From Tokyo - Hotel Grand Palace

[2015] Best Cherry Blossoms

Walking tour in Tokyo with English-speaking guide for 2-8 participants.

Admire, smell and touch “sakura” cherry blossoms at the heart of Tokyo! Walk the beautiful flowered path in Yasukuni shrine then Chidorigafuchi, near the ancient walls of Edo castle… Diverse species of cherry trees live there; this tour will be a chance to see cherry blossoms of very different shapes and colours. Bring your camera with you! Our English-speaking guide will lead you to gorgeous spots 🙂

We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you like flowers and want to see many many many Japanese cherry blossoms! Travel to Japan, enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo then return home with great memories and photos of your Japanese Spring 2015!

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Note: The dates of this walking tour may change; the walking tour will happen only if cherry blossoms have appeared.
 
Current calendar for 2015: 15 March to 15 April with departures at 13:00 from Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo.
 
Tour Reference: W14F
Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

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[2015] Sweet Sakura Evening

Walking tour in Tokyo with English-speaking guide for 2-8 participants.

In Japan, flower lovers enjoy cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese) by day and by night in Spring… We propose you to do just that, starting with the impressive path leading to the main hall of Yasukuni Shinto shrine by daylight and continuing with dense rows of cherry trees along a canal lit up by lanterns when the sky darkens. Our English-speaking guide will lead you through the most beautiful and romantic paths of cherry blossoms… On the way back, will you buy Sakura cakes or sweets to get a Japanese taste of Spring?

We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you want a sweet time in Tokyo, love the grace and perfume of cherry blossoms, and wish a taste of Japanese life. Live unforgettable holidays in Japan with a sweet, sweet Sakura evening in Tokyo 🙂

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Note: The dates of this walking tour may change; the walking tour will happen only if cherry blossoms have appeared.
 
Current calendar for 2015: 15 March to 15 April with departures at 17:00 from Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo.
 
Tour Reference: W14G
Sakura at Yasukuni shrine (Tokyo, Japan).

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1 day private tour in/near Tokyo

Discover Tokyo area for 8-9 hours with a tour conductor/guide speaking English or French. The basic price of this 1 day personalized private tour is per group, not per person, so it is quite cheap if you are a family, group of friends…

We can meet early in the morning at your hotel or ryokan if needed 🙂

Tour reference: P14B

Consider reserving a 1-day private tour if you spend holidays in Japan with your family or friends, do a business trip in Asia with colleagues who do not speak Japanese, attend an international conference in Tokyo with researchers or students… Also consider reserving a 1-day private tour if you have only one day in Tokyo and are not sure how to get the best from it.

Family looking at carps in a pond at Happo-en (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

During a 1-day private tour in Tokyo, you could for example eat great sushi at Tsukiji fish market, discover the recently renovated Kabuki-za theatre, savour a green tea in a nice tea house surrounded by trees and flowers, walk in small streets, meet shopkeepers, and end the day with a great night view or even live music! If the weather is not so good, you could instead admire Japanese samurai swords, traditional kimono dresses, Buddhist statues, Shinto lanterns at night, and the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre…

Kabuki-za theatre (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

During a 1-day private tour near Tokyo, you can for example leave early for Hakone to see Mount Fuji, enjoy Japanese art, drink green tea while looking at a lake then relax at a hot spring. You could also enter a bamboo grove, see an impressive statue of Buddha and write a sutra in Kamakura! Of course, we can also accompany you to a Japanese festival or other special event.

Mount Fuji seen from Hakone (Japan) in April 2014.

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You can extend the tour beyond 8 hours per day if you wish (4.000 yens per extra hour). In addition to the basic price, you will also have to pay the transportation and entrance fees, food and drinks for your group and the assistant. Based on your your interests and requests, we will plan the tour and send you a final cost evaluation.
 
Try to make an early reservation, especially if you wish a tour conductor/guide at night, on week-ends, public holidays, or busy periods: New year (first week of January), cherry blossoms (March/April), Golden Week (end of April and beginning of May), and autumn leaves (October/November).
Autumn leaves in Japan near Tokyo in November 2005.

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Price: ¥30.000,00

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After the War: Fighters and Civilians

2~2½ hours walk in English in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
EARLY RESERVATION RECOMMENDED (reference W14E)

During this tour, visit the famous/infamous Yasukuni shrine, view relics of World War 2 and enter a museum revealing the Showa Era, a few years before the war and the following years (1935-1955). Expect to see army gear, a Zero fighter plane, Japanese newspapers, and old black & white photos. This travel through time is a great way to form your opinion about Imperial and occupied Japan… and about the life of Japanese grandparents!

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan) on a beautiful day.

Zero fighter plane from World War 2 in Tokyo (Japan).

Departure: Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo from Tuesday to Friday in 2014 (September, October, November, December) and 2015 (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September). Departure possible from another hotel in Chiyoda ward or from Kudanshita station.
Recommended starting time: 09:30.

Discount for children: 2.000 yens

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Price: ¥4.300,00

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Half day private tour in Tokyo

Discover Tokyo for 4-5 hours with a tour conductor/guide speaking English or French. The basic price of this half day private tour is per group, not per person, so it is quite cheap if you are a family, group of friends…

We can meet early in the morning at your hotel or ryokan if needed 🙂

Tour reference: P14A

Consider reserving a half day private tour if you spend holidays in Japan with your family or friends, do a business trip in Asia with colleagues who do not speak Japanese, attend an international conference in Tokyo with researchers or students… Also consider reserving a half day private tour if you have only one day in Tokyo and are not sure how to get the best from it.

