Long waited tour at “Old Tokyo” & “Village Of Culture” have really started, September 25 


Thank you for joining our tour.
Finally, we welcomed some guests at our meet up point in Asakusa of Tokyo.
These people came from the U.S. and India

During the last week, a strong typhoon made landfall on the western part of Japan and was heading to Tokyo.
We were deeply concerned about how we could safely make our tour as usual.
However, our worries completely vanished when some people approached and asked us, “Are you Tokyo Free Walking Tour?
We’ve waited so long for this significant moment and felt it was worth the wait.
Asakusa and Ueno tour come to life again.

Overlooking the entire Asakusa district from the rooftop of the Asakusa Information Center, we saw Tokyo Skytree standing appealingly against the blue sky.

At the observation deck, a guide was explaining about Asakusa areas with her well-prepared materials.
From this location, our 90-minute Asakusa strolling officially started.

Before moving into Nakamise Street, a 250-meter shopping street, our guide passionately explained its historical background.
We normally stop by to visit some notable shops in the area and show our guests items and souvenirs.
One of them is a cat-shaped ornament called Maneki Neko, or a beckoning cat. Our guide eagerly explained the story about the eye-catching doll.

On the same day at 1:30 PM, Ueno tour started.
Observing the influx of people coming from the Ueno Station entrance, we were waiting for the participants of our Ueno tour for the afternoon.

After greeting the guest from Germany, we started our stroll towards the Tokyo Cultural Theater. We continued to tour around 16 notable spots of interest in the Ueno Park for 90 minutes. Known as the “Village of Culture”, Ueno Park is huge enough to comprise many cultural attractions, including art museums, a zoo, a Buddhist temple, a Shinto shrine, and other notable locations.

At one of the spots, the guest showed a particular interest in the technology of earthquake resistance, which has long been used for the five-story pagoda standing adjacent to Ueno Zoo.

At the final location, we saw the Statue of Saigo, he was one of the driving forces in establishing the modern Japan.
Our guide energetically introduced the Saigo’s historical background and influence on Japanese political turning point from samurai government to modern administration centralized by the Meiji Emperor.
This story goes to show why his statue stands here, Ueno Park.

Well, let us share one of the attractions at Ueno Park, “The National Museum of Nature and Science” and its relevant topic.

The National Museum of Nature and Science is rich in history.
It’s located in Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan.
Established in 1871 in a sprawling and tranquil park, it has attracted both local and foreign tourists through three generations.

There are a wide range of scientific and historical exhibitions, which include astronomical, biological, archaeologic, and other scientific findings. Visitors are free to stroll around the area and focus on their favorites. The popular area is the dinosaurs’ gallery because it has stimulated the curiosity of most visitors.
Aside from displaying fossils and bones of the prehistorical animals, the museum also started selling souvenirs, like stuffed toys and assembly kits to stir the interest of children and encourage them to be creative.

Likewise, other toy makers, video creators, and publishers are riding the tide and bandwagon. Currently, a variety of items have been launched, such as assembly kit and paper crafts with pictures of dinosaurs including category and classification in the animal kingdom.

(By Arac)