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Tokyo Now #5: Ginza Now!

  • 2020.07.02

Ginza is located south of Tokyo Station, the starting point of our East Garden of Imperial Palace tour, and is one of Japan’s most prominent downtown areas. A lot of brand shops and large department stores are lined up, and it becomes a pedestrian paradise on weekends, and it is also a place where people including foreign guests can relax. This pedestrian paradise in Ginza was suspended on March 28 due to Covid 19, but finally resumed on June 13. The photo is as of June 27. You can see that people are returning little by little. If you walk a little southeast from Ginza along the main street, you will find Kabukiza theater. Kabuki is a traditional Japanese art. Kabukiza is scheduled to resume performances in August. If you walk further, you can see an Indian-style building, Tsukiji Honganji Temple. This Buddhism temple was established about 400 years ago, but the main hall was burned down by the 1923 earthquake and rebuilt in its current form in 1934. It’s a very unique building and worth a visit. Tsukiji Market is just southwest of the temple. Although the market itself has moved to Toyosu, there are many restaurants where you […]

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

Tour Report on Nov.16th (tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace)

  • 2019.11.18

Thank you for joining our tour of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Nov.16th. We had 24 guests. They were from Argentine (1), Australia (2), Brazil (2), Colombia (3), Indonesia (1), Philippine (1), Singapore (3), Taiwan (2) and U.S.A. (10) . It was a sunny and warm day.  Our guests enjoyed walking and taking pictures of historic sites in the autumnal garden. From Nov.14th evening to 15th dawn, the Great Thanksgiving festival called “Daijo-sai”  was taken place at the Honmaru site in The East Garden of the Imperial Palace. This was a ritual of the first offering of rice by the newly-enthrone Emperor. The ceremony is performed once in his reign based on the traditional form of the imperial family since late 7th century. The ritual was exclusively performed by the Emperor with few maidens at the newly built shrine in the garden. The Emperor offered rice and foods to his ancestors, and also  prayed for the peace of the nation and thanked Gods for the rich harvest. The Imperial Household Agency is announcing that this shrine will be opened to the public from Nov.21st to Dec. 8th . Why not coming to The East Garden of the […]