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” :)
In Japan in February 2015? Enjoy Japanese events in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, especially:
- 03 February 2015: Setsubun Festival at Kanda shrine (celebrating Spring in Japan’s ancient calendar).
- 08 February 2015: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Kobudo, ancient martial arts).
- 11 February 2015: Festival for National Foundation Day (the foundation of Japan) at Yasukuni shrine.
- 21 February 2015: Martial art tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Tankendo, with an armour and short bamboo sword).
To discover the Japanese culture, join a Yes in Japan tour including or complementing an event! “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” is quite popular :)
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.
Tour Tokyo for a day including one of these events with a Yes in Japan conductor/guide!
The Yes in Japan team met tonight at Travel Stand Japan to draft its free brochure about Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward for autumn 2014. 25% bigger than in summer and more useful for tourism, its map should cover most of the north of Chiyoda ward: Yasukuni shrine west, Imperial garden south, Akihabara east, and Tokyo Dome city north. Highlighting the Book Town and Electric Town, it should indicate the location of subway/train stations: Akihabara, Awajicho, Iidabashi, Jimbocho, Kanda, Kudanshita, Ochanomizu, Ogawamachi, Shin-ochanomizu, Suidobashi and Takebashi.
This second map should inform about:
- More bars, coffee shops and restaurants (especially more diverse Japanese food). We are preparing English menus for some partners :)
- More souvenir/gift shops and specialist stores for shopping.
- Prices, discounts, offers, and possibility to pay by credit card.
- Activities, experiences and tours.
- Christian churches, Shinto shrines, museums, places for money exchange…
- Events such as festivals and martial arts tournaments in October, November and December 2014.
Nice! Tokyo’s Sumida ward, its tourism office and the Sumidagawa Edo Cultural Sightseeing Promotion Association organize a “Yukata De Guide Tour” special event in English for foreign tourists near Ryogoku station from 16:00 to 21:00 on Saturday 02 August 2014.
Imagine wearing a colourful Yukata summer kimono with traditional Geta wooden shoes, visiting the Kokugikan sumo arena, joining a tea ceremony in a Japanese garden, smelling and tasting Japan’s green tea from your cup, attending a concert of Koto (stringed musical instrument) and Shakuhachi flute, living a Haiku Japanese poetry gathering…
Then cruise the Sumida River at night to admire the lit-up Rainbow Bridge (Odaiba area) and modern Tokyo Skytree tower from a cute boat…
Finally, enjoy a festival with many small shops and Japanese people dancing a Bon-odori dance… You may even dance with them!
Why not live and enjoy the Japanese culture this Summer evening in Tokyo’s Sumida ward? Make a reservation for the “Yukata De Guide Tour” for only 4.500 yens (food included) before 29 July! Our Yes in Japan travel manager will definitely join :)
- Official Website in Japanese and English: “Visit Sumida” tourism office.
- Official Website in Japanese and English: Sumidagawa Edo Cultural Sightseeing Promotion Association.
- Ryogoku station area on Yes in Japan.
- Sumida ward on Yes in Japan.
- Yukata De Guide Tour = ゆかたでガイドツアー (yukata-de-gaido-tsua).
- “Visit Sumida” tourism office = 墨田区観光協会 (Sumida-ku-kanko-kyokai).
- Sumidagawa Edo Cultural Sightseeing Promotion Association = 隅田川・江戸文化観光振興会 (Sumida-gawa-edo-bunka-kanko-shinko-kai).
- Yukata = 浴衣, Bon-odori = 盆踊り, Sumida river = 隅田川 (Sumida-gawa).
- Ryogoku station = 両国駅 (Ryogoku-eki), Sumida ward = 墨田区 (Sumida-ku), Tokyo = 東京.
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…):
- Half day private tour: 15.000 yens all taxes included.
- 1-day private tour: 25.000 yens all taxes included.
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.
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…
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.
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).
