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Tour in Tokyo: Storytelling in Chiyoda

Emperor

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/

Samurai

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/

2017 Travel: Giant “Rooster Year” plaque at Kashihara Shrine

Tomorrow (30 November 2016), Kashihara Shinto Shrine will replace its impressive wooden plaque for the 2016 Year of the Monkey by one for the 2017 Year of the Rooster. Giant “ema” plaques are extremely rare in Japan; see how the current one looks like in Get Japan news video with Sébastien Duval:

Kashihara Shrine is in Kashihara city (Nara prefecture), near Nara city, Kyoto city, Osaka city, and Kansai International Airport. Ask us if you want our travel agents to organize an exciting trip including this Japanese destination, with or without English-speaking tour guide during December 2016 or in 2017 🙂

“World War 2” tour in Tokyo: Calendar for February 2015

Interested in Japanese history? Learn about World War 2 in Japan thanks to our original walking tour in Tokyo “After the War: Fighters and Civilians” in English or French on 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, or 27 February 2015. We usually gather around 09:30 near Kudanshita station at Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda ward).
Zero fighter plane from World War 2 in Tokyo (Japan).

This interesting tour includes a visit at Yasukuni Shrine and the National Showa Memorial Museum. Why? First, Yasukuni Shrine is one of the most important places related to war in Japan (although foreigners are more likely to think about Hiroshima and Nagasaki); it enshrines 2.466.000 souls of soldiers and ordinary citizens dead for Japan, and features unexpected statues! Second, the National Showa Memorial Museum has excellent exhibitions related to life in Japan around and during World War Two; we recommend you to visit this museum with Yes in Japan staff because explanations are almost only in Japanese language…

Check your calendar and make a reservation 🙂

Japanese culture in Japan at Tsukudo Shrine

At Tsukudo Shrine, you can see how the Shinto religion resits change and fits into a modern city! This Japanese shrine with a traditional architecture is hidden by the structure of a building surmounted by a giant sword but the entrance is clearly marked by a red Shinto gate and two statues of lion-dogs. Enter, go straight then follow the little path on the right and you can even see a small shrine with many statues of foxes… Isn’t the Japanese culture fascinating? 🙂
Statues of foxes at Tsukudo Shrine (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The entrance to the sacred grounds of Tsukudo Shrine is free everyday, weekends and public holidays included. Near Kudanshita subway station, it is the Shinto shrine marked “18” on the Yes in Japan map of Chiyoda ward in Tokyo (version autumn 2014 & winter 2014-20115).

Japanese culture in Japan at Yasukuni Shrine

At Yasukuni Shrine, you can have a glimpse into Shintoism (significant facet of the Japanese culture), examine Japanese religious architecture including impressive gates, visit an interesting military/war museum, occasionally see Japanese people in military uniform or students wearing the uniform of the National Defense Academy, and admire numerous cherry blossoms in Spring. In the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Yasukuni Shrine was founded by Emperor Meiji and enshrines 2.466.000 souls of soldiers and ordinary citizens dead for Japan… Visit this shrine if you go on a religious or historical tour of Japan!
Yasukuni Shrine (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

You can enter the sacred grounds of Yasukuni Shrine for free every day (weekends and Japanese national holidays included) from 06:00 to 17:00 in January and February but until 18:00 in March and April. Near Kudanshita subway station and the National Showa Memorial Museum, it is the Shinto shrine marked “17” on the Yes in Japan map of Tokyo Chiyoda (version autumn 2014 & winter 2014-2015).

Japanese culture in Japan at Tokyo Grand Shrine

At Tokyo Grand Shrine, you can discover the Shinto religion (important part of the Japanese culture), see traditional Japanese architecture, and meet many Japanese girls praying to find (or be happy with) their soulmate. Branch of Ise Grand Shrine in Tokyo Chiyoda ward, Tokyo Grand Shrine reputedly held the first Shinto wedding ceremony of Japan! It also sells diverse lucky charms with interesting designs 🙂 Do not miss this shrine if you go on a spiritual tour of Tokyo!
Tokyo Grand Shrine (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

The entrance to the sacred grounds of Tokyo Grand Shrine is free on weekdays and weekends (public holidays too). Near Iidabashi subway/train station, it is the Shinto shrine marked “16” on the Yes in Japan map of Tokyo Chiyoda (version autumn/winter 2014).

From Qatar for autumn photos in Tokyo, gifts made in Japan and a vegetarian buffet!

We guided a businessman from Qatar in Tokyo today, for the last day of his first stay in Japan. Leaving in a comfortable car from Tokyo Dome Hotel, we visited a Japanese garden, ate at a vegetarian restaurant, bought gifts at a shop owned by a couple of Japanese artisans, saw many tourist spots, and visited holy sites.

To make great photos of Japanese autumn with the morning light, we first strolled in the peaceful Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo). Coming from Qatar, the traveller was particularly pleased with the seasonal yellow grass, trees with red leaves, green pine trees, and mirror-like pond, which were gorgeous under a big blue sky! The singing birds, lively carps, wooden bridge, lanterns, teahouse, and numerous Japanese grandmothers and grandfathers made this time very enjoyable 🙂
Tree with red leaves and yellow grass at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Stone lantern and autumn leaves at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

We lunched early at Petit Bonheur in Chiyoda ward, enjoying a vegetarian buffet with fragrant and tasty vegetables and fruits from Japan. This popular restaurant was full but only two other men were in sight; we were surrounded by Japanese women!

After coffee, we looked at old buildings in the Kanda area of Chiyoda ward and went shopping at the wonderful shop Kanda Chonko to buy high-quality handmade gifts made in Japan for the businessman’s family: Japanese fans, bags, hairpins, a sumo wrestler kokeshi doll, a decoration made using rice grains, a miniature with a Japanese boy and girl in kimono…
Takemura (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Our driver proposed a scenic tour to see and photograph important places in Tokyo before going to the Asakusa district: Tokyo train station, the fortifications of the Imperial Palace, the Ministry of Justice (old and new buildings), the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower… and lines of beautiful trees with yellow leaves!
Tokyo Tower (Minato ward, Tokyo, Japan).

In Taito ward, we took an elevator for a great panoramic view of Asakusa: Asahi Breweries headquarters, Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the pagoda, the shopping street… We then entered the Thunder Gate, shopped lightly in the shopping street, received a handwritten document with a holy seal at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, visited Asakusa Shinto Shrine, and ate shrimp sushi 🙂 After that, it was time to go catch the flight back to Qatar at Narita international airport…

Update on 02 December 2014: A Japanese partner of the Qatari businessman called to thank us; our tour in Tokyo was praised 🙂 In fact, our English-speaking staff also spent a very pleasant autumn day thanks to this friendly visitor!

If you too wish to visit Tokyo with us, reserve a 1-day Yes in Japan private tour.

Akihabara/Kanda area in Tokyo: Made in Japan, food, statue, bicycle rental

Enter two parallel worlds in Tokyo near Akihabara and Kanda JR stations! Modern and traditional “Made in Japan”… Foreign and Japanese food… Shinto and anime design… This autumn and winter, the Yes in Japan team particularly recommends:

Handmade fan, sumo kokeshi, Mount Fuji cups, and accessories at Kanda Chonko (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

This area is great to visit if you stay at a hotel in Chiyoda ward, study the Japanese language at a school in Akihabara, or go to the nearby Tokyo Dome City, Jimbocho Book Town or East Gardens of the Imperial Palace!