In collaboration with the UT Office, IWL will offer attractive informal outings on weekends at a low cost covered by the participants. This included entrance fees to museums, local transportation, etc. Please note that the plans are not yet definite, so the details regarding the programs, dates, and fees are subject to change.
In mid-April, we will survey the participants to get a sense of their preference for these outings so that we can make arrangements in advance.
A. Friday, July 6, 2018
“Welcome to Tokyo” Outing: A special half-day outing including (1) a walk in a historic Japanese garden, (2) a short boat cruise on the Sumida River, and (3) a stroll in Asakusa.
(1) Hama-rikyu Garden
This garden is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden of the Edo period with a tidal pond (Shioiri-no-Ike) and two wild-duck hunting sites (Kamoba).
Entrance fee: 240 yen ($2.15)
(2) Tokyo Cruise (“Water Bus”) on the Sumida River
The boat departs from Hama-rikyu Garden and arrives at Aasakusa. Cruise time: 60 minutes. Fee: 740 yen ($6.60)
(3) A stroll in Asakusa
After arriving at Asakusa by boat, our participants will have free time for strolling in one of the most charming historic districts in Tokyo guided by our assistants. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3004.html
(B) Friday, July 13, 2018
“A Museum Outing”: A half-day outing to visit two major museums:
(1) Edo Tokyo Museum (located in Ryogoku Area)
Entrance fee: 480 yen ($4.30)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum opened in March 1993 as a space to reflect on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and envision the city and life of the future. Housed in a unique building modeled after an elevated-floor type warehouse, the museum has been a landmark and popular tourist attraction in Tokyo since its opening. The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.
(2) Tokyo National Museum (located in the Ueno Area)
Entrance fee: 520 yen ($4.65)
The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars.
In addition to these two outings, the UT Office for IWL 2018 can provide information about other options (such as tea ceremony experience, traditional Japanese theater including Kabuki, Nō, Kyogen, one-day trips to Kamakura or Mt, Fuji, hot springs and public baths in Tokyo area) and will be happy to help you make arrangements and reservations upon request.