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Yes in Japan private tours in English/French in Tokyo area (half day, 1 day or more)

For the convenience of foreigners travelling or living in Japan, our Japanese travel agency Travel Stand Japan now proposes private tours (half day, 1 day or several days) with tour conductor/guide speaking English or French in addition to local walks and traditional activities. We can meet you at your hotel or ryokan early in the morning if necessary 🙂

For a tour conductor/guide in Tokyo area, you pay the same basic price whether you are alone or come as a group (family, friends…):

This service is convenient and quite cheap if you spend holidays in Japan with your family or friends, do a business trip in Asia with colleagues who do not speak the Japanese language, attend an international conference in Tokyo with researchers or students… Besides, we highly recommend you to join a Yes in Japan private tour if you have only one day in Tokyo and are not sure how to get the best from it.

Family looking at carps in a pond at Happo-en (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

During a 1-day private tour in Tokyo, you could for example eat great sushi at Tsukiji fish market, discover the recently renovated Kabuki-za theatre, savour a green tea in a nice tea house surrounded by trees and flowers, walk in small streets, meet shopkeepers, and end the day with a great night view or even live music! If the weather is not so good, you could instead admire Japanese samurai swords, traditional kimono dresses, Buddhist statues, Shinto lanterns at night, and the interior of a gorgeous wedding centre…

Kabuki-za theatre (Tokyo, Japan) in April 2014.

During a 1-day private tour near Tokyo, you can for example leave early for Hakone to see Mount Fuji, enjoy Japanese art, drink green tea while looking at a lake then relax at a hot spring. You could also enter a bamboo grove, see an impressive statue of Buddha and write a sutra in Kamakura! Of course, we can also accompany you to a Japanese festival or other special event.

Mount Fuji seen from Hakone (Japan) in April 2014.

Try to make early reservations for private tours, especially if you wish a tour conductor/guide at night, on week-ends, public holidays, or busy periods: New year (first week of January), cherry blossoms (March/April), Golden Week (end of April and beginning of May), and autumn leaves (October/November).

Enjoy Japan!

Get ready for our activities and walks in Tokyo!

We prepare our activities and walks with care to make them fun and interesting for you as well as authentic and beneficial to the locals. Still, we may have to adapt them due to the weather, religious/special events, busyness at shops… Your understanding will be greatly appreciated.

Our walks in Tokyo last 2~2½ hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes adapted to the weather and suitable for walks. Japan has no special dress code for its streets, Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines but avoid big bags for narrow/crowded places. Do not forget your camera and wallet 🙂

Japanese Gods Grand Tour: Shinto gates and foxes at Takuzosu-inari (Tokyo, Japan) in February 2014.

Our activities in Tokyo last 1~1½ hours. We may remove our shoes and sit on tatami mats so please wear socks matching the season and clothes letting you sit comfortably without a chair. Also avoid strong perfume just before the activity. Thanks!

Washi Paper Time in Tokyo: diverse Japanese paper, collage illustrating Mount Fuji...

If you have any question, do not hesitate to e-mail, call or visit the Yes in Japan team in Tokyo.

Reservations and payments (Japanese activities & walks in Tokyo by Yes in Japan)

For practical reasons, we require reservations for all our Japanese activities and walks in Tokyo. Please read our latest Terms & Conditions before booking and contact us if you have any question.

You can book at our travel agency, by phone, by e-mail or on our Yes in Japan English Website until 18:30 on the last business day before the activity/walk. You can check the dates of the Japanese public holidays on our site if needed.

Our prices are in yens, all taxes included. You can pay at the gathering spot just before the activity/walk or earlier at our agency. Please prepare the exact amount in cash: payments by card or in foreign money are unavailable at the moment.

If you wish to join a walk/activity normally planned on a different day or hour, please contact us to check availability. We will be glad to make your trip in Japan a greater experience 🙂

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Terms & Conditions (Japanese activities & walks in Tokyo by Yes in Japan)

We have updated our Yes in Japan terms and conditions.

The Yes in Japan activities, walks and explanations are thought for foreign travellers and residents in Japan but Japanese citizens wishing to join are welcome. A legal representative must accompany children and teenagers (18 years old or less).

We prepare our activities and walks in Tokyo for small groups and give priority by order of registration if too many participants register for the same walk/activity on the same day.

Our walks include: all entrance fees and an English speaker knowing the area and Japanese culture. Our walks do not include: food and drinks (unless specified), souvenirs and other personal purchases… To know what our diverse Japanese activities include or not, please read their specific description.

The activities/walks in Tokyo are maintained in case of reasonable rain but may be cancelled if there is heavy rain, strong wind… Contact us to check in such a case.

Cancellation is possible free of charge until 18:00 on the last business day before the activity/walk. In case of later cancellation, we will charge 1.000 yens per person as “late cancellation fee”. We will not refund money if a participant does not complete an activity/walk for personal reasons.

Our staff may take photos of participants during activities/walks. Please write on our form how to give you access to them. We will not use or share these photos without your permission.

Please let us know any physical condition, allergy, religious restriction… that may influence your ability to complete an activity or walk. We may adapt our services for your convenience.

We look forward to meeting you. Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy your stay in Tokyo!

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Pink cherry blossoms and Japanese bride in kimono at Tokyo-daijingu on 11 April 2014

This morning, we admired pink cherry blossoms and a charming Japanese bride in white kimono (traditional dress) at the peaceful Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine. The nice couple of travellers from Sweden that joined this “Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo” walking tour in Tokyo was delighted 🙂

Most cherry trees in Tokyo have already lost their petals due to the rain but this cherry tree of the Yae-zakura species is in full bloom. With good travel tips or a guide, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo even after the peak of March/April!

