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Trip to Japan: Sébastien Duval’s top 5 tips to prepare your travel!

Prepare your trip to Japan with Sébastien Duval’s top 5 tips about timing, food restrictions, destinations, languages, travel agents & tour guides. This 3-minute video with English subtitles was also realized in French and Japanese:

Subtitles:

  • Hi there! I’m Sébastien Duval, I’m in Tokyo, and I’m going to tell you how to prepare your trip to Japan!
  • Tip number 1: Prepare your trip well in advance. Japanese people and more & more foreign tourists compete for comfortable rooms at hotels and “ryokan” traditional inns in Tokyo metropolis, Kyoto city, Osaka city, Hakone area… and at other famous destinations! So many people want to enjoy cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, annual “matsuri” festivals, and other special events! Many rooms may be available for the end of June, beginning of July, September, and beginning of October but think carefully: flights & trains may be cancelled during these typhoon seasons! Planning everything 6 months to 1 year before travelling to Japan seems wise.
  • Tip number 2: Think about your special needs in Asia, especially if you move around with kids, if you are a vegetarian, a vegan, or if you are a Muslim and you need halal food… Japanese food is excellent but few restaurants are ready for international travellers with allergies, green lifestyles or diverse religious practices. Unexpected ingredients find their way in many dishes; for example, fish extracts in vegetable soups, meat extracts in seafood dishes, and pork fat in bread!
  • Tip number 3: Visit the Japanese countryside if you have time. Japan has many faces and trains can take you to so many cool places beyond the big cities! For 2 days or more, enjoy a slower pace, meet the locals and see different beautiful landscapes! Discover rice fields, volcanic lakes, hot springs in snowy mountains, jungles… This is Japan too!
  • Tip number 4: Move around with somebody who speaks your language and Japanese. Japanese people study English at school but few can communicate with foreigners; even staff at train stations and tourist spots. Besides, most signs, maps, brochures and menus are written in Japanese characters only (you can’t read them). The country is safe and Japanese people are kind so you don’t have to worry too much about all this stuff 🙂 But, this being said, help from a bilingual can make your stay in Japan much more comfortable, efficient and fun. Ideally, find somebody understanding your needs and sharing your interests!
  • Tip number 5: Hire us! The team of my travel agency in Tokyo knows how to prepare a great trip in Japan (with private bus and special hotels if desired) and I have experience assisting & guiding parents with small children, vegan couples from Europe, Muslim families and businessmen from the Middle East, Jews from Israel, Hindu groups from India… Each tour was adapted to match the customers’ specificities, and I am happy to tell you that we never had a claim 🙂 But of course we keep on learning and doing better every time! I speak English, French & Japanese, I’ve lived in Japan for more than 10 years, I know great Japanese people, and I have visited many places here! Shall I help you prepare your whole trip to Japan and maybe accompany you or your group all along?
  • Thanks for watching; see you in Japan!
  • For more information, please contact: DUVAL Sébastien.

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About this video…

Original: https://youtu.be/Jbxdev7CAoc
Produced by: Stem ConsultingGet Japan team
Directed and edited by: Taylor B.
Presenter: Sébastien Duval. He is certified as tour conductor & guide in Japan, enjoys ecotourism, storytelling and the Japanese culture, and often eats vegan/halal food at restaurants in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone…

Special thanks to the staff of the vegan restaurant Loving Hut (Tokyo near Jimbocho station) for preparing a wonderful “vegan sushi” set although the restaurant was closed that day 🙂

08-17 April 2017: Tours all booked! Sakura cherry blossoms…

Yes In Japan tours are fully booked for all Japan from 08 to 17 April 2017 as our experienced English/Japanese bilingual staff will accompany again Indian businessmen (+ family) on business trip from Narita international airport to several cities in the Kanto & Kansai regions. May the weather allow great photos with beautiful “sakura” cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji!

Besides visiting Japanese factories, we shall visit Tokyo city, Hakone town, Kyoto city, and Osaka city to see famous tourist spots, smell spring flowers, taste international & Japanese food (at rare restaurants ready for vegans), meet “geisha” entertainers (with traditional music?), try sumi-e ink wash painting, enjoy shopping at selected/requested shops… and ride a high-tech “shinkansen” bullet train to avoid long bus rides 🙂

You plan to organize a company/incentive trip to Japan for your colleagues, partners or customers? Contact our travel agency as soon as possible to get skilled bilingual assistants, great prices, comfortable hotel rooms, an exciting itinerary, and options for fun activities or live performances! It’s already the time to start planning a trip to Japan during the estimated peak of cherry blossoms in 2018…

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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Have fun, discover and learn about the Japanese people and life during your trip in Japan!

New tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone”

We recently launched an exciting Yes in Japan tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone” (reference T14A) because so many travellers asked us for help to see Mount Fuji or visit Hakone on days with beautiful weather! Our team strongly recommends you this new 1-day private tour in English or French near Tokyo if you dream of seeing Mount Fuji and other beautiful Japanese landscapes nearby.

Ride a comfortable train from Tokyo to Hakone, switch twice for a steep rise then walk at the infernal Owakudani, with smelly fumes escaping from the valley! After tasting black eggs at a great spot to view Mount Fuji, enjoy an aerial view of the mountains and forests then cruise across lake Ashi… Admire beautiful landscapes, enjoy fine art, savour a great drink, and finally relax at a wonderful hot spring before your return!

Yes In Japan tour: Mount Fuji seen from Owakudani in April 2014.

Calendar for May and June 2014: Every day with departures from your hotel in Tokyo. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online, ideally several days before the date of your choice.

Admire the splendid Mount Fuji during your travel in Japan!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Mount Fuji = 富士山 (Fuji-san), Hakone = 箱根.
  • Lake Ashi = 芦ノ湖 (Ashi-no-ko), Owakudani = 大涌谷.
  • Black egg = 黒たまご (Kuro-tamago), Hot spring = 温泉 (Onsen).
  • Tokyo = 東京.

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!