Monthly Archives: March 2014

New tour in Tokyo: “Japanese Gods Grand Tour”

You wonder about the Japanese gods and mythical creatures? You are interested in Buddhism and in Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism? Then, we strongly recommend you the Yes in Japan walking tour “Japanese Gods Grand Tour” in Tokyo (reference W14D), launched for Spring 2014 by our travel agency Travel Stand Japan.

Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Shinto gates and foxes at Takuzosu-inari (Tokyo, Japan) in February 2014.

Do not miss this dense tour with engraved walls, a salt Jizo, a hidden dragon, a fox army, Happy Gods, a peaceful Kannon, and… a Buddhist temple in a kindergarten! You may even walk on the tatami mats of another Buddhist temple to see holy statues and other objects at closer range… Our English-speaking guide will show you the way, will reveal interesting and fun objects, and will provide background information.

Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Sleeping Buddha at the Buddhist temple Denzuin (Tokyo, Japan) in February 2014.

Current calendar for April 2014: Wednesday 02, Wednesday 09, Wednesday 16, Wednesday 23, and Wednesday 30 with departures at 09:30 from Tokyo Dome Hotel. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Travel through the mystic world of Japan in a little-known district of Tokyo…

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  • Buddhism = 仏教 (Bukkyo), Shintoism = 神道 (Shinto).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu), Tokyo = 東京.

Today in Tokyo: National flag of Japan & Japanese girls in kimono

Why do we see so many big Japanese national flags in the streets of Tokyo today? Because schools all over Japan display the national flag for the graduation of their students these days… Yes, in Japan the academic year starts with Spring in April and ends with Winter the following March.

Japanese national flags in Tokyo on 25 March 2014.

Lucky or well prepared, you can see happy Japanese boys in business suit and Japanese girls in kimono (traditional dress) before/after their graduation ceremony near universities, in the streets, at hotels…

Japanese girls in kimono in Chiyoda ward (Tokyo) on 25 March 2014.

This is life in Japan… with photos taken today in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward 🙂

YES IN JAPAN Website & Services in English

Yes in Japan provides services in English to enjoy Tokyo, travel in Japan, and discover the Japanese culture during your holidays. To bring you great value, we strive to incorporate things that foreigners can not usually see/do/understand by themselves in Japan because of communication problems (few Japanese people speak English), lack of knowledge about Japan or lack of contacts with the right Japanese persons.

Yes in Japan evening tour at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.

We already propose interesting and fun walking tours with guides and Japanese activities in Tokyo on day time and evenings. We also provide help for shopping if you wish to buy “Made in Japan” products such as wagashi sweets, washi paper, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, traditional games… We carefully select and organize our Yes in Japan tours and activities to make your stay very pleasant, without worry. So far, we have organized all our walking tours to enable online reservations 1 business day before the tour, for your convenience.

Made in Japan: nut containing the 7 Gods of Fortune.

Our Yes in Japan Website also recommends hotels/ryokans and restaurants with great Japanese food for your stay in Tokyo. To help you better plan your trip, we also share information about live music events in Tokyo, Japanese festivals all over Japan…

Fight with snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

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Chika and Mary during a piano and song concert at Horizon.

Beautiful flowers at Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo

This morning, our guide photographed beautiful flowers in the lobby of Hotel Grand Palace while waiting for the start of our walking tour “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo”.

Beautiful flowers at Hotel Grand Palace (Tokyo) on 18 March 2014.

Last Saturday, a big group of Japanese girls in kimono got photographed at this spot to make good memories for their graduation!

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  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu), Tokyo = 東京.

Sweet pink cherry blossoms in Sakura street (Tokyo, Japan)

On the way of our walking tour “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture” this afternoon, our French and Japanese guides had the good surprise to see sweet pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo’s Sakura street, near Jimbocho station and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho. What do you think of their photo?

Pink cherry blossoms in Sakura street (Tokyo, Japan) on 17 March 2014.

Enjoy the season of cherry blossoms in Japan!

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  • Sakura street = さくら通り (Sakura-dori), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).

21 March 2014: Travel agency in Suidobashi closed for Spring Day

Our travel agency in Suidobashi will be closed on Friday 21 March 2014, which is a public holiday in Japan (Vernal Equinox Day = first day of Spring). Many Japanese banks and restaurants will close too; organize yourself accordingly… and visit Travel Stand Japan before Thursday evening if you need advice for sightseeing or help to prepare a trip during the long week-end 🙂

We expect beautiful flowers on cherry trees in (currently warm) Tokyo by Friday… Enjoy Spring!

