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!

2020 Trip: World Robot Summit in Japan

In 2020 Year of the Rat, Japan will host a “World Robot Summit” international convention to improve the speed, precision and reliability of robots used for manufacturing, agriculture, nursing care, medical treatment… Japan is “the” world leader in robotics! Contact our travel agency if you would like us to prepare an exceptional high-tech trip for you or your company including this international event, with or without tour guide speaking your native language 🙂

To decide when to come to Japan, you can also check the latest news on Get Japan channel:

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 🙂

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 🙂

Holidays & business trips in Japan

You have holidays or a business trip planned in Asia? Ask us to prepare a wonderful itinerary in Japan, optimize your transportation, find convenient & pleasant hotels in the cities or traditional inns with lots of character in the countryside, recommend diverse restaurants & seasonal regional dishes, guide you in English during personalized excursions including time with Japanese locals…

We are used to helping tourists and professionals travelling alone or in good company from Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Fiji…
7.9m-long whale sharks at Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa (Japan).
Peace Tower at Cape Kyan (Japan) in March.
Kumano Kodo panorama with Nachi waterfalls (Japan) in August.
Himeji Castle (Japan) in August.
Sakuragicho in Yokohama (Japan).

To help us propose then organize a pertinent & charming stay for you an your group, tell us where you have already been in Asia, the goals of your trip in Japan, the number and age of the travellers, your budget, your needs (physical condition, halal, vegan/vegetarian), your passions (Japanese or not), the potential dates for your trip, your ideas for destinations & activities in Japan…

Important: Japan lacks hotel rooms for travellers and English-speaking certified guides; reserve 6-12 months before your flight or cruise to ensure you get what you want and to benefit from the best choices at attractive prices!
Japanese singers/dancers in kimono with Sébastien Duval on the Gozabune Atakemaru ship in Tokyo (Japan).
Yuta Honda and Taylor Martin at Toyokuni Atelier art gallery in Tokyo (Japan).
Kamagaya Big Buddha (Japan) with Sébastien Duval.

Charmed by Japan and convinced by the Yes in Japan quality at the end of your stay? Come live in Japan and recommend our travel agency in Tokyo to your friends 🙂

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 🙂