Prepare your trip to Japan with Sébastien Duval’s top 5 tips about timing, food restrictions, destinations, languages, travel agents & tour guides. This 3-minute video with English subtitles was also realized in French and Japanese:
- Hi there! I’m Sébastien Duval, I’m in Tokyo, and I’m going to tell you how to prepare your trip to Japan!
- Tip number 1: Prepare your trip well in advance. Japanese people and more & more foreign tourists compete for comfortable rooms at hotels and “ryokan” traditional inns in Tokyo metropolis, Kyoto city, Osaka city, Hakone area… and at other famous destinations! So many people want to enjoy cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, annual “matsuri” festivals, and other special events! Many rooms may be available for the end of June, beginning of July, September, and beginning of October but think carefully: flights & trains may be cancelled during these typhoon seasons! Planning everything 6 months to 1 year before travelling to Japan seems wise.
- Tip number 2: Think about your special needs in Asia, especially if you move around with kids, if you are a vegetarian, a vegan, or if you are a Muslim and you need halal food… Japanese food is excellent but few restaurants are ready for international travellers with allergies, green lifestyles or diverse religious practices. Unexpected ingredients find their way in many dishes; for example, fish extracts in vegetable soups, meat extracts in seafood dishes, and pork fat in bread!
- Tip number 3: Visit the Japanese countryside if you have time. Japan has many faces and trains can take you to so many cool places beyond the big cities! For 2 days or more, enjoy a slower pace, meet the locals and see different beautiful landscapes! Discover rice fields, volcanic lakes, hot springs in snowy mountains, jungles… This is Japan too!
- Tip number 4: Move around with somebody who speaks your language and Japanese. Japanese people study English at school but few can communicate with foreigners; even staff at train stations and tourist spots. Besides, most signs, maps, brochures and menus are written in Japanese characters only (you can’t read them). The country is safe and Japanese people are kind so you don’t have to worry too much about all this stuff :) But, this being said, help from a bilingual can make your stay in Japan much more comfortable, efficient and fun. Ideally, find somebody understanding your needs and sharing your interests!
- Tip number 5: Hire us! The team of my travel agency in Tokyo knows how to prepare a great trip in Japan (with private bus and special hotels if desired) and I have experience assisting & guiding parents with small children, vegan couples from Europe, Muslim families and businessmen from the Middle East, Jews from Israel, Hindu groups from India… Each tour was adapted to match the customers’ specificities, and I am happy to tell you that we never had a claim :) But of course we keep on learning and doing better every time! I speak English, French & Japanese, I’ve lived in Japan for more than 10 years, I know great Japanese people, and I have visited many places here! Shall I help you prepare your whole trip to Japan and maybe accompany you or your group all along?
- Thanks for watching; see you in Japan!
- For more information, please contact: DUVAL Sébastien.
About this video…
Produced by: Stem Consulting – Get Japan team
Directed and edited by: Taylor B.
Presenter: Sébastien Duval. He is certified as tour conductor & guide in Japan, enjoys ecotourism, storytelling and the Japanese culture, and often eats vegan/halal food at restaurants in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone…
Special thanks to the staff of the vegan restaurant Loving Hut (Tokyo near Jimbocho station) for preparing a wonderful “vegan sushi” set although the restaurant was closed that day :)
Yes In Japan tours are fully booked for all Japan from 08 to 17 April 2017 as our experienced English/Japanese bilingual staff will accompany again Indian businessmen (+ family) on business trip from Narita international airport to several cities in the Kanto & Kansai regions. May the weather allow great photos with beautiful “sakura” cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji!
Besides visiting Japanese factories, we shall visit Tokyo city, Hakone town, Kyoto city, and Osaka city to see famous tourist spots, smell spring flowers, taste international & Japanese food (at rare restaurants ready for vegans), meet “geisha” entertainers (with traditional music?), try sumi-e ink wash painting, enjoy shopping at selected/requested shops… and ride a high-tech “shinkansen” bullet train to avoid long bus rides :)
You plan to organize a company/incentive trip to Japan for your colleagues, partners or customers? Contact our travel agency as soon as possible to get skilled bilingual assistants, great prices, comfortable hotel rooms, an exciting itinerary, and options for fun activities or live performances! It’s already the time to start planning a trip to Japan during the estimated peak of cherry blossoms in 2018…
The Japanese company Alpha Planning introduced its fine denim furoshiki (wrapping cloth) models, bags and more in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (ended on Monday), organized at the “antenna shop” Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan. Chatting about shopping with the CEO, Yes in Japan tour leader Sébastien Duval learnt that new designs are being considered to match diverse international tastes and fashions. On the photo, you may recognize designs by the famous ukiyo-e artist KITAGAWA Utamaro:
See Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to discover more denim products… Subscribe to the YouTube channel today to get alerted when the video is published!