We prepare our activities and walks with care to make them fun and interesting for you as well as authentic and beneficial to the locals. Still, we may have to adapt them due to the weather, religious/special events, busyness at shops… Your understanding will be greatly appreciated.
Our walks in Tokyo last 2~2½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes adapted to the weather and suitable for walks. Japan has no special dress code for its streets, Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines but avoid big bags for narrow/crowded places. Do not forget your camera and wallet :)
Our activities in Tokyo last 1~1½ hours. We may remove our shoes and sit on tatami mats so please wear socks matching the season and clothes letting you sit comfortably without a chair. Also avoid strong perfume just before the activity. Thanks!
If you have any question, do not hesitate to e-mail, call or visit the Yes in Japan team in Tokyo.
No doubt, the annual Furusato-matsuri Tokyo held at Tokyo Dome is wonderful to see dances in Japan whether you are a Japanese resident or foreign tourist. No need to speak Japanese, children welcome, cheap tickets (1.000-1.500 yens). If you enjoy Japanese festivals, attend the event this week (end on Sunday) or free time for it in January 2015!
Yesterday, our travel agent Sébastien was charmed by the traditional dances, gorgeous costumes, characteristic songs, numerous drums… The large main stage allowed big groups of Japanese dancers and drummers to perform!
Crowds gathered to admire the holy Iwami-kagura; this most exciting dance from Shimane prefecture involves a warrior fighting giant snakes/dragons. Do not miss a chance to see that dance from the front row because most movements are at ground level! After the performances, the visitors could touch the costumes, get photographed with the dancers and musicians, play Japanese drums, dance with professionals…
Besides, Sébastien tasted (for free) many delicious regional foods, green tea, plum liqueur… and discovered high-quality regional products such as sandals of snake skin (interesting to touch), tea pots of many shapes, decorated chopsticks, fabrics used to make toys… Surrounded by fantastic mascots and Japanese girls in uniform promoting different areas of Japan, he could not resist buying a (tee-shirt) souvenir :)
To finish, a giant float from Chichibu prefecture in front of which many people got a souvenir photo:
For practical information, you can read our previous article “Japanese festivals: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo (10-19 January 2014)”.
- Furusato-matsuri Tokyo = ふるさと祭り東京, Japanese festival = 祭り (matsuri).
- Tokyo Dome = 東京ドーム (Tokyo domu).
- Iwami-kagura = 石見神楽, Shimane prefecture = 島根県 (Shimane-ken).
- Chichibu prefecture = 秩父県 (Chichibu-ken).
Event: 6th Furusato-matsuri Tokyo
Date: 10-19 January 2014
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
Ticket price: 1.500 yens (week-end or public holiday), 1.200 yens (weekday), 1.000 yens (evening).
Closest hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel.
Closest stations: Kasuga (Toei Mita line or Toei Oedo line), Korakuen (Marunouchi line or Namboku line), Suidobashi (JR Chuo Main line or Toei Mita line).
The annual event Furusato-matsuri Tokyo is the occasion to see beautiful Japanese traditional costumes and dances, hear traditional songs and music (Japanese drums, flutes…), smell and savour great Japanese food, touch diverse products and buy uncommon souvenirs. You can see an impressive float and performances of diverse regional Japanese festivals!
Normally used for baseball games and concerts, Tokyo Dome provides much space for shops and booths. Plan at least 3 hours on site and favour weekdays to avoid big crowds. Everything is in Japanese but that is not a problem for foreign tourists :)
If you are a tourism professional on business trip, you can get travel news, try regional food from all over Japan, meet shopkeepers and exchange business cards. Our travel agency being near Tokyo Dome, one of our travel agents will definitely attend this cool event!
You too, have fun at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014!
- Furusato-matsuri Tokyo = ふるさと祭り東京, Japanese festival = 祭り (matsuri).
- Tokyo Dome = 東京ドーム (Tokyo domu).
- Tokyo = 東京, Kasuga station = 春日駅 (Kasuga-eki), Korakuen station = 後楽園駅 (Korakuen-eki), Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki).