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Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward)

Today’s lunch savoured at Marebito tea house: the daily set with bamboo, duck, tofu, miso soup containing eggplant, rice topped with tea leaves…
Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward).

To finish, a soft cup of “bancha” tea!
Cup of bancha tea at Marebito teahouse (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

If you like tasty ingredients and Japanese tea, walk a few minutes from Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to reach Marebito tea house! You can even order your lunch in English 🙂

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  • Bancha = 番茶.
  • Marebito = まれびと.
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Romantic tour in Kagurazaka (Tokyo): Calendar for May & June 2014

Our romantic walking tour “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” is now available in English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least one business day before your chosen date to enable us to check whether a Shinto wedding ceremony is scheduled at one of the visited shrines and to adapt the tour accordingly.

Kagurazaka is one of the pearls of Tokyo! Feel love at the nearby site of the first Shinto wedding, discover a maze of charming 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: Japanese sweets, green tea, gorgeous kimono dresses, flower-shaped hairpins…

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

This romantic tour in Chiyoda and Shinjuku wards usually starts at the convenient Hotel Grand Palace but we remain flexible, like our Spring calendar.

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  • Kagurazaka = 神楽坂, Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).

Terms & Conditions (Japanese activities & walks in Tokyo by Yes in Japan)

We have updated our Yes in Japan terms and conditions.

The Yes in Japan activities, walks and explanations are thought for foreign travellers and residents in Japan but Japanese citizens wishing to join are welcome. A legal representative must accompany children and teenagers (18 years old or less).

We prepare our activities and walks in Tokyo for small groups and give priority by order of registration if too many participants register for the same walk/activity on the same day.

Our walks include: all entrance fees and an English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture. Our walks do not include: food and drinks (unless specified), souvenirs and other personal purchases… To know what our diverse Japanese activities include or not, please read their specific description.

The activities/walks in Tokyo are maintained in case of reasonable rain but may be cancelled if there is heavy rain, strong wind… Contact us to check in such a case.

Cancellation is possible free of charge until 18:00 on the last business day before the activity/walk. In case of later cancellation, we will charge 1.000 yens per person as “late cancellation fee”. We will not refund money if a participant does not complete an activity/walk for personal reasons.

Our staff may take photos of participants during activities/walks. Please write on our form how to give you access to them. We will not use or share these photos without your permission.

Please let us know any physical condition, allergy, religious restriction… that may influence your ability to complete an activity or walk. We may adapt our services for your convenience.

We look forward to meeting you. Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy your stay in Tokyo!

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Things to do in Japan: Enjoy hands-on traditional activities!

Have you ever enjoyed a hands-on Japanese activity in your country or in Japan? Beside cooking sushi, joining a tea ceremony or wearing a kimono, there are many things to do in Japan for foreigners curious about the Japanese culture and life. Teachers may guide hands-on sessions at diverse locations: a craft village, cultural centre, museum, school, temple, workshop… but support in English often requires arrangements. Think about it; hands-on activities can make your holidays in Japan much more memorable, interesting and fun!

Things to do in Japan: prepare sushi!

To better understand life in Japan, you may harvest rice or pick up tea leaves, pickle Japanese horseradish “wasabi”, prepare sushi, make tofu or soba/udon noodles, make Japanese confectioneries “wagashi” or even create (modern) food replicas normally shown at the entrance of restaurants! Beyond Japanese food, you may learn to make a tatami, ceramic object, daruma or kokeshi doll, paper lantern or simple Washi Japanese paper… and families with small children may try origami or traditional games.

Things to do in Japan: pick up tea leaves!

To better understand the Japanese culture, you can notably join a tea ceremony, try flower arrangement, take care of a bonsai, print ukiyo-e with woodblocks, write Japanese or Chinese characters (calligraphy) with a standard or giant brush, copy or chant a sutra at a Buddhist temple, practice Zen meditation, play Japanese drums… If your timing is good, you may even carry an omikoshi, pull a float, or dance with locals at a festival!

Things to do in Japan: copy a sutra!

The fans of Japanese martial arts can also practice more or less ancient arts in Japan: hand-to-hand martial arts such as judo and karate, Japanese archery “kyudo”, the art of using a Japanese halberd “naginata-jutsu”, Japanese swordsmanship “kendo”…

Things to do in Japan: practice Japanese swordsmanship KENDO!

Try 1-2 Japanese traditional activities during your stay; it really reveals much about Japan and its culture. Tea ceremonies are popular in Kyoto and karate trainings in Okinawa but Tokyo provides most activities. Also note that many events occur all over Japan on Culture Day (national holiday: 03 November)! So, which traditional activity have you enjoyed? Which traditional activity would you try?

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Impressions: Wonderful dances at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

No doubt, the annual Furusato-matsuri Tokyo held at Tokyo Dome is wonderful to see dances in Japan whether you are a Japanese resident or foreign tourist. No need to speak Japanese, children welcome, cheap tickets (1.000-1.500 yens). If you enjoy Japanese festivals, attend the event this week (end on Sunday) or free time for it in January 2015!

Yesterday, our travel agent Sébastien was charmed by the traditional dances, gorgeous costumes, characteristic songs, numerous drums… The large main stage allowed big groups of Japanese dancers and drummers to perform!

Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014 inside Tokyo Dome

Japanese dancers at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Japanese drummers at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Crowds gathered to admire the holy Iwami-kagura; this most exciting dance from Shimane prefecture involves a warrior fighting giant snakes/dragons. Do not miss a chance to see that dance from the front row because most movements are at ground level! After the performances, the visitors could touch the costumes, get photographed with the dancers and musicians, play Japanese drums, dance with professionals…

Snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Fight with snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Besides, Sébastien tasted (for free) many delicious regional foods, green tea, plum liqueur… and discovered high-quality regional products such as sandals of snake skin (interesting to touch), tea pots of many shapes, decorated chopsticks, fabrics used to make toys… Surrounded by fantastic mascots and Japanese girls in uniform promoting different areas of Japan, he could not resist buying a (tee-shirt) souvenir 🙂

Sandals of snake skin at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

To finish, a giant float from Chichibu prefecture in front of which many people got a souvenir photo:

Float from Chichibu prefecture at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

For practical information, you can read our previous article “Japanese festivals: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo (10-19 January 2014)”.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Furusato-matsuri Tokyo = ふるさと祭り東京, Japanese festival = 祭り (matsuri).
  • Tokyo Dome = 東京ドーム (Tokyo domu).
  • Iwami-kagura = 石見神楽, Shimane prefecture = 島根県 (Shimane-ken).
  • Chichibu prefecture = 秩父県 (Chichibu-ken).