We are fully booked this week but are available for tours in/near Tokyo from Monday 11 May 2015 (starting at your hotel if you wish). Without guide today, tomorrow or this weekend, enjoy by yourself great events (e.g. Japanese festival at Kanda Shinto Shrine), activities, shopping, food & drinks… using our latest free map of Tokyo “North of the Imperial Palace” 🙂
Following its map of Tokyo “North of the Imperial Palace” for spring/summer 2015, the Yes in Japan team is preparing a great map of Tokyo “East of the Imperial Palace” for summer/autumn 2015. Help us make our map even more interesting and useful by suggesting types of services, restaurants, stores, or Japanese products you would like to see on it before the end of May! Our inbound travel manager recently detailed his preferences but any other idea for foreign adults or children in Japan is welcome 🙂
This free walking and shopping map in English language including the subway/train stations of Ginza, Hibiya, Mitsukoshi-mae, Nihombashi, Otemachi, Shimbashi, Tokyo, Toranomon, Tsukiji, and Yurakucho will be available online and will be distributed at local hotels in Chiyoda, Chuo and Minato wards…
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 🙂
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…
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!
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!
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Exciting Japanese art and culture in Tokyo near Jimbocho and Takebashi subway stations! Traditional paper, prints and paintings, artworks from diverse artists, an imperial spot for green tourism, and delicious raw fish! In autumn and winter 2014, Yes in Japan‘s travel manager recommends you:
- Yamagataya-kamiten, shop selling traditional paper Washi since 1879!
- Ebisudo Gallery, specialist store with ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
- Toyokuni Atelier, art gallery and shop where you can practice sumi-e ink wash painting.
- National Museum of Modern Art, with 13 pieces designated as “Important Cultural Properties” by the Japanese government.
- East gardens of the imperial palace, with diverse vegetation, well-preserved old buildings and lively carps 🙂
- Nishiki, Japanese restaurant serving sushi (raw fish on rice)…
Visit these unique shops and cultural spots if you study/work in Jimbocho, stay at a hotel in Chiyoda ward, attend a tournament at the nearby Martial Arts Hall of Japan or go to Yasukuni Shrine!