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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“?

Impressive Japanese archery during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan

We watched impressive Japanese archery “kyudo” during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships in Chiyoda ward on Saturday 21 June 2014.
Impressive Japanese archery during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

Japanese girls and boys coming from various universities competed with tall bows, shooting arrows with gloves and wearing kyudo traditional clothes, which includes a chest protector for female archers to protect their breasts from the bowstring. We could clearly see everything: the long rows of Japanese archers, individual movements of the participants and of their bows, the trajectory of the arrows, and the arrows in/near the targets. Around us, fellow students, friends and family members noisily encouraged their favourite archers!
Archery movements during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

We strongly recommend you to attend this event in Tokyo at the end of Spring or beginning of Summer 2015 or 2016 if you are interested in Japan, the Japanese culture or martial arts! Contact us if you wish to watch, learn about, or practice Japanese archery; we could organize something just for you 🙂
Archer during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

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  • All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships = 全関東学生弓道選手権大会 (Zen-kanto-gakusei-kyudo-senshuken-taikai).
  • Kyudo = 弓道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

From Greece for a Japanese garden, kendo shop and Shinto gates!

Yesterday, we accompanied a nice couple from Greece wishing to visit a beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. After visiting the ancient Rikugien garden, we walked a while in the streets of Bunkyo ward then entered a long row of red Shinto gates at Nezu shrine 🙂

Under a big blue sky, the green trees and large pond of the Rikugien garden looked fabulous and extremely peaceful though full of life! We saw cute carps, swimming turtles, a wooden Japanese bridge, a teahouse serving green tea, pink azaleas…
Pink azaleas in the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

Pond of the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

The quiet Nezu shrine features many statues (samurais, foxes, ashuras…) but foreign tourists get most excited by its numerous holy gates. This spot is excellent for a very Japanese souvenir photo!
Couple from Greece between Shinto gates at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To finish, we lunched in Akihabara and entered one of the best shops selling kendo equipment in Tokyo; the armours were beautiful! We planned this tour based on the travellers’ interests, season, weather, and accessibility from Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Thanks to these 2 Greek tourists, we also spent a very pleasant Spring day 🙂
Greek tourists with Sébastien Duval at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To discover the Japanese people and culture through a personalized tour in English during your holidays in Japan, contact the Yes in Japan team…

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  • Rikugien = 六義園, Nezu shrine = 根津神社 (Nezu-jinja).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.

Japanese martial arts tournaments/championships in Tokyo: June 2014 calendar

Fans of Japanese martial arts, go see an impressive tournament/championship of judo, jukendo, karate, kendo or kyudo in June 2014 at the Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). End Spring or begin Summer in Japan with the pleasure to see skilled Japanese boys and girls, men and women live their passion!

Notes: Judo and karate are practised without weapon, jukendo with an armour and a rifle replica, kendo with an armour and bamboo sword, kyudo with a bow and arrows.
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

If you wish to walk from your hotel to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. If you prefer a different style of hotel, you can walk a bit longer or ride a subway from Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Suidobashi station), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan (Jimbocho station) or Tokyo Dome Hotel (Suidobashi station).

To also admire real Japanese swords, go shopping for equipment or learn about the Japanese culture, history, samurai, ninja… we recommend you to reserve a 1-day personalized tour in Tokyo or Kamakura during your trip in Japan!

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  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

09 June 2014: 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If the Japanese Way of the Warrior attracts you, attend the surprising 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament on Monday 09 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Athletic Japanese elders (men and women) will compete with armours and bamboo swords using kendo techniques (Way of The Sword) or wooden replicas of rifles using jukendo techniques (Japanese martial art of bayonet fighting) in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 14:30…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Enjoy real Japanese holidays by watching kendo and jukendo fights this Spring! If you wish to stay at a hotel close to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. To also learn about real samurai weapons and culture, we recommend you to reserve our 1-day tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo” or to request a personalized Yes in Japan tour 🙂 Note that we can also help you buy kendo equipment in Tokyo…

Live a unique experience when you travel to Japan!

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  • All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament = All Japan Koreisha Budo Taikai = 全日本高齢者武道大会 (Zen-nippon-koreisha-budo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道, Jukendo = 銃剣道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Romantic tour in Kagurazaka (Tokyo): Calendar for May & June 2014

Our romantic walking tour “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” is now available in English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least one business day before your chosen date to enable us to check whether a Shinto wedding ceremony is scheduled at one of the visited shrines and to adapt the tour accordingly.

