Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

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PRICE OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIP? :Meiji Shrine and Harajuku Tour on Aug 4, 2019

  • 2019.08.05

Thank you for joining our tour to Meiji Shrine and Harajuku on Aug. 4th. We welcomed 8 guests in total from Australia, Canada, UK, Italy and Poland. We made 3 groups and had more mutual communication between guests and a guide. It was really hot, today. 32℃ (90℉), Summer sunshine, almost no wind. but we still could feel the cool forest in the morning, too. The tour started at the gate of Meiji Shrine, walked into its forest and arrived at Main Shrine Building. After the small rest, we moved to Harajuku area and reached out Omote Sando, Champs Elysees in Japan. We hope our guest enjoyed there 2 completely different attractive areas in the center of Tokyo metropolis. In addition, we exchanged a lot of questions and answers, and were inspired by some of them. I really love it. When visiting shrines and temples, including Meiji Jingu Shrine, we will make small offering. At that time, the famous thing as the auspicious amount is “5 yen”. One of our guests knew that. One reason is that “5 yen” is read as “Goen” in Japanese. Because this “Goen” has the same pronunciation as “Close relationship”, the 5 yen coin means that […]

Who drunk the liquer of the sake barrals? : Meiji-Jingu and Harajuku Tour on Jul 21th

  • 2019.07.22

Thanks to all of our guests energetic enough to plunge into the miracle forest  this morning. We could welcome 16 guests from U.S.A., CZECH, FRANCE,  MALAYSIA, INDIA. This year,  the rainy season is lasting very long.  The temperature for this day, did not go up so high so we could spend the day without sunbisers and suntans. It was a little bit humid but strolling around the precinct and Harajuku area including Takeshita-street was rather comfortable under a thick thick sky!!  It means that no matter what the weather was alike, we ourselves really enjoyed the time we could spend with you!! We just wish all of your  trips would  last  safe and  top memorial. We still have 4 left tours in this month. — 1 tour  to East Gardens of the Imperial Palace,  2  tours to Asakusa and  1 tour  to Ueno Park. We hope our tours could fit your schedule somewhere.  Please check our tour calendar  and we  look forward meeting you!! (posted by Nori)    

July 7 Meijijinngu and Harajuku tour: It rained here How was it at the Milky Way?

  • 2019.07.08

Today it rained continuously during the tour and we felt chilly for the month of July. Despite the weather we could welcome 11 guests at the starting point, the first Torii gate of the Meijijingu shrine. All the guests were from USA except for a guest from Germany. We divided the guests into four small groups, 2 or 3 guests for each, so that our guides could be as attentive as possible to each individual guest.   The shrine’s inner garden and the Takeshita-dori Street seemed to be a little bit less crowded than usual. That was good for us as we always held umbrellas during the tour. Meijijingu shrine: Harajuku  Takeshita-dori Street: We noticed a bamboo ornament for Tanabata festival at the Shrine gate and another at Takeshita-dori. Tanabata(七夕) festival, held on the 7th day of the 7th month, is one of the traditional five seasonal festivals. In the summer night sky you can see two bright stars, Vega and Altair, facing each other at the opposite side of the Milky Way. According to the legendary tale, Orihime-star(Weaving Princess, Vega) and Hikoboshi-star(Cowherd, Altair) once got married but were separated by the God of Heaven for some reason. After that […]

Sunny Day Tour During Rainy Season — @Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku on June 16, 2019

  • 2019.06.17

Thank you so much for joining our tour at Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku area on June 16.  We welcomed 12 guests from Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and France! The rainy season had already started in Tokyo, but we were blessed with sun during this tour.  We could enjoy to see the Japanese traditional wedding at the front of the main Pavilion of Shrine, or many young people enjoying playing dress-up at the Takeshita-dori Street! On June 16 was the Day of Japanese Confectionery, so the Shrine gave any visitors a Japanese traditional sweets and tea.  In 868, the Emperor supplied gods with the sweets or dumplings for preventing the epidemic from spreading further, then it worked well.   We have a Japanese garden inside of the Meiji Jingu shrine and anyone can enjoy watching Japanese irises with the admission fee.  One of our group visited there. Now is the flowers high season, we highly recommend to visit there ! (reported by Hisako)  

Tour report on 2 JUNE in Harajuku

  • 2019.06.02

I sincerely thank you for taking the time for joining the tour to Meiji Shrine and Harajuku. We had 12 guests from USA, Australia. 7 of the guests had participated in our tour to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on the previous day which we appreciate very much. The weather was perfect on this day. I hope all of you enjoyed walking with us. Ukiyo-e or woodblock printings have been very popular among common people since the Edo period. Ukiyo-e pictures were very reasonable in the Edo period so that people used them as one of daily life commodities such as wallpaper, fan, calendars and wrapping paper. Real Ukiyo-e pictures are very expensive now, but don’t worry. We can collect ‘Ukiyo-e‘ reasonably. For example, the following are the Playing Cards of Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido” which is one of the most famous Ukiyo-e picture series. Many people think that “Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido” consisted of 53 pictures, but don’t forget the start point and the end point. 53 is the number of stations between Nihombashi and Kyoto. So there are 55 pictures. My most favorite picture is “Night Snow at Kambara”. posted by Maki

