Category Archives: Activity

Japan’s sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio: admire, learn and shop in Tokyo!

At Toyokuni Atelier Studio, you can admire, buy and learn sumi-e (Japanese ink wash painting) thanks to a free exhibition, original products and activities in English or Japanese language by an award-winning father and his son. This exciting art gallery/shop in Tokyo sells original sumi-e postcards (100 yens), paintings (usually 3.000-30.000 yens) and T-shirts (15.000 yens). You can also hold a brush during an interesting sumi-e lesson (1.000 yens only)! The Yes in Japan team strongly recommends you to visit Toyokuni Atelier Studio if you stay at a hotel in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo 🙂
Sumi-e master at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Toyokuni Atelier Studio is open from 12:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. The Japanese artist and his son are fluent in English. Between Jimbocho subway station and Kudanshita subway station, Toyokuni Atelier Studio is the Japanese art gallery numbered “2” on our map of Chiyoda ward (autumn/winter 2014 version).

Conveniently, you can pay your sumi-e purchases or lessons at Toyokuni Atelier Studio by credit card. The best of Asian traditional art and modern shopping in Japan!

Activity/tour in Tokyo: Prices in US DOLLAR and EURO

Today’s exchange rate is:

  • 1000 Yens ≃ 9.5 US Dollars ≃ 7.3 Euros
  • 1 US Dollar ≃ 105 Yens
  • 1 Euro ≃ 138 Yens

Nowadays, you can enjoy a high-quality activity or tour in Tokyo at a good price, from 24 and 38 US Dollars respectively (18 and 29 Euros). Children can get a discount, joining Yes in Japan tours for as little as 19 US Dollars (15 Euros)…

Activities in Tokyo from 2500 yens ≃ 24 US Dollars ≃ 18 Euros per adult.
      e.g. Japanese tea time at Marebito teahouse
Walking tours in Tokyo from 4000 yens ≃ 38 US Dollars ≃ 29 Euros per adult.
      e.g. Jimbocho shopkeepers x Japanese culture
Holding a shamisen with a shopkeeper in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

We can even organize a personalized group tour in Tokyo for your family or friends for only 143 dollars. 3 friends would just pay 48 dollars each…

½ day personalized tours from 15000 yens ≃ 143 US Dollars ≃ 109 Euros per group.
      e.g. Tour with Japanese garden, martial arts demonstration, shopping for ukiyo-e…
1-day personalized tours from 30000 yens ≃ 286 US Dollars ≃ 218 Euros per group.
      e.g. Tour with origami exhibition, holy horse at a Shinto shrine, high-tech game centre…
Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Shinto statues of foxes and holy gates in Tokyo.

Reserve before flying to Japan so we can plan a great personalized tour in Tokyo for you!

2014-2015 Activity/tour in Tokyo area

Enjoy traditional activities and tours in Tokyo city, Mount Fuji, Hakone hot springs area, Kamakura “samurai city”… even on weekends and Japanese national holidays with a Yes in Japan English/French speaker who knows the area, Japanese culture and language!

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Have fun, discover and learn about the Japanese people and life during your trip in Japan!

Get ready for our activities and walks in Tokyo!

We prepare our activities and walks with care to make them fun and interesting for you as well as authentic and beneficial to the locals. Still, we may have to adapt them due to the weather, religious/special events, busyness at shops… Your understanding will be greatly appreciated.

Our walks in Tokyo last 2~2½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes adapted to the weather and suitable for walks. Japan has no special dress code for its streets, Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines but avoid big bags for narrow/crowded places. Do not forget your camera and wallet 🙂

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

Our activities in Tokyo last 1~1½ hours. We may remove our shoes and sit on tatami mats so please wear socks matching the season and clothes letting you sit comfortably without a chair. Also avoid strong perfume just before the activity. Thanks!

Washi Paper Time in Tokyo: diverse Japanese paper, collage illustrating Mount Fuji...

If you have any question, do not hesitate to e-mail, call or visit the Yes in Japan team in Tokyo.

