Monthly Archives: May 2014

Japanese martial arts tournaments/championships in Tokyo: June 2014 calendar

Fans of Japanese martial arts, go see an impressive tournament/championship of judo, jukendo, karate, kendo or kyudo in June 2014 at the Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). End Spring or begin Summer in Japan with the pleasure to see skilled Japanese boys and girls, men and women live their passion!

Notes: Judo and karate are practised without weapon, jukendo with an armour and a rifle replica, kendo with an armour and bamboo sword, kyudo with a bow and arrows.
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

If you wish to walk from your hotel to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. If you prefer a different style of hotel, you can walk a bit longer or ride a subway from Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Suidobashi station), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan (Jimbocho station) or Tokyo Dome Hotel (Suidobashi station).

To also admire real Japanese swords, go shopping for equipment or learn about the Japanese culture, history, samurai, ninja… we recommend you to reserve a 1-day personalized tour in Tokyo or Kamakura during your trip in Japan!

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  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

09 June 2014: 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If the Japanese Way of the Warrior attracts you, attend the surprising 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament on Monday 09 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Athletic Japanese elders (men and women) will compete with armours and bamboo swords using kendo techniques (Way of The Sword) or wooden replicas of rifles using jukendo techniques (Japanese martial art of bayonet fighting) in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 14:30…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Enjoy real Japanese holidays by watching kendo and jukendo fights this Spring! If you wish to stay at a hotel close to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. To also learn about real samurai weapons and culture, we recommend you to reserve our 1-day tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo” or to request a personalized Yes in Japan tour :) Note that we can also help you buy kendo equipment in Tokyo…

Live a unique experience when you travel to Japan!

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  • All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament = All Japan Koreisha Budo Taikai = 全日本高齢者武道大会 (Zen-nippon-koreisha-budo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道, Jukendo = 銃剣道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Romantic tour in Kagurazaka (Tokyo): Calendar for May & June 2014

Our romantic walking tour “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” is now available in English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least one business day before your chosen date to enable us to check whether a Shinto wedding ceremony is scheduled at one of the visited shrines and to adapt the tour accordingly.

Kagurazaka is one of the pearls of Tokyo! Feel love at the nearby site of the first Shinto wedding, discover a maze of charming small streets in Kagurazaka and enter a beautiful modern shrine with intriguing lucky charms and a bright coffee shop! On the way back, we will introduce you to the shopping street and to products of Japan’s culture: Japanese sweets, green tea, gorgeous kimono dresses, flower-shaped hairpins…

Japanese bride in white kimono at Tokyo-daijingu (Tokyo, Japan) in 2014.

This romantic tour in Chiyoda and Shinjuku wards usually starts at the convenient Hotel Grand Palace but we remain flexible, like our Spring calendar.

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

Cherry chopsticks & Bamboo cups in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo)

You can buy elegant Japanese chopsticks made from cherry trees and very light cups made from bamboo at Kukan-kobo Takuya, high-quality shop specialized in wooden products near Akihabara station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Wouldn’t they make great souvenirs or gifts from your travel in Japan?

Shopping photo 1: Reddish chopsticks made using the bark of a cherry tree.
Japanese chopsticks made from a cherry tree, sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Shopping photo 2: Extremely light cups made from bamboo.
Bamboo cups sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Our team found this cosy shop with great smells of wood on Sunday while exploring Akihabara area to prepare tomorrow’s personalized tour. We’d be glad to take you there too if you wish :)

Note: All the labels are written in Japanese language.

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  • Kukan-kobo Takuya = 空間工房卓屋.
  • Bamboo = 竹 (Take), Cherry tree = 桜の木 (Sakura-no-ki).
  • Akihabara = 秋葉原, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

08 June 2014: 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy kendo or wish to discover the Japanese “Way of the Sword”, go watch the great 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament on Sunday 08 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Japanese corporations and companies will send their best kendo practitioners to compete as teams (men and women) with armours and bamboo swords in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Give a special touch to your Spring trip in Japan by watching kendo fights that weekend :) For a convenient hotel near the Nippon-budokan, check Hotel Grand Palace. To also admire real samurai swords or go shopping for kendo equipment, why not join our Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo 1-day tour? Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy the Japanese culture and traditions!

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  • Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament = 関東実業団剣道大会 (Kanto-jitsugyodan-kendo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道 (Kendo), Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京, Kanto = 関東.

