Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world since 2012. Crowds of Japanese and foreigners enjoy its observation decks at day and night, admiring from above the nearby Senso-ji temple of Asakusa district, photographing Tokyo city, and looking for the distant Mount Fuji 🙂 Built in Tokyo’s Sumida ward, the sky tree is getting more famous than the Tokyo Tower… but most foreign tourists still ignore that the Postal Museum of Japan, Sumida Aquarium, Tenku Planetarium, and Solamachi shopping mall exist at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree!
You can access Tokyo Skytree by subway and train: the Tokyo Skytree station is on the Tobu Skytree line while Oshiage station is also on Keisei Oshiage Line, Toei Asakusa Line, and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. Holders of a Japan Rail Pass, note that there is no Tokyo Sky Tree JR train station! Tourists visiting Asakusa too can just walk to/from the Tokyo Skytree; ask for maps of Asakusa & Skytree if needed 🙂
Yes in Japan tour conductors can guide you at Tokyo Skytree but we recommend you to enjoy this observation tower and complex by yourself at your pace if the sky is blue and humidity low 🙂 Best viewing conditions in winter, worst in summer…
Our French travel manager in Japan just enjoyed a cheerful live saxophone concert and delicious Belgian food with 2 friends at Brasserie St. Bernardus (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). On this cold evening of autumn, the bar/restaurant was warm and full of Japanese people 🙂
The young but skilled musicians of the HotateQ group, 4 cute Japanese girls studying at Showa University of Music, played the saxophone from 19:00 to 20:45:
As usual, the music was free 🙂 If you wish to enjoy such a concert in Tokyo, check the events schedule of Brasserie St. Bernardus, take the subway or train, get off at Kanda station, walk to Brasserie St. Bernardus, and take a good seat…
You can enjoy live music for one hour at Brasserie St. Bernardus during 2 to 4 concerts every month, usually on Monday or Sunday evenings: saxophone, violin, guitar, drum… There is no “music charge” but the musicians would certainly appreciate a small (or big) donation. Listen to nice live music, get your photo with the Japanese musicians, savour Belgian food and beer, and have a good time with the locals 🙂
Brasserie St. Bernardus is a Belgian restaurant/bar 1 minute south-west of Kanda train station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) and 3 minutes east of Hotel Villa Fontaine Otemachi. Yes in Japan staff had great fun there!
The Yes in Japan team just enjoyed a relaxing live jazz concert and delicious Philly sandwich at The Adirondack Café (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). The warm room was packed with friendly Japanese music lovers who bought the players’ CDs 🙂
The Japanese musicians played the piano, guitar, bass, and clarinet from 19:30 to 22:00:
The music charge was only 2.800 yens! To enjoy another great jazz live, get off at Jimbocho subway station and walk to The Adirondack Café next Tuesday evening…
You can enjoy live jazz for two hours at The Adirondack Café every Tuesday evening and the second Saturday of every month; the “music charge” is only 2.800 yens per person. Listen to the music, watch the Japanese musicians, savour the food, and have fun with the locals!
The Adirondack Café is a restaurant/bar 3 minutes east of Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Yes in Japan team members had a great time there 🙂
We distributed 20.000 Yes in Japan maps of Tokyo Jimbocho printed in English on A3 paper at hotels, shops, cultural centres, and special events in Tokyo this summer to help travellers, support local businesses, and promote tourism in Chiyoda ward (Jimbocho is its northern part). Many foreign tourists walked holding the map and the local community gave us much positive feedback! After seeing the digital version below, do you have suggestions or comments for an extended “Autumn 2014” map of Tokyo Jimbocho? What information do you wish for your first/next visit there?
Our “Summer 2014” map of Tokyo Jimbocho features hotels, subway/train station exits, Christian churches, Shinto shrines, post offices, and police stations. It also includes a calendar (flea market, martial arts tournaments…) and recommends:
- Activities & tours: Buddha Bellies Cooking School, Yes in Japan.
