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Tour Report on 28 May 2016

  • 2016.05.30

Thank you for the guests kindly joined our Saturday tour on 28th of May. We totally had 57 guests from 15 countries, by six groups. It was cloudy, but not so bad. We hope all guests enjoyed  mild temperature and walking tour with us. Last week, G7 summit was held in Ise-Shima in Japan, and after that, the US President Barak Obama paid a visit to Hiroshima, where 71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. Personally I was so impressed with the US president’s speech that  I’ve come to realize that we should introduce Hiroshima all through the world as the place where we can feel how disastrous war is. But also we need to be future oriented and we should invite to Hiroshima as the place where all of us can feel how precious peace is and how beautiful life is. Here are some attractions you will enjoy in Hiroshima. Itsukushima Shrine. This world heritage site is famous for its red torii gate and pier-like structures that appear floating on the sea at high tides.                 Photo: Hiroshima castle. This five storied lookout is a symbol of Hiroshima castle,which used to be the center of […]

Tour Report on 21 May 2016

  • 2016.05.25

Thank you for joining us from all over the world. On that day we welcomed over 60 people from USA, Australia, U.K., Canada, Spain, Columbia, Israel, Chile, Poland, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, India, Egypt and Hong Kong. We divided into 7 groups. The weather was really nice and very warm despite the middle of May. In this tour, most of the spots the guides describe is things of pre-modern time. But the first two spots are related to early modern time buildings. One is Tokyo Station where we first meet and the other is The Industry Club of Japan. These two buildings were built in early 20th century, that symbolises Japan’s early age of modernization from feudal era. For European guests it is not special at all because such things can be found all over in their countries. As for The Industry Club of Japan opened in 1920 for forum of industriasts, the feature of this retroprospective building is it is combined with new modern high-rise building. Initially it was only 5 story building but in early 21th century, some portion of the building was demolished and replaced with the new building. The glass window building and the old brick building were combined inside. […]

Tour Report: May 17, 2016

  • 2016.05.21

It was raining hard and the wind was quite strong. I gave up to wear KIMONO or Japanese traditional outfit. KIMONO, the proud Japanese tradition. But too hot in summer, too cold in winter, so difficult to walk, and getting stains when raining…Wearing KIMONO is really uncomfortable. Despite that I like to wear KIMONO because many tourists seems happy looking at our KIMONO. Now many Japanese don’t wear KIMONO. One of the reasons is that they can’t put KIMONO on by themselves. It used to be that mothers taught daughters how to put KIMONO on. But now, there are KIMONO schools which teach it. I went to KIMONO school for a half year. We welcomed 8 guests. Thank you for joining us! Rain made leaves and flowers more beautiful. Azalea was almost gone and iris started blooming. Now, we have the most comfortable weather before the rainy season. Visit and enjoy TOKYO now! (Naomi)

Tour Report: May 14, 2016

  • 2016.05.16

Thank you for joining our tour! On that day, we welcomed 70 guests and divided into 6 groups. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze. I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather. Bletilla striata are in full bloom at Ninomaru Japanese Garden. You can enjoy different flowers depending on the seasons there. Irises bloom between late May and Jun at their peak. Joining a walking tour is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers. For many, travelling alone is an exciting adventure with a great sense of freedom. However, it can also get lonely from time to time. Adventure into the unknown and make small talk with others on the tour traveling like yourself where many friendships can be made and travel partners found.  I’m always happy when I see that guests are interacting and sharing their trip experiences each other. By the way, have you ever been to any World Natural Heritage Site in Japan? We have 4 natural sites, Shiretoko(Hokkaido), Shirakami-Sanchi(Aomori/Akita Prefecture), Ogasawara Islands(Tokyo) and Yakushima(Kagoshima Prefecture). Don’t be confused, the famous mountain Mt.Fuji is listed for “cultural” heritage site, rather than a natural heritage site. It is said Mt.Fuji has nurtured Japan’s unique art […]

Tour Report: May 7, 2016

  • 2016.05.12

Sumo season is on in Tokyo! The 15 day summer tournament in Tokyo started last Sunday. This is one of the three tournaments held in Tokyo throughout the year (The other three are held elsewhere in Japan). One of the guests told me she was interested in going to see the Sumo match. The reserved seats are all gone, but if you are willing to stand in line early in the morning, you may be able to get the non-reserved seats for the day. It was quite recent that I first saw sumo live, and I can tell you it is much more exciting than seeing it on TV. If you have a chance, I definitely suggest you go for it. Sumo recently has become more globalized than ever. Of the Makuuchi, or the top 42 ranking wrestlers, 16 are from outside Japan.  Mongolia is known to be home of many good wrestlers, but there are wrestlers from other countries such as Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Georgia and Russia. It might be interesting to go find wrestlers from your country. Well, so much about sumo, we were joined by 46 guests on Saturday. None from the said sumo countries, but thank you all the same! […]

