East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

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

  • 2019.06.20

Thank you for joining our tour to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on June 18.     We welcomed 21 guests from USA, UK, Israel, Italy, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, Pakistan, and Bolivia. We divided in to 4 groups. The weather was humid and  hot like summer. We enjoyed our walking tour and wonderful conversation very much.  And we enjoyed various kind of beautiful iris flowers in Ninomaru garden. (Typical Japanese Garden) Introducing hot springs in Japan. We Japanese love onsen! It is not too much to say that Japan is a country of onsen (hot springs).  Japan is a volcanic country and one result of this is it has lots of onsen(hot springs). There are some 3000 hot springs around the country. The water quality is excellent as well. There are various colors of water depending on the water quality.  Although most Japanese onsen are colorless and transparent, there are white water called nigoriyu ,brown water, black water, and emerald green too.  It contains various minerals and provides a lot of medicinal benefits such as warming the body, stimulating circulation, increasing metabolism and relaxing your body and mind. People who have disease stay at bathhouse for long time to cure […]

A bad weather for the outdoor tour, 15 June 2019, the East Garden of the Imperial Palace

  • 2019.06.16

Many thanks to 20 guests who participated in this tour from USA, Germany, Spain, Greece, Belgium, India and Indonesia. We divided into 4 groups. The weather was terrible so it was not a very comfortable tour for all of us. We really  appreciated our guests’ patience on that day. Actually, June is a rainy season in Japan. The phrase “June Bride” does not match with Japanese climate. June is not popular wedding month in Japan. In that sense, the guests experienced a very typical June weather although it was not desirable for outdoor guide tour. It is recommended to enjoy indoor tours in such season. Where in Japan is best for indoor tour? How about Todai-ji Temple in Nara prefecture? It is a big hall and you can view middle age made Buddha statues inside. If you are interested in Buddhism, that is the place where you can spend an hour inside. Another big hall is Higashi-Honganji temple in Kyoto. There is the world’s biggest wooden-made building. Inside is a very spacious straw mat floor that you have to take off shoes to get on. Rainy season is the time when you should think about indoor tours. Within our presenting […]

Full of flowers(TOUR REPORT OF THE EAST GARDEN OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE ON JUNE.8, 2019)

  • 2019.06.08

Thank you for all! We welcomed 20 guests from various countries such as US, Philippine, Portugal,New Zealand,India,Singapore and Russia. We divided all the guests into 2 groups and each tour took 2.5 hour with 2 or 3 guides. Fortunately,it was cloudy and sometimes sunny in such a rainy season and our tour went smoothly with a help of wouderful guests. In this season, our site is full of flowers. Blue flowers are standard and lacecap hydrangea. (Ajisai and Gakuajisai in Japanese) They are just beginning to bloom. White flower is evergreen magnoria.(Taisanboku in Japanese) Big petal is impressive in early Summer. Red flower is Indian coral tree.(Kaikozu in Japanese) It is a simbol tree of Kagoshima prefecture in south Japan. Highlight is a beautiful iris in Ninomaru garden. It blooms freshly and youthfully with a plenty of rainwater. This weekend or next weekend will be the best to enjoy. And the guests wearing on special Kimono is as nice as those flowers. In our tour, we can share Japanese nature,history and dairy life. Please come and join us !! (Posted by Y.A.)

EDO WAS THE” CITY OF FIRES”, ON JUNE 1

  • 2019.06.02

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. On that day, June 1, we welcomed around 55 guests from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Myanmar, Nederland, New Zealand, Philippine, Singapore, Sweden, U.K. and U.S.A. Finally, June has come. The month signals as the start of early summer season, which tends to be Japan’s rainiest time of the year. With sunny and occasionally cloudy sky, we met 55 people in the square of Tokyo Station building located in Marunouch district of Tokyo. The redbrick train station was overlooking us, and it also seemed to warmly welcome our tour group, as it always does. Immediately before starting the tour, we made four groups for several participants in line with a few assigned guides. After a twenty-minute walk from Tokyo Station, we went into the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, which used be Edo Castle. This historical garden is situated in a highly urbanized area of Tokyo, which is fully surrounded by busy streets and concrete buildings, whereas this well-preserved historical location can draw us into its peaceful and calm environment. The remaining parts of the castle buildings in the garden are in […]

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! […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Tour report on THE EAST GARDEN OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE on 2019.4.27

  • 2019.04.28

Thank you for joining TFWT hosted tour visiting the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on April 27. We welcomed 13 guests from Finland, USA, France, Australia, Hong Kong, UK, Germany and The Philippines. Now in Japan, we are all excited about advent of new Japanese era, Reiwa, which is effective on 1st May. Japan is a unique country in the sense that we deploy two different calendars, western and Japanese own calendar or Gengo. This Gengo can be described as the name of emperor’s reign and only changed when a new emperor is ascended the throne in accordance with the current Japanese law. However, in the past, it was changed multiple times for a variety of reasons within the same emperor’s reign. For example, in Meiwa 9 (1772), a major conflagration swept through the central parts of Edo (current Tokyo) which left around 20,000 deaths including 4,000 who went missing. This great fire of Meiwa is later presumed as one of the three greatest fires happened during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Confronting this massive disaster, people started rumoring “The great fire happened because of Gengo – Meiwa 9, which sounds exactly same as the Japanese word: “Meiwaku” […]

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