Monthly Archives: December 2014

Martial arts tournaments and concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Nippon-budokan

At the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan”, you can enjoy major martial arts tournaments (national or international), martial arts demonstrations and even concerts (e.g. AKB48 performance)! This impressive building in the heart of Tokyo (Chiyoda ward) has 14.471 places and features many martial arts events with free entrance; it adds a great touch of Japanese culture to everybody’s life or holidays in Tokyo :) Our French travel manager attended diverse martial arts competitions and demonstrations there: aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo, taekwondo…
Martial Arts Hall of Japan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

Check our Japanese calendar to learn about the best events scheduled at the Nippon-budokan in the year 2014, 2015 or 2016 (weekends and public holidays included). Call 03-3216-5100 to learn more if you speak the Japanese language or kindly ask the staff of your hotel to do it for you. Near Kudanshita subway station and Hotel Grand Palace, the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan” is the spot “15″ on our map of Tokyo Chiyoda designed for autumn 2014 and winter 2014-2015.

Travel tip: You can also meet or e-mail the Yes in Japan team to get advance tickets for concerts/tournaments, to attend martial arts lessons at a dojo of the annexe or to order a personalized tour linked to martial arts

Japanese culture in Japan at Tokyo Grand Shrine

At Tokyo Grand Shrine, you can discover the Shinto religion (important part of the Japanese culture), see traditional Japanese architecture, and meet many Japanese girls praying to find (or be happy with) their soulmate. Branch of Ise Grand Shrine in Tokyo Chiyoda ward, Tokyo Grand Shrine reputedly held the first Shinto wedding ceremony of Japan! It also sells diverse lucky charms with interesting designs :) Do not miss this shrine if you go on a spiritual tour of Tokyo!
Tokyo Grand Shrine (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The entrance to the sacred grounds of Tokyo Grand Shrine is free on weekdays and weekends (public holidays too). Near Iidabashi subway/train station, it is the Shinto shrine marked “16″ on the Yes in Japan map of Tokyo Chiyoda (version autumn/winter 2014).

Shopping for ukiyo-e in Japan at Tokyo’s Ebisudo Gallery

At Ebisudo Gallery, you can buy Japanese woodblock prints/paintings from the Edo period, Meiji period or modern era, representing a samurai, a Japanese lady in kimono, the fours seasons of Japan, a Buddhist temple, Mount Fuji… This art shop in Chiyoda ward sells ukiyo-e originals (5.000 to 40.000 yens and beyond!) by famous artists as well as cheap reproductions and ukiyo-e calendars. Ebisudo Gallery currently selling the 2015 Calendar “Hasui” for 1.300 yens. We liked this small shop; check it out if you go on a shopping tour in Tokyo!
Ukiyo-e woodblock print with the Hota coast in Awa province at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Ebisudo Gallery is open from 11:00 to 18:30 from Monday to Saturday. The nice Japanese lady running the business speaks English and French; call 03-3219-7651 for information or ask your hotel’s staff to contact this specialist store for you. Near Jimbocho subway station and Sakura Hotel & Café Jimbocho, Ebisudo Gallery is the Japanese art gallery marked “4″ on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda ward for autumn/winter 2014.

Of course, you can pay your ukiyo-e purchases at Ebisudo Gallery by credit card and ask for international delivery. Traditional art but modern business :)

Japanese food/drinks in Japan at Tokyo’s Nishiki

At Nishiki, you can eat sushi (raw seafood with rice), kaiseki cuisine, pork, duck… and drink beer, saké… The Japanese food and drinks are excellent and the menu is reasonably priced: 1.230 yens for a sushi lunch, 950 yens for duck at dinner time, 3.900 yens for a seasonal meal, 610 yens for a beer… Great for travellers on a gourmet tour of Tokyo!
Sushi set at Nishiki (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Nishiki is open from 11:30 to 14:00 then from 17:30 to 21:00 from Monday to Saturday. Some staff speaks English; call 03-3292-3960 to make a reservation at this Japanese restaurant or ask the Japanese staff of your hotel to reserve for you. On the first floor of the Gakushi-kaikan hotel between Jimbocho subway station and Takebashi subway station, Nishiki is marked “1″ on Yes in Japan‘s best map of Tokyo Chiyoda published for autumn & winter 2014.

