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Tour in Tokyo: Storytelling in Chiyoda

Emperor

Explore Japanese legends and savour traditional cuisine from Japan with us 🙂 Meet our joyful guide in the heart of Tokyo metropolis (Chiyoda district) then follow the defensive walls & moats of the imperial palace (where Emperor Akihito lives) and walk nearby to admire statues of Shinto gods and of historical figures while listening to their story…

Telling stories in English (or French if you prefer), the storyteller Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will surely change how you feel and think about Japan! Wondering about the Shinto myth of creation? Curious about the legend of the first emperor of Japan (pictured above)? Excited by the story of a rebel samurai’s curse? Intrigued by the story of an extremely loyal samurai (statue on the photo below)? Learn good tales to share with your friends and family back home, with related photos or souvenirs 🙂

This “storytelling” 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for travellers of all ages (small kids included) as the guide can replace a part of the walk by a short subway ride.

Get details and reserve before flying or sailing to Japan in 2017 or 2018:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/storytelling-tour-chiyoda-tokyo/

Samurai

Tour near Tokyo: Lucky Vegan in Kamakura

Lucky charms

Discover Japanese lucky charms and eat delicious Japanese vegetables & desserts with us 🙂 Meet our lively tour guide at Kamakura JR train station (or at your hotel in Tokyo metropolis or Yokohama city) then walk and ride a cute train in Japan’s ancient capital city Kamakura to see, touch and listen to diverse Shinto & Buddhist talismans and votive (prayer) plaques.

Explaining in good English, the French collector of “omamori” lucky charms Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will certainly make you think differently about the life & thoughts of Japanese people! Looking for a new job? Anxious about your safety during your trip? Excited to see a strawberry that makes dreams come true? Find a surprising lucky charm for you or to give to somebody back in your country…

This 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and many other people with restrictions on their food & drinks due to their faith 🙂

Learn more about this tour and reserve before you travel to Japan in 2017, 2018, 2019…:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/lucky-vegan-tour-kamakura/

Tour in Tokyo: Lucky Vegan in Chiyoda

Lucky charms

Discover Japanese lucky charms and savour vegetables, fruits & sweets from Japan with us 🙂 Meet our friendly tour guide in the heart of Tokyo metropolis then walk at your pace in Chiyoda ward to see, hear and touch various talismans and votive (prayer) plaques.

Explaining in good English, the French collector of “omamori” lucky charms Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will surely change your understanding of Japanese people’s life and way of thinking! Looking for true love? Studying for university exams? Worried about hackers? Find the best lucky charm for you or to offer back home…

This 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and many other people with restrictions on food & drinks due to their religion 🙂

Learn more and make a reservation before you travel to Japan in 2017 or 2018:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/lucky-vegan-tour-chiyoda-tokyo/

24-27 February 2017: Ibara’s mascot character & denim in Tokyo city

As part of Ibara Denim Fair (24-27 February 2017), the cute Denchu-kun mascot character welcomes Japanese & foreign visitors at Tottori Okayama Shimbashi-kan “antenna shop” near Shimbashi station in Tokyo city… and foreign tourists particularly enjoy getting photographed with him 🙂 Going this afternoon to see beautiful denim kimonos (blue or not), jackets, bags, etc. made in Japan, our inbound travel manager Sébastien Duval was very happy to see this yuru-chara inspired by kabuki Japanese theatre!
Ibara's mascot character

On a fashion or shopping trip in Asia during this event? Let us know if you want our help discussing with the staff to buy/order a denim kimono from Ibara city in Okayama prefecture (best Japanese denim?) matching your body size and visual preferences.

