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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.

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  • 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 activities in English by YES IN JAPAN

Travel Stand Japan just launched 3 Yes in Japan Japanese activities in English for foreign travellers in Tokyo during April 2014: Japanese games time (janken, karuta, sugoroku…), Japanese tea time (green tea powder, leaves, tasting…) and Washi paper time (handmade set, origami, chigiri-e…). These activities are great to learn about the Japanese culture and lifestyle, especially if you travel in Japan with children.

Activity in Tokyo: Japanese tea time.

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

EVERY DAY
Except Sundays
and public holidays
Start time of your choice between 15:00 and 18:00 at Marebito tea house
Japanese tea time
(Activity A14A)
MONDAY
07, 14, 21, 28 April
TUESDAY
08, 15, 22 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
WEDNESDAY
09, 16, 23, 30 April
THURSDAY
10, 17, 24 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
FRIDAY
11, 18, 25 April

Each group is limited to 6 participants so we recommend you to reserve early!

All our activities in English take place in Tokyo near Jimbocho station, which is easy to access by subway from Shibuya station and Shinjuku station. You can also walk from Kudanshita station and Suidobashi station. Convenient nearby hotels include Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine), Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency) and Tokyo Dome Hotel (near our travel agency).

Have fun and experience Japan during your Spring holidays!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), 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).

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).

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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).

Today in Tokyo: National flag of Japan & Japanese girls in kimono

Why do we see so many big Japanese national flags in the streets of Tokyo today? Because schools all over Japan display the national flag for the graduation of their students these days… Yes, in Japan the academic year starts with Spring in April and ends with Winter the following March.

Japanese national flags in Tokyo on 25 March 2014.

Lucky or well prepared, you can see happy Japanese boys in business suit and Japanese girls in kimono (traditional dress) before/after their graduation ceremony near universities, in the streets, at hotels…

Japanese girls in kimono in Chiyoda ward (Tokyo) on 25 March 2014.

This is life in Japan… with photos taken today in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward 🙂

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).

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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: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan unique tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture” (reference W14A). We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you love the “Made in Japan” traditional and ancient creations, want shopping ideas, and wish to meet/interact with Japanese people during your holidays in Japan.

Mamebon book in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

Explore Japanese life and culture by visiting shops in Jimbocho. Look, listen, touch and get answers to your questions about traditional and everyday life objects. You will typically discover Wagashi cakes, Washi paper, Mamebon books, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, fun family card games… Our guide will lead you from little shop to little shop, introducing you to the shopkeepers and to their products, and will translate your questions (English to Japanese) and the shopkeepers’ answers (Japanese to English). Feel free to buy sweets, souvenirs and gifts for your children and friends!

Wagashi cake in Tokyo (Japan).

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 13:00 near Jimbocho station and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (between the Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Tokyo Dome and Yasukuni shrine). Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Discover a deep Tokyo and get a unique grasp of Japan thanks to Japanese people themselves!

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  • Jimbocho = 神保町, Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).

New tour in Tokyo: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan romantic tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “2014 Sweet Sakura Evening” (reference W14G). Our team strongly recommends you this walking tour if you want a sweet time in Tokyo, love the grace and perfume of cherry blossoms, and wish a taste of Japanese life.

Sakura at Yasukuni shrine (Tokyo, Japan).

In Japan, flower lovers enjoy cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese) by day and by night in Spring… We propose you to do just that, starting with the impressive path leading to the main hall of Yasukuni Shinto shrine by daylight and continuing with dense rows of cherry trees along a canal lit up by lanterns when the sky darkens. Our English-speaking guide will lead you through the most beautiful and romantic paths of cherry blossoms… On the way back, will you buy Sakura cakes or sweets to get a Japanese taste of Spring?

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 17:00 from the nice Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Live unforgettable holidays in Japan with a sweet, sweet Sakura evening in Tokyo 🙂

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  • 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).

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!

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  • 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).

Things to do in Japan: Enjoy hands-on traditional activities!

Have you ever enjoyed a hands-on Japanese activity in your country or in Japan? Beside cooking sushi, joining a tea ceremony or wearing a kimono, there are many things to do in Japan for foreigners curious about the Japanese culture and life. Teachers may guide hands-on sessions at diverse locations: a craft village, cultural centre, museum, school, temple, workshop… but support in English often requires arrangements. Think about it; hands-on activities can make your holidays in Japan much more memorable, interesting and fun!

Things to do in Japan: prepare sushi!

To better understand life in Japan, you may harvest rice or pick up tea leaves, pickle Japanese horseradish “wasabi”, prepare sushi, make tofu or soba/udon noodles, make Japanese confectioneries “wagashi” or even create (modern) food replicas normally shown at the entrance of restaurants! Beyond Japanese food, you may learn to make a tatami, ceramic object, daruma or kokeshi doll, paper lantern or simple Washi Japanese paper… and families with small children may try origami or traditional games.

Things to do in Japan: pick up tea leaves!

To better understand the Japanese culture, you can notably join a tea ceremony, try flower arrangement, take care of a bonsai, print ukiyo-e with woodblocks, write Japanese or Chinese characters (calligraphy) with a standard or giant brush, copy or chant a sutra at a Buddhist temple, practice Zen meditation, play Japanese drums… If your timing is good, you may even carry an omikoshi, pull a float, or dance with locals at a festival!

Things to do in Japan: copy a sutra!

The fans of Japanese martial arts can also practice more or less ancient arts in Japan: hand-to-hand martial arts such as judo and karate, Japanese archery “kyudo”, the art of using a Japanese halberd “naginata-jutsu”, Japanese swordsmanship “kendo”…

Things to do in Japan: practice Japanese swordsmanship KENDO!

Try 1-2 Japanese traditional activities during your stay; it really reveals much about Japan and its culture. Tea ceremonies are popular in Kyoto and karate trainings in Okinawa but Tokyo provides most activities. Also note that many events occur all over Japan on Culture Day (national holiday: 03 November)! So, which traditional activity have you enjoyed? Which traditional activity would you try?

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