2022年度オリエンテーションを開催します。詳細はこちら

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Feb. 4, 2023

  • 2023.02.05

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Feb. 4, 2023 Thank you for choosing our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on February 4, 2023. We welcomed 10 guests from the USA, Italy, Greece, and the Czech Republic. 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. February 3rd was Setsubun which means the transition of Winter and Spring. Setsubun celebrates the arrival of spring, called Risshun. It is said that after Risshun the cold weather will get milder. Today we had a very pleasant tour with good weather and guests. We could enjoy viewing camellias and plums in the East Garden. The cherry blossom season that many people are waiting for is gradually approaching. We always strive to give high-quality tours. Your feedback is very important and useful to us. If you have a moment, please consider posting comments about tours on TripAdvisor / Facebook, etc. Also, please tell your family and friends about us. Next time you’re in Tokyo, please come to another one of our tours. Once again thank you […]

Join us on our 3 exciting tours on February 5

  • 2023.01.27

As we notified on our website, there will be the morning and afternoon tours in Asakusa and the afternoon tour in Ueno Park on February 5. We are delighted to advise that there will be more tour opportunities for our guests from February.   February 5 schedule: The Asakusa tours Morning tour: start at 10 am and finish around 11:30 am Afternoon tour: start at 1 pm and finish around 2:30 pm The Ueno Park tour Start at 1:30 pm and finish around 3:30pm  Asakusa and Ueno are close to each other. Two tours may be combined. Asakusa has many sightseeing spots around the Sensoj Temple. The Denpoin Street is one of them. Crossing the Nakamise Street, the atmosphere is different from there. The length of the street is 200 meters. The Denpoin Street is wider, less crowded and easier to walk in. You’ll feel like traveling back into the Edo period. They have a variety of traditional crafts such as glass craftwork, combs and brushes. During the Edo period there were notable thieves. Their dolls are displayed on the street. The most famous ones were the five master thieves. The man striking a pose is their boss. The other […]

Tour Report on Jan.24th (the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace)

  • 2023.01.25

Thank you for joining us at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on Jan. 24th. We welcomed 5 guests from Singapore and USA. I hope all of you enjoyed our tour and shared with us an interesting conversation of history and culture for a few hours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached. We were worried about the weather as it was drizzling in the morning, but soon after the tour started, the sun came out. The weather seemed to be on our side. Ten years ago, the surface of the moat was filled with migratory birds such as ducks, tufted ducks, pochard and so on, but because of global warming, the number of migratory birds has decreased dramatically. Even so, we were able to see migratory birds swimming slowly in the moat, albeit few. At this time of year, after the autumn leaves and before the cherry blossom season, there are not many things to see, but the Kawazu cherry blossoms and Japanese allspice were in full bloom, adding color to the desolate scenery. The guests were taking pictures of the blossoms. Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our tour. We are always […]

Tour Report on Jan. 22nd (Meiji Shrine and Harajuku tour)

  • 2023.01.23

Thank you for choosing our tour at Meiji Shrine and Harajuku on Jan.22nd. We welcomed 7 guests from Singapore and US. 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. It was lucky morning to see many Wedding Ceremonies. Meiji Shrine layout was arranged especially for New Years’ first visit of shrine (hatsu-moude) and had a large votive tablet of rabbit. Your feedback is important and helpful to us. If you enjoyed our tour, please considerposting a review on our TripAdvisor/Facebook etc. Your comments will help contributeto higher-quality tours. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tourduring your precious time in Tokyo. In case you happen to be back in Tokyo, pleasejoin another one of our tours. (posted by Sakamoto)

The Asakusa afternoon tour will be back on track

  • 2023.01.08

Thank you for taking the time to join our Asakusa tour on January 8. We welcomed six people from UK, India, America and Hong Kong. It was a bit cold but the weather was wonderful in the new year. I hope you enjoyed the tour with us. There is a famous street specializing in kitchen tools between  Asakusa and Ueno. It’s the Kappabashi Kitchen Tool Street, Japan’s largest kitchen street. There are more than 170 shops on the 800-meter street for kitchen tools such as plastic food samples, knives, dishes, pots, cooking utensils and so on. The categories of products are everything needed by restaurants without fresh food. The price is generally reasonable but you may be able to find a bargain.   For example, food samples which are placed in restaurant windows for passersby.  Sushi, ramen and tempura look so real and delicious, but you can’t eat them. Some kitchen knife shops are visited by chefs around the world. They offer carving your name for free on the knife you purchase at the shop. Kappabashi started as a second-hand tool shop about 110 years ago and now attracts Japanese as well as foreign visitors as Japan’s largest kitchen street. […]

