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Super Cool Interaction! Tour Report: June 16th at Meiji Jingu and Harajuku Street

  • 2024.06.18

Hey everyone! When you’re traveling abroad, the best way to truly experience a country is by chatting with the locals. So why not strike up a conversation with people in Japan? “Oh, that sounds awesome! But this is my first time in Japan, and I don’t have any Japanese friends yet.” No worries! We’re Tokyo Free Walking Tour (TFWT), a fun and friendly non-profit volunteer guide group. We love sharing cool facts about Japanese history and culture, and meeting people from all over the world. And guess what? Our tours are 100% free—no tips, no fees, just pure fun! Our guides are a diverse bunch—office workers, freelancers, homemakers, retirees, you name it! Some have official tour guide licenses and speak excellent English, while others are just starting out and speak “Janglish” (Japanese English). The best part? We all love talking about Japanese culture and traditions with our international friends. Today, we split into four groups. My group had a lovely mother and son from Australia, a friendly gentleman from Singapore, and three amazing local guides: two middle-aged guys and a wonderful woman. That’s right, three guests and three guides! We had a blast chatting and sharing stories throughout the tour. […]

Tour Report of East Garden of Imperial Palace on 15th June,2024

  • 2024.06.16

Thank you so much joining our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on 15th June,2024! We welcomed 11 guests from USA ,UK ,Spain ,Singapore and Indonesia. I hope you all had a good time and enjoyed interesting conversation with each other during the tour. As promised, some photos are attached to remember the fun times we had. The day of the tour was sunny and very hot. The rainy season in Japan usually lasts from early June to mid-July but it has not yet started even in mid-June this year. Speaking of the rainy season, do you know the representative flower that has been favored in Japan for a long time? Japanese hydrangeas are truly enchanting flowers that captivate with their delicate beauty and vibrant colors. Known as AJISAI in Japanese, these blossoms bloom in various shades of blue, pink, and purple, bringing colors into the melancholy rainy season. Visiting Japan during the hydrangea season is a truly magical experience. Many parks and gardens such as East gardens of the Imperial Palace, Ueno Park, and Meiji shrine are adorned with these stunning flowers, creating a picturesque and serene atmosphere. Strolling through these places surrounded by the gentle […]

Tour Report of East Garden of Imperial Palace on 12th June, 2024

  • 2024.06.13

Thank you for choosing our tour at East Garden of Imperial Palace on 12th June , 2024. We welcomed 11 guests from Australia, Spain, US, Canada and Germany. I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. Iris garden is in full bloom, and we enjoyed the dreamy flower garden. Iris is a garden plant that has been crossbred in various ways mainly by samurai in the late Edo period. So far, more than 5,000 varieties have been created, and there is a wide variety of colors and shapes. The irises bloom only three days. At the East Garden of Imperial Palace, you can appreciate the ephemeral beauty of colorful clusters created with the utmost care so that different varieties are next to each other. About once every two months, the Imperial Guard Band holds an outdoor concert at lunchtime in the Garden. Concerts are held irregularly, so if you run into one, you’re lucky. On this day, there were 5 fun performances. The announcement of the song introduction is in Japanese, English and Chinese.  We enjoyed an early […]

DISCOVERING THE EVOLUTION OF RAMEN, June 9, Asakusa & Ueno Park

  • 2024.06.11

Thank you for joining the Tokyo Free Walking Tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park, and for regularly checking this website. On June 9th, we welcomed around 25 guests from the USA, Australia,Germany, Spain, Israel, and Japan. With, a slightly cloudy but mostly sunny day, we started the 90-minutes Asakusa tours at around 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Along with our typical tour route, we visited several spots in this historical town and concluded at Asakusa Shinto Shrine. During the 90-minute stroll, we showcased some of the majestic Buddhist buildings and provided hands-on experiences. These included touching lucky charms, participating in purification rituals, and trying fortune-telling paper. We hope these experiences will be memorable for you. Almost at the same time as our Asakusa afternoon tour, our guide met expectant guests in front of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the National Museum of Western Art.  These institutions serve as a cultural gateway to Ueno Park, which is often referred to as “the Village of Culture”. Starting from these cultural landmarks, we had the 90-minute guided tour.” In the midst of the huge green area, hydrangeas are appearing and attracting many park-goers. These adorable flowers are a type of seasonal flower, especially […]

“Tour Report : June 8, 2024 ” 【The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace】

  • 2024.06.11

Thank you for joining our tour at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on June 8 ,2024. We welcomed 14 guests from USA, Bulgaria, Australia, South Korea, UK, Canada, Germany and Singapore. It was such a nice day for walking in the park. Pleasant breeze helped us having good memories. It was a precious opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and to share interreting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun that we had togather. 【Group A】 【Group B】 【Group C】 The rainy season is almost here in Tokyo. Rice grows well with adequate rain and sunlight. During your stay in Japan, you will see beautiful green paddy fields. I would like you to taste the Japanese rice. It is so GOOD!!! And Japan has seasonal ingredients and fruits. Have a lot of lovely experiences !!! Come and join the fun! Check out our tour schedule here: https://www.supersaas.com/schedule/TFWT/Tokyo_Free_Walking_Tour We can’t wait to see you and share an unforgettable experience! (posted by Keiko N.) For more information about our tour, please visit the following;https://tfwt.jp/top/east-gardens-of-the-imperial-palace/

That walking tour is so much fun and really informative! Tour report of June 2nd in Meiji-JIngu and Harajuku street.

