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Report of 12 May 2024 tours, Experience Paris in Asakusa and Ueno Park

Report of 12 May 2024 tours, Experience Paris in Asakusa and Ueno Park

Hello, everyone. I am Masa, one of the guides who hosted the Asakusa tour in the morning. I am reporting on tours of the day. As a tour guide for foreign guests, I realised it is important to know how our guests feel when they travel in Japan. Thus I traveled to one of the world’s most famous tourist spots to take a glimpse of how foreign tourists view our country a few month ago. I included my analysis of this agenda in this report.

Firstly, thank you very much to the guests who participated in the 3 tours of Asakusa and Ueno Park on 12 May 2024.

We hosted 16 guests from Israel, Germany, Australia, El Salvador, England, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand on the morning tour of Asakusa. We divided into 4 groups.

The weather was cloudy and the temperature was moderate.

At Asakusa Shrine, next to the Sensoji Temple 3 Mikoshi (portable shrines carried by human shoulders) that will be used in upcoming Sanja Festival, are exhibited. The festival is to worship 3 men who contributed to the establishment of Sensoji Temple.

Then, we hosted two guests from Mexico on the afternoon tour of Asakusa.

Also, in the afternoon, we hosted 6 guests from Canada, Palestine and Singapore for Ueno Park tour. We divided into 2 groups.

We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.

Guiding foreign guests truly reminded me of what I experienced in Paris, France because I just happened to find some similarities such as that between the tower of Eiffel and Tokyo Sky Tree, and that between Sacré-Cœur Temple and Sensoji Temple.

Near the Sacré-Cœur Temple, I could find a portrait drawing service by a local artist just as you can find in Asakusa.

I could not only find similarities but also exact same ones as what I saw in Paris. They are in Ueno Park.

At the National Museum of Western Art, famous sculptures of French artist, Rodin are exhibited. They are authorised sculptures as well as ones exhibited at Rodin Museum in Paris. They are not copy of the original sculptures but ones from the same mould created by Rodin. Meaning what guests could see was real ones as in Paris, not imitation.

So please enjoy our tours just as you enjoy tours in Paris.

Traveling to France was indeed a good experience as a tour guide in Japan.

Everywhere in the world, you can find some differences from your home country as well as similarities. Learning differences and similarities, we can get to know each other and unite so that we can make the world peaceful.

Why not join our tours to make the world more peaceful!

Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our tour. We always make efforts to improve our tours and highly appreciate your feedback on our TripAdvisor/Facebook etc. Your comments would makes us happy and give us more strong motivations to keep our volunteer activities. And also we’d be glad so much if you would recommend your family and friends our tour. Hope to see you again at our another tours too, such as East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, and Meiji Shrine/Harajuku.