Family looking at carps in a pond at Happo-en (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

During a half day private tour in Tokyo, you could for example eat great sushi at Tsukiji fish market, discover the recently renovated Kabuki-za theatre, and drink green tea in a nice tea house surrounded by trees and flowers! Otherwise, you could walk in small streets, meet shopkeepers, and end the day with a great night view or even live music! If the weather is not so good, you could instead admire Japanese samurai swords, traditional kimono dresses, Buddhist statues, Shinto lanterns at night, or the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre… Of course, we can also accompany you to a Japanese festival or other special event.

Kabuki-za theatre (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

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You can extend the tour if you wish (4.000 yens per extra hour). In addition to the basic price, you will also have to pay the transportation and entrance fees, food and drinks for your group and the assistant. Based on your your interests and requests, we will plan the tour and send you a final cost evaluation.
 
Try to make an early reservation, especially if you wish a tour conductor/guide at night, on week-ends, public holidays, or busy periods: New year (first week of January), cherry blossoms (March/April), Golden Week (end of April and beginning of May), and autumn leaves (October/November).

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Price: ¥15.000,00

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INSIGHT INTO JAPANESE ARTS IN TOKYO

1-day private tour in English or French in Tokyo (1-8 persons)

A well-timed, touching and unforgettable artistic experience in Japan! Admire and learn about real samurai swords, kimono dresses, traditional handmade washi paper and origami, paintings and carvings on walls and ceilings, hundreds of Buddhist statues (real masterpieces), Shinto lanterns lit up at night, and the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre with its garden and waterfalls…

We strongly recommend you this unique tour if you are interested in Japanese culture, fine arts, traditional crafts, or even martial arts!

Japanese arts in Tokyo: nature, kimono, washi umbrellas...

Samurai sword in Tokyo.

Shinto lanterns at night in Tokyo.

Departure: From your hotel in Tokyo every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May and June 2014.
Reservation recommended: 2 business days before your chosen date.
REFERENCE T14B
34.000 yens per group plus 3.000 per person.

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Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo

2~2½ hours walking tour in English or French in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
RESERVATION REQUIRED (reference W14C)

Kagurazaka is one of the pearls of Tokyo! Feel love at the shrine site of the first Shinto wedding, discover a charming maze of small streets in Kagurazaka, and enter a beautiful modern shrine with intriguing lucky charms and a bright coffee shop! On the way back, we will introduce you to the shopping street and to products of Japan’s culture at shops for Japanese sweets, green tea, gorgeous kimono dresses, flower-shaped hairpins… This romantic walk is wonderful in Spring 🙂

Charming small street in Kagurazaka (Tokyo, Japan).

Japanese girls and women praying to find true love at the Shinto shrine Tokyo-daijingu.

Departure: Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo from Monday to Friday in May and June 2014.
Recommended starting time: 09:30, 16:15.

Reservation recommended: 1 business day before your tour to enable us to check whether a Shinto wedding ceremony is scheduled at one of the visited shrines and to adapt the tour accordingly.

Discount for children: 2.000 yens

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If you are lucky, you may see a charming Japanese bride in white kimono at a Shinto shrine during this walking tour in Chiyoda and Shinjuku wards, like happened to a nice couple of travellers from Sweden in April 2014: Japanese bride in white kimono at Tokyo-daijingu (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.
 
If you join this walking tour in Spring, you may admire pink cherry blossoms at that Shinto shrine like our Swedish travellers did in April 2014: Pink cherry blossoms at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine (Tokyo, Japan) on 11 April 2014.

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MOUNT FUJI VIEWING SPOTS IN HAKONE

1-day private tour in English or French near Tokyo (1-8 persons)

Ride a comfortable train to Hakone, switch twice for a steep rise then walk at the infernal Owakudani, with smelly fumes escaping from the valley! After tasting black eggs at a great spot to view Mount Fuji, enjoy an aerial view of the mountains and forests then sail across lake Ashi… Admire fine art, savour green tea and finally relax at a wonderful hot spring before returning to Tokyo!

42.000 yens + 11.000 yens per person

Departure: Every day from your hotel in Tokyo
Reservation recommended: 2 days before
REFERENCE T14A

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Price: ¥53.000,00

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Multi-days private tour from Tokyo

Discover Tokyo area for several days with a tour conductor/guide speaking English or French. The basic price of this multi-days private tour is per group, not per person, so it is quite cheap if you are a family, group of friends…

We can meet early in the morning at your hotel or ryokan in Tokyo if needed 🙂

Tour reference: P14C

Consider reserving a multi-days private tour if you spend holidays in Japan with your family or friends, do a business trip in Asia with colleagues who do not speak Japanese, attend an international conference in Tokyo with researchers or students… Also consider reserving a multi-days private tour if you have already seen many typical things in Japan during previous trips and wish to see more exceptional places and things.

Family looking at carps in a pond at Happo-en (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

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You can extend the tour beyond 8 hours per day if you wish (4.000 yens per extra hour). In addition to the basic price, you will also have to pay the transportation and entrance fees, food and drinks for your group and the assistant. Based on your your interests and requests, we will plan the tour and send you a final cost evaluation.
 
Try to make an early reservation, especially if you wish a tour conductor/guide on week-ends, public holidays, or busy periods: New year (first week of January), cherry blossoms (March/April), Golden Week (end of April and beginning of May), and autumn leaves (October/November).

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Price: ¥60.000,00

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