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Tour Report of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on 18 May 2024, Guiding in the area where Japan’s governance has taken place for centuries

  • 2024.05.20

Many thanks to the guests who participated in the tour to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace located just next to Japan’s governmental section. On the tour of the day we hosted 13 guests from India, Australia, Canada, France, and Singapore. The weather was unusually hot in this time of the year. So we try to get into shaded areas while guiding.  We hope everybody enjoyed the tour and conversation with us and other guests. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. The East Garden was where the feudal lord, so called Shogun’s castle was located before late 19th century, and was a practical central governance function while the capital of Japan in the feudal period was officially Kyoto since Emperor resided there. Now the practical government function is relocated just next to west side of the Imperial Palace. You can view a tip of it in Wadakura Fountain Park within the tour route. The pyramid like roof above the imperial palace woods seen above the fountain is Japan’s Parliament or Congress or Diet (National Assembly) Hall. It is like Capitol Hill in Washington or Westminster in London or Reichstage in […]

Beautiful carps are waiting, too. Tour report on May 14, 2024 at East Garden of the Imperial Palace

  • 2024.05.15

Thank you for joining our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on May 14, 2024. We welcomed 15 guests from Canada, Poland, Spain, USA, Germany and Singapore We hope everybody enjoyed the tour and conversation with us and other guests. Courtesy of our guests, we can post the photos of today’s tour which might interest you to join next time. On previous day, we had a heavy rain in Tokyo. Today, someone had a strong luck to attract a very fine weather. The period before the rainy season is the best time to travel in Japan, and the guests could realize it. Although not so many flowers aren’t seen at this time, we can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the vivid green. The contrast between the green and the blue sky is marvelous from the top of the foundation of “Tenshu”, the main tower of Edo castle. In Ninomaru Garden area, you can see the colorful carps in the pond. They are the cross breed of Japanese carp and Indonesian carp. The former Emperor Akihito came up with the idea of the cross breed when he visited Indonesia about 60 years ago and saw Indonesian carps. In […]

East garden of Imperial palace tour on May 11

  • 2024.05.12

Thank you for choosing our tour at the East Garden of Imperial Palace on 11 th May. We welcomed 24 guests from US, UK, Australia, Ireland, India, Argentina, Iran and El Salvador. 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 A> <Group B> <Group C> In our tour, we head for castle palace area through three guard house. Second house is the biggest called Hyakunin-Bansho which means there are one hundred guardians in shift. Here, my favorite is the arranged and modified tree next to Hyakunin-Bansho. As it is very important place to guard, they assign special force at that time. It’s Ninja!We always add our explanation about Ninja. Sometimes we hand you Origami-shuriken. It’s typical weapon for Ninja. Playing Ninja reminds us of our childhood days!! 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 […]

Greenery Day: Tour Report of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on May 4, 2024

  • 2024.05.04

Thank you for choosing our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on May 4, 2024. We welcomed 14 guests from Argentina, US, France, Canada, Germany, and Australia. 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 a sunny day and perfect for our tour. The cherry blossom and azalea season has been over, but the iris season is coming. We are looking forward to it. Our guests wore our original handmade kimonos for fun and took beautiful photos. They look like people from the Edo era in their Kimonos. This enjoyable event will be held at the final destination, Hirakawa-mon. May 4th is Greenery Day. It came from the Emperor Showa’s birthday on April 29th. It was a national holiday called “The Emperor’s Birthday” until 1988, and the name of the holiday was changed to “Greenery Day” the next year, which was the previous year Emperor Showa passed away. He had a lot of knowledge of biology and botany and was interested in preserving the environment. Then the name “Greenery Day” was chosen to […]

Tour report of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Apr. 27th, 2024

  • 2024.04.28

Thank you for joining us on our tour of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on April 27th. We were delighted to welcome 16 guests from various countries including Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Germany, France, Greece, and Italy. Meeting such wonderful individuals from around the world and exchanging cultural insights was truly invaluable to us. Guests had a lot of knowledge about Japan, so they impressed us. (Group A) We sincerely appreciate each and every one of our guests for generously sharing their time and enriching our experience with engaging conversations. As promised, we have included group photos and snapshots for you to reminisce about the memorable moments we shared during the tour. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did. (Group B) It was a cloudy day, but we enjoy exploring the stunning garden and admiring the blooming flowers in the East Garden. The flowers were a breathtaking sight, complemented by the vibrant surroundings. It was heartwarming to see guests enjoying the beauty of the garden together. (Group C) We are committed to providing top-quality tours, and your feedback is invaluable to us. If you have a moment, we would greatly appreciate it if […]