WALKING IN A LUSH GREEN FOREST RIGHT AT THE HEART OF TOKYO; HARAJUKU TOUR ON MAY 19TH

  • 2019.05.19

Today 10 guests from Canada, Spain, Philippines and USA joined our walking tour of Harajuku. The weather forecast said that we would have a cloudy day, turning into rain in the evening. But despite the forecast the weather has been nice, sunny and warm, since morning. I hope that all the guests enjoyed the tour.   At this time of the year the sunlight is already strong, and will get much stronger as summer approaches. But don’t worry. Lush green forest at Meiji-Shrine and many large zelkova trees lining the Omotesando Street will give us nice shades during the tour. It was the last day of Sanja Festival at Asakusa today, so it must have been lively but very crowded there. Here, in spite of large number of visitors coming to Meiji Shrine as usual, we still were able to conduct a calm and informative tour for visitors.   There is a large Iris Garden in the precinct of Meiji Shrine. The garden was originally designed by Emperor Meiji for his consort Empress Shoken. Since ancient times Japanese people continuously loved irises and created various kinds of breeds. The garden’s irises have started from 45 Edo-breeds. Now they have expanded […]

MAY, THE START OF A NEW IMPERIAL ERA IN JAPAN FRESH BREEZE WELCOMED OUR GUESTS

  • 2019.05.07

Tours coming soon are: May 11 (Sat) 13:00 start Imperial Palace East Garden route May 12 (Sun) 10:00 & 13:00 start Asakusa   13:30 start Ueno Park Thank you for your joining to our Meiji Jingu Shrine & Harajuku route tour on Sunday May 5.  Lovely guests we welcomed counted 14 from all over the world, which were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, U.K. & U.S.A. During this tour, if you are lucky possibilities are that you encounter Japanese traditional wedding ceremony procession at the Main Hall of the shrine. It is a not only impressive but a precious experience feeling you receive a small happiness from them.  Yes, we had the luck again on May 5. We also encountered a cute boy and his mom with “Koi-nobori (Carp streamer)”, symbol of May 5 “Children’s Day”. Children’s Day, is a holiday dedicated to the health and happiness of children in Japan. It is also called “Tango no Sekku”, it used to be a day for boy’s festival. People put up carp-shaped streamers outside and display special dolls & decorations such as an armor, a war helmet, a doll wearing them and so on in the house, and eat rice cake […]

SHINTO DEITIES TO WELCOME THE NEW ERA, APR. 21 IN HARAJYUKU

  • 2019.04.22

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour in Harajyuku area of Tokyo. On that day, April 21, we were honored to welcome 26 guests to our walking tour. These people came from different regions of the world, incl­uding Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy, Mexico Spain, U.K. and U.S.A. It is already the peak of springtime in Japan. In Tokyo, we can no longer see magnificent sakura or cherry trees blossoming. Most of the fragile petals of the sakura trees have fallen due to the wind blowing, or occasional rain. Most of these trees have shed their blossoms naturally, because these flowers only last for 3 weeks, at most. In effect, more and more green leaves are visible as days go by. This significant event of cherry blossoms blooming truly lead to the sense of fragility of springtime, and an early transition into summer. Under these seasonal atmospheres, we met 26 people in the Harajyuku tour. After greeting our guests, we managed to form the three groups with one or two guides. Punctually beginning our strolling at the torii gate of the shrine, we proceeded to the next attraction through the ever-green forest. Upon arriving at the main building’s square, […]

DELICIOUS COFFEE IN THE FOREST (APR.7 MEIJI JINGU & HARAJUKU)

  • 2019.04.07

Thank you very much for all guests who joined “April 7th Meiji Jingu & Harajuku Tour” .We had 21 guests from U.S. ,  Austria, India, Spain, Germany.  Some had  delicious morning coffee and sandwich in the Meijijingu forest during the tour.  It was really a crisp morning. Later we visited “Takeshitadori street” , epecenter of youth culture. Charm shops were tightly stand along the street. Many people were in a line for  the colorful cotton candy .  Many many “KAWAII” things were there. Why don’t you join TFWT tours !! Please visit our website, tripadvisor and facebook. (reported by Keiko N.)  

Tour Report on Mar.3, 2019 (Meiji Shrine & Harajuku)

  • 2019.03.05

Today we welcomed 9 guests from China, Poland, Singapore and US. Despite of the shivering low temperature and the cold rain, we enjoyed the walk in the tranquil Meiji Shrine and the busy streets of Harajuku. The Meiji Shrine is said to be one of the powerful spots where you could receive positive energy. Once you enter the shrine compound from the Great Torii gate, you will feel the clear energy flow into your system. It is better to visit shrines early in the morning rather than in the afternoon. Inside the shrine, we notice people writing something on a wooden tablet. The wooden board is called”EMA” and visitors write their prayers, then hang it on the specified booth along with offertory. Common prayers would be “prayers to pass important exams”, “Safety for one’s family”,”prosperity in business”,”prayer for health” and “success in romance”. Today, some of our guests stopped by the Ema booth and took time to write their prayers for safety of their family and for prayer to pass entrance exam on behalf of her brother. Hope their wishes come true 🙂 We thank our guests for joining us in the cold rain today, and wish everyone a pleasant […]

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