Conveniently, you can pay your meal at Nishiki by credit card (not so common in Japan). Enjoy!

Green tourism in Japan: Bicycle rental at Tokyo’s Akihabara UDX building

In Tokyo, you can rent a bicycle at the building Akihabara UDX. Add a cheap touch of green tourism to your stay in Japan, with or without guide!
Bicycle at Akihabara UDX building (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Some staff speaks English; call 03-5289-0989 to get information or ask the Japanese staff of your hotel/ryokan to discuss the bicycle rental on your behalf. Near Akihabara subway/train station, the building Akihabara UDX is marked “35″ on the Yes in Japan tourist map of Tokyo Chiyoda for autumn/winter 2014.

Shopping for books in Japan at Tokyo’s Bookhouse Jinbocho

At Bookhouse Jinbocho, you can admire a great decoration, relax and find a Japanese treasure for you, your family, your friends… You will love this bookshop designed for all children! The books, toys and other selected products are wonderful and affordable: 1.000 yens for an illustrated book of Japanese legends, 580 yens for a small toy, 380 yens for cute baby socks… The Yes in Japan team recommends you to go shopping at this popular shop when you tour Japan!
Inside Bookhouse Jinbocho (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Bookhouse Jinbocho is open from 11:00 to 18:30 every day except Wednesday. Some Japanese staff speaks English or Italian; call 03-3261-5691 if you need information or ask the Japanese staff of your hotel to contact this bookshop for you. Near Jimbocho subway station and Sakura Hotel & Café Jimbocho, Bookhouse Jinbocho is the store marked “21″ on our map of Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward for autumn/winter 2014.

International food/drinks in Japan at Tokyo’s Petit Bonheur

At Petit Bonheur, you can savour Japanese vegetables and fruits received directly from producers, sweets, tarts… and drink fruit juice, wine, tea, and coffee. The food is excellent and very cheap: 680 yens suffice for the vegetarian lunch buffet and 2.000 yens for a nice healthy dinner (with fish or meat if you wish). Consider going there during your tour of Tokyo!
International dinner at Petit Bonheur (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Petit Bonheur is open from 11:00 to 23:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Some staff speaks English; call 03-3263-3343 to make a reservation at this international restaurant or ask the Japanese staff of your hotel to do it for you. Between Iidabashi train station and Kudanshita subway station, Petit Bonheur is marked “14″ on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda North of autumn/winter 2014.

Best travel tip? Petit Bonheur provides free Wifi!

Ukiyo-e woodblock print in Tokyo: The Hota Coast in Awa Province at Ebisudo gallery

Add ukiyo-e woodblock prints by the famous artist UTAGAWA Hiroshige to your collection or offer them to Japanese art lovers! Consider this print “The Hota Coast in Awa Province” (nowadays Kyonan city in Chiba prefecture) with pine trees, walkers, waves, boats, and a completely white Mount Fuji… realized in Japan in 1858 and found in Jimbocho Book Town at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo):
Ukiyo-e woodblock print with the Hota coast in Awa province at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

To acquire this fine ukiyo-e original part of the “36 views of Mount Fuji” series, take exit A7 at Jimbocho subway station and bring 110.000 yens to the ukiyo-e shop during your stay in Tokyo!

How to go to Petit Bonheur in Tokyo? From Iidabashi station…

Petit Bonheur is near Tokyo’s Iidabashi station: 3 minutes from exit West if you arrive by JR train or 4 minutes from exit B2a if you arrive by subway. Petit Bonheur is also near APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita (5 minutes), Hotel Grand Palace (6 minutes) and Hotel Metropolitan Edmont (6 minutes).

This international restaurant allowing healthy vegetarian meals is the spot 14 on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda of autumn/winter 2014:
Map of Chiyoda ward North (Tokyo, Japan).

Go to Petit Bonheur when you visit the nearby Tokyo Grand Shrine, Yasukuni Shinto Shrine or Kagurazaka district! This restaurant is a great option if you study Japanese at a language school in Iidabashi area: it has a cheap lunch buffet with delicious food :)