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Tour in Tokyo: Storytelling in Chiyoda

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Explore Japanese legends and savour traditional cuisine from Japan with us 🙂 Meet our joyful guide in the heart of Tokyo metropolis (Chiyoda district) then follow the defensive walls & moats of the imperial palace (where Emperor Akihito lives) and walk nearby to admire statues of Shinto gods and of historical figures while listening to their story…

Telling stories in English (or French if you prefer), the storyteller Sébastien Duval (our certified guide) will surely change how you feel and think about Japan! Wondering about the Shinto myth of creation? Curious about the legend of the first emperor of Japan (pictured above)? Excited by the story of a rebel samurai’s curse? Intrigued by the story of an extremely loyal samurai (statue on the photo below)? Learn good tales to share with your friends and family back home, with related photos or souvenirs 🙂

This “storytelling” 1-day tour by Yes in Japan is suitable for travellers of all ages (small kids included) as the guide can replace a part of the walk by a short subway ride.

Get details and reserve before flying or sailing to Japan in 2017 or 2018:
http://yesinjapan.com/tours/storytelling-tour-chiyoda-tokyo/

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Shopping in Tokyo: Preserved food at Ebiya Souhonpo

Try Japanese preserved food boiled in soy! In Tokyo, Ebiya Souhonpo makes tsukudani since 1869. Great as snacks, with saké, in rice balls… for 3 months. Samurai warriors often bought some as souvenir of Tokyo!

Preserved food boiled in soy at Ebiya Souhonpo (Sumida ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Price for shrimps, beans, fishes, seaweed, squids…: 324 yens per 100g

Shopping in Tokyo: Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko!

Kanda Chonko is an artisan shop selling special products made in Japan (Tokyo, Kyushu…) including little handmade treasures realized by the Japanese couple owning this traditional shop!
Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Bottle kimono “samurai”: 2592 yens
  • Bottle kimono “princess”: 3240 yens
  • Edo folding fan: 3240 yens
  • Mini bonsai: 2180 yens

Open: 12:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3255-3990
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Kanda Chonko is the specialist shop 29 in the section C4 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

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From Greece for a Japanese garden, kendo shop and Shinto gates!

Yesterday, we accompanied a nice couple from Greece wishing to visit a beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. After visiting the ancient Rikugien garden, we walked a while in the streets of Bunkyo ward then entered a long row of red Shinto gates at Nezu shrine 🙂

Under a big blue sky, the green trees and large pond of the Rikugien garden looked fabulous and extremely peaceful though full of life! We saw cute carps, swimming turtles, a wooden Japanese bridge, a teahouse serving green tea, pink azaleas…
Pink azaleas in the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

Pond of the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

The quiet Nezu shrine features many statues (samurais, foxes, ashuras…) but foreign tourists get most excited by its numerous holy gates. This spot is excellent for a very Japanese souvenir photo!
Couple from Greece between Shinto gates at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To finish, we lunched in Akihabara and entered one of the best shops selling kendo equipment in Tokyo; the armours were beautiful! We planned this tour based on the travellers’ interests, season, weather, and accessibility from Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Thanks to these 2 Greek tourists, we also spent a very pleasant Spring day 🙂
Greek tourists with Sébastien Duval at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To discover the Japanese people and culture through a personalized tour in English during your holidays in Japan, contact the Yes in Japan team…

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  • Rikugien = 六義園, Nezu shrine = 根津神社 (Nezu-jinja).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.

Japanese martial arts tournaments/championships in Tokyo: June 2014 calendar

Fans of Japanese martial arts, go see an impressive tournament/championship of judo, jukendo, karate, kendo or kyudo in June 2014 at the Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). End Spring or begin Summer in Japan with the pleasure to see skilled Japanese boys and girls, men and women live their passion!

Notes: Judo and karate are practised without weapon, jukendo with an armour and a rifle replica, kendo with an armour and bamboo sword, kyudo with a bow and arrows.
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

If you wish to walk from your hotel to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. If you prefer a different style of hotel, you can walk a bit longer or ride a subway from Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Suidobashi station), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan (Jimbocho station) or Tokyo Dome Hotel (Suidobashi station).

To also admire real Japanese swords, go shopping for equipment or learn about the Japanese culture, history, samurai, ninja… we recommend you to reserve a 1-day personalized tour in Tokyo or Kamakura during your trip in Japan!

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  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

09 June 2014: 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If the Japanese Way of the Warrior attracts you, attend the surprising 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament on Monday 09 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Athletic Japanese elders (men and women) will compete with armours and bamboo swords using kendo techniques (Way of The Sword) or wooden replicas of rifles using jukendo techniques (Japanese martial art of bayonet fighting) in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 14:30…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Enjoy real Japanese holidays by watching kendo and jukendo fights this Spring! If you wish to stay at a hotel close to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. To also learn about real samurai weapons and culture, we recommend you to reserve our 1-day tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo” or to request a personalized Yes in Japan tour 🙂 Note that we can also help you buy kendo equipment in Tokyo…

Live a unique experience when you travel to Japan!

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  • All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament = All Japan Koreisha Budo Taikai = 全日本高齢者武道大会 (Zen-nippon-koreisha-budo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道, Jukendo = 銃剣道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

08 June 2014: 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy kendo or wish to discover the Japanese “Way of the Sword”, go watch the great 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament on Sunday 08 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Japanese corporations and companies will send their best kendo practitioners to compete as teams (men and women) with armours and bamboo swords in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Give a special touch to your Spring trip in Japan by watching kendo fights that weekend 🙂 For a convenient hotel near the Nippon-budokan, check Hotel Grand Palace. To also admire real samurai swords or go shopping for kendo equipment, why not join our Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo 1-day tour? Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy the Japanese culture and traditions!

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  • Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament = 関東実業団剣道大会 (Kanto-jitsugyodan-kendo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道 (Kendo), Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京, Kanto = 関東.

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!

 

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