Category Archives: Tour

08-17 April 2017: Tours all booked! Sakura cherry blossoms…

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…

Spring 2017 Tours: Cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kamakura…

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 :)

Tokyo tour: Asakusa for Muslims (with halal restaurants)

The Yes in Japan team organizes private & group tours in English suitable for Muslim tourists & businessmen in Asakusa, most famous tourist district of Tokyo and rare location of Japan with a choice of halal meals. In half a day, get photographed with the huge red lantern of Kaminarimon Thunder Gate, stroll in Nakamise shopping street, smell incense at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, hear hand claps when prayers start at Asakusa Shinto Shrine, visit small shops with good-quality kimonos made in Japan (including soft colourful yukata and sober samue), and savour ramen noodles with halal meat then a pudding for lunch or dinner…

In this video in English, the Muslim staff of Asakusa Naritaya (halal-certified restaurant with prayer room) cooks tasty ramen noodles:

You are less strict? The Japanese chef of Asakusa Teppan-taro cooks diverse Muslim-friendly okonomiyaki pancakes… Discover his restaurant described in English:

2017 should be busy so… contact us before travelling to Japan to learn more and make reservations :)

Holidays & business trips in Japan

You have holidays or a business trip planned in Asia? Ask us to prepare a wonderful itinerary in Japan, optimize your transportation, find convenient & pleasant hotels in the cities or traditional inns with lots of character in the countryside, recommend diverse restaurants & seasonal regional dishes, guide you in English during personalized excursions including time with Japanese locals…

We are used to helping tourists and professionals travelling alone or in good company from Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Fiji…
7.9m-long whale sharks at Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa (Japan).
Peace Tower at Cape Kyan (Japan) in March.
Kumano Kodo panorama with Nachi waterfalls (Japan) in August.
Himeji Castle (Japan) in August.
Sakuragicho in Yokohama (Japan).

To help us propose then organize a pertinent & charming stay for you an your group, tell us where you have already been in Asia, the goals of your trip in Japan, the number and age of the travellers, your budget, your needs (physical condition, halal, vegan/vegetarian), your passions (Japanese or not), the potential dates for your trip, your ideas for destinations & activities in Japan…

Important: Japan lacks hotel rooms for travellers and English-speaking certified guides; reserve 6-12 months before your flight or cruise to ensure you get what you want and to benefit from the best choices at attractive prices!
Japanese singers/dancers in kimono with Sébastien Duval on the Gozabune Atakemaru ship in Tokyo (Japan).
Yuta Honda and Taylor Martin at Toyokuni Atelier art gallery in Tokyo (Japan).
Kamagaya Big Buddha (Japan) with Sébastien Duval.

Charmed by Japan and convinced by the Yes in Japan quality at the end of your stay? Come live in Japan and recommend our travel agency in Tokyo to your friends :)

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.

“Cherry blossoms” trip to Japan in spring 2016? Plan now!

Planning a “cherry blossoms” trip to Japan in spring 2016? Buy your flight tickets, book hotels & ryokans, and reserve tours & activities now because Japanese hotels quickly get full for that period and because few tour guides in Japan speak English fluently! Do not wait to get what you want at a good price…

In spring 2014 & 2015, we guided and assisted joyful foreign tourists (mostly couples and families) in English or French during fun walking tours in Tokyo and in the nearby city of Kamakura. We will happily take care of you too in March, April or May 2016 to help you enjoy the soft white/pink cherry blossoms (and other Japanese flowers), seasonal “sakura” food & drinks, the Japanese culture, etc. :)

Pink cherry blossoms in Sakura street (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) on 17 March 2014.

Reserve a Yes in Japan half-day or full-day private tour in/near Tokyo for you, your family or friends before we get fully booked for the season! Just e-mail our travel agency the date(s) and destination(s) of your choice along with any pertinent complementary information or request.

Note: We also gladly accompany travellers to Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone (near Mount Fuji), etc. but the cost rises significantly…

Reserve Yes in Japan tours early: discounts, special arrangements…

Reserve tours in Japan at our travel agency early to make sure Yes in Japan staff can accompany you on your chosen day, to enable us to make special arrangements and to give us time to negotiate special discounts for your activities, especially if you wish to join our popular personalized private tours (half day, full day, several days) with staff speaking French, Spanish… rather than English! This travel tip is critical if you plan to visit Japan on a business trip with little free time or during the busy season of “sakura” cherry blossoms (mainly March and April).

To contact us before going to Asia, see the page about our Japanese travel agency Travel Stand Japan located in Tokyo :)

Fully booked! Free map of Tokyo now; tours from 11 May 2015…

We are fully booked this week but are available for tours in/near Tokyo from Monday 11 May 2015 (starting at your hotel if you wish). Without guide today, tomorrow or this weekend, enjoy by yourself great events (e.g. Japanese festival at Kanda Shinto Shrine), activities, shopping, food & drinks… using our latest free map of Tokyo “North of the Imperial Palace” :)

Contact us quickly to book an exciting half day tour or full day tour with Yes in Japan staff speaking English, French or Japanese next week because May 2015 is very busy…
Family looking at carps in a pond at Happo-en (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

From Qatar for autumn photos in Tokyo, gifts made in Japan and a vegetarian buffet!

We guided a businessman from Qatar in Tokyo today, for the last day of his first stay in Japan. Leaving in a comfortable car from Tokyo Dome Hotel, we visited a Japanese garden, ate at a vegetarian restaurant, bought gifts at a shop owned by a couple of Japanese artisans, saw many tourist spots, and visited holy sites.

To make great photos of Japanese autumn with the morning light, we first strolled in the peaceful Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo). Coming from Qatar, the traveller was particularly pleased with the seasonal yellow grass, trees with red leaves, green pine trees, and mirror-like pond, which were gorgeous under a big blue sky! The singing birds, lively carps, wooden bridge, lanterns, teahouse, and numerous Japanese grandmothers and grandfathers made this time very enjoyable :)
Tree with red leaves and yellow grass at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Stone lantern and autumn leaves at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

We lunched early at Petit Bonheur in Chiyoda ward, enjoying a vegetarian buffet with fragrant and tasty vegetables and fruits from Japan. This popular restaurant was full but only two other men were in sight; we were surrounded by Japanese women!

After coffee, we looked at old buildings in the Kanda area of Chiyoda ward and went shopping at the wonderful shop Kanda Chonko to buy high-quality handmade gifts made in Japan for the businessman’s family: Japanese fans, bags, hairpins, a sumo wrestler kokeshi doll, a decoration made using rice grains, a miniature with a Japanese boy and girl in kimono…
Takemura (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Our driver proposed a scenic tour to see and photograph important places in Tokyo before going to the Asakusa district: Tokyo train station, the fortifications of the Imperial Palace, the Ministry of Justice (old and new buildings), the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower… and lines of beautiful trees with yellow leaves!
Tokyo Tower (Minato ward, Tokyo, Japan).

In Taito ward, we took an elevator for a great panoramic view of Asakusa: Asahi Breweries headquarters, Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the pagoda, the shopping street… We then entered the Thunder Gate, shopped lightly in the shopping street, received a handwritten document with a holy seal at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, visited Asakusa Shinto Shrine, and ate shrimp sushi :) After that, it was time to go catch the flight back to Qatar at Narita international airport…

Update on 02 December 2014: A Japanese partner of the Qatari businessman called to thank us; our tour in Tokyo was praised :) In fact, our English-speaking staff also spent a very pleasant autumn day thanks to this friendly visitor!

If you too wish to visit Tokyo with us, reserve a 1-day Yes in Japan private tour.

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!