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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 🙂

23 December 2016: Asakusa Tatsumiya re-open (kimono tumblers in Tokyo)

Temporarily closed, the shop Asakusa Tatsumiya specialized in kimono tumblers is moving closer to Asakusa subway station and will re-open just 10 seconds away from the famous Kaminari-mon red Thunder Gate on 23 December 2016! We will gladly accompany you afterwards during a shopping tour in Tokyo city, to buy a kimono tumbler at the new shop if you love unique, beautiful things useful in everyday life 🙂

For readers visiting Asia who have not heard about kimono tumblers:

You really want to purchase a kimono tumbler made in Japan from the world leader before 23 December 2016? Order in English on the online store of Asakusa Tatsumiya:
http://tatsumiya-store.com

Enjoy Japanese products!

11 December 2016: 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships (Tokyo)

Japanese men & women will fight or practice “kata” forms at the Nippon-budokan from 09:00 to 18:00 on 11 December 2016 during the 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships. This event is sponsored by Japan Karatedo Federation and a ticket costs only 2.000 yens (18 dollars)!

You can probably attend this event without us because the Nippon-budokan is easy to find (near Kudanshita subway station) and the tickets are sold on site but if you want us to accompany you there as part of a private 1-day tour in Tokyo city… let us know before Friday afternoon 🙂

If you wonder how exciting this karate event might be, watch the video of last year’s final for female kata:

Enjoy Japanese martial arts and Japanese culture, especially if you are a karateka in Asia!

Tokyo tour: Asakusa for Muslims (with halal restaurants)

The Yes in Japan team organizes private & group tours in English suitable for Muslim tourists & businessmen in Asakusa, most famous tourist district of Tokyo and rare location of Japan with a choice of halal meals. In half a day, get photographed with the huge red lantern of Kaminarimon Thunder Gate, stroll in Nakamise shopping street, smell incense at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, hear hand claps when prayers start at Asakusa Shinto Shrine, visit small shops with good-quality kimonos made in Japan (including soft colourful yukata and sober samue), and savour ramen noodles with halal meat then a pudding for lunch or dinner…

In this video in English, the Muslim staff of Asakusa Naritaya (halal-certified restaurant with prayer room) cooks tasty ramen noodles:

You are less strict? The Japanese chef of Asakusa Teppan-taro cooks diverse Muslim-friendly okonomiyaki pancakes… Discover his restaurant described in English:

2017 should be busy so… contact us before travelling to Japan to learn more and make reservations 🙂

Partnership in Tokyo: With our travel agency

Representatives of foreign travel agencies, establish a partnership with our travel agency! Our tourism specialists in Tokyo city prepare high-quality organized travels in Japan: proposal of itineraries including typical tourist destinations and exceptional landscapes, reservation of appropriate hotels and restaurants, recommendation of activities and shows, provision of a certified guide for tours in English or French…
DUVAL Sébastien, French certified guide, at Asakusa Tatsumiya shop (Tokyo, Japan).

The Japanese market being what it is, consider with even more attention our Yes in Japan services if your customers are vegan, vegetarian or Muslim travellers 🙂

Art video: Japanese ink wash painting at Toyokuni Atelier (Tokyo)

Watch the cool Get Japan video “Japanese Ink Wash Painting” (59 seconds) to learn about Toyokuni Atelier in Tokyo city then give it a thumb up 🙂 You can see original painted scrolls & postcards of Daruma, cats, dragons, etc. for sale and the artist HONDA Yuta drawing bamboo on paper with a brush during a lesson! If needed, activate the subtitles in English, French…

Our French guide accompanied several travellers to this nice art gallery during 1-day tours to introduce the Japanese culture and sumi-e traditional ink wash painting. Families with children particularly enjoyed the sumi-e activity in English (or in French thanks to the guide)! Think about it when you travel to Asia 🙂

Get Tokyo map: Near Ginza, Nihombashi, Shimbashi or Tsukiji in 2016?

You know, work at, or own an exceptional restaurant, shop, cultural centre… that European/American tourists on foot or bicycle would appreciate in Tokyo near the stations Ginza, Nihombashi, Shimbashi, or Tsukiji? Let us know before 31 January 2016 so we may introduce it in English on our next Get Japan map “East of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan)“! The Yes in Japan team plans to distribute the maps to local hotels and information centres for free in February 2016…

Note: Our inbound travel manager particularly wishes to add shops selling high-tech products made in Japan, delicious vegetarian or halal restaurants, exciting Japanese activities, and convenient/fun spots for families with children.

For reference, our current map:
Map of Ginza, Tsukiji & Nihombashi (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

New tour in 2016: Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo

You wish to live in Japan or just moved here? Join our useful “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in English, French or Japanese to discover the country, its culture, and the local everyday life from 2016!

This new tour including a walk and seminar with Yes in Japan staff certified as Tokyo City Guide is planned in the daytime and on evenings in various areas of Tokyo city where you are likely to live, study or work (e.g. Iidabashi, Nakano, Otemachi, Roppongi). Expect to learn about important local laws, living expenses, Japanese apartments and guest houses, tatami mats and futon mattresses, supermarkets and convenience stores, personal seals and contracts, bills and bank accounts, holidays and festivals, schools and offices, internships and jobs, Japanese restaurants and parties, vegetarian and halal food… and feel free to ask about your other topics of interest 🙂

Note: We may operate a “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in two languages at the same time for the convenience of “Japanese + foreigner” couples, families or friends.

Travel tips for Tokyo: Rain or snow? Go to Asakusa area! (2015-2016)

Big rain or snow today during your stay in Tokyo or Yokohama? And you still have to explore the north-east of Tokyo? Go shopping and discover the Japanese culture and everyday life in covered areas: the modern Sky Tree tower, the culinary Kappabashi Dougu Street, traditional alleys near the holy Thunder Gate…

Precise travel tips from the Yes in Japan team for the end of autumn 2015, winter 2015-2016 and spring 2016:

  • Enjoy and photograph cute cats at Neko Zan Mai,
  • Examine traditional instruments and play music at the Drum Museum,
  • Experience the art of ukiyo-e woodblock printing at Mokuhankan,
  • Join a washoku cooking lesson at Chagohan Tokyo,
  • Play a fun game at Escape Hunt Japan (3 rooms in Asakusa),
  • Relax at the public bath & hot spring Jakotsuyu,
  • Savour ramen noodles in hot soup at Asakusa Naritaya,
  • Slowly shop at Don Quijote Asakusa,
  • Try Japanese activities at Jidaiya,
  • Watch an original fashion & dance show with Japanese dancers at Tokyo Rhapsody,
  • In family, let your small child discover the “baby” floor of Panda Café.

Learn more about the area and how to access it on our “Get Japan map of Asakusa” page and… do not forget your umbrella in the subway or at a shop 🙂
Map of Kappabashi, Asakusa & Sky Tree (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner