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Asakusa tour report on Mar. 19,2017

  • 2017.03.19

Today we welcomed 9 guests from many countries. Today Tokyo district was warm and very comfortable to walk.  2 weeks later cherry blossoms will  be in full bloom. On that day,too,  Asakusa was very crowded. So our guests could feel vigorous downtown atmosphere while walking. I’m sorry the 5 story pagoda is under repairing. So guests could ‘t see the real one. We showed them its picture. We also explained rules and manners of Buddhism and Shintoism before praying. They seemed to be interested in Japanese religions. We finished our tour at am 10:40. Thank you for joining our tour today. Please join our tour .  We always  wait for you. (posted by Masahiko-Sato)  

Tour Report on 19-February, 2017, Sunday (Asakusa)

  • 2017.02.22

Thank you for joining the Tokyo Free Walking Tour for Asakusa area. Half of the year has already passed since this Asakusa strolling tour started. Today, we welcomed several guests and had a tour for an hour. We were very lucky to have perfect weather so we were able to enjoy our travel. We started at Kaminarimon Gate, which is the entrance of the Buddhist temple, Sensouji temple and were strolling five locations. Aside from visiting historical buildings, we also introduced some attractive souvenirs. Did you find memorable souvenirs in Asakusa? Well this time let me talk about a notable alcohol, named “Denki Bran”. Legendary Brandy This brandy is called Denki-Bran, which is a compound word, composed of the words “Denki” which means electricity, and Bran which is an abbreviation of the word brandy. Speaking of the historical background of this interesting alcohol. This liquor was launched in 1882 at a bar named “Kamiya Bar”, which opened at Asakusa in Tokyo. The alcohol’s percentage was higher than the usual alcohol content. This name came from the fact that the “Denki” was attractive word for drinkers to imagine it to be modern. This was because most of the customers thought products […]

Tour Report on 18-December , 2016 Sunday

  • 2016.12.21

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour of Asakusa Course. The weather was perfect and we were able to welcome around 15 guests. As usual, we started guiding people to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center in order to see better views of Asakusa areas from its rooftop. Right after we left the Information Building, we moved into Sensoji compounds by passing through the famous gates, Kaminariomon Gate (Thunder Gate) and Hozomon Gate (Treasure Gate), and there are vendors lined up called Nakamise Street. Our tour ended at the sight of two types of religious buildings. One was a Buddhist temple called Sensoji Temple and the other was Shintoism building called Asakusa Shrine. In japan, both of the religions dominate people’s belief. Today, this Buddhist area was extraordinarily full and lively with tourists. Fortunately, we happen to experience Hagoita Fair,( Wooden Paddle Fair )at Sensoji Templ. Our guides were responsive to explain this traditional event on our tour. A lot of colorful and decorative wooden paddles were being showcased on the vender’s tables and walls. People purchase an ideal one in hope of developing their health and safety. Originally this wooden paddle was not so decorated, and used to […]

Asakusa Tour Report: November 6, 2016

  • 2016.11.12

9:30 in the morning Asakusa was not as crowded as you would expect on such a beautiful Sunday in autumn. I started out with the first guest of the day with my team mate. The three of us first climbed to the top of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, where we were able to have a good view of the entire area. We then went on to see the Senso-ji temple and the Asakusa shrine. What I find interesting is how this temple and shrine, two facilities of different religions, can coexist in the same premises sharing the stories of their origins. It is also a very difficult topic to explain accurately and clearly, and I hope I cleared up at least some of our guest’s questions! Asakusa tour is still a new activity for us at Tokyo Free Walking Tour, and we very much welcome your feedback. It is conducted on a non-regular basis, and we will post on our website when we schedule our next tour. (Yohei) ===== Please visit our website and Facebook, and drop your comments on our TripAdvisor page!

“Asakusa” Trial Tour Report on Sep.11,2016

  • 2016.09.12

Thank you for all our guests who joined “September 11 Asakusa Trial Tour “.                       The guests were from U.S.A , India, Malaysia, Chile, Canada, Israel and Mexico.      Nakamise shopping street was very  clowded as usual.                                                         So TFWT flag was the great landmark for us.  There were  several curious buildings           and items,  and a lot of histories in Asakusa.    As several Gods  were  guarding  the  Sensoji  Temple,  we  could   safely  looked around     there.     .                                          TFWT’s  regular tour of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is held on every                 Saturday 13:00-15:00. You are in Tokyo, please come and join our regular tour.                   And also please visit our website, tripadvisor and facebook. (reported by Keiko N)

“ASAKUSA” Trial Tour Report on July 31, 2016

  • 2016.08.03

Thank you for all our guests who joined  ” July 31  Asakusa Trial Tour”. We had 6 guests from England, Argentina and Spain. Asakusa is one of the popular sightseeing spots among tourists from all over the world. At the first  we enjoyed the nice view of Tokyo Sky Tree from  observation floor of  Asakusa Imformation center. At  Nakamise  Shopping Street , we could find various interesting Japanese traditional souvenirs. We’ve  got great good fortune by visiting the Asakusa kannon temple and the Asakusa shrine  (*^▽^*)!!. TFWT’s regular tour of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace is held on every Saturday 13:00-15:00.  You are in Tokyo ,  please come and join our regular tour . And  also please visit our website , tripadvisor  and facebook. (reported by Keiko N.)

Tour Report on 6-March, 2016

  • 2016.03.07

I was a bit concerned because the weather forecast said that it would be rain, but unexpectedly it was sunny(sometimes slightly drrizled,though). furthermore, it was relatively warmer than typical early spring,luckily. We got 23guests from U.S.,Poland,Spain,Canada,Ireland.Our tour began at Marunouchi central gate of Tokyo Station at 10:00. We were so fortunate because we were able to see  cherry blossoms and plum blossoms at the same time in the East Garden of the Palace. Cherry blossoms are the national flower, and Japanese people like plum blossoms,too. Plum blossoms were supposed to be at their best in February and most kinds of Cherry blossoms blooms in April, but some earlier speces blooms in March.The tour was finished around 12:30. After that, we moved to Asakusa to hold a optional tour.Tokyo. Sensouji-temple is one of the most famous historical sight-seeing place of Tokyo. We enjoyed to see some historical things, try Japanese sweets, fortune telling, and making a wish for the god of the temple. written by Akira Hoyanagi

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