Pink cherry blossoms at Tokyo-daijingu Shinto shrine (Tokyo, Japan) on 11 April 2014.

Tokyo-daijingu is known as the Shinto shrine that held the first Shinto wedding ceremony in Japan so it is the most traditional destination in Japan to see (and take a picture of) a Japanese bride in kimono…

Japanese bride in white kimono at Tokyo-daijingu (Tokyo, Japan) on 11 April 2014.

We exceptionally started this Yes in Japan 2014 tour at Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near Suidobashi station) for the convenience of our customers. The walk was longer than usual but it was a pleasure with this beautiful Spring weather 🙂

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Yae-zakura = 八重桜, Kimono = 着物.
  • Tokyo = 東京, Tokyo-daijingu = 東京大神宮.
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).

Golden Week 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities & walks in English

Yes in Japan organizes walks and activities in English in Tokyo during the Golden Week 2014 (26 April 2014 to 06 May 2014) as indicated in the calendar below:

MONDAY
28 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
TUESDAY
29 April 2014
WEDNESDAY
30 April 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
THURSDAY
01 May 2014
09:30 at Hotel Grand Palace
After the War: Fighters and Civilians
(Walk W14E)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
 
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
16:30 at Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?
(Walk W14B)
FRIDAY
02 May 2014
09:30 at Akihabara
Akihabara Crazy World
(Walk W14H)
13:00 at Jimbocho
Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture
(Walk W14A)
16:15 at Hotel Grand Palace
Kagurazaka, Charming Tokyo
(Walk W14C)

Prepare well your Golden Week 2014 in Japan because banks, restaurants and diverse other shops will close (completely or early) even in Tokyo! Take care during your tour of Japan and enjoy your holidays 🙂

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

April 2014 in Tokyo: Calendar of activities in English by YES IN JAPAN

Travel Stand Japan just launched 3 Yes in Japan Japanese activities in English for foreign travellers in Tokyo during April 2014: Japanese games time (janken, karuta, sugoroku…), Japanese tea time (green tea powder, leaves, tasting…) and Washi paper time (handmade set, origami, chigiri-e…). These activities are great to learn about the Japanese culture and lifestyle, especially if you travel in Japan with children.

Activity in Tokyo: Japanese tea time.

You will find below our calendar for April 2014 with the dates, gathering times and places, titles and references of our activities. Follow the links to learn more or make a reservation. Note that a separate schedule exists for our walks in April 2014 and that some activities will remain available in May 2014 and beyond.

EVERY DAY
Except Sundays
and public holidays
Start time of your choice between 15:00 and 18:00 at Marebito tea house
Japanese tea time
(Activity A14A)
MONDAY
07, 14, 21, 28 April
TUESDAY
08, 15, 22 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
WEDNESDAY
09, 16, 23, 30 April
THURSDAY
10, 17, 24 April
14:00 at Jimbocho
Washi paper time
(Activity A14B)
14:00 at Jimbocho
Japanese games time
(Activity A14C)
FRIDAY
11, 18, 25 April

Each group is limited to 6 participants so we recommend you to reserve early!

All our activities in English take place in Tokyo near Jimbocho station, which is easy to access by subway from Shibuya station and Shinjuku station. You can also walk from Kudanshita station and Suidobashi station. Convenient nearby hotels include Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, Hotel Grand Palace (near Yasukuni shrine), Hotel Niwa Tokyo (near our travel agency) and Tokyo Dome Hotel (near our travel agency).

Have fun and experience Japan during your Spring holidays!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Hotel Grand Palace = ホテルグランドパレス (hotelu-gurando-palesu).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo).
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).
  • Tokyo Dome Hotel = 東京ドームホテル (Tokyo-domu-hotelu).

YES IN JAPAN Website & Services in English

Yes in Japan provides services in English to enjoy Tokyo, travel in Japan, and discover the Japanese culture during your holidays. To bring you great value, we strive to incorporate things that foreigners can not usually see/do/understand by themselves in Japan because of communication problems (few Japanese people speak English), lack of knowledge about Japan or lack of contacts with the right Japanese persons.

Yes in Japan evening tour at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.

We already propose interesting and fun walking tours with guides and Japanese activities in Tokyo on day time and evenings. We also provide help for shopping if you wish to buy “Made in Japan” products such as wagashi sweets, washi paper, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, traditional games… We carefully select and organize our Yes in Japan tours and activities to make your stay very pleasant, without worry. So far, we have organized all our walking tours to enable online reservations 1 business day before the tour, for your convenience.

Made in Japan: nut containing the 7 Gods of Fortune.

Our Yes in Japan Website also recommends hotels/ryokans and restaurants with great Japanese food for your stay in Tokyo. To help you better plan your trip, we also share information about live music events in Tokyo, Japanese festivals all over Japan…

Fight with snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

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Chika and Mary during a piano and song concert at Horizon.

New tour in Tokyo: “After the War: Fighters and Civilians”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan original tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “After the War: Fighters and Civilians” (reference W14E). Our team strongly recommends you this walking tour if you are interested in Japan’s history and culture, world war 2 and the post-war period, and international relationships.

Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo (Japan).

Visit the famous/infamous Yasukuni shrine, view relics of World War 2 and enter a museum dedicated to the Showa period that covers the war and the following years. Expect to see army gear, a Zero fighter plane, a special souvenir shop, Japanese newspapers, and old photos! The explanations of our English-speaking guide will be as factual as possible; please form your best opinion about this sensitive topic during your travel in Japan and back home…

Zero fighter plane in Tokyo (Japan).

Current calendar for March 2014: Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 with departures at 09:30 from the nice Hotel Grand Palace. Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Feel Japan’s modern history and understand the life of Japanese grand-parents during your stay in Tokyo!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Showa period = 昭和時代 (Showa-jidai).
  • 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).