  • 2024.06.02

Hey guys! Coming to Japan? The best way to enjoy Tokyo is with local friends who know their stuff. No friends in Japan? No worries!We’re Tokyo Free Walking Tour, a non-profit group of English-speaking guides. We love sharing cool facts about Japanese history and culture, and meeting people from all over the world. Our tours are 100% free—no tips, no fees. Curious about our walking tour? Today, we explored Meiji-jingu and Harajuku. Meiji-jingu is near Shibuya, where you’ll probably check out the crazy scramble crossing and Hachiko statue—I love that spot!Meiji-jingu is a Shinto shrine, and visiting it is a great way to understand Japan. Even if you’re not Shinto, everyone is welcome. Today, we split into three groups. My group included a fun couple from France and a cool guy from Canada, along with two middle-aged local guys and a young local woman as guides. Three guests, three guides. Since we’re non-commercial, we have lots of local guides, so you get to chat with a bunch of locals during the tour. We walked to the main shrine building and greeted the deities in the local way. Along the way, we exchanged lots of tips and ideas. Our guests asked […]

Irises Welcome the Guests! Tour Report of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, 1 June 2024

  • 2024.06.02

Many thanks to the guests who joined the tour on that day. We welcomed 34 guests from Mexico, Croatia, Belgium, Poland, Canada, South Korea and Australia. We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. It’s happy for us that we enjoyed the iris flowers which period is only a few weeks. Most of the guests are young age, but they listened Japanese historical story with interest. Some guests presented us Mexican candy and ice cream, Thanks! Many of them enjoyed instant kimono wearing after the tour. One more information for our coming guests in the future. Our meeting place is the Marunouchi Central Gate (ground floor) at JR Tokyo Station. Please find our flag there. Your feedback is important and helpful to us. If you enjoyed our tour, please consider posting a review on our TripAdvisor/Facebook etc. Your comments will help contribute to higher-quality tours. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tour during your precious time in Tokyo. In case you happen to be back in Tokyo, please join another one of our tours. For […]

Exploring the Toilet Museum, the Ueno Park tour on May 29

  • 2024.05.30

Thank you for joining the tour on May 29 at Ueno Park. We welcomed eight people from Australia, America, Germany and Poland. The weather was fine and we hope you enjoyed walking with us. The photos we took during the tour are posted. Ueno Park is known for a significant cultural center in Tokyo. In addition to the seven museums, there is a unique  museum called ‘Toilet Museum’ making the park more artistic. The Toilet Museum was built four years ago when it was renewed. After being asked by the Tokyo Metropolitan government officials, the volunteer students of the nearby Tokyo University of the Arts proposed the restrooms to consider the implication of stool, a fundamental part of everyday life for humans and animals. 33 students were involved. The concept is ‘Stool and health’. For humans, bowel movement is often associated with unclean image, but zookeepers everyday observe the color, shape and texture  of poop and have a grasp of health status of their animals at Ueno Zoo. Bodily excretions are important source of information for zookeepers. The restroom walls are covered with tiles shaped like poop. The stalls are designed to recall animals’ natural habitats. Different animals such as […]

Tsuyu and Hydrangea: Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on May 26, 2024

  • 2024.05.26

Many thanks for joining our tours at Asakusa and Ueno Park on May 26, 2024. We welcomed 24 guests from US, Australia, India, Israel, Germany, Spain and Poland It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. Do you know about Tsuyu, the rainy season in Japan? In Japan, the rainy season is generally from the end of May to the beginning of July. If you are a guest from a dry country, you may not feel very comfortable. I will give you a brilliant idea to enjoy the rainy season. It is to enjoy hydrangea flowers which are the symbol of the rainy season. Depending on where you are in Japan, the best time for hydrangea viewing falls from May to July. Did you know its color varies from plant to plant? This is due to the pH value of the soil in which it is planted. The color varieties are pink, blue, and purple. There are many hydrangea gardens nationwide generally available to visit, often situated in temples […]

Come and join the fun! Tour Report of the Imperial Palace East Garden on 25 May, 2024

  • 2024.05.26

Hi, guys! Planning a trip to Tokyo? Why not join our super fun and free walking tour? We’re Tokyo Free Walking Tour (TFWT), a lively group of English-speaking locals who are passionate about Japanese traditions and love meeting people from around the world. Today, we had an awesome walking tour of the Imperial Palace East Garden. Ten of our enthusiastic guides welcomed 24 wonderful guests from all over the world at Tokyo Station. We split into four groups, with 2 or 3 guides per group, making sure everyone got a personalized experience. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, perfect for a stroll. First, we walked through the modern Tokyo business district.  Then, we explored samurai castle towers, castle gates, old guard houses, stone walls, and a beautiful Japanese garden. Along the way, we shared fascinating historical backgrounds. One guide explained with visual material, while another tailed captivating stories. We also wandered through a Japanese garden bursting with irises and azaleas. Our tours are about more than just about history—they’re fun! With our small groups and multiple guides, there’s plenty of time to chat about food, culture, and swap fun stories. It’s like hanging out with new Japanese friends! After 2 and […]

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