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Trip to Japan: Sébastien Duval’s top 5 tips to prepare your travel!

Prepare your trip to Japan with Sébastien Duval’s top 5 tips about timing, food restrictions, destinations, languages, travel agents & tour guides. This 3-minute video with English subtitles was also realized in French and Japanese:

Subtitles:

  • Hi there! I’m Sébastien Duval, I’m in Tokyo, and I’m going to tell you how to prepare your trip to Japan!
  • Tip number 1: Prepare your trip well in advance. Japanese people and more & more foreign tourists compete for comfortable rooms at hotels and “ryokan” traditional inns in Tokyo metropolis, Kyoto city, Osaka city, Hakone area… and at other famous destinations! So many people want to enjoy cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, annual “matsuri” festivals, and other special events! Many rooms may be available for the end of June, beginning of July, September, and beginning of October but think carefully: flights & trains may be cancelled during these typhoon seasons! Planning everything 6 months to 1 year before travelling to Japan seems wise.
  • Tip number 2: Think about your special needs in Asia, especially if you move around with kids, if you are a vegetarian, a vegan, or if you are a Muslim and you need halal food… Japanese food is excellent but few restaurants are ready for international travellers with allergies, green lifestyles or diverse religious practices. Unexpected ingredients find their way in many dishes; for example, fish extracts in vegetable soups, meat extracts in seafood dishes, and pork fat in bread!
  • Tip number 3: Visit the Japanese countryside if you have time. Japan has many faces and trains can take you to so many cool places beyond the big cities! For 2 days or more, enjoy a slower pace, meet the locals and see different beautiful landscapes! Discover rice fields, volcanic lakes, hot springs in snowy mountains, jungles… This is Japan too!
  • Tip number 4: Move around with somebody who speaks your language and Japanese. Japanese people study English at school but few can communicate with foreigners; even staff at train stations and tourist spots. Besides, most signs, maps, brochures and menus are written in Japanese characters only (you can’t read them). The country is safe and Japanese people are kind so you don’t have to worry too much about all this stuff :) But, this being said, help from a bilingual can make your stay in Japan much more comfortable, efficient and fun. Ideally, find somebody understanding your needs and sharing your interests!
  • Tip number 5: Hire us! The team of my travel agency in Tokyo knows how to prepare a great trip in Japan (with private bus and special hotels if desired) and I have experience assisting & guiding parents with small children, vegan couples from Europe, Muslim families and businessmen from the Middle East, Jews from Israel, Hindu groups from India… Each tour was adapted to match the customers’ specificities, and I am happy to tell you that we never had a claim :) But of course we keep on learning and doing better every time! I speak English, French & Japanese, I’ve lived in Japan for more than 10 years, I know great Japanese people, and I have visited many places here! Shall I help you prepare your whole trip to Japan and maybe accompany you or your group all along?
  • Thanks for watching; see you in Japan!
  • For more information, please contact: DUVAL Sébastien.

Mount Fuji


About this video…

Original: https://youtu.be/Jbxdev7CAoc
Produced by: Stem ConsultingGet Japan team
Directed and edited by: Taylor B.
Presenter: Sébastien Duval. He is certified as tour conductor & guide in Japan, enjoys ecotourism, storytelling and the Japanese culture, and often eats vegan/halal food at restaurants in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone…

Special thanks to the staff of the vegan restaurant Loving Hut (Tokyo near Jimbocho station) for preparing a wonderful “vegan sushi” set although the restaurant was closed that day :)

New activity: Vegan sushi workshop in Tokyo city

Discover Japanese vegetables, make vegan sushi with experienced chefs then savour the healthy food you prepared during vegan sushi-making workshops organized in Tokyo city by the Yes In Japan team! The ingredients may include avocado, coconut, ginger, nori seaweed, okra, shiitake mushrooms… and the favourite rice of your cooking lesson’s teacher :) We can easily organize a workshop in English (with bilingual chefs), French (with assistant e.g. Sébastien Duval) or Japanese language (great for foreign language students).
Vegan sushi

Interested by this new activity and coming soon to Japan? E-mail us today to get details or make a reservation. Do not hesitate if you are a vegan/vegetarian traveller or have difficulties enjoying the Japanese food due to the specificities of your religion!

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 :)

Food in Tokyo: With children at Panda Café

Relax, savour an animal-shaped dessert, and let your children have fun! In Tokyo, Panda Café is an international restaurant with terrace (heated in winter) and a cute special floor with toys for small children, expecting mothers… You will find a good choice of tasty home-made meals and desserts, friendly staff and, if needed, space for your baby carriage!

First floor of Panda Café (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Dessert shaped like a panda at Panda Café (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).

A few prices for food on the menu:

  • Dessert shaped like a panda, lion or rabbit: 580 yens
  • Vegetable cheese cake: 580 yens
  • Breakfast/brunch set: 500 yens
  • Lunch set (vegetarian or not): 980 yens

Note: You have access to free Wifi and electric plugs, and can pay by credit card in this non-smoking restaurant!

Food & drinks in Tokyo: Taste Japan’s vegetables and wine at Petit Bonheur!

Taste fresh vegetables and fruits from Japan at lunch and add meat, fish and shells at dinner if you wish! Plus tarts, fruit juice…
Taste Japan's vegetables and wine at Petit Bonheur (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for the food and drinks:

  • All-you-can-eat lunches: 680 yens
  • Gourmet dinner (vegetarian or not): 2000 yens
  • Wine: 500 yens

Open: 11:00-23:00 (Saturday & Sunday: 10:00-19:00)

Phone: (+81) 03-3263-3343
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Petit Bonheur is the restaurant 4 in the section B1 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

International food/drinks in Japan at Tokyo’s Petit Bonheur

At Petit Bonheur, you can savour Japanese vegetables and fruits received directly from producers, sweets, tarts… and drink fruit juice, wine, tea, and coffee. The food is excellent and very cheap: 680 yens suffice for the vegetarian lunch buffet and 2.000 yens for a nice healthy dinner (with fish or meat if you wish). Consider going there during your tour of Tokyo!
International dinner at Petit Bonheur (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Petit Bonheur is open from 11:00 to 23:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends. Some staff speaks English; call 03-3263-3343 to make a reservation at this international restaurant or ask the Japanese staff of your hotel to do it for you. Between Iidabashi train station and Kudanshita subway station, Petit Bonheur is marked “14″ on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda North of autumn/winter 2014.

Best travel tip? Petit Bonheur provides free Wifi!

How to go to Petit Bonheur in Tokyo? From Iidabashi station…

Petit Bonheur is near Tokyo’s Iidabashi station: 3 minutes from exit West if you arrive by JR train or 4 minutes from exit B2a if you arrive by subway. Petit Bonheur is also near APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita (5 minutes), Hotel Grand Palace (6 minutes) and Hotel Metropolitan Edmont (6 minutes).

This international restaurant allowing healthy vegetarian meals is the spot 14 on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda of autumn/winter 2014:
Map of Chiyoda ward North (Tokyo, Japan).

Go to Petit Bonheur when you visit the nearby Tokyo Grand Shrine, Yasukuni Shinto Shrine or Kagurazaka district! This restaurant is a great option if you study Japanese at a language school in Iidabashi area: it has a cheap lunch buffet with delicious food :)

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!

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