Tag Archives: Bunkyo

Free maps of Jimbocho & Ginza at Tokyo Dome Hotel

Spending time in Tokyo city? Tokyo Dome Hotel provides for free our detailed maps in English introducing great Japanese gardens, shops… nearby in Bunkyo & Chiyoda wards (Akihabara/Jimbocho/Kanda/Kudan map) or farther (Ginza/Nihombashi/Shimbashi/Tsukiji map). Ask the kind hotel staff for “Get Japan maps” if you do not find them on a rack in the lobby :)

Get Japan maps on a rack at Tokyo Dome Hotel (Bunkyo ward) on 30 July 2015.

Warm thanks to the team of Tokyo Dome Hotel for its gracious support!

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy a sword, kendo armour… at Shobu-do-sangyo

Go near Suidobashi station in Tokyo to find high-quality iaido and bamboo swords, kendo armours (tailored), related equipment, books…
Buy a sword, kendo armour... at Shobu-do-sangyo (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Practice sword for iaido: 31000-212000 yens
  • Full kendo armour set: 45000-1060000 yens

Open: 11:00-19:00 (Sunday and public holidays: 11:00-18:00)

Phone: (+81) 03-3815-0411
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Shobu-do-sangyo is the specialist shop 11 in the section B2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

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.

Suidobashi/Ochanomizu area in Tokyo: Fish, saké, armours, swords, antiques, art, garden

Traditional Japan before your eyes in Tokyo near Suidobashi and Ochanomizu train stations! Raw and grilled fish, saké, samurai swords, kendo armours, traditional everyday objects, and a Japanese garden with beautiful flowers and leaves… For this autumn and winter, Yes in Japan recommends you:

  • Hanaya, restaurant with staff in kimono serving seasonal fish, crab, shells…
  • Ippo, “izakaya” restaurant with fish, meat and Japanese alcohol!
  • Saké Ichishimaya, liquor store with selected bottles of nihonshu and shochu.
  • Shobu-do-sangyo, specialist store with kendo armours, bamboo & iaido swords…
  • Sankei-shoten, Japanese antique and art dealer.
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, splendid in autumn thanks to its maple trees :)

Japanese alcohol at Saké Ichishimaya (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Try these exceptional shops and the garden if you stay at a hotel/ryokan in Bunkyo ward or Chiyoda ward, study Japanese at a language school in Suidobashi, or visit the nearby Tokyo Dome City or Jimbocho Book Town!

Tokyo in January 2015: Events in Bunkyo & Chiyoda wards

For happy holidays in Tokyo in January 2015, we recommend 7 Japanese events in Bunkyo and Chiyoda wards:

  • 01 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
  • 01-07 January 2015: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
  • 02 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 05 January 2015: “Kakizome” at Nippon-Budokan (first calligraphy of the year).
  • 09-18 January 2015: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo at Tokyo Dome with dances, music, floats, food stands, a shopping area, etc.
  • 10-12 January 2015: Daikoku Festival at Kanda shrine (Daikoku is one of the 7 lucky gods).
  • 12 January 2015: New Year ceremony at Nippon-Budokan.

Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan).

Tour Tokyo for a day including one of these events with a Yes in Japan conductor/guide!

Tokyo in December 2014: Events in Chiyoda & Bunkyo wards

In Tokyo in December 2014? Enjoy a Japanese event in Chiyoda or Bunkyo ward! We recommend:

  • 06 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 07 December 2014: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Karate, practised with hands & feet).
  • 20 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 23 December 2014: Shinto ceremony for the Emperor’s birthday at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 26-31 December 2014: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
  • 28 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine.
  • 31 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

Reserve a half-day personalized tour if you wish a Yes in Japan tour guide or conductor to accompany you before, during or after an event!

Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in shark skin at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward)

Shopping for kendo armours in Japan these days? You can get excellent “do” like this chest protector made of shark skin (wrapped in plastic before purchase) at Shobu-do-sangyo specialist store in Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward!
Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in shark skin at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward).

Training or fighting during a martial arts championship at the Nippon-budokan? Consider walking 15-20 minutes or riding a subway between Kudanshita and Suidobashi stations to reach Shobu-do-sangyo specialist store! Ask our Japanese travel agency if you need an interpreter (English, French…) to discuss with the staff :)

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kendo = 剣道, Chest protector = 胴 (do).
  • Shobu-do-sangyo = 尚武堂産業株式会社 (Shobu-do-sangyo kabushiki-gaisha).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Bunkyo ward = 文京区 (Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward)

Shopping for kendo equipment in Tokyo this week? You can buy fine kendo armours such as this “do” chest protector made of bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop!
Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward).

If you attend a martial arts training or tournament at the Nippon-budokan, walk 15-20 minutes or ride a subway from Kudanshita station to Suidobashi station (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo) to reach Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop! The Japanese staff speaks little English; ask our travel agency if you need translation services (English and French at the moment).

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kendo = 剣道, Chest protector = 胴 (do).
  • Shobu-do-sangyo = 尚武堂産業株式会社 (Shobu-do-sangyo kabushiki-gaisha).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Bunkyo ward = 文京区 (Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

From Greece for a Japanese garden, kendo shop and Shinto gates!

Yesterday, we accompanied a nice couple from Greece wishing to visit a beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. After visiting the ancient Rikugien garden, we walked a while in the streets of Bunkyo ward then entered a long row of red Shinto gates at Nezu shrine :)

Under a big blue sky, the green trees and large pond of the Rikugien garden looked fabulous and extremely peaceful though full of life! We saw cute carps, swimming turtles, a wooden Japanese bridge, a teahouse serving green tea, pink azaleas…
Pink azaleas in the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

Pond of the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

The quiet Nezu shrine features many statues (samurais, foxes, ashuras…) but foreign tourists get most excited by its numerous holy gates. This spot is excellent for a very Japanese souvenir photo!
Couple from Greece between Shinto gates at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To finish, we lunched in Akihabara and entered one of the best shops selling kendo equipment in Tokyo; the armours were beautiful! We planned this tour based on the travellers’ interests, season, weather, and accessibility from Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Thanks to these 2 Greek tourists, we also spent a very pleasant Spring day :)
Greek tourists with Sébastien Duval at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To discover the Japanese people and culture through a personalized tour in English during your holidays in Japan, contact the Yes in Japan team…

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Rikugien = 六義園, Nezu shrine = 根津神社 (Nezu-jinja).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.