Art video: Japanese ink wash painting at Toyokuni Atelier (Tokyo)

Watch the cool Get Japan video “Japanese Ink Wash Painting” (59 seconds) to learn about Toyokuni Atelier in Tokyo city then give it a thumb up 🙂 You can see original painted scrolls & postcards of Daruma, cats, dragons, etc. for sale and the artist HONDA Yuta drawing bamboo on paper with a brush during a lesson! If needed, activate the subtitles in English, French…

Our French guide accompanied several travellers to this nice art gallery during 1-day tours to introduce the Japanese culture and sumi-e traditional ink wash painting. Families with children particularly enjoyed the sumi-e activity in English (or in French thanks to the guide)! Think about it when you travel to Asia 🙂

Shopping in Tokyo: Swords, tea sets, artworks… at Asakusa Kobijutsu

Find swords, tea sets, artworks… in Tokyo! Asakusa Kobijutsu is an exciting antique shop selling samurai swords & armours, bowls & utensils for tea ceremonies, iron kettles, kimonos made in Japan, Japanese accessories, gems, traditional dolls, ukiyo-e illustrations… Check cheap replicas or pricey genuine articles!

Swords, armours, artworks, iron kettles... at Asakusa Kobijutsu (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The products in store change every day…

Note: You can pay by credit card when shopping at Asakusa Kobijutsu.

July, August & September 2015: Sumi-e lessons at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

In July, August and September 2015, the ink wash painting lessons with sumi-e master HONDA Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (gallery near Jimbocho station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) only take place between 13:00 and 17:00. Reserve at least two weeks before your selected day and bring 8.000 yens per person for a lesson of 90 minutes in English or Japanese.

The son HONDA Yuta still teaches sumi-e to foreign beginners without reservation 🙂 Come between 12:00 and 19:00 from Tuesday to Saturday or between 12:00 and 17:00 on Sunday with 1.000 yens per person for a lesson of 30 minutes in English or Japanese.

Sumi-e artists HONDA Yuta and Toyokuni at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Enjoy a unique experience with a bilingual Japanese artist this summer and hone your artistic skills with a brush on washi paper while you visit or live in Japan!

Find Coto Language Academy in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward

Use our map, directions and photo below to easily find Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo city) and study the Japanese language and culture with a smile! Coto Language Academy is the language school “2” (section B1) on our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

From Iidabashi station: Walk south-west for 1 minute from the subway exit “A4” or 1 minute from the train exit “East”.

From APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita: Exit the lobby, turn left, walk 6 minutes along the main street then go on the opposite side of the block just before the train lines. Spending a night at APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita? Ask its staff for our free paper map in English language; we delivered it in early April 2015.

From Tokyo Grand Shrine: Exit the Shinto shrine using the main gate, turn left, walk 1 minute, then follow instructions “From Petit Bonheur” (see the next paragraph).

From Petit Bonheur: Exit the sweets shop/restaurant, turn right, walk 2 minutes down the slope, turn left just before reaching the main street, and walk a few seconds. Coto Language Academy is in the next block on your right side.

The entrance of Coto Language Academy is not flashy but the logo is visible on the door when you get close:
Entrance of Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Lesson in Tokyo: Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy!

Coto Language Academy proposes small classes with fun conversation-based learning and flexible course schedules to learn the Japanese language and culture. Join today!
Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for lessons:

  • Private lesson “Survival Japanese”: 4200 yens
  • 8 lessons in group: 18400 yens
  • 8 private lessons: 31600 yens

Open: Variable time (09:50-21:30)

Phone: (+81) 03-6261-4515
Credit cards: Accepted.
Documents written in: English, Japanese.
Staff speaking: English, Japanese.

Coto Language Academy is the language school 2 in the section B1 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Activity in Tokyo: Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio

Do you know sumi-e ink wash painting? Toyokuni Atelier Studio is a great place to admire, buy or practice sumi-e: free exhibition, original products, activities for children and adults… by an award-winning father and his son!
Admire, buy or practice sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan) ☺

Typical prices:

  • Sumi-e lesson for beginners (English or Japanese language): 1000 yens
  • Sumi-e postcard: 100 yens
  • Sumi-e painting (black ink or rare colourful mix): 3000-30000 yens
  • Sumi-e t-shirt: 15000 yens

Open: 12:00-19:00 (Sunday: 12:00-17:00, Monday: closed)

Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Toyokuni Atelier Studio is the gallery 10 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).