Tag Archives: January

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).

Back to full travel services in English, French and Japanese language

Our French travel manager Sébastien Duval is back at Travel Stand Japan, fully refreshed by his holidays in France! You can benefit from Yes in Japan full services (activities and tours in Tokyo, consulting, flights, reservations, translation, planning of trips to Kyoto or Osaka…) in English, French and Japanese language if you visit our travel agency near Hotel Niwa Tokyo and Suidobashi station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward.

Jimbocho/Takebashi area in Tokyo: Japanese paper, prints, paintings, sushi…

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:

Sumi-e painting at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

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!

Suidobashi/Ochanomizu area in Tokyo: Fish, saké, armours, swords, antiques, art, garden

Traditional Japan before your eyes in Tokyo near Suidobashi and Ochanomizu train stations! Raw and grilled fish, saké, samurai swords, kendo armours, traditional everyday objects, and a Japanese garden with beautiful flowers and leaves… For this autumn and winter, Yes in Japan recommends you:

  • Hanaya, restaurant with staff in kimono serving seasonal fish, crab, shells…
  • Ippo, “izakaya” restaurant with fish, meat and Japanese alcohol!
  • Saké Ichishimaya, liquor store with selected bottles of nihonshu and shochu.
  • Shobu-do-sangyo, specialist store with kendo armours, bamboo & iaido swords…
  • Sankei-shoten, Japanese antique and art dealer.
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, splendid in autumn thanks to its maple trees :)

Japanese alcohol at Saké Ichishimaya (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Try these exceptional shops and the garden if you stay at a hotel/ryokan in Bunkyo ward or Chiyoda ward, study Japanese at a language school in Suidobashi, or visit the nearby Tokyo Dome City or Jimbocho Book Town!

Akihabara/Kanda area in Tokyo: Made in Japan, food, statue, bicycle rental

Enter two parallel worlds in Tokyo near Akihabara and Kanda JR stations! Modern and traditional “Made in Japan”… Foreign and Japanese food… Shinto and anime design… This autumn and winter, the Yes in Japan team particularly recommends:

Handmade fan, sumo kokeshi, Mount Fuji cups, and accessories at Kanda Chonko (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

This area is great to visit if you stay at a hotel in Chiyoda ward, study the Japanese language at a school in Akihabara, or go to the nearby Tokyo Dome City, Jimbocho Book Town or East Gardens of the Imperial Palace!

Iidabashi/Kudanshita area in Tokyo: Martial arts, park, restaurant, shrines

Walk in Chiyoda ward near Iidabashi and Kudanshita stations to discover the Japanese culture, see many facets of the Shinto religion, and eat vegetarian food if you stay at a local hotel, study at a language school in Iidabashi, or wonder what to do after your visit of Kagurazaka area, Tokyo Dome City or Jimbocho Book Town! For your autumn and winter in Tokyo, the Yes in Japan team particularly recommends:

Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Grand Shrine in April 2014.

Before leaving, admire the decorations inside Iidabashi station and Kudanshita station as part of your tour of Tokyo :)

Tokyo in January 2015: Events in Bunkyo & Chiyoda wards

For happy holidays in Tokyo in January 2015, we recommend 7 Japanese events in Bunkyo and Chiyoda wards:

  • 01 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
  • 01-07 January 2015: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
  • 02 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 05 January 2015: “Kakizome” at Nippon-Budokan (first calligraphy of the year).
  • 09-18 January 2015: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo at Tokyo Dome with dances, music, floats, food stands, a shopping area, etc.
  • 10-12 January 2015: Daikoku Festival at Kanda shrine (Daikoku is one of the 7 lucky gods).
  • 12 January 2015: New Year ceremony at Nippon-Budokan.

Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan).

Tour Tokyo for a day including one of these events with a Yes in Japan conductor/guide!

Sumi-e art in Tokyo: 5% discount at Toyokuni Atelier Studio in 2014/2015

To promote Japanese art, our inbound travel manager negotiated and obtained a 5% discount valid on all products at Toyokuni Atelier Studio until 01 March 2015 (may be extended)! Just bring our “Autumn/winter 2014″ paper map and spend at least 1.000 yens :) Toyokuni Atelier Studio sells beautiful sumi-e paintings, original postcards great for New Year, unique tee-shirts with handmade drawings, decorated iPhone cases… by the Japanese artist HONDA Toyokuni.
Sumi-e postcard with a whale and children at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

During your autumn/winter holidays in Japan, get our free map at our travel agency or at any Yes in Japan partner near the gallery/shop in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward: Hotel Grand Palace, Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, the National Showa Memorial Museum, Bookhouse Jinbocho, the coffee shop Mamekohboh on Yasukuni street

Enjoy the local culture and life during your holidays or stay in Japan, and share it with your family and friends back home!

Jimbocho/Awajicho area in Tokyo: Japanese food & tea, clothing, entertainment and nightlife!

Popular life and culture in Japan’s capital city near Jimbocho, Awajicho, Ogawamachi and Shin-ochanomizu stations! Delicious Japanese food and tea, unique clothing, popular entertainment, and Shinto nightlife! For your autumn/winter 2014, the Yes in Japan team recommends:

Japanese food and drinks at Mokuchi Jimbocho (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Visit these popular shops and cultural centres if you study/work near Awajicho, sleep at a hotel in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, or walk in the nearby gardens of the Imperial Palace :)

Yasukuni Shrine: Background, location, opening time, tour

Emperor Meiji founded the Yasukuni Shinto Shrine in 1869 to enshrine the soul of soldiers and ordinary citizens dead for Japan. It currently enshrines 2.466.000 souls including girls and women involved in relief operations on battlefields, students working in factories during wars… As you may know from international news, visits of Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese politicians are a major source of tension between Japan, China and South Korea!

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

Yasukuni Shrine is in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo near Kudanshita subway station, Hotel Grand Palace, Tsukudo Shrine, and the Martial Arts Hall of Japan. In the second half of November, you can usually enjoy its beautiful alley of trees with autumn yellow leaves! Open for free from 06:00, it may close at 17:00, 18:00 or 19:00…

  • January, February: 06:00-17:00.
  • March, April: 06:00-18:00.
  • May, June, July, August: 06:00-19:00.
  • September, October: 06:00-18:00.
  • November, December: 06:00-17:00.

If you are interested in Asia or Japanese history, why not join the Yes in Japan tour “After the War: Fighters and Civilians“?