Tag Archives: Weekend

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).

Shopping in Tokyo: Find fun gifts, art supplies… at Bumpodo

Bumpodo is a stationery shop selling fun Japanese souvenirs, oil paints, manga pens… opened in 1887! In addition to the shopping floors, Bumpodo features a gallery on the fourth floor and an art school on the fifth and seventh floors.
Find fun gifts, art supplies... at Bumpodo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Ukiyo-e postcard: 86 yens
  • Origami: 108 yens
  • “Cat Sushi” key chain: 400 yens
  • Hand towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3291-3441
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bumpodo is the gift shop 23 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy your ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery!

Go to Ebisudo Gallery to buy ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Edo, Meiji and the modern era at a good price: Japanese nature, ladies in kimono
Buy ukiyo-e at a good price at Ebisudo Gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Card-size print: 500 yens
  • Art book: 1000 yens
  • Fine original print or painting: 5000-40000 yens

Open: 11:00-18:30 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3219-7651
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: English, French, Japanese.

Ebisudo Gallery is the specialist shop 20 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy a sword, kendo armour… at Shobu-do-sangyo

Go near Suidobashi station in Tokyo to find high-quality iaido and bamboo swords, kendo armours (tailored), related equipment, books…
Buy a sword, kendo armour... at Shobu-do-sangyo (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Practice sword for iaido: 31000-212000 yens
  • Full kendo armour set: 45000-1060000 yens

Open: 11:00-19:00 (Sunday and public holidays: 11:00-18:00)

Phone: (+81) 03-3815-0411
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Shobu-do-sangyo is the specialist shop 11 in the section B2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Offer exciting picture books from Bookhouse Jinbocho ☺

Discover exciting Japanese legends and modern stories, monsters, heroes, everyday life in Japan… and great language study books!
Offer exciting picture books from Bookhouse Jinbocho (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Picture book in Japanese language: 1000 yens
  • Baby socks: 380 yens
  • Small toy: 580 yens

Open: 11:00-18:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3261-5691
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bookhouse Jinbocho is the bookshop 15 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

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).

Martial arts tournaments and concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Nippon-budokan

At the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan”, you can enjoy major martial arts tournaments (national or international), martial arts demonstrations and even concerts (e.g. AKB48 performance)! This impressive building in the heart of Tokyo (Chiyoda ward) has 14.471 places and features many martial arts events with free entrance; it adds a great touch of Japanese culture to everybody’s life or holidays in Tokyo 🙂 Our French travel manager attended diverse martial arts competitions and demonstrations there: aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo, taekwondo…
Martial Arts Hall of Japan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

Check our Japanese calendar to learn about the best events scheduled at the Nippon-budokan in the year 2014, 2015 or 2016 (weekends and public holidays included). Call 03-3216-5100 to learn more if you speak the Japanese language or kindly ask the staff of your hotel to do it for you. Near Kudanshita subway station and Hotel Grand Palace, the Martial Arts Hall of Japan “Nippon-budokan” is the spot “15” on our map of Tokyo Chiyoda designed for autumn 2014 and winter 2014-2015.

Travel tip: You can also meet or e-mail the Yes in Japan team to get advance tickets for concerts/tournaments, to attend martial arts lessons at a dojo of the annexe or to order a personalized tour linked to martial arts

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).

Shopping for ukiyo-e in Japan at Tokyo’s Ebisudo Gallery

At Ebisudo Gallery, you can buy Japanese woodblock prints/paintings from the Edo period, Meiji period or modern era, representing a samurai, a Japanese lady in kimono, the fours seasons of Japan, a Buddhist temple, Mount Fuji… This art shop in Chiyoda ward sells ukiyo-e originals (5.000 to 40.000 yens and beyond!) by famous artists as well as cheap reproductions and ukiyo-e calendars. Ebisudo Gallery currently selling the 2015 Calendar “Hasui” for 1.300 yens. We liked this small shop; check it out if you go on a shopping tour in Tokyo!
Ukiyo-e woodblock print with the Hota coast in Awa province at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Ebisudo Gallery is open from 11:00 to 18:30 from Monday to Saturday. The nice Japanese lady running the business speaks English and French; call 03-3219-7651 for information or ask your hotel’s staff to contact this specialist store for you. Near Jimbocho subway station and Sakura Hotel & Café Jimbocho, Ebisudo Gallery is the Japanese art gallery marked “4” on the Yes in Japan free map of Tokyo Chiyoda ward for autumn/winter 2014.

Of course, you can pay your ukiyo-e purchases at Ebisudo Gallery by credit card and ask for international delivery. Traditional art but modern business 🙂