Tour Report of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on Apr.20, 2024

  • 2024.04.21

Thank you for joining our tour! We welcomed 38 guests from France, Germany, Australia, Bulgaria, USA, Spain, Norway, UK, Canada, and Croatia. The cherry blossoms may be over but spring is still in full swing with colorful flowers in the Ninomaru Garden. We guides shared delightful moments with our guests. In our tour we talk about the feud between 2 high class samurais (Asano and Kira) and the consequence of the 47 Ronins. But do you know that there is a spin-off to this story? Let me introduce the Tsuwano clan and Genji-maki. Genji-maki is a signature sweet cake of the Tsuwano region (Shimane prefecture). Wheat flour is mixed with eggs and sugar and spread out thinly, and the outer layer is baked until it is golden brown. It is later filled with sweet bean paste and rolled up into a flat, rolled cake that is 1.5 cm thick. This confectionary has a long history, dating back to the 17th century. In 1698, only a few years before the Asano’s attach on Kira, a feudal lord Kamei from the Tsuwano clan was working on his mission under mentorship of Kira to welcome the imperial envoy in Edo Castle. No different […]

Various flowers are in full bloom! Tour report of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on April 16.

  • 2024.04.17

Many thanks for joining us on our tour of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in the morning on April 16. We welcomed 20 guests from Italy, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Morocco, Australia, and Taiwan. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from all over the world and to share interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. Group A Group B Group C Somei Yoshino, a cherry variety said to account for 80% of Japan’s cherry blossoms, have already passed their prime, but other types of cherry trees continue to welcome us in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. The yellowish-green cherry trees are called Ukon or Gyoiko. The double-flowered cherry trees, such as Kanzan, have plump pink flowers, which makes me hungry for Sakuramochi (Cherry-flavored mochi wrapped in cherry leaves). In the Ninomaru Garden, Kurume-tsutsuji azaleas are blooming beautifully. The striking dark pink color brightens our hearts. If you like azaleas, Nezu Shrine is also recommended. Azaleas of various colors are arranged on the slope and are gorgeous.The irises, another symbolic flower of Ninomaru Garden, are still in buds, […]

Tour report of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Apr. 13th, 2024

  • 2024.04.13

Many thanks for joining us on our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Apr. 13th. We welcomed 23 guests from UK, USA, Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. Meeting incredible individuals from various corners of the globe and exchanging cultural insights presented us with an invaluable opportunity. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our guests for graciously sharing their time and enriching our experience with engaging conversations. As pledged, we have included group photos and snapshots for you to reminisce about the enjoyable moments we shared during the tour. We trust that you derived as much pleasure from the tour as we did. (GroupA) It was a lovely day to visit the exquisite garden and admire the flowers. The cherry blossoms (Sakura) at the East Garden were in full bloom, and vibrant flowers adorned the surroundings, welcoming guests who had come to Japan for their honeymoon. These flowers were likely to add to their celebration as well. (GroupB) We always strive to give high-quality tours. Your feedback is especially important and useful to us. If you have a moment, please consider posting comments about the tour on our TripAdvisor /Facebook etc. (GroupC) […]

Tour report of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Apr. 6th, 2024

  • 2024.04.07

Many thanks for joining us on our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Apr. 6th. We welcomed 16 guests from UK, USA, Italy, Canada, Israel, UAE, Brazil and Australia. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful people from all over the world and exchange the cultural information. 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. (Group A) (Group B) (Group C) (Group D) (Group E) It was a morning tour today, so it was a little chilly at the start of the tour, but as the tour progressed, we gradually warmed up and had a lively conversation with the guests.The cherry blossoms (Sakura) at the East Garden were in full bloom, and clouds of flowers seemed to be floating everywhere, and both guests and guides thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. Sakura are in full bloom all over the city, and the illuminations at night are a must-see.However, the full bloom of Sakura does not last long. […]

Tour Report of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace 30 March 2024

  • 2024.04.03

Spring has come!Cherry blossoms are in full bloom soon! We had a pleasant Saturday afternoon tour with more than 40 guests from the US,Canada, Italy, Australia, Israel, Croatia, UK. and Argentine. Thank you all for joining our tour!We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour.As promised, group photos are attached to remember the fun times we had. We always strive to give high-quality tours. Your feedback is very important and useful tous. 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 inTokyo, please come to another one of our tours. Once again thank you very much. Formore information about our tour, please visit our website at https://tfwt.jp/top/east-gardens-of-the-imperial-palace/, https://www.facebook.com/TokyoFWT or Tokyo FreeWalking Tour at https://www.tripadvisor.jp/. (Posted by Takaori)

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