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!
In Tokyo in December 2014? Enjoy a Japanese event in Chiyoda or Bunkyo ward! We recommend:
- 06 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
- 07 December 2014: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Karate, practised with hands & feet).
- 20 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
- 23 December 2014: Shinto ceremony for the Emperor’s birthday at Yasukuni shrine.
- 26-31 December 2014: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
- 28 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine.
- 31 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
Reserve a half-day personalized tour if you wish a Yes in Japan tour guide or conductor to accompany you before, during or after an event!
In Tokyo today, we enjoyed the sight of purple wisteria flowers hanging on a terrace (easy to miss) beside Kanda shrine in Chiyoda area then at the Buddhist temple Zenkoku-ji of Shinjuku area. As wisteria is considered a flower of May in Japan, it was a good surprise to see these flowers so early in April during our walking tours “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” and “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” with a traveller from Australia :)
Tour photo 1: Purple wisteria at Kanda shrine.
Tour photo 2: Purple wisteria at Zenkoku-ji.
Enjoy beautiful nature in Japan :)
- Kanda shrine = 神田明神 (Kanda-myojin), Zenkoku-ji = 善國寺.
- Tokyo = 東京, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Shinjuku ward = 新宿区 (Shinjuku-ku).
Have you ever visited a Shinto shrine at night in Japan? Except for special celebrations (e.g. New Year), Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples typically end their service around 17:00 and provide little or no light afterwards so tourists cannot see much at night even if the gates remain open…
Shinto shrine near Ochanomizu station in Tokyo, Kanda-myojin is an exception: you can admire its beautiful lanterns and illuminated statues every night until 23:00! Our photos (19 December 2013) show you its main hall, outdoor lanterns and a statue of the god Daikoku.
Because the night falls early and is safe in Japan, we recommend you to visit a lit-up shrine before dinner if you appreciate the Japanese culture, traditional architecture or Asian religions. Some Japanese people will tell you to beware of monsters at shrines during the night but, if you are not afraid, you can bring back a pleasant unique memory, special holiday photos and another feeling about Japanese spirituality :)
- All our spiritual tours.
- Our New Year walking tour in Tokyo, featuring Kanda-myojin in January 2014.
- Shinto shrine = 神社 (jinja), Buddhist temple = お寺 (otera).
- Kanda shrine = 神田明神 (Kanda-myojin), Daikoku = 大黒 = 大黒天 (Daikoku-ten).
- Tokyo = 東京, Ochanomizu station = 御茶ノ水駅 (Ochanomizu-eki).