Shinto

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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Buddhism and Shintoism in Kamakura

1-day tour in Kamakura city with departure from Tokyo (or Kamakura if you stay at a local hotel) under preparation for spring 2015.

Kamakura city is famous as ancient capital of Japan under the rule of the samurai, and as the site of the impressive Great Buddha of Kamakura (height of this big bronze statue: 13 metres).

During this tour, visit Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, drink green tea in a bamboo grove, ride a cute train… and meet Buddha, the goddess of mercy Kannon, the goddess of music Benzaiten, the protector of children and travellers Jizo, the god of archery and war Hachiman… You may even have the chance to join an activity and write a sutra with a Buddhist monk!

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Price: ¥40.000,00

Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?

2~2½ hours walking tour in English in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
RESERVATION REQUIRED (reference W14B)

Nice in any season with a blue sky, rain or snow, this walk was our most popular morning/evening walk in Japan from 2013 to April 2014: from France, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, the Philippines and the USA… everybody looked happy!

Feel the Japanese artistic sense through traditional and modern paper-based creations and through diverse religious designs… We will visit a dedicated centre and an exciting Shinto shrine where you may see many types of colourful “Washi” handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, Asian cut paper, statues of gods and horses, translucent and golden lanterns (wonderful when lit up at night)…

Insight Into Art: Crane-shaped Origami at an origami centre in Tokyo.

Insight Into Art: Statue of the god Ebisu at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.

Insight Into Art: Roof of a Shinto shrine, statue of a guardian dog and lanterns in Tokyo.

Departure: Hotel Niwa Tokyo in Tokyo from Monday to Friday in May and June 2014.
Recommended starting times: 09:30 and 16:30.

Reservation recommended: 1 day before your tour.

Discount for children: 2.000 yens

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If you love Japanese art, traditions and religion, join “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in Tokyo in 2014/2015! If you are lucky, you may even meet a holy horse, Japanese artist or origami master for a paper folding demonstration! An American participant could even try a gorgeous samurai helmet made from paper at the workshop of the origami centre! Unexpectedly, most participants do shopping during this walk, buying beautiful Japanese paper, cute prayer plaques or unique lucky charms…

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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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Japanese Gods Grand Tour

2~2½ hours walk in English in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
EARLY RESERVATION RECOMMENDED (reference W14D)

You wonder about the Japanese gods and mythical creatures? You are interested in Buddhism and in Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism? Then, this walk is for YOU! Travel through the mystic world of Japan in a little-known district of Tokyo…

Do not miss this dense walking tour with a rare engraved wall, fox army, hidden dragon, salt Jizo, peaceful Kannon, Lucky/Happy Gods and a Buddhist temple in a kindergarten! To see holy statues and other objects at close range, you may even step on tatami mats inside a big Buddhist temple… Our English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture will show you the way, reveal interesting and fun objects, and provide background information. Unique and enlightening!

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Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Small statues of foxes and holy gates in a Shinto pit at Takuzosu-inari (Tokyo, Japan) in February 2014.
Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Sleeping Buddha at the Buddhist temple Denzuin (Tokyo, Japan) in February 2014.
Tour departure: Tokyo Dome Hotel or Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan).
Available on: Every day in 2014 and 2015. (recommended starting time: 09:30)
Main area visited: Bunkyo ward, Tokyo city, Japan.
 
Children discount: 2.000 yens

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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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Pilgrimage to Mount Fuji

Tour under preparation for summer 2015. Departure from Tokyo or from Fuji-yoshida city itself. Yoshida Trail?

Reaching the top of Mount Fuji, will you see a beautiful sunrise?
Experience a pilgrimage to Mount Fuji!

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Price: ¥70.000,00

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