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Spring 2017 Tours: Cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kamakura…

Spring 2017 is almost here… and gorgeous cherry blossoms with it! The cherry trees and “sakura” flowers looked like this near our travel agency in Tokyo city during April 2016:

You want to escape the big crowds visiting Japan during the peak? Enjoy difficult-to-find cherry blossoms at the beginning or end of this season? Reserve a tour conductor/guide speaking English (or French, Japanese…) early to avoid disappointments! From March to May 2017, friendly Yes In Japan tourism specialists can accompany you from your hotel in Tokyo city or nearby: Yokohama port, Kamakura “samurai” capital… or even west in Osaka metropolis, Kyoto traditional capital, Nara ancient capital…

Rather than shopping, walk in selected streets, parks, forests… and maybe savour a Japanese sweet wrapped in a cherry leaf or a drink containing a cute cherry flower 🙂

“Cherry blossoms” trip to Japan in spring 2016? Plan now!

Planning a “cherry blossoms” trip to Japan in spring 2016? Buy your flight tickets, book hotels & ryokans, and reserve tours & activities now because Japanese hotels quickly get full for that period and because few tour guides in Japan speak English fluently! Do not wait to get what you want at a good price…

In spring 2014 & 2015, we guided and assisted joyful foreign tourists (mostly couples and families) in English or French during fun walking tours in Tokyo and in the nearby city of Kamakura. We will happily take care of you too in March, April or May 2016 to help you enjoy the soft white/pink cherry blossoms (and other Japanese flowers), seasonal “sakura” food & drinks, the Japanese culture, etc. 🙂

Pink cherry blossoms in Sakura street (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) on 17 March 2014.

Reserve a Yes in Japan half-day or full-day private tour in/near Tokyo for you, your family or friends before we get fully booked for the season! Just e-mail our travel agency the date(s) and destination(s) of your choice along with any pertinent complementary information or request.

Note: We also gladly accompany travellers to Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone (near Mount Fuji), etc. but the cost rises significantly…

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“?

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).

24 May 2014: 52nd All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy aikido or wish to discover this Japanese martial art, attend the impressive 52nd All Japan Aikido Demonstration on Saturday 24 May 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)! Numerous aikido practitioners will make demonstrations on tatami mats for the general public from 12:00 to 17:00, and you can enter from 11:00 to watch everything for free…
All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo) in May 2012.

Check the following video playlist on YouTube to see the All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan in May 2012:

For a good hotel near the Nippon-budokan that weekend, check Hotel Grand Palace. To discover the Japanese culture, we also recommend you our 1-day tour Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo during your stay in Japan.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Aikido = 合気道, All Japan Aikido Demonstration = 全日本合気道演武大会 (Zen-nippon-aikido-enbu-taikai).
  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Jizo & tengu plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple (Kamakura, Japan)

We saw beautiful holy plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple after a hike in the forest of Kamakura during the Golden Week. Our photo below shows plaques decorated with Jizo (Buddhist protector of travellers and children) on the left and a tengu (protector from Japanese folk religion) on the right:
Jizo and tengu plaques at Kencho-ji Buddhist temple (Kamakura, Japan)

Our travel manager made many lovely 1-day trips to Kamakura from Tokyo with small groups. Contact us if you wish to visit or hike in Kamakura during your stay in Tokyo this Spring; we can organize a personalized 1-day tour or 2-day tour with hotel in Kamakura.

Would you buy a wooden plaque as souvenir or suspend it at the temple after writing a prayer on it during your travel in Japan?

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kencho-ji = 建長寺, Kamakura = 鎌倉.

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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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • 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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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • 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.

New tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts in Tokyo”

Travel Stand Japan just launched the Yes in Japan unique tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts in Tokyo” (reference T14B). We strongly recommend you this new 1-day private tour in English or French for up to 8 persons if you are interested in Japanese culture, fine arts, traditional crafts, or even martial arts!

Japanese arts in Tokyo: nature, kimono, washi umbrellas...

Admire and learn about samurai swords, kimono dresses, traditional handmade washi paper and origami, paintings and carvings on walls and ceilings, hundreds of Buddhist statues (real masterpieces), Shinto lanterns lit up at night, and the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre with its garden and waterfalls… This is a well-timed, touching and unforgettable artistic experience in Japan 🙂

Samurai sword in Tokyo.

Calendar for May and June 2014: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with departures from your hotel in Tokyo. We recommend you to make a reservation at least two business days before your chosen date. Please follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book this tour online.

Shinto lanterns at night in Tokyo.

Make your holidays in Japan unforgettable!

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
  • Kimono = 着物, Samurai = 侍.
  • Tokyo = 東京.

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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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).