astonishing art collections from one of the world’s most well-known artists.
1:30 PM - Mokuhankan: Making your own Ukiyo-e at Mokuhankan, a renowned woodblock print shop. The craftsmen will show the visitors the process of making Ukiyo-e and let the visitors experience how to make it by themselves. This includes craving and painting. Come here and show your creativity!
3:00 PM - End of tour
At Asakusa Station on Ginza subway line (station code G-19)
To help you have the best trip to Tokyo, this private tour exclusively offers you a chance to learn more about Japanese rich history and culture through the most well-known Japanese artwork, Ukiyo-e. As the subjects shown in Ukiyo-e were drawn to display daily life at that moment, Ukiyo-e is best to describe what the life of the people in the Edo era looks like. With our professional tour guide, Masato, you will definitely enjoy this cultural tour. Masato is looking forward to sharing the story of this Japanese elegant and refined art.
In the morning, he will take you to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, where you can see how the local people lived during the Edo era through the city models and exhibitions. Visiting here gives you an insight into the modernizing period of Tokyo. Then moving to the next museum, Sumida-Hokusai Museum allows you to know the life of Katsushika Hokusai, the most famous Ukiyo-e artist, who brought his artwork to the eyes of foreigners. After lunch, it is time to make your own Ukiyo-e! At Mokuhankan, the staff will teach you how to make this amazing piece of art step by step. At the end of this culture tour by Masato, you will definitely have a deep understanding of Japan and love this country more!
Tour guide fee only
On this Tokyo private tour, the transportation fees, admission fee, and lunch costs of the visitor and tour guide are additional fees and as following:
- Transportation fee: approximately 1,000 yen per person
- Lunch: approximately 2,000 yen per person
- Admission fees: for Edo-Tokyo Museum 600 yen, for Sumida-Hokusai Museum, 400 yen, and for Mokuhankan, 2,160 yen
If needed there is an additional fee of 2,000 yen for pick-up and drop-off service by the guide at your hotel.
- Edo-Tokyo Museum closes every Monday
- Sumida Hokusai Museum closes every Monday and Tuesday
- Mokuhankan closes every Tuesday
Masato was amazing! He was so full of energy and interesting information. We felt fully immersed in everything Tokyo offered. We will definitely recommend him to friends travelling to Tokyo.
Hi Fiona, Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed Tokyo tour. Thank you again.
Masato was an excellent guide and was especially patient with our family of three generations. He shared insights into Japanese culture and history without overwhelming us with information, and he put together a customized schedule that worked well for everyone, even when we had a lot of extra stops. We arranged a driver as well and Masato went out of his way to make sure all the details were in place and that the driver knew where to go. We would never have gotten to see so many things in the short time we had in Tokyo without his help. We are grateful to have shared the day with Masato!
Hi Ashley, Thank you for your kind words to me. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed so much with my guide. I will still expect your generation and the kids' generation to come to Japan again very soon. Please enjoy the rest days in Japan. Please say hello to everybody in your family. Masato
Hi Leonard, I am very pleased to read your short and impact message. I supposed that your wife and you enjoyed so much everything, especially to eat sushi in Tsukiji fish market. Please enjoy the rest days in Japan.
Masato served as our guide during our visit to Sensoji, Kappabashi shopping street, and was our interpreter during a Sashimono woodworking class where we made our own chopsticks! He was very knowledgable about the area and the history, and was the perfect translator for our workshop. He was able to easily translate all of the intricate woodworking verbiage, and we were very lucky to have him there with us! Thank you so much, Masato! We loved spending our day with you!
Hi Stacy, I am very glad to read your wonderful comments on my service in Asakusa. I wish you visit here again. Masato.