Monthly Archives: December 2015

New tour in 2016: Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo

You wish to live in Japan or just moved here? Join our useful “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in English, French or Japanese to discover the country, its culture, and the local everyday life from 2016!

This new tour including a walk and seminar with Yes in Japan staff certified as Tokyo City Guide is planned in the daytime and on evenings in various areas of Tokyo city where you are likely to live, study or work (e.g. Iidabashi, Nakano, Otemachi, Roppongi). Expect to learn about important local laws, living expenses, Japanese apartments and guest houses, tatami mats and futon mattresses, supermarkets and convenience stores, personal seals and contracts, bills and bank accounts, holidays and festivals, schools and offices, internships and jobs, Japanese restaurants and parties, vegetarian and halal food… and feel free to ask about your other topics of interest :)

Note: We may operate a “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in two languages at the same time for the convenience of “Japanese + foreigner” couples, families or friends.

Travel Stand Japan: Closed on 30-31 December 2015

Our diligent travel agents will welcome you as usual at Travel Stand Japan near Suidobashi station in Tokyo until 18:30 today but will be on holidays afterwards (travel agency closed on 30-31 December 2015) to recover from a year of hard work, like many employees in Japan :)

In case of emergency, you may reach our inbound manager DUVAL Sébastien by e-mail or on social networks in English, French or Japanese.

We wish you a great end of year wherever you are with your family, friends, friendly strangers, good food, and special drinks :) See you in 2016!

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Yes in Japan website: Reorganizing information & reservations for 2016

We are reorganizing the Yes in Japan website to help you find special information and make reservations more easily in English, French or Japanese. We apologize for any inconvenience during the transition process at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016; do not hesitate to e-mail our team at Travel Stand Japan travel agency if you cannot find information or have problems reserving a tour, activity…

The Yes in Japan team first shaped this website in 2014 to help you plan a personalized stay in Japan or join original tours for a few hours or one day… In 2015, the online content increased significantly and our unique offers diversified as we partnered with more than 200 hotels/inns and 100 companies/organizations in Tokyo and Kyoto, as we created useful & free tourist maps of Tokyo that you can download or get locally on nice paper, and as we helped organize enjoyable international conferences in Tokyo!

Thanks for your continued support and great feedback from all over the world!
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Life in Japan: Our services & information for foreigners in 2016

The Yes in Japan team and its carefully selected partners help foreigners who wish to spend several months or years of their life in Japan!

We provide information about kind estate agents and homestay specialists, great designers of personal seals/stamps and business cards, exceptional schools to study the Japanese language & culture, trustworthy organizations helping find internships, skilled babysitters, bilingual cooking teachers… In addition, we also give free maps of Tokyo recommending attractions, restaurants (vegetarian, vegan and halal included), traditional and modern shops, supermarkets, hospitals with English-speaking staff, etc. Note that our services do not cover visa, banking, job-hunting, or dating services for Japan.

Besides, we organize useful discovery tours in Tokyo in English, French or Japanese for foreign newcomers and tourists thinking about living in Japan, to help them understand Japan, its culture and everyday life while introducing areas where they may live, study or work! For “Japanese + foreigner” couples, families or friends, we may operate these tours in several languages at the same time :)
Master Toyokuni painting a wall-size sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

You own or work at a local business? Do not hesitate to e-mail us to share useful information or join our expanding network in 2016 :)

Travel tips for Tokyo: Rain or snow? Go to Asakusa area! (2015-2016)

Big rain or snow today during your stay in Tokyo or Yokohama? And you still have to explore the north-east of Tokyo? Go shopping and discover the Japanese culture and everyday life in covered areas: the modern Sky Tree tower, the culinary Kappabashi Dougu Street, traditional alleys near the holy Thunder Gate…

Precise travel tips from the Yes in Japan team for the end of autumn 2015, winter 2015-2016 and spring 2016:

  • Enjoy and photograph cute cats at Neko Zan Mai,
  • Examine traditional instruments and play music at the Drum Museum,
  • Experience the art of ukiyo-e woodblock printing at Mokuhankan,
  • Join a washoku cooking lesson at Chagohan Tokyo,
  • Play a fun game at Escape Hunt Japan (3 rooms in Asakusa),
  • Relax at the public bath & hot spring Jakotsuyu,
  • Savour ramen noodles in hot soup at Asakusa Naritaya,
  • Slowly shop at Don Quijote Asakusa,
  • Try Japanese activities at Jidaiya,
  • Watch an original fashion & dance show with Japanese dancers at Tokyo Rhapsody,
  • In family, let your small child discover the “baby” floor of Panda Café.

Learn more about the area and how to access it on our “Get Japan map of Asakusa” page and… do not forget your umbrella in the subway or at a shop :)
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Shopping in Tokyo: Hand towels at Some-no-anbo

Offer high-grade traditional tenugui hand towels made in Japan! In Tokyo, the family business Some-no-anbo creates since 1907 towels that are unusually big by Japanese standards, feature a rare “red”, have fine original designs, are made of durable fabric, and possess colours that resist to washing!

Towel featuring a Japanese lion at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring a paper sliding door and a Japanese garden in autumn from Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Towel: 864-2.808 yens
  • Towel in an acrylic frame: 12.960 yens

Note: You can shop tax-free by credit card at Some-no-anbo.

Food in Tokyo: With children at Panda Café

Relax, savour an animal-shaped dessert, and let your children have fun! In Tokyo, Panda Café is an international restaurant with terrace (heated in winter) and a cute special floor with toys for small children, expecting mothers… You will find a good choice of tasty home-made meals and desserts, friendly staff and, if needed, space for your baby carriage!

First floor of Panda Café (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Dessert shaped like a panda at Panda Café (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices for food on the menu:

  • Dessert shaped like a panda, lion or rabbit: 580 yens
  • Vegetable cheese cake: 580 yens
  • Breakfast/brunch set: 500 yens
  • Lunch set (vegetarian or not): 980 yens

Note: You have access to free Wifi and electric plugs, and can pay by credit card in this non-smoking restaurant!