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Tokyo Now #4 Asakusa Tokyo’s traditional downtown with modern energy

  • 2020.06.22

Tokyo Now #4 features Asakusa, one of our walking tour routes. SENSOU-JI Temple in the rain Sensou-ji temple in Asakusa is the oldest temple in Tokyo, established in 628. It is also one of the popular places for visitors from foreign countries and other area in Japan and its main gate, Kaminari-mon, is the symbol of Tokyo today. Due to Covid 19, Almost all shopping stores in Nakamise in Sensou-ji temple were closed in Apr and May. May festival in this area is postponed to October. However, not all events were suspended. Daily Buddhism service has been continued even Covid 19 disaster. The big lantern of the main gate of Sensou-ji temple was renewed in Apr 17. It has been renewed every 10 years and this is the year. In this way tradition is preserved. Now Japan is in the rainy season. It was raining on this day when I visited after a long time. But the new big lantern was vivid, the shopping street was opened, the voice of sutras in the temple sounded calm and strong. I felt it is getting back to normal and am looking forward to walking and chattering with our guest in the near […]

Tokyo Now #3 Mitake Ravine, stunning natural view

  • 2020.06.15

By just 90- to 120- minute train ride from centeral Tokyo, you can enjoy such  rich nature in Japan.  And that you are still in Tokyo. Tokyo Now #3 focuses on Mitake Ravine, located in the west of Tokyo. Located in the upper reaches of the Tama River, Mitake Ravine is a picturesque area selected as one of the Japan’s 100 Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters. Just strolling the ravine promenade, seeing & listening to nature, you will feel relaxed and are fulfilled.  Near by art museum and sake brewery are also recommended to drop by at.  During spring to autumn,  variety of river activities are also available. If you can do overnight trip for this area, I would add Mt Mitake hiking, which I will introduce you upcoming issues. If you’ve seen enough of the exciting big metropolis, this is one of the perfect spots for a day trip from Tokyo.  You cannot say that you know Japan if you haven’t ventured through its gorgeous countryside! by TFWT PA&C

Tokyo Now #2: Japanese irises in bloom

  • 2020.06.07

It is almost the season of Japanese iris. The Ninomaru Garden in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is one of the most recommended viewing spot.  The Ninomaru Garden is one of the main attractions of TFWT’s “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace” route tour.  With the lift of the state of emergency, the public opening of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace has been resumed from Tuesday, June 2, the first time in two month since March 28.  Let’s switch to the next route “Meiji Shrine and Harajuku”. Both Meiji Shrine and Harajuku town, especially Takeshita Street, are know as “must visit” spots. Currently there not many people at all.  You can enjoy tranquility at Meiji Shrine and you can even jog down the Takeshita Street! by TFWT PA&C

Greeting from Tokyo “Tokyo Now #1”

  • 2020.05.28

Thank you for your visiting our website. In Japan, the state of emergency over the coronavirus was fully lifted on May 25 about a week earlier than scheduled.  We are entering into the new phase for a “new normal” of living with the novel coronavirus but carefully and gradually. Until we can welcome you to Japan again,  let us occasionally introduce you “Tokyo Now” , i.e.  seasonal feature, beauty of nature, sweets & dishes, etc.  Probably starting from each TFWT members neighborhood areas then areas of TFWT standard tour route.  The 1st update is from the always-wonderful Inokashira Park in “Kichijoji & Mitaka” area,  20min. by JR train from Shinjuku.  Photos are from my daily walking & jog  in the morning under “Stay Home Stay Lives” life.  by TFWT PA&C