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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

“World War 2” tour in Tokyo: Calendar for February 2015

Interested in Japanese history? Learn about World War 2 in Japan thanks to our original walking tour in Tokyo “After the War: Fighters and Civilians” in English or French on 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, or 27 February 2015. We usually gather around 09:30 near Kudanshita station at Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda ward).
Zero fighter plane from World War 2 in Tokyo (Japan).

This interesting tour includes a visit at Yasukuni Shrine and the National Showa Memorial Museum. Why? First, Yasukuni Shrine is one of the most important places related to war in Japan (although foreigners are more likely to think about Hiroshima and Nagasaki); it enshrines 2.466.000 souls of soldiers and ordinary citizens dead for Japan, and features unexpected statues! Second, the National Showa Memorial Museum has excellent exhibitions related to life in Japan around and during World War Two; we recommend you to visit this museum with Yes in Japan staff because explanations are almost only in Japanese language…

Check your calendar and make a reservation 🙂

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).

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“?

World War 2 tour in Tokyo: Calendar for May & June 2014

You can now join our walking tour in Tokyo “After the War: Fighters and Civiliansin English or French on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least two business days before your chosen date to enable the museum archivist to prepare a selection of Japanese newspapers from World War 2.

Visit the controversial Yasukuni shrine, see objects used during WW2 (e.g. a Zero fighter plane) and explore history through old photos (1935-1955) to discover the life of Japanese grandparents and form your opinion about Imperial and occupied Japan!

Zero fighter plane in Tokyo (Japan).

This Yes in Japan tour in Chiyoda ward usually starts at the nearby Hotel Grand Palace but we remain flexible, like our calendar.

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).

Golden Week 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities & walks in English

Yes in Japan organizes walks and activities in English in Tokyo during the Golden Week 2014 (26 April 2014 to 06 May 2014) as indicated in the calendar below:

MONDAY
28 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
29 April 2014
WEDNESDAY
30 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
01 May 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
 
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
02 May 2014
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

Prepare well your Golden Week 2014 in Japan because banks, restaurants and diverse other shops will close (completely or early) even in Tokyo! Take care during your tour of Japan and enjoy your holidays 🙂

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

April 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of walks in English by YES IN JAPAN

We propose unique walks in English for foreign tourists in Tokyo during April 2014, with two highlights: (1) the new “Akihabara Crazy World” for fans of anime, cosplay, maids, robots, video games… and (2) the popular “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” for art and tradition lovers as well as people interested in the Shinto religion. To explore other facets of Japanese life and culture, enjoy our walks with small streets, traditional shops, Buddhist temples, relics of Japanese history…

You will find below our calendar for April 2014 with the dates, gathering times and places, titles and references of our walks. Click on any title to learn about a walk and/or make a reservation. Note that a separate schedule exists for our activities in April 2014 and that some walks will remain available in May 2014 and beyond.

MONDAY
07, 14, 21, 28 April
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
08, 15, 22 April
09:30 at Tokyo Dome Hotel
Japanese Gods Grand Tour
(Walk W14D)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
WEDNESDAY
09, 16, 23, 30 April
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
10, 17, 24 April
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
11, 18, 25 April
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

An English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture will show the way, point out interesting or fun things, explain in English, recommend restaurants, translate your questions from English to Japanese and answers from Japanese to English if necessary. Each group is limited to 8 participants so we can go to narrow/crowded places and discuss freely…

Starting points for our walks, Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency), Tokyo Dome Hotel (near our travel agency) and Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine) are convenient hotels for your stay in Tokyo. In the Jimbocho area, you may also consider Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.

Finally, you can still join special walks to enjoy Tokyo’s last cherry blossoms: “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” and “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening“. Enjoy your Spring holidays in Japan!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu).

March 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of walking tours YES IN JAPAN

We have prepared original walking tours for foreign travellers in Tokyo during March 2014. To enjoy the colours and perfume of Japanese cherry blossoms, join the gorgeous “2014 Best Cherry Blossoms” or “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening“. To explore other facets of Japanese life and culture, enjoy our walking tours with small streets, traditional shops, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, displays of Japanese art, relics of Japanese history…

You will find below our calendar for March 2014 with dates, gathering times and places, tour titles and tour references. Click on a tour title to get its latest information and/or make a reservation. Note that the schedule may change, especially regarding the “cherry blossoms” tours (blooming depends on the weather), and that some tours will remain available in April 2014 and beyond.

MONDAY
17, 24, 31 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)
TUESDAY
18, 25 March
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Tour W14C)
13:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Best Cherry Blossoms
(Tour W14F)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
WEDNESDAY
19, 26 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Japanese Gods Grand Tour
(Tour W14D)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)
THURSDAY
20, 27 March
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Tour W14E)
13:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Best Cherry Blossoms
(Tour W14F)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
FRIDAY
28 March
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Tour W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Tour W14A)
17:00 at Hotel Grand Palace
2014 Sweet Sakura Evening
(Tour W14G)

Your guide will show the way, point out interesting or fun things, explain in English, translate your questions from English to Japanese and answers from Japanese to English if necessary. Each group is limited to 8 participants so we can go to narrow/crowded places and discuss freely…

Starting points for our walking tours, Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency) and Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine) are convenient hotels for your stay in Tokyo. In the Jimbocho area, you may also consider Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.

Enjoy Spring in Japan!

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Japan).

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).

New tour in Tokyo: “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo”

Our travel agency just launched a Yes in Japan original tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” (reference W14C). Our travel agents strongly recommend you this quiet walking tour if you wish a taste of Japanese love, traditional culture, and hidden romantic Japan.

Charming small street in Kagurazaka (Tokyo, Japan).

Feel love at the shrine where the first Shinto wedding ceremony reputedly occurred, discover a charming maze of small streets in Kagurazaka, and emerge at a beautiful modern holy site that features intriguing lucky charms and a bright coffee shop! Our English-speaking guide will show you the way (visitors easily get lost in Kagurazaka), will point out interesting spots and objects, and will provide background information. On the way back, our guide will introduce you to various shops where you can spend time before leaving Tokyo, depending on your interests.

Japanese girl drinking holy water before Tokyo-daijingu's dragon.

Current calendar for March 2014: Tuesday 18 and Tuesday 25 with departures at 09:30 from the convenient Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to see more photos, get new information and make an online reservation.

Go beyond modern Tokyo to feel the eternal Japanese spirit during your stay in Japan!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kagurazaka = 神楽坂, Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).

New tour in Tokyo: “After the War: Fighters and Civilians”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan original tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “After the War: Fighters and Civilians” (reference W14E). Our team strongly recommends you this walking tour if you are interested in Japan’s history and culture, world war 2 and the post-war period, and international relationships.

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

Visit the famous/infamous Yasukuni shrine, view relics of World War 2 and enter a museum dedicated to the Showa period that covers the war and the following years. Expect to see army gear, a Zero fighter plane, a special souvenir shop, Japanese newspapers, and old photos! The explanations of our English-speaking guide will be as factual as possible; please form your best opinion about this sensitive topic during your travel in Japan and back home…

Zero fighter plane in Tokyo (Japan).

Current calendar for March 2014: Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 with departures at 09:30 from the nice Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Feel Japan’s modern history and understand the life of Japanese grand-parents during your stay in Tokyo!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Showa period = 昭和時代 (Showa-jidai).
  • Yasukuni shrine = 靖国神社 (Yasukuni-jinja), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).