- Doctor: Natural care Suidobashi outpatient centre.
- Gift, souvenirs & specialists stores: Bumpodo, Ohya-shobo, Okuno-karuta, Sankei-shoten, Shobu-do-sangyo, Yamagataya-kamiten, Yamatoya-hakimono-ten.
- Nighttime: Jazz Olympus!, Ony’s bar.
- Restaurants: Hanaya, Ippo, Loving Hut, Muusa, Nago café, Otsumami-kaasan, Sapana Suidobashi-ten, Tempura Hachimaki.
Note: You can always download for free the latest Yes in Japan map of Jimbocho “Book Town”.
Nice! Tokyo’s Sumida ward, its tourism office and the Sumidagawa Edo Cultural Sightseeing Promotion Association organize a “Yukata De Guide Tour” special event in English for foreign tourists near Ryogoku station from 16:00 to 21:00 on Saturday 02 August 2014.
Imagine wearing a colourful Yukata summer kimono with traditional Geta wooden shoes, visiting the Kokugikan sumo arena, joining a tea ceremony in a Japanese garden, smelling and tasting Japan’s green tea from your cup, attending a concert of Koto (stringed musical instrument) and Shakuhachi flute, living a Haiku Japanese poetry gathering…
Then cruise the Sumida River at night to admire the lit-up Rainbow Bridge (Odaiba area) and modern Tokyo Skytree tower from a cute boat…
Finally, enjoy a festival with many small shops and Japanese people dancing a Bon-odori dance… You may even dance with them!
Why not live and enjoy the Japanese culture this Summer evening in Tokyo’s Sumida ward? Make a reservation for the “Yukata De Guide Tour” for only 4.500 yens (food included) before 29 July! Our Yes in Japan travel manager will definitely join 🙂
- Yukata De Guide Tour = ゆかたでガイドツアー (yukata-de-gaido-tsua).
- “Visit Sumida” tourism office = 墨田区観光協会 (Sumida-ku-kanko-kyokai).
- Sumidagawa Edo Cultural Sightseeing Promotion Association = 隅田川・江戸文化観光振興会 (Sumida-gawa-edo-bunka-kanko-shinko-kai).
- Yukata = 浴衣, Bon-odori = 盆踊り, Sumida river = 隅田川 (Sumida-gawa).
- Ryogoku station = 両国駅 (Ryogoku-eki), Sumida ward = 墨田区 (Sumida-ku), Tokyo = 東京.
Enjoy traditional activities and tours in Tokyo city, Mount Fuji, Hakone hot springs area, Kamakura “samurai city”… even on weekends and Japanese national holidays with a Yes in Japan English/French speaker who knows the area, Japanese culture and language!
Popular themes: Japan 2014 – Japan 2015 – Autumn leaves & Cherry blossoms “Sakura” – Buddhism & Shinto – Green tea – Japanese art – Japanese martial arts & Sumo – Mount Fuji – Night – Very Important People
Have fun, discover and learn about the Japanese people and life during your trip in Japan!
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!
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 🙂
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.
Make your holidays in Japan unforgettable!
- Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami), Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi).
- Kimono = 着物, Samurai = 侍.
- Tokyo = 東京.
You can now join our most popular walking tour in Tokyo “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” in English or French on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in May and June 2014. Try to reserve at least one business day before your chosen date so we can try to organize e.g. a paper folding demonstration by an origami master…
Enjoy diverse colourful “Washi” handmade paper, origami, Japanese paper dolls, Shinto statues of horses and gods, golden lanterns (wonderful when illuminating the shrine at night)… at two historical sites of Japan.
This original tour in Chiyoda ward usually starts at the convenient Hotel Niwa Tokyo but we remain flexible, like our calendar.
- Japanese paper = 和紙 (Washi), Art of paper folding = 折り紙 (Origami).
- Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.