07 June 2014: 52nd All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

Go watch the exciting 52nd All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships on Saturday 07 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) if you enjoy karate or wish to discover Japanese martial arts! Yes, the best karate practitioners from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will compete in fights “kumite” or in practising movements/forms “kata”, both by team or individually (men section as well as women section)! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

On Spring holidays in Japan that weekend, consider booking a room near the Nippon-budokan, for example at Hotel Grand Palace. To discover the Japanese culture and see samurai swords, we also recommend you our 1-day tour Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo. Enjoy June in Tokyo!

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  • All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships = 全自衛隊空手道選手権大会 (Zen-jieitai-karate-do-senshuken-taikai).
  • Karate = 空手道 (Karate-do), Self-Defense Forces = 自衛隊 (Jieitai).
  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

24 May 2014: 52nd All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy aikido or wish to discover this Japanese martial art, attend the impressive 52nd All Japan Aikido Demonstration on Saturday 24 May 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)! Numerous aikido practitioners will make demonstrations on tatami mats for the general public from 12:00 to 17:00, and you can enter from 11:00 to watch everything for free…
All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo) in May 2012.

Check the following video playlist on YouTube to see the All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan in May 2012:

For a good hotel near the Nippon-budokan that weekend, check Hotel Grand Palace. To discover the Japanese culture, we also recommend you our 1-day tour Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo during your stay in Japan.

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  • Aikido = 合気道, All Japan Aikido Demonstration = 全日本合気道演武大会 (Zen-nippon-aikido-enbu-taikai).
  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Jizo & tengu plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple (Kamakura, Japan)

We saw beautiful holy plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple after a hike in the forest of Kamakura during the Golden Week. Our photo below shows plaques decorated with Jizo (Buddhist protector of travellers and children) on the left and a tengu (protector from Japanese folk religion) on the right:
Jizo and tengu plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple (Kamakura, Japan)

Our travel manager made many lovely 1-day trips to Kamakura from Tokyo with small groups. Contact us if you wish to visit or hike in Kamakura during your stay in Tokyo this Spring; we can organize a personalized 1-day tour or 2-day tour with hotel in Kamakura.

Would you buy a wooden plaque as souvenir or suspend it at the temple after writing a prayer on it during your travel in Japan?

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  • Kencho-ji = 建長寺, Kamakura = 鎌倉.

New tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone”

We recently launched an exciting Yes in Japan tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone” (reference T14A) because so many travellers asked us for help to see Mount Fuji or visit Hakone on days with beautiful weather! Our team strongly recommends you this new 1-day private tour in English or French near Tokyo if you dream of seeing Mount Fuji and other beautiful Japanese landscapes nearby.

Ride a comfortable train from Tokyo to Hakone, switch twice for a steep rise then walk at the infernal Owakudani, with smelly fumes escaping from the valley! After tasting black eggs at a great spot to view Mount Fuji, enjoy an aerial view of the mountains and forests then cruise across lake Ashi… Admire beautiful landscapes, enjoy fine art, savour a great drink, and finally relax at a wonderful hot spring before your return!

Yes In Japan tour: Mount Fuji seen from Owakudani in April 2014.

Calendar for May and June 2014: Every day with departures from your hotel in Tokyo. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online, ideally several days before the date of your choice.

Admire the splendid Mount Fuji during your travel in Japan!

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  • Mount Fuji = 富士山 (Fuji-san), Hakone = 箱根.
  • Lake Ashi = 芦ノ湖 (Ashi-no-ko), Owakudani = 大涌谷.
  • Black egg = 黒たまご (Kuro-tamago), Hot spring = 温泉 (Onsen).
  • Tokyo = 東京.

Spiritual tour in Tokyo: Calendar for May & June 2014

You can now join our walking tour in Tokyo “Japanese Gods Grand Tourin English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least two business days before your chosen date to enable us to discuss with Buddhist monks beforehand (you may be able to see more this way).

Penetrate deep Japan to learn about the Japanese gods, mythical creatures, Buddhism, and Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism! This should also reveal much about the Japanese society and Japanese people’s way of thinking…

Spiritual tour: Shinto gates and foxes in Tokyo.

This spiritual tour in Bunkyo ward usually starts at the convenient Tokyo Dome Hotel but we remain flexible, like our calendar.

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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.