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Tour near Tokyo: Lucky Vegan in Kamakura

Lucky charms

Discover Japanese lucky charms and eat delicious Japanese vegetables & desserts with us 🙂 Meet our lively tour guide at Kamakura JR train station (or at your hotel in Tokyo metropolis or Yokohama city) then walk and ride a cute train in Japan’s ancient capital city Kamakura to see, touch and listen to diverse Shinto & Buddhist talismans and votive (prayer) plaques.

Explaining in good English, the French collector of “omamori” lucky charms Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will certainly make you think differently about the life & thoughts of Japanese people! Looking for a new job? Anxious about your safety during your trip? Excited to see a strawberry that makes dreams come true? Find a surprising lucky charm for you or to give to somebody back in your country…

This 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and many other people with restrictions on their food & drinks due to their faith 🙂

Learn more about this tour and reserve before you travel to Japan in 2017, 2018, 2019…:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/lucky-vegan-tour-kamakura/

Tour in Tokyo: Lucky Vegan in Chiyoda

Lucky charms

Discover Japanese lucky charms and savour vegetables, fruits & sweets from Japan with us 🙂 Meet our friendly tour guide in the heart of Tokyo metropolis then walk at your pace in Chiyoda ward to see, hear and touch various talismans and votive (prayer) plaques.

Explaining in good English, the French collector of “omamori” lucky charms Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will surely change your understanding of Japanese people’s life and way of thinking! Looking for true love? Studying for university exams? Worried about hackers? Find the best lucky charm for you or to offer back home…

This 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and many other people with restrictions on food & drinks due to their religion 🙂

Learn more and make a reservation before you travel to Japan in 2017 or 2018:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/lucky-vegan-tour-chiyoda-tokyo/

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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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).

2013/2014 most popular walk in Japan: “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in Tokyo

Our most popular Yes in Japan walk since 2013 is “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in Tokyo (walk W14B)! From France, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, the Philippines and the USA… everybody looked happy 🙂 If you are interested in Japanese art, traditions and religion, you can join this walk in English 3 mornings/evenings every week in April, and probably every week of 2014/2015.

Insight into art: Crane-shaped origami at an origami centre in Tokyo in 2014.

We typically see many types of Washi handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, lucky charms, prayer plaques, statues of gods such as Ebisu, golden lanterns (wonderful when lit up at night), holy trees, a holy rock, and the inside of a colourful Shinto shrine… If you are lucky, you may also see a very cute holy horse, see a paper folding demonstration by a cheerful Japanese master, and meet artists! One of our American customers could even try a gorgeous samurai helmet made from paper at the workshop of the origami centre; this was a great sight 🙂

Kanda-myojin at night: statue of the god Daikoku.

Unexpectedly, most participants do shopping during this walk, buying beautiful Japanese paper, cute prayer plaques or unique lucky charms! This walk is really nice in any season, with a blue sky, rain or snow. When you stay in Tokyo, consider joining this walk starting at Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near Suidobashi station).

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
  • Shinto shrine = 神社 (jinja).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).

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!

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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).

Find true love at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine with Japanese girls!

Natural and mystic island in a modern district of Tokyo, Tokyo-daijingu is reputedly the shrine where the first Shinto wedding occurred. We arrived there under a blue sky this warm afternoon (15℃) to celebrate Spring (traditionally starting today in Japan) and the Year of the Horse!

Entrance of Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine.

Among the trees near the entrance, a pink-blue-green dragon greeted us for the purification ritual, providing holy water to cleanse our hands and mouth. Next, we glanced at the red and purple flags, climbed a few steps then stepped through wooden-golden gates. The wooden roof immediately caught our attention with its characteristic shape and golden ornaments shining over the blue sky.

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

Quietly queueing behind numerous Japanese girls come to pray to find true love, we had the time to examine votive plaques decorated with horses; some beautifully reflected the sunlight!

Horse on a votive plaque at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine.

Approaching the main hall, we could hear coins thrown into wooden boxes as offerings and hand claps preceding or following silent prayers. Our turn came, we glimpsed a few Japanese attending a Shinto ceremony in the hall, bowed, clapped our hands, prayed, clapped and bowed again…

Japanese girls praying to find true love at Tokyo-daijingu.

Afterwards, we joined a crowd of Japanese girls gathered around diverse colourful lucky charms (local speciality: find true love) and fortune slips. Sébastien left Tokyo-daijingu shrine with a light transparent lucky charm featuring a 3D horse; may it protect him well in 2014 🙂

Lucky charms at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Tokyo = 東京, Tokyo-daijingu = 東京大神宮.