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2019年5月

Tour Report on May 28

  • 2019.05.31

Thank you for joining our tour, we welcomed 20guests from Italy、 Germany、 USA、 Spain、 and Philippine. We divided all guests into 3groups and started our tour at 13:00 from Tokyo station. Each group has 2 guides. Unseasonal heat continued for several days, but today the temperature was less than 29 degrees, it was cloudy and humidity and windy, a little rain came in the second half of the tour. Even so we enjoyed our walking tour in the afternoon, usually a weekday tour is held in the morning, but today was a special schedule at the East Garden. Probabry, that is because the US president left Japan this morning, he stayed the Palace hotel nearby Imperial Palace.   That aside it seems that the rainy season has begun in Japan. Then, we can enjoy different flowers along with the changing seasons in the East Garden. Azeria is almost over, then rainy season is best for Japanese iris and hydrangea. In the NINOMARU garden, 84kinds of Japanese iris blooms from early June. It is still early in full bloom now. I heard that the garden staff takes care of the flowers every day to keep its bloom beautifully. They do their best […]

TOUR REPORT OF THE EAST GARDEN OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE ON MAY.25, 2019

  • 2019.05.27

Thank you joining us. We welcomed 43 guests from various countries such as US, UK, Sweden, Malaysia, Philippine, Hungary, Canada, Australia, Turkey and India. We divided all the guests into 4 groups and started our tour at 1:00 pm from Tokyo station. Each group has 2 guides, so all guests and guides were able to enjoy conversation while walking. It was a very hot day like summer and the temperature was over 31 degrees. However it was dry and we could feel pleasant breeze under the shade. Donald Tramp the president of United State of America arrived that day and would stay at the Palace Hotel nearby East Garden. Our tour course was in a state of high security. Mr. Tramp will be the first foreign leader to meet new emperor. Thanks again to all the guests for joining and having good time with us.We have been introducing our activities at Facebook and Trip adviser.If you have joined our tour, please check them, and give us your comments or feedbacks. TFWT is going to hold a walking tours at Meiji shrine, Asakusa and Ueno Park. Please check our website for more details. Please make sure you will protect yourself against hot weather! […]

Enjoy full of attractions in Asakusa and Ueno Park (May 26)

  • 2019.05.27

Thank you so much for joining the tours in Asakusa and Ueno Park on May 26. We welcomed 17 guests from America, Canada, Sweden, Armenia, Germany, India and Dubai. It was extremely hot like a mid-summer’s day for this time of year. Nevertheless, I hope all of you enjoyed walking together with us. We offer four different free walking tours in Tokyo and the newest tour is Ueno Park. Ueno Park is one of the best-loved and most beautiful spaces in Japan and over 10mil people visit each year. The Park has many historic spots since it was the site of Kaneiji Temple, the family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo period for nearly 270 years. It was open 140 years ago after the civil war with the Meiji Restoration. Since then the area has rapidly developed and became a major tourist spot. The attraction of the Park is not only to show the modern architectures but also preserve the ancient buildings. The main building of Tokyo National Museum is the Western and Japanese eclectic architectural style, and now holds the special exhibition from Kyoto To-ji Temple (until June 2). National Museum of Western Art planned by […]

TOUR REPORT ON MAY 18, 2019 (THE EAST GARDEN OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE)

  • 2019.05.22

Thank you for joining our tour to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on May 18.  We welcomed 28 guests from Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK, and USA. The weather was fine with a quick shower that wasn’t a big deal. We enjoyed our walking tour and great conversation very much. Our tour starts from Tokyo station and Marunouchi area followed by Edo Castle premises. Very modern buildings to historical sites. Entering the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. That’s the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circle of defense. Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Emperor Meiji also resided there from 1868 to 1888 before moving to the newly constructed Imperial Palace.   (Posted by Tank) Thank you for joining our tour. We had a great time.

WALKING IN A LUSH GREEN FOREST RIGHT AT THE HEART OF TOKYO; HARAJUKU TOUR ON MAY 19TH

  • 2019.05.19

Today 10 guests from Canada, Spain, Philippines and USA joined our walking tour of Harajuku. The weather forecast said that we would have a cloudy day, turning into rain in the evening. But despite the forecast the weather has been nice, sunny and warm, since morning. I hope that all the guests enjoyed the tour.   At this time of the year the sunlight is already strong, and will get much stronger as summer approaches. But don’t worry. Lush green forest at Meiji-Shrine and many large zelkova trees lining the Omotesando Street will give us nice shades during the tour. It was the last day of Sanja Festival at Asakusa today, so it must have been lively but very crowded there. Here, in spite of large number of visitors coming to Meiji Shrine as usual, we still were able to conduct a calm and informative tour for visitors.   There is a large Iris Garden in the precinct of Meiji Shrine. The garden was originally designed by Emperor Meiji for his consort Empress Shoken. Since ancient times Japanese people continuously loved irises and created various kinds of breeds. The garden’s irises have started from 45 Edo-breeds. Now they have expanded […]