Fan of Asian fashion? Traveller looking for high-quality blue souvenirs made in Japan? E-mail us to prepare your visit of Japan and to check the availability of a good tour guide for Fukuyama city (Hiroshima prefecture) and the nearby Ibara city (Okayama prefecture)…
The Japanese company Aokihifuku presented its new denim kimonos (pure blue, white hemp pattern, brown & green camouflage…) for men & women in Tokyo city during Ibara Denim Fair 2017 (finished yesterday), hosted by Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop”. Discussing with the staff, our French manager noted 3 big advantages of denim kimono over traditional kimono: (1) cheaper, (2) significantly lower maintenance cost as you can wash a denim kimono in a washing machine, and (3) clothing easy to produce in big sizes. On the right side of the photo, the Japanese salesman wears a denim kimono great for everyday life:
Watch Get Japan news report about this event on Friday to see the front & back of a denim Japanese dress, denim materials, denim bags… Subscribe to the YouTube channel now if you don’t want to miss this video!
Interested in Japanese fashion trends and high-quality clothes made in Japan? Ask Yes in Japan travel agents to plan your trip in Japan and organize an exciting private tour of Ibara city (in Okayama prefecture between Osaka city and Hiroshima city), whose garments are known as the “best Japanese denim” :)
As part of Ibara Denim Fair (24-27 February 2017), the cute Denchu-kun mascot character welcomes Japanese & foreign visitors at Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop” near Shimbashi station in Tokyo city… and foreign tourists particularly enjoy getting photographed with him :) Going this afternoon to see beautiful denim kimonos (blue or not), jackets, bags, etc. made in Japan, our inbound travel manager Sébastien Duval was very happy to see this yuru-chara inspired by kabuki Japanese theatre!
On a fashion or shopping trip in Asia during this event? Let us know if you want our help discussing with the staff to buy/order a denim kimono from Ibara city in Okayama prefecture (best Japanese denim?) matching your body size and visual preferences.
Discover Japanese vegetables, make vegan sushi with experienced chefs then savour the healthy food you prepared during vegan sushi-making workshops organized in Tokyo city by the Yes In Japan team! The ingredients may include avocado, coconut, ginger, nori seaweed, okra, shiitake mushrooms… and the favourite rice of your cooking lesson’s teacher :) We can easily organize a workshop in English (with bilingual chefs), French (with assistant e.g. Sébastien Duval) or Japanese language (great for foreign language students).
Interested by this new activity and coming soon to Japan? E-mail us today to get details or make a reservation. Do not hesitate if you are a vegan/vegetarian traveller or have difficulties enjoying the Japanese food due to the specificities of your religion!
Our travel agency in Tokyo city will be closed on Monday 20 March 2017 for Vernal Equinox Day i.e. the beginning of spring, which is a national holiday in Japan.
Enjoy the cherry blossoms and pink/white “sakura” petals flying with the wind in Japanese parks or in the streets :)
Spring 2017 is almost here… and gorgeous cherry blossoms with it! The cherry trees and “sakura” flowers looked like this near our travel agency in Tokyo city during April 2016:
You want to escape the big crowds visiting Japan during the peak? Enjoy difficult-to-find cherry blossoms at the beginning or end of this season? Reserve a tour conductor/guide speaking English (or French, Japanese…) early to avoid disappointments! From March to May 2017, friendly Yes In Japan tourism specialists can accompany you from your hotel in Tokyo city or nearby: Yokohama port, Kamakura “samurai” capital… or even west in Osaka metropolis, Kyoto traditional capital, Nara ancient capital…
Rather than shopping, walk in selected streets, parks, forests… and maybe savour a Japanese sweet wrapped in a cherry leaf or a drink containing a cute cherry flower :)
Temporarily closed, the shop Asakusa Tatsumiya specialized in kimono tumblers is moving closer to Asakusa subway station and will re-open just 10 seconds away from the famous Kaminari-mon red Thunder Gate on 23 December 2016! We will gladly accompany you afterwards during a shopping tour in Tokyo city, to buy a kimono tumbler at the new shop if you love unique, beautiful things useful in everyday life :)
For readers visiting Asia who have not heard about kimono tumblers:
You really want to purchase a kimono tumbler made in Japan from the world leader before 23 December 2016? Order in English on the online store of Asakusa Tatsumiya:
Enjoy Japanese products!
Japanese men & women will fight or practice “kata” forms at the Nippon-budokan from 09:00 to 18:00 on 11 December 2016 during the 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships. This event is sponsored by Japan Karatedo Federation and a ticket costs only 2.000 yens (18 dollars)!
You can probably attend this event without us because the Nippon-budokan is easy to find (near Kudanshita subway station) and the tickets are sold on site but if you want us to accompany you there as part of a private 1-day tour in Tokyo city… let us know before Friday afternoon :)
If you wonder how exciting this karate event might be, watch the video of last year’s final for female kata:
Enjoy Japanese martial arts and Japanese culture, especially if you are a karateka in Asia!