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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 🙂

Shopping in Tokyo: Hand towels at Some-no-anbo

Offer high-grade traditional tenugui hand towels made in Japan! In Tokyo, the family business Some-no-anbo creates since 1907 towels that are unusually big by Japanese standards, feature a rare “red”, have fine original designs, are made of durable fabric, and possess colours that resist to washing!

Towel featuring a Japanese lion at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms at Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Towel featuring a paper sliding door and a Japanese garden in autumn from Some-no-anbo (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices:

  • Towel: 864-2.808 yens
  • Towel in an acrylic frame: 12.960 yens

Note: You can shop tax-free by credit card at Some-no-anbo.

“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…

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…

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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.

Purple wisteria flowers in Tokyo at Kanda shrine and Zenkoku-ji

In Tokyo today, we enjoyed the sight of purple wisteria flowers hanging on a terrace (easy to miss) beside Kanda shrine in Chiyoda area then at the Buddhist temple Zenkoku-ji of Shinjuku area. As wisteria is considered a flower of May in Japan, it was a good surprise to see these flowers so early in April during our walking tours “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” and “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” with a traveller from Australia 🙂

Tour photo 1: Purple wisteria at Kanda shrine.
Purple wisteria flowers and roof of Kanda shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

Tour photo 2: Purple wisteria at Zenkoku-ji.
Purple wisteria flowers at Zenkoku-ji (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

Enjoy beautiful nature in Japan 🙂

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kanda shrine = 神田明神 (Kanda-myojin), Zenkoku-ji = 善國寺.
  • Tokyo = 東京, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Shinjuku ward = 新宿区 (Shinjuku-ku).

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 🙂

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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).

Beautiful flowers at Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo

This morning, our guide photographed beautiful flowers in the lobby of Hotel Grand Palace while waiting for the start of our walking tour “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo”.

Beautiful flowers at Hotel Grand Palace (Tokyo) on 18 March 2014.

Last Saturday, a big group of Japanese girls in kimono got photographed at this spot to make good memories for their graduation!

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

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!

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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).

New tour in Tokyo: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan romantic tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening” (reference W14G). Our team strongly recommends 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.

Sakura at Yasukuni shrine (Tokyo, Japan).

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?

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 17:00 from the nice Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Live unforgettable holidays in Japan with a sweet, sweet Sakura evening in Tokyo 🙂

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).

New tour in Tokyo: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms”

Our team just launched a great Yes in Japan tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” (reference W14F). We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you like flowers and want to see many many many Japanese cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

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 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 🙂

Current calendar for March 2014: Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 with departures at 13:00 from Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Travel to Japan, enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo then return home with great memories and photos of your Japanese Spring!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Chidorigafuchi = 千鳥ヶ淵, Edo castle = 江戸城 (Edo-jo), Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja).
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu), Tokyo = 東京.