Kagurazaka is one of the pearls of Tokyo! Feel love at the nearby site of the first Shinto wedding, discover a maze of charming small streets in Kagurazaka and enter a beautiful modern shrine with intriguing lucky charms and a bright coffee shop! On the way back, we will introduce you to the shopping street and to products of Japan’s culture: Japanese sweets, green tea, gorgeous kimono dresses, flower-shaped hairpins…

Japanese bride in white kimono at Tokyo-daijingu (Tokyo, Japan) in 2014.

This romantic tour in Chiyoda and Shinjuku wards usually starts at the convenient Hotel Grand Palace but we remain flexible, like our Spring calendar.

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

08 June 2014: 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy kendo or wish to discover the Japanese “Way of the Sword”, go watch the great 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament on Sunday 08 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Japanese corporations and companies will send their best kendo practitioners to compete as teams (men and women) with armours and bamboo swords in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Give a special touch to your Spring trip in Japan by watching kendo fights that weekend 🙂 For a convenient hotel near the Nippon-budokan, check Hotel Grand Palace. To also admire real samurai swords or go shopping for kendo equipment, why not join our Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo 1-day tour? Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy the Japanese culture and traditions!

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  • Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament = 関東実業団剣道大会 (Kanto-jitsugyodan-kendo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道 (Kendo), Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京, Kanto = 関東.

07 June 2014: 52nd All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

Go watch the exciting 52nd All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships on Saturday 07 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) if you enjoy karate or wish to discover Japanese martial arts! Yes, the best karate practitioners from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will compete in fights “kumite” or in practising movements/forms “kata”, both by team or individually (men section as well as women section)! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

On Spring holidays in Japan that weekend, consider booking a room near the Nippon-budokan, for example at Hotel Grand Palace. To discover the Japanese culture and see samurai swords, we also recommend you our 1-day tour Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo. Enjoy June in Tokyo!

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  • All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships = 全自衛隊空手道選手権大会 (Zen-jieitai-karate-do-senshuken-taikai).
  • Karate = 空手道 (Karate-do), Self-Defense Forces = 自衛隊 (Jieitai).
  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

New tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone”

We recently launched an exciting Yes in Japan tour “Mount Fuji Viewing Spots In Hakone” (reference T14A) because so many travellers asked us for help to see Mount Fuji or visit Hakone on days with beautiful weather! Our team strongly recommends you this new 1-day private tour in English or French near Tokyo if you dream of seeing Mount Fuji and other beautiful Japanese landscapes nearby.

Ride a comfortable train from Tokyo to Hakone, switch twice for a steep rise then walk at the infernal Owakudani, with smelly fumes escaping from the valley! After tasting black eggs at a great spot to view Mount Fuji, enjoy an aerial view of the mountains and forests then cruise across lake Ashi… Admire beautiful landscapes, enjoy fine art, savour a great drink, and finally relax at a wonderful hot spring before your return!

Yes In Japan tour: Mount Fuji seen from Owakudani in April 2014.

Calendar for May and June 2014: Every day with departures from your hotel in Tokyo. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online, ideally several days before the date of your choice.

Admire the splendid Mount Fuji during your travel in Japan!

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  • Mount Fuji = 富士山 (Fuji-san), Hakone = 箱根.
  • Lake Ashi = 芦ノ湖 (Ashi-no-ko), Owakudani = 大涌谷.
  • Black egg = 黒たまご (Kuro-tamago), Hot spring = 温泉 (Onsen).
  • Tokyo = 東京.

Spiritual tour in Tokyo: Calendar for May & June 2014

You can now join our walking tour in Tokyo “Japanese Gods Grand Tourin English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to book at least two business days before your chosen date to enable us to discuss with Buddhist monks beforehand (you may be able to see more this way).

Penetrate deep Japan to learn about the Japanese gods, mythical creatures, Buddhism, and Japan’s ancient religion Shintoism! This should also reveal much about the Japanese society and Japanese people’s way of thinking…

Spiritual tour: Shinto gates and foxes in Tokyo.

This spiritual tour in Bunkyo ward usually starts at the convenient Tokyo Dome Hotel but we remain flexible, like our calendar.

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  • Buddhism = 仏教 (Bukkyo), Shintoism = 神道 (Shinto).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu), Tokyo = 東京.