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Dec. 14, 2022

  • 2022.12.14

Perfect place to learn about Japanese history Thank you for joining our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Dec.14,2022. We welcomed 6 guests from France, Spain and Italy. 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.  group photos 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 more information about our tour, please visit our web site at https://tfwt.jp/top/east-gardens-of-the-imperial-palace/ https://www.facebook.com/TokyoFWTor Tokyo Free Walking Tour https://www.tripadvisor.jp/ (posted by Sakamoto)

Day Tour of Asakusa and Ueno Park on Dec. 4th

  • 2022.12.06

Many thanks for joining us on our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on December 4. We welcomed 12 guests from the USA, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, and Hungary. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. Also, it was really nice seeing some of you on both tours. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. <Asakusa> <Ueno Park> In the winter season, Japanese students struggle to pass the entrance examination. Their parents can only wish them success. We can see many Ema from students at the Asakusa shrine, Ueno great Buddha, and Ueno Toshogu. Do you know Ema? Ema is a small wooden plate that people write down their wishes and dedicate to the shrine. We hope that their dream come true. The combined tour with Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon is not mandated, but it is just our recommendation. You can choose either of the tours as you wish. Once again, thank you for choosing Tokyo Free Walking Tour during your precious […]

【2023年度TFWT新規会員募集のご案内】

  • 2022.12.05

【外国人観光客向けボランティアガイド活動にご興味のある方へ】 年に一度のTFWT入会のチャンスです! ご入会にあたっては、2023年2月11日(土)10:00~12:00(予定)開催の オンライン説明会(zoom) にご参加いただくことが必須条件です。 説明会に参加したら入会しなくてはいけない、ということは一切ありませんので、 どうぞお気軽にお申込みのうえご参加ください。 説明会参加申込期間は 2023年1月31日(火)まで。 <応募資格> 1.当会の活動にご賛同いただき、ツアーへの参加および運営活動を含めたボランティア活動に参加いただける方。 2.年齢18歳以上(高校生を除く) ♪TFWTの応募資格に「英語力」はありません♪ <会費等>  入会金:1000円、年会費:2000円  <オリエンテーション(説明会)担当より> 当会では、 皇居東御苑、浅草、上野公園、明治神宮・原宿において、 「英語」によるボランティアガイド活動を行っています。 外国からのお客様に、日本文化や歴史について理解を深めていただき、 日本に親しみを持っていただくことを第一の目的として活動しております。 そのための基本的な英語力や、日本文化、歴史の知識は必要ですが、 外国のお客様への「おもてなしのこころ」を何よりも大切にしています。 まずは「習うより慣れろ」です。お気軽にご参加いただければと思います。 詳しくはこちらまで https://tfwt.jp/orientation_2023/ TFWTオリエンテーション(説明会)担当

The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Dec. 3, 2022

  • 2022.12.05

Many thanks for joining us on our tour at The East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Dec. 3rd. We welcomed 3 guests from UK and Spain. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful people from all over the world and exchange the cultural information. <Group A> <Group B> During our tour, we encountered many beautifully colored trees. The season of autumn leaves in the city of Tokyo will soon come to an end. When the colored leaves fall, winter is finally here. We enjoyed the late autumn air. Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our tour. We always make efforts to improve our tours and highly appreciate your feedback on our TripAdvisor/Facebook etc. Your comments motivate us to continue our volunteer activities. Please you’re your family and friends about how you enjoyed our tour. Next time you’re in Tokyo, please join another one of our tours (Asakusa, Meiji Shrine/Harajuku and Ueno Park). We’d love to see you again.For more information about our tour, please visit our web site athttps://tfwt.jp/top/east-gardens-of-the-imperial-palace/ ,https://www.facebook.com/TokyoFWTor Tokyo Free Walking Tour at https://www.tripadvisor.jp/ .(posted by Toyo)

Tour report of Asakusa and Ueno Park on Nov. 20th

  • 2022.11.21

Thank you so much for joining our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on Nov 20th. We welcomed 24 guests in total from Singapore, India,Puerto Rico, US and UK. How global! It was a little chilly and rainy day, but all of guests was with us till the end. We really appreciate all guest for sharing precious time and inspiring us with interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. I hope you enjoyed out tour as we did very much. (Asakusa) (Ueno Park) During the tours, we encountered many children cutely-dressed in Kimono. They visited to Asakusa Shrine with their family to celebrate Shichi-Go-San ceremony. Shichi-Go-San literary means 7, 5 and 3, and it is a traditional Japanese annual event for praying the healthy growth of children aged 3, 5 and 7. It was traditionally held on Nov 15th , we can see them around this period. The family uses this opportunity to take commemorative photos at a photo studio. Seeing such happy families make me warm and remind the gratitude for the peace. We always strive to give […]

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