ASAKUSA AND UENO SIMULTANEOUSLY WELCOME OUR GUESTS, 12TH OF MAY

  • 2019.05.14

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour in Asakusa and Ueno. On that day, May 12, we welcomed 21 guests on our walking tour. These people came from different corners of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Singapore, Spain, U.K. and U.S.A. On the same day, we held our tour three times at the different locations, Asakusa and Ueno. At first, we started our morning tour at 10:00 A.M. in Asakusa. It began from an iconic location in the area named “Kaminarimon Gate” or Thunder Gate and ended at Asakusa Shinto Shrine. In the shrine compound, we were able to see many festive decorations like banners and Japanese paper lanterns. This is in preparation for an upcoming religious event called the Sanjya Festival. The cerebration will start from 17th of May and continues until 19th of this month. The term Sanjya means three deities, who are enshrined in the Asakusa Shinto Shrine. These deities were the ones involved in establishing the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. As part of the celebration, three portable shrines for these deities were set up in the shrine’s storage area and open to the public. Next, we have implemented the simultaneous tours to efficiently […]

TOUR REPORT ON THE EAST GARDENS OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE MAY 11,2019

  • 2019.05.13

Thank you for joining our tour to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on May 11. We welcomed 39 guests from U.S.A., Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Russia, UK, Brazil, Peru, Netherland, Poland, and Mexico. The guests are divided into 5 groups. The weather was very hot but dry and a little windy. It wasn’t so hard to get sweaty. The maximum temperature was 28 degrees. It was the hottest day of this year. It seemed to be early summer. The KITTE building is one of the great view points of Tokyo Station. Tokyo Station is the starting point of our tour to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Tokyo station was restored to the original state 7 years ago. Station square was also renovated at the end of 2017. Many buildings surrounding Tokyo Station have been rebuilt in the past 17 years. Therefore the scenery surrounding this area has changed dramatically. The KITTE building located across the Marunouchi south exit of Tokyo Station was built and opened in 2013. The KITTE building was built at the place of former Tokyo Central Post Office. The former building was built in 1931 and evaluated as one of the buildings […]

MAY, THE START OF A NEW IMPERIAL ERA IN JAPAN FRESH BREEZE WELCOMED OUR GUESTS

  • 2019.05.07

Tours coming soon are: May 11 (Sat) 13:00 start Imperial Palace East Garden route May 12 (Sun) 10:00 & 13:00 start Asakusa   13:30 start Ueno Park Thank you for your joining to our Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku route tour on Sunday May 5.  Lovely guests we welcomed counted 14 from all over the world, which were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, U.K. & U.S.A. During this tour, if you are lucky possibilities are that you encounter Japanese traditional wedding ceremony procession at the Main Hall of the shrine. It is a not only impressive but a precious experience feeling you receive a small happiness from them.  Yes, we had the luck again on May 5. We also encountered a cute boy and his mom with “Koi-nobori (Carp streamer)”, symbol of May 5 “Children’s Day”. Children’s Day, is a holiday dedicated to the health and happiness of children in Japan. It is also called “Tango no Sekku”, it used to be a day for boy’s festival. People put up carp-shaped streamers outside and display special dolls & decorations such as an armor, a war helmet, a doll wearing them and so on in the house, and eat rice cake […]

Ueno Park tour on May 12

  • 2019.05.05

A new walking tour will be held at Ueno Park on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month starting from May 12 at 1:30pm. As we have the existing tour in Asakusa in the morning and afternoon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, you can combine the Ueno Park tour with the Asakusa morning tour if you wish. In other words, our Asakusa tour starts at 10am and finish around at 11:30 and you may move to Ueno by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (the third stop) in time for the Ueno Park Tour. Of course, with a sufficient lunch break. Asakusa Sensoji Temple is the Tokyo’s oldest temple known for the symbolic Kaminarimon-gate and the atmosphere of the old Tokyo remains strong. About 30 million people are said to visit the temple every year. The Japan’s oldest Nakamise Shopping street, Pagoda, huge waraji sandals and the main hall where the sacred Buddhist statures are housed. On the other hand, Ueno Park was the site of Kaneiji Temple, the largest and family temple of the ruling Tokugawa family for 270 years during the Edo period. Apparently, the Park is a cultural mecca and has full of attractions […]

The memorable tour of the first day of Reiwa (May 1st, 2019)

  • 2019.05.03

Thank you so much for coming our memorable tour of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on the first day of Reiwa. We welcomed 15 guests from USA, Ukraine and France. It was a memorable day! Our new Emperor Naruhito was crowned. We were so happy to have had the special tour and met you on that day! It was rain at the early morning of the tour day. But it cleared and got warmer and warmer. Many Japanese people came to the Imperial Palace in the festive mood. The new leaves were so green and the Azaria was so red. We enjoyed the contrast of the both colors. The new era name “Reiwa” is quoted from the most classical Japanese poems collection   “ Man-yo-shu”. “Rei” means “beautiful”.  “Wa” means “harmony”. All the Japanese people expect that the new era will be peace with harmony of the beautiful mind. Unfortunately we don’t have the regular tour tomorrow because the east garden of the Imperial Palace will be closed. However, the special greetings at the Palace are offered by The Imperial Household Agency. If you want to meet the new Emperor and Empress, go to the Palace. Meeting time will […]