Tour Report on May 4, 2016(Holiday tour)

  • 2016.05.04

We welcomed 11 guests from Italy, Australia, U.S.A., Canada, Brazil and Philippines. We divided the guests into 3 groups and started our tour at 10:00 am from Tokyo Station. Today was very hot day with strong wind . Luckly the rain was stopped early in the morning.       Thanks to all the guests for joining and having a good time with us. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. TFWT’s regular walking 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. (Posted by Keiko.N)

Tour Report on 30 April 2016

  • 2016.05.03

  Thank you for joining our tour on April 30th. Now, Japanese are enjoying Golden Week holidays. Many Japanese have looked forward to this week, because we have a long holiday, and moreover the weather is usually nice during this week, so it is really good season for going out. On the day of tour, it was also perfect weather. We welcomed 70 guests from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, US and so on. We divided into 7 groups. We strolled and had relaxing afternoon in the fresh green leaves, and some guests were sitting verdant lawn as they listened our explanation about the Edo history.   Edo castle used to be built at the east garden of imperial palace, but now only stone base remains. We cannot enjoy watching powerful and magnificent castle unfortunately. Do you know the closest castle from Tokyo? Whenever our guests ask me this question, I always answer “Odawara Castle is the closest castle from Tokyo”. It is located in Odawara City in Kanagawa Prefecture. It takes 1 hour and a half by train. From the beginning of 15 to the end of […]

Tour Report on 23 April 2016

  • 2016.04.24

Thank you for joining us. On that day we welcomed 55 guests from Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, USA, Lithuania, India, Russia, and Norway. We divided into 6 groups. The weather was cloudy at the beginning but turned sunny in later time. In the East Garden, spring flowers after Sakura, such as azaleas and wisteria are appearing. In this tour, we are always worried that if the flat turf in the East Garden, where the feudal lord, Tokugawa Shoguns’ castle existed disappoints the guests. The wooden castle buildings were all burnt down. Only stone bases and a stone warehouse are architectual remains. If you are interested in imagining what the castle as a whole looked like, there is a 3 dimensional miniture recreation exhibit at EDO-TOKYO Museum near Ryogoku Station in Tokyo. But that may not satisfy your expectation. So we advise you to see real castles in existence, which are similar to the castle we need to imagine. There are two places we recommend. One is Nijo-Castle in Kyoto. That was actually a second house of the Tokugawa Shogun. When he visited Kyoto to meet with Emperor, the castle was used. That is similar to Honmaru area, […]

Tour Report on 16 April 2016

  • 2016.04.22

Thank you for joining us. On that day we welcomed 56 people from USA, Australia, Singapore, Phillipines, Israel, Poland, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Malaysia, UK, Ireland, Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, and France. We divided into 5 groups. The main Sakura season, which the most popular cherryblossoms with pale white-pink petals called Someiyoshino were in full bloom was over but one can still enjoy other specie of Sakura, called Satozakura. It was a very good day for viewing it. The petals of the flowers are bigger and the color is more pink. Along with Sakura, the guests could enjoy getting along with kimono guides and wearing kimono. Speaking of kimono, what one can easily come up with is Geisha. Geisha literally means “Artist” or “Entertainers.” In Tokyo Mukojima, Asakusa, Shinbashi, Kagurazaka are the famous spots. They dance, sing and pour sake to their guests in a party room. The below photo was taken in Mukojima. A woman on the left in pink kimono is younger Geisha and apprentice, called Maiko or Hangyoku, the other is the pro Geisha. They not only have good skills of dancing or singing but art of conversation. Geisha is not only an occupation for women but men. Male Geisha is called Taiko-mochi […]

Tour Report:April 13,2016(Weekday Tour)

  • 2016.04.16

The peak season of cherry blossoms is almost over. Now young green leaves started to come out. The most pleasant season in Japan has started. In spite of bad weather, we welcomed 15 Guests from the U.S, Bergius, Canada, Singapore, Australia, U.K., and New Zealand today. Although it rained on and off, we were able to enjoy various flowers such as azalea, rhododendron, and iris. By the way, do you know ” Yabusame ” , Japanese horseback archery ceremony? (Images taken from Taito City website) Yabusame is one of the symbol of Japanese martial arts. From the 12th century to the 16th century, cavalry battle was the most common method of warfare. Yabusame take place at Sumida Park in Asakusa on every third Saturday in April and this year it will fall on April 16th. In the ceremony, three targets are arranged in the course. Archers in historical costumes on running horses draw their arrows and shoot at the targets. The archers run the path from one after another and every tome an arrow hits the target, spectators applaud!  If you are in Tokyo on that day, why don’t you visit Asakusa and experience this Japanese historical ceremony? It will fascinate […]

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