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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 :)

“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…

Asakusa in Japan

Asakusa is a famous area of Tokyo city. In Taito ward, it is visited daily by Japanese people going to pray at Senso-ji Buddhist temple or Asakusa Shinto shrine and by crowds of foreign tourists taking photos of the impressive Thunder Gate, Nakamise shopping street, holy sites… In spring, “sakura” cherry blossoms along the Sumida river are also popular.

Asakusa is easily/quickly accessed from the famous districts of Akihabara, Ginza and Ueno. Asakusa subway station is on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and on Toei Asakusa Line. Unfortunately for holders of a Japan Rail Pass, there is no Asakusa JR train station. You can easily find a “ryokan” traditional inn, a hostel or hotel in Asakusa… but you may need a special guide or Get Japan map of Asakusa to find the best Japanese restaurant or shop matching your needs and tastes.

Our agency Travel Stand Japan organizes Yes in Japan 1-day tours in English, French and Japanese including Asakusa area because it is exciting and packed with great Japanese things! Think about it when you plan your trip to Japan :)

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 :)

Japanese culture in Japan at Yasukuni Shrine

At Yasukuni Shrine, you can have a glimpse into Shintoism (significant facet of the Japanese culture), examine Japanese religious architecture including impressive gates, visit an interesting military/war museum, occasionally see Japanese people in military uniform or students wearing the uniform of the National Defense Academy, and admire numerous cherry blossoms in Spring. In the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Yasukuni Shrine was founded by Emperor Meiji and enshrines 2.466.000 souls of soldiers and ordinary citizens dead for Japan… Visit this shrine if you go on a religious or historical tour of Japan!
Yasukuni Shrine (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

You can enter the sacred grounds of Yasukuni Shrine for free every day (weekends and Japanese national holidays included) from 06:00 to 17:00 in January and February but until 18:00 in March and April. Near Kudanshita subway station and the National Showa Memorial Museum, it is the Shinto shrine marked “17″ on the Yes in Japan map of Tokyo Chiyoda (version autumn 2014 & winter 2014-2015).

2014-2015 Activity/tour in Tokyo area

Enjoy traditional activities and tours in Tokyo city, Mount Fuji, Hakone hot springs area, Kamakura “samurai city”… even on weekends and Japanese national holidays with a Yes in Japan English/French speaker who knows the area, Japanese culture and language!

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Yes in Japan private tours in English/French in Tokyo area (half day, 1 day or more)

For the convenience of foreigners travelling or living in Japan, our Japanese travel agency Travel Stand Japan now proposes private tours (half day, 1 day or several days) with tour conductor/guide speaking English or French in addition to local walks and traditional activities. We can meet you at your hotel or ryokan early in the morning if necessary :)

For a tour conductor/guide in Tokyo area, you pay the same basic price whether you are alone or come as a group (family, friends…):

This service is convenient and quite cheap if you spend holidays in Japan with your family or friends, do a business trip in Asia with colleagues who do not speak the Japanese language, attend an international conference in Tokyo with researchers or students… Besides, we highly recommend you to join a Yes in Japan 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.

Try to make early reservations for private tours, 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).

Enjoy Japan!

Pink cherry blossoms and Japanese bride in kimono at Tokyo-daijingu on 11 April 2014

This morning, we admired pink cherry blossoms and a charming Japanese bride in white kimono (traditional dress) at the peaceful Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine. The nice couple of travellers from Sweden that joined this “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” walking tour in Tokyo was delighted :)

Most cherry trees in Tokyo have already lost their petals due to the rain but this cherry tree of the Yae-zakura species is in full bloom. With good travel tips or a guide, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo even after the peak of March/April!

Pink cherry blossoms at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine (Tokyo, Japan) on 11 April 2014.

Tokyo-daijingu is known as the Shinto shrine that held the first Shinto wedding ceremony in Japan so it is the most traditional destination in Japan to see (and take a picture of) a Japanese bride in kimono…

Japanese bride in white kimono at Tokyo-daijingu (Tokyo, Japan) on 11 April 2014.

We exceptionally started this Yes in Japan 2014 tour at Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near Suidobashi station) for the convenience of our customers. The walk was longer than usual but it was a pleasure with this beautiful Spring weather :)

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Yae-zakura = 八重桜, Kimono = 着物.
  • Tokyo = 東京, Tokyo-daijingu = 東京大神宮.
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).

April 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of walks in English by YES IN JAPAN

We propose unique walks in English for foreign tourists in Tokyo during April 2014, with two highlights: (1) the new “Akihabara Crazy World” for fans of anime, cosplay, maids, robots, video games… and (2) the popular “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” for art and tradition lovers as well as people interested in the Shinto religion. To explore other facets of Japanese life and culture, enjoy our walks with small streets, traditional shops, Buddhist temples, relics of Japanese history…

You will find below our calendar for April 2014 with the dates, gathering times and places, titles and references of our walks. Click on any title to learn about a walk and/or make a reservation. Note that a separate schedule exists for our activities in April 2014 and that some walks will remain available in May 2014 and beyond.

MONDAY
07, 14, 21, 28 April
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
08, 15, 22 April
09:30 at Tokyo Dome Hotel
Japanese Gods Grand Tour
(Walk W14D)
- 16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
WEDNESDAY
09, 16, 23, 30 April
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
10, 17, 24 April
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
- 16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
11, 18, 25 April
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

An English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture will show the way, point out interesting or fun things, explain in English, recommend restaurants, translate your questions from English to Japanese and answers from Japanese to English if necessary. Each group is limited to 8 participants so we can go to narrow/crowded places and discuss freely…

Starting points for our walks, Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency), Tokyo Dome Hotel (near our travel agency) and Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine) are convenient hotels for your stay in Tokyo. In the Jimbocho area, you may also consider Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.

Finally, you can still join special walks to enjoy Tokyo’s last cherry blossoms: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” and “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening“. Enjoy your Spring holidays in Japan!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu).

Sweet pink cherry blossoms in Sakura street (Tokyo, Japan)

On the way of our walking tour “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture” this afternoon, our French and Japanese guides had the good surprise to see sweet pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo’s Sakura street, near Jimbocho station and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho. What do you think of their photo?

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

Enjoy the season of cherry blossoms in Japan!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Sakura street = さくら通り (Sakura-dori), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).