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Tour Report on 25 June 2016, Saturday

  • 2016.06.30

Thank you for joining our tour on June 25th, Saturday. We welcomed 30 guests in four groups from USA, Australia, U.K. Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan.  We were worried about weather in the morning but no rain.  It was cloudy sky and it feels good when wind blows.   Thanks to all the guests for joining and having a good time with us. I visited Kumamoto castle earlier this month.  A powerful 7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Japanese island of Kyushu on April 14th and April 16th.  Kumamoto castle was badly damaged including 13 important cultural assets. The castle was built in 1607 by Kiyomasa Kato.  Even though main castle tower was reconstructed in 1960, many of the stone walls are originals from the 17th century.  The estimation of repair cost will be 35 billion yen. However, over 400-year old original stone walls are survived from the strong earthquake!   Stone walls were damaged only partially.   Today, I was looking at the stone walls of Edo castle at the East garden which also built over 400-year old,  I thought legacy technologies were amazing. ===== We have a regular tour every Saturday and have weekday/Sunday tours irregularly. Please […]

Tour Report: June 22, 2016 ( Weekday tour )

  • 2016.06.24

We welcomed 13 guests from France, Argentina, Sngapore, U.K., U.S.A. Some guests couldn’t find Tokyo Marunouchi Exit easily but we could start our tour after 10:00am. We divided the guests into 3 groups.   It was raining weakly, and the green leaves and some flowers looked clearly.   Especially many mushrooms in the Honmaru laon area were small and so cute. It’s a rainy season in Japan and also a season of “Sansai” or edible wild plants. My brother who lives in Yamagata prefecture (northeast part of Japan) got “Hosodake” a kind of edible wild plants in his near mountain, and sent me some of them. “Hosodake” hunting isn’t a easy job, because “Hosodake” is usually grow up in a hurd place.  I cooked “Hosodake” as a miso soup. It was so tasty.  I hope guests to Japan enjoy the season event of our nation. TFWT’s regular walking tour is held on Saturdays 13:00-15:00. If you are in Tokyo on the day, why not come and join us?  Please check the tour calendar on our website.   Also please visit facebook and Tripadvisor.(Posted by Keiko.N)  

Tour Report on 18 June 2016

  • 2016.06.15

Thank you for joining us. On that day we welcomed around 40 guests from USA, Israel, Nederland, U.K. Deutschland, Ostrreich, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Poland, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and China. We divided into 6 groups. It was really hot day. The temperature rose to 32 centigrade. The sky was clear and the sunshine showered us directly. So some of the guests brought parasols borrowed from the hotel as well as some of the guides did. These days parasol, which we call Higasa has become very common. Some parasols can be used as umbrella in a rain as well and some have cooling function in it. Even men use that. We highly advise guests to bring ones together with water and hand-fans to blow the air. Japan’s summer is not just hot but very humid. That is the main reason that pre-modern time buildings are mostly made of timbers. Timbers can absorb moist in the air. Inside a stone building, without proper air-conditioning, walls are covered with moist which makes residents very uncomfortable. But wooden buildings could easily catch fire. That is why castle buildings are gone and the premise turned flat green turf. Only architectual remains in the East Garden are stone bases and a stone celler. The […]

Tour Report on June 12, 2016 (Sunday tour)

  • 2016.06.13

We welcomed 13 guests from U.S.A , Sweden, France, Singapore. We divided the guests into 3 groups and started our tour 10:00 a.m. from Tokyo Station.   It was so humid but slight wind helped us a little.   Thanks to all the guests for joining and having a good time with us.   Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. TFWT’s  regular walking tour  is held on Saturdays 13:00-15:00. If you are in Tokyo on the day. Why not come and join us? Please check  the tour calendar on our website. And also please visit facebook and tripadvisor. (posted by Keiko. N)    

Tour Report on 11-June, 2016, Saturday

  • 2016.06.12

Thank you for the guests kindly joined our Saturday tour on 11th of June. We had nearly 30 guests from several countries, by five groups.   The sunlight is already the one in summer, so we looked for the sunshade place at each guide points. In Tokyo, we can enjoy the several kinds of flowers from February to June (of course, it is subject to the temperature in each year). Presently, we can enjoy iris flower at Ninomaru Park. It is the best season to see it now. In February, we can enjoy the plum tree flower, and do you know we do enjoy the fruit after the blooming. It is called Umeboshi. It is VERY sour, but popular as one of healthy foods. It makes our body to be neutralized. At your first try, you will be very surprised its sourness, but it is worth to try it. I recommend you to do it! In June, we can enjoy the hydrangea flowers as well. I feel it is more beautiful in rainy days, because it is the flower in rainy season. Rainy season usually makes us uncomfortable, but the hydrangea flower on the street side makes me happy in […]

Tour Report on 4 June 2016

  • 2016.06.05

Thank you for the guests kindly joined our Saturday tour on 4th of June. We totally had 39 guests from 13 countries, by five groups. It was cloudy and windy,but not so bad. We hope all guests enjoyed this walking tour with us.   While walking together, we can enjoy talking about various issues. On that day, we talked a liitle about Japanese 6 year boy who had been missing in the mountain for several days, and  was found alive. The news were broadcast widely and caused a lot of discussion whether his father’s treatment to the boy, he left his son alone there for a couple of minutes,was OK for home discipline. Each guest had each opinion based upon his or her background, but we came to conclusion that the kid was amazing and we were relieved with this happy ending. After this two and a half hour tour, you can try one-touch Kimono as a part of happy ending. Please come and join us!!        

Tour Report on 28 May 2016

  • 2016.05.30

Thank you for the guests kindly joined our Saturday tour on 28th of May. We totally had 57 guests from 15 countries, by six groups. It was cloudy, but not so bad. We hope all guests enjoyed  mild temperature and walking tour with us. Last week, G7 summit was held in Ise-Shima in Japan, and after that, the US President Barak Obama paid a visit to Hiroshima, where 71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. Article:www.huffingtonpost.jp Personally I was so impressed with the US president’s speech that  I’ve come to realize that we should introduce Hiroshima all through the world as the place where we can feel how disastrous war is. But also we need to be future oriented and we should invite to Hiroshima as the place where all of us can feel how precious peace is and how beautiful life is. Here are some attractions you will enjoy in Hiroshima. Itsukushima Shrine. This world heritage site is famous for its red torii gate and pier-like structures that appear floating on the sea at high tides.                 Photo: www.jalan.net Hiroshima castle. This five storied lookout is a symbol of Hiroshima castle,which used to be the center of […]

Tour Report on 21 May 2016

  • 2016.05.25

Thank you for joining us from all over the world. On that day we welcomed over 60 people from USA, Australia, U.K., Canada, Spain, Columbia, Israel, Chile, Poland, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, India, Egypt and Hong Kong. We divided into 7 groups. The weather was really nice and very warm despite the middle of May. In this tour, most of the spots the guides describe is things of pre-modern time. But the first two spots are related to early modern time buildings. One is Tokyo Station where we first meet and the other is The Industry Club of Japan. These two buildings were built in early 20th century, that symbolises Japan’s early age of modernization from feudal era. For European guests it is not special at all because such things can be found all over in their countries. As for The Industry Club of Japan opened in 1920 for forum of industriasts, the feature of this retroprospective building is it is combined with new modern high-rise building. Initially it was only 5 story building but in early 21th century, some portion of the building was demolished and replaced with the new building. The glass window building and the old brick building were combined inside. […]

Tour Report: May 17, 2016

  • 2016.05.21

It was raining hard and the wind was quite strong. I gave up to wear KIMONO or Japanese traditional outfit. KIMONO, the proud Japanese tradition. But too hot in summer, too cold in winter, so difficult to walk, and getting stains when raining…Wearing KIMONO is really uncomfortable. Despite that I like to wear KIMONO because many tourists seems happy looking at our KIMONO. Now many Japanese don’t wear KIMONO. One of the reasons is that they can’t put KIMONO on by themselves. It used to be that mothers taught daughters how to put KIMONO on. But now, there are KIMONO schools which teach it. I went to KIMONO school for a half year. We welcomed 8 guests. Thank you for joining us! Rain made leaves and flowers more beautiful. Azalea was almost gone and iris started blooming. Now, we have the most comfortable weather before the rainy season. Visit and enjoy TOKYO now! (Naomi)

Tour Report: May 14, 2016

  • 2016.05.16

Thank you for joining our tour! On that day, we welcomed 70 guests and divided into 6 groups. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze. I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather. Bletilla striata are in full bloom at Ninomaru Japanese Garden. You can enjoy different flowers depending on the seasons there. Irises bloom between late May and Jun at their peak. Joining a walking tour is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers. For many, travelling alone is an exciting adventure with a great sense of freedom. However, it can also get lonely from time to time. Adventure into the unknown and make small talk with others on the tour traveling like yourself where many friendships can be made and travel partners found.  I’m always happy when I see that guests are interacting and sharing their trip experiences each other. By the way, have you ever been to any World Natural Heritage Site in Japan? We have 4 natural sites, Shiretoko(Hokkaido), Shirakami-Sanchi(Aomori/Akita Prefecture), Ogasawara Islands(Tokyo) and Yakushima(Kagoshima Prefecture). Don’t be confused, the famous mountain Mt.Fuji is listed for “cultural” heritage site, rather than a natural heritage site. It is said Mt.Fuji has nurtured Japan’s unique art […]

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