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Tour report on 13 Oct 2016

  • 2016.10.15

We thank you for your joining us on 13 Oct. Totally 11 guests joined us. It was quite cold and cloudy day. Recently, the weather in Japan is quite changeable and unusually, we have lots of rains this year. Yet, it was very nice for us to have 11 friendly guests Because of the normal working day, we could see many business person on the streets in Tokyo station and Marunouchi area, . We hope you felt some dynamics on Japanese business, under reviving from the dark days some time ago. Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan. Some leaves on the trees have been started to turn to red/yellow color. We do hope you will enjoy to see the beautiful Japan during your trip in Japan, and hope to see you and your friends soon. (reported by Nakano, Y)

Tour Report on 10-October (Health-Sports day), 2016, Monday

  • 2016.10.12

Thank you the guests who kindly joined our tour on 10th of October. We had 15 guests from four countries, divided by two groups. Late August through September is the typhoon season in Japan. Apart from the typhoon season, we have cloudy or rainy days this autumn. Our tour on Monday was just like that, cloudy but no rain, not too hot or not too cold, a nice day for our walking tour. You may know the next summer Olympic will be held at Tokyo in 2020, but do you also know we had the one before? It was in 1964. The opening ceremony was held on 10th of Oct. For remembering that glorious event, 10-Oct became one of national holidays in Japan from 1966 to 1999, as Health-Sports day. After 2000, the holiday becomes the 2nd Monday of October. Recently several concerns about the venues have been reported about the next Olympic, since the construction cost is far beyond an originally calculated estimate. I strongly hope it will be settled soon, without any extra spending OUR money, TAX! By the way, Rice is the most important crop in Asia and autumn is harvest season. The rice just harvested is […]

Tour Report: October 08, 2016

  • 2016.10.10

Thank you for all the guests joining our tour this day. It was raining and pouring harder and harder around noon so we were wondering if our guests have change up their mind to do in-door activity this afternoon… Although, no matter of the bad weather, we welcomed 51 guests and it did not even need to put up umbrella anymore at the start of our tour. It looked like the rain has ceased for us! We welcomed guests from Canada, Australia, U.S.A., U.K., Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Holland. Let me introduce one more attractive point worth checking at the East Garden of Imperial Palace.  It is the corner of “Symbolic prefectural trees”. After enjoying the Ninomaru Japanese Garden, you will pass by the Suwa-tea house, and then suddenly that corner appears with a very tall phenix welcoming you swaying like a palm tree. We have 47 prefectures in our country and you can see many species of trees representing each prefectures from south (Okinawa-ken) to the North(Hokkaido). The various species are like Japanese cedar, pine, ume tree, Japanese cypress, camphor trees, white birch, Japanese cherry tree.  On the other hand, we learn a lot from […]

Tour Report: October 1, 2016

  • 2016.10.06

Thank you for all the guests who joined us last week on October 1st. Apologies for the late update due to technical issues.   I went with a group of just over 20 guests. Early on in the tour we talked about how our new govenor, Yuriko Koike, once suggested introducing double-decker trains in order to improve the infamous Tokyo rush hours. Koike has been in office since August as the first female governor of Tokyo. Perhaps the most debated item on her agenda is the relocation of the Tsukiji Market. Or to be more precise, its postponement. Tsukiji Market is one of the largest wholesale food market in the world and a popular tourist destination. The market was established in 1935 after the great Kanto earthquake devastated the former market in the Nihonbashi area. Due to aging facilities, it was decided to be relocated to the Toyosu area this November. That is, until Koike came into office. Koike argued that the relocation needed to be reexamined. It has widely been known that there were certain food safety risks due to pollution at the new site. Koike’s predecessors has maintained that sufficient measures had been taken to counter this risk. […]

Tour Report on September 27,2016(Weekday tour)

  • 2016.09.28

We welcomed 8 guests from Switzerland, U.S.A, Belgium, and Italy. We divided the guests into 3 groups and started our tour  at 10:00 am from Tokyo Station. It was cloudy and so humid. By good smell of “Kinmokusei” or frangrant olives we could feel the beginning of autumn. In the garden  we also could see “Jugatsuzakura” or literally “October cherry blossoms”. The pink flowers were so cute. Thanks to all the guests for joinning and having a good time with us. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. TFWT’s regular 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 calender on our website. And also please visit facebook and tripadvisor. (reported by Keiko N.)

Tour Report on September 24

  • 2016.09.25

Thank you very much to all the guests for joining our tour despite heavy rain. We welcomed 25 guests from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and UK. We feel sorry for those who stayed in Tokyo for past 1 week, because it had been raining for most of the day.  It is because Japan is now in Typhoon season. Typhoon (Taifu in Japanese) is violent tropical rainstorms happened in the Pacific Ocean.  They usually hit Japan during July to October.  And if a typhoon lands on Japan Archipelago, it causes very strong wind and heavy rain resulting floods and destroy trees, houses, and so on.  We carefully watch weather forecast about the course of typhoon and try to be ready for protection when needed.    Typhoon is named with number in order of happening in the season, i.e. Typhoon #1,”2…  We already had 16 typhoons and of which 6 landed on Japan.  The day of the tour’s rain was the impact of Typhoon #16.  We may have several more typhoons on coming month, but the weather of coming week seems better. And generally speaking, October is the best season for leisure and travelling, so I hope visitors […]

Tour Report on Sep.17th 2016 

  • 2016.09.23

Since the crazily hot August went away, now we are supposed to be in cool autumn. But it was still hot and humid. Nevertheless we amazingly welcomed 55guests . We split into 6groups and began the tour from Marunouchi north gate of Tokyo station at 1:00pm.(Initially the starting point was Marunouchi central gate, but it was moved to  north gate for a renovation temporally.) This is one of the guiding points, Japan Industry Club-building. Intriguing statues are on top of it. These are the group-photos. See below, After the tour you can try an instant kimono. It takes about one hour to put on a normal kimono(a Japanese traditional cloth), but we have special kimono that it only takes two minutes to put on. We have ones for men and women. It sure is a good idea to wear a instant kimono to take a photo as a good memory of the tour. Then next is your turn! Come and join us! See us at Marunouchi central or north gate(both OK) of Tokyo station by 1pm. Akira Hoyanagi

Tour Report on September 10th ,2016

  • 2016.09.11

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour. We welcomed around sixty guests on Sep. 10th tour and split them into five groups. This is because we are mutually able to make a tour for two hours.            Our tour started at Tokyo station and via modern commercial district we went into the compound of old Edo castle, where it’s now called “East Gardens of the Imperial Place”.         At the start of the tour, the weather was not so perfect and occasionally the sky was exceedingly covered with scattered clouds. However, as temperature was constantly around 30 degrees it’s really humid.      It is usual that once the tour is set up, most of the participants started talkatively sharing different kinds of topics like foods, fashions, history or other interesting matters. It’s our motto that we provide visitors with a lot of opportunities to be knowledgeable about Japan in hopes of keeping good memories even after returning to their countries. For this reason, our guides are willing to share Japanese culture with the guests. For instance, some of the participants occasionally ask about Japanese style drinking bars called “Izakaya”. So […]

Tour Report on September 3

  • 2016.09.04

Thank you very much for all the guests joining our tour. We welcomed 43guests from USA, Australia, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Columbia, Poland, Israel, Japan, and Ecuador.   Since our guests are from variety of countries, they also enjoy sharing the tips or memories about former trip each other.  Encounter and communicating with new people are also one of fun things for joining our tour. (for us, too!)   There are four seasons in Japan: spring (March-May); summer (June-August); autumn (September-November); winter (December-February).  Today was 3rd of September, so autumn has formally started; however, it was not like autumn at all, still hot and sunny day like summer. At the formal end of summer, 31st of August, the general entry applications for Tokyo Marathon 2017, which will be held on February 26, 2017, was closed.  Tokyo Marathon is getting more and more popular not only for Japanese but also runners from other countries.  This year, the course will be changed with new finish site which is one of our tour spots!!  Whether you are the one who luckily got entry places for Tokyo Marathon or not, (of course!), it would be great if you include our tour on your itinerary […]

Tour Report: August 27, 2016

  • 2016.09.01

We have welcomed 49 guests for today’s tour and divided into 5 groups to show our guests around. Two Japanese high school students also joined us to get some guide-experience as their summer vacation activity. The young girl students seemed a bit nervous at the beginning of our tour, but their passion pushed themselves to plunge into the fulfilling diversity! Our guest were from the U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Spain, Austria, U.K., Australia, Uzbekistan, Thailand this day. At the start of the tour, the cloudy sky seemed to take on our side. Although, it gradually started raining after all of us got inside the Higashi Gyoen. Well, we were O.K. since most of us had an umbrella and we pulled ourselves to the resthouse instead of sitting on the lawn in the Honmaru Goten area. At the end of tour, it stopped raining but I hope that we were rather happy with low temperature this day and could avoid encountering the rampaging typhoon!! This week, the hot topic in our country was about the medal rush  and also about the presentation held at the Closing Ceremony for Rio Olympic games on Aug.21. Our country did a 8 minute presentation and it started with a […]

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