Walking Tokyo

[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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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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Akihabara Crazy World

2~2½ hours walk in English in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
RESERVATION REQUIRED (reference W14H)

New morning/evening walk started in April 2014 following requests from our customers from Mexico and the USA!

Discover surprising exciting facets of Japan in Akihabara’s maze! This Geek & Otaku kingdom has anime/manga/figurines shops, cosplay costumes speciality shops, electronics and robot stores, retro game centres with video games from (before?) your childhood, Japanese girls from maid cafés in maid uniforms…

Street of Akihabara in Tokyo during the evening.

Retro game centre with old video games in Tokyo.

Departure: Akihabara station in Tokyo on Wednesday (16:30) and Friday (09:30) in April 2014.

Discount for children: 2.000 yens

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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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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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Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture

2~2½ hours walk in English in Tokyo for 1-8 persons.
RESERVATION REQUIRED (reference W14A)

We strongly recommend you this walk if you love the traditional and ancient “Made in Japan”, want shopping ideas, and wish to meet/interact with Japanese people during your holidays in Japan.

Explore Japanese life and culture by visiting shops in Jimbocho. Look, listen, touch and get answers to your questions about traditional and everyday life objects. You will typically discover Wagashi cakes, Washi paper, Mamebon books, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, fun family card games…

Mamebon book from a Japanese shop in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

Our English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture will lead you from little shop to little shop, introducing you to the shopkeepers and to their products, and will translate your questions (English to Japanese) and the shopkeepers’ answers (Japanese to English). Feel free to buy sweets, souvenirs and gifts for your children and friends!

Holding a shamisen with a shopkeeper in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

Departure: Jimbocho station in Tokyo on Monday (13:00), Wednesday (13:00) and Friday (13:00) in April 2014.

Discount for children: 2.000 yens

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Note: this walk starts near Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.

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