Ikuta Ryokuchi Park is one of the most cherished park areas in all of Kawasaki. Surrounded by small woods made up of various oaks, Ikuta Park is located in the gently undulating Tama Hills. There are some facilities such as Japan Open Air Folk House Museum and Taro Okamoto Museum and so on in the park. Even if you don't enter those facilities, you can enjoy hiking and seeing the nature.
After meeting up, we will visit the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum. There are 25 buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1867) which were relocated to Kawasaki from all over Japan. Many of them have been designated as important cultural properties by the government. You can see what traditional japanese houses look like and how old japanese people lived.
We will eat Japanese Soba (buck wheat) noodles for lunch made with spring water from Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Minkaen-soba (Hot soba with three mix on top) : 800 yen
Sansai-soba (Hot soba with wild vegetable) : 650 yen
Tororo-soba (Hot soba with grated yam) : 700 yen
Nameko-soba (Hot soba with nameko mushrooms) : 700 yen
Tanuki-soba (Hot soba with tempara crumbs) : 650 yen
Mori-soba (Cold soba) : 600 yen
Hiyashi-tororo-soba (Cold soba with grated yam) : 630 yen
You can try indigo dyeing using a plain handkerchief. It's easy even if it is your first experience. It takes 30 minutes to an hour.
A plain handkerchief : 600 yen
A tie-dyed handkerchief : 900 yen
A tie-dyed shop curtain (noren) S size : 1,500 yen
A tie-dyed shop curtain L size : 3,000 yen
You can also enjoy creative dyeing with your goods brought in.
15 yen per 1 gram of cloth
A handkerchief (weighs about 20 grams) : 300 yen
A Japanese hand towel (40 grams) : 600 yen
A T-shirt (120 grams) : 1800 yen
The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art mainly collects and preserves the works of Taro Okamoto, and his parents Kanoko and Ippei. Taro is very famous artist in Japan especially for creating "Tower of the Sun" which became the symbol of Expo'70 in Osaka, 1970. I won't go inside the useum, so enjoy his works to your heart's content.
Permanent exhibition - Regular 500 yen, Concession : 300 yen
Temporary exhibition - varies according to exhibition
At the end of the tour, we will eat Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki for dinner at the local restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. It is characterized by containing noodles. In Hiroshima, the ingredients are layered rather than mixed. A restaurant can be changed if you want. Please feel free to ask me.
Let's enjoy the tour togeter!
11:00am - Meet up at Mukogaoka-yuen
11:30am - Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
00:30pm - Lunch (Japanese Soba)
02:30pm - Indigo dying
03:30pm - Taro Okamoto Museum of Art
05:30pm - Dinner (Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki)
07:00pm - End of the tour
*The itinerary is not fixed except meeting time and Indigo dying.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
From 11am to 7pm
Mukogaoka-Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line
*About 20 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station
*Enjoy your adventure to the Mukogaoka-Yuen Station
Price Doesn't Include:
- Transportation fee to Explore Ikuta Ryokuchi Park
- Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
- Indigo dying
- Taro Okamoto Museum of Art
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