Golden Week 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities & walks in English

Yes in Japan organizes walks and activities in English in Tokyo during the Golden Week 2014 (26 April 2014 to 06 May 2014) as indicated in the calendar below:

MONDAY
28 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
29 April 2014
WEDNESDAY
30 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
01 May 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
 
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
02 May 2014
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

Prepare well your Golden Week 2014 in Japan because banks, restaurants and diverse other shops will close (completely or early) even in Tokyo! Take care during your tour of Japan and enjoy your holidays 🙂

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

April 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities in English by YES IN JAPAN

Travel Stand Japan just launched 3 Yes in Japan Japanese activities in English for foreign travellers in Tokyo during April 2014: Japanese games time (janken, karuta, sugoroku…), Japanese tea time (green tea powder, leaves, tasting…) and Washi paper time (handmade set, origami, chigiri-e…). These activities are great to learn about the Japanese culture and lifestyle, especially if you travel in Japan with children.

Activity in Tokyo: Japanese tea time.

You will find below our calendar for April 2014 with the dates, gathering times and places, titles and references of our activities. Follow the links to learn more or make a reservation. Note that a separate schedule exists for our walks in April 2014 and that some activities will remain available in May 2014 and beyond.

EVERY DAY
Except Sundays
and public holidays
Start time of your choice between 15:00 and 18:00 at Marebito tea house
Japanese tea time
(Activity A14A)
MONDAY
07, 14, 21, 28 April
TUESDAY
08, 15, 22 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
WEDNESDAY
09, 16, 23, 30 April
THURSDAY
10, 17, 24 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
FRIDAY
11, 18, 25 April

Each group is limited to 6 participants so we recommend you to reserve early!

All our activities in English take place in Tokyo near Jimbocho station, which is easy to access by subway from Shibuya station and Shinjuku station. You can also walk from Kudanshita station and Suidobashi station. Convenient nearby hotels include Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine), Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency) and Tokyo Dome Hotel (near our travel agency).

Have fun and experience Japan during your Spring holidays!

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  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), 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).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu).

Things to do in Japan: Enjoy hands-on traditional activities!

Have you ever enjoyed a hands-on Japanese activity in your country or in Japan? Beside cooking sushi, joining a tea ceremony or wearing a kimono, there are many things to do in Japan for foreigners curious about the Japanese culture and life. Teachers may guide hands-on sessions at diverse locations: a craft village, cultural centre, museum, school, temple, workshop… but support in English often requires arrangements. Think about it; hands-on activities can make your holidays in Japan much more memorable, interesting and fun!

Things to do in Japan: prepare sushi!

To better understand life in Japan, you may harvest rice or pick up tea leaves, pickle Japanese horseradish “wasabi”, prepare sushi, make tofu or soba/udon noodles, make Japanese confectioneries “wagashi” or even create (modern) food replicas normally shown at the entrance of restaurants! Beyond Japanese food, you may learn to make a tatami, ceramic object, daruma or kokeshi doll, paper lantern or simple Washi Japanese paper… and families with small children may try origami or traditional games.

Things to do in Japan: pick up tea leaves!

To better understand the Japanese culture, you can notably join a tea ceremony, try flower arrangement, take care of a bonsai, print ukiyo-e with woodblocks, write Japanese or Chinese characters (calligraphy) with a standard or giant brush, copy or chant a sutra at a Buddhist temple, practice Zen meditation, play Japanese drums… If your timing is good, you may even carry an omikoshi, pull a float, or dance with locals at a festival!

Things to do in Japan: copy a sutra!

The fans of Japanese martial arts can also practice more or less ancient arts in Japan: hand-to-hand martial arts such as judo and karate, Japanese archery “kyudo”, the art of using a Japanese halberd “naginata-jutsu”, Japanese swordsmanship “kendo”…

Things to do in Japan: practice Japanese swordsmanship KENDO!

Try 1-2 Japanese traditional activities during your stay; it really reveals much about Japan and its culture. Tea ceremonies are popular in Kyoto and karate trainings in Okinawa but Tokyo provides most activities. Also note that many events occur all over Japan on Culture Day (national holiday: 03 November)! So, which traditional activity have you enjoyed? Which traditional activity would you try?

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