Spring flowers on cherry trees in Tokyo.

March 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of walking tours YES IN JAPAN

We have prepared original walking tours for foreign travellers in Tokyo during March 2014. To enjoy the colours and perfume of Japanese cherry blossoms, join the gorgeous “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” or “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening“. To explore other facets of Japanese life and culture, enjoy our walking tours with small streets, traditional shops, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, displays of Japanese art, relics of Japanese history…

You will find below our calendar for March 2014 with dates, gathering times and places, tour titles and tour references. Click on a tour title to get its latest information and/or make a reservation. Note that the schedule may change, especially regarding the “cherry blossoms” tours (blooming depends on the weather), and that some tours will remain available in April 2014 and beyond.

MONDAY
17, 24, 31 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)
TUESDAY
18, 25 March
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Tour W14C)
13:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Best Cherry Blossoms
(Tour W14F)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
WEDNESDAY
19, 26 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Japanese Gods Grand Tour
(Tour W14D)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)
THURSDAY
20, 27 March
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Tour W14E)
13:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Best Cherry Blossoms
(Tour W14F)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
FRIDAY
28 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)

Your guide will show the way, point out interesting or fun things, explain in English, translate your questions from English to Japanese and answers from Japanese to English if necessary. Each group is limited to 8 participants so we can go to narrow/crowded places and discuss freely…

Starting points for our walking tours, Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency) and Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine) are convenient hotels for your stay in Tokyo. In the Jimbocho area, you may also consider Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.

Enjoy Spring in Japan!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).

New tour in Tokyo: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan unique tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture” (reference W14A). We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you love the “Made in Japan” traditional and ancient creations, want shopping ideas, and wish to meet/interact with Japanese people during your holidays in Japan.

Mamebon book in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

Explore Japanese life and culture by visiting shops in Jimbocho. Look, listen, touch and get answers to your questions about traditional and everyday life objects. You will typically discover Wagashi cakes, Washi paper, Mamebon books, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, fun family card games… Our guide will lead you from little shop to little shop, introducing you to the shopkeepers and to their products, and will translate your questions (English to Japanese) and the shopkeepers’ answers (Japanese to English). Feel free to buy sweets, souvenirs and gifts for your children and friends!

Wagashi cake in Tokyo (Japan).

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 13:00 near Jimbocho station and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (between the Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Tokyo Dome and Yasukuni shrine). Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Discover a deep Tokyo and get a unique grasp of Japan thanks to Japanese people themselves!

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  • Jimbocho = 神保町, Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).

New tour in Tokyo: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan romantic tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening” (reference W14G). Our team strongly recommends you this walking tour if you want a sweet time in Tokyo, love the grace and perfume of cherry blossoms, and wish a taste of Japanese life.

Sakura at Yasukuni shrine (Tokyo, Japan).

In Japan, flower lovers enjoy cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese) by day and by night in Spring… We propose you to do just that, starting with the impressive path leading to the main hall of Yasukuni Shinto shrine by daylight and continuing with dense rows of cherry trees along a canal lit up by lanterns when the sky darkens. Our English-speaking guide will lead you through the most beautiful and romantic paths of cherry blossoms… On the way back, will you buy Sakura cakes or sweets to get a Japanese taste of Spring?

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 17:00 from the nice Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Live unforgettable holidays in Japan with a sweet, sweet Sakura evening in Tokyo 🙂

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  • Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).

New tour in Tokyo: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms”

Our team just launched a great Yes in Japan tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” (reference W14F). We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you like flowers and want to see many many many Japanese cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

Admire, smell and touch “sakura” cherry blossoms at the heart of Tokyo! Walk the beautiful flowered path in Yasukuni shrine then Chidorigafuchi, near the ancient walls of Edo castle… Diverse species of cherry trees live there; this will be a chance to see cherry blossoms of very different shapes and colours. Bring your camera with you! Our English-speaking guide will lead you to gorgeous spots 🙂

Current calendar for March 2014: Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 with departures at 13:00 from Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Travel to Japan, enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo then return home with great memories and photos of your Japanese Spring!

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  • Chidorigafuchi = 千鳥ヶ淵, Edo castle = 江戸城 (Edo-jo), Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja).
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu), Tokyo = 東京.