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Tokyo is a crowded metropolitan city. People are busy with sightseeing, business trips, or educational exchanges. Sometimes, those activities can stress you out. Are you looking for a place that can provide internal peace into your heart? While visiting Tokyo, you may have a hard time finding a place to worship and practice your religion. To help, we have compiled a listing of Tokyo religious services. If you would like your congregation included, please email us at info@enablejapan.com and we will add you to our listing.

Tokyo Religious Services Listings

Christianity

Catholicism

To Catholic, mass and confession are a part of their discipleship lives. Mass is a similitude of the sacrifice of Christ. Through this ceremony, they express their gratitude to the Lord. Confession is a way for Catholics to repent and reconcile with their God. You might not be able to attend Church at a certain day, but the church here in Tokyo provides daily mass. When I visited the hall, I felt calm because I could cast my temporal cares aside. My dear Catholic friends, if you are looking for peace (even you are not a Catholics or believers) in a metropolitan city, go to one of the Churches. I want to give you four churches with their worship schedule in here.

Roppongi Franciscan Chapel

Roppongi Franciscan Chapel

Address: 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan

English Mass:

Weekdays: 8am; Wednesdays has additional service at 6:30 pm

First Fridays 6:30 pm

Saturdays: 8am, 6pm

Sundays: 8 am, 10:15 am, 12 pm, 6 pm

Confessions: Saturdays  4:30 to 5:30 pm. Also by appointment. Available in English and Japanese.Tokyo Religious Services Franciscan 2

St. Ignatius Church

St. Ignatius Church

Address: Koujimachi, Chiyoda-ku 6-5-1, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan

Sunday Mass:

English: 12pm, Main Chapel

Spanish: 1:30 pm, Main Chapel

Indonesian: 4pm, St.Francis Xavier’s Chapel

Portuguese: 12:30 pm, St. Mary’s Chapel (Only 1st. Sundays)

Vietnamese: 3pm, Main Chapel (Only 1st. Sundays)

Polish: 4pm, St.Mary’s Chapel (Only 1st. Sundays)

Tokyo Union Church

Tokyo Union Church

Address: 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001

Sunday Services: 8:30 am and 11 am

Meguro Catholic Church

Meguro Catholic Church

Address: 4-6-22 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021

Mass Schedule:

Weekday Mass: 7:30 am

Sunday Mass: 12 nn

Protestant

Tokyo Baptist Church (Shibuya Branch)

Tokyo Baptist Church

Protestant is another popular religion in the world. They partake in sacrament to remember Jesus and his infinite sacrifice for all mankind. Protestants enjoy the association or fellowship with others. They call each other brothers and sisters because they believe that all people are God’s children. Individuals worship and sing hymns together. They unite with others through services and meals. When you visit Tokyo and don’t want to miss a Church service, here are the addresses.

Address: Hachiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku 9-2 Tokyo 150-0035 Japan

Services: Saturdays: 7pm, Sundays: 9am, 11am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Wesleyan Holiness Yodobashi (site is Google-translated)

Wesleyan Holiness Yodobashi

Address: Shinjuku-ku, Hyakunincho 1-17-8, Tokyo 169-0073 Japan

Services:

English worship (English Service): Sunday 1:30 pm

Korean worship: Sunday 1:30 pm

Chinese worship: Sunday 3:30 pm

LDS Church (Mormon)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS Church (Mormon is the nickname given by others), is a burgeoning Christian group throughout the world. They believe that God has restored His Church through His prophet, Joseph Smith, in the 19th century. Joseph recorded that he saw God the Father and Son, and they spoke to him. Currently, there are 100,000 LDS members in Japan and three chapels in Tokyo. Normally, they only have church services on Sunday. However, they sometimes have some special events on Saturday, such as general conference broadcast twice a year. They believe that the prophet and apostles of God will receive revelations from God and speak to them during general conference.

Tokyo 1st Ward

LDS Church (Mormon) LDS Church (Mormon) 2

Address: 5-8-8 Minami-Azabu MINATO, Japan

Sunday Service: 10 am (Sacrament First)

Tokyo 2nd Ward

LDS Church (Mormon) 3

Address: 2-25-11 Minami-senzoku, Ota-ku 145-0063 Japan

Sunday Service: 9 am (Sacrament First)

You might see some young men wearing a suit or tie with a name-tag. They are full-time volunteers for two years who sometimes approach you and teach you about Jesus. When you see them on the street, you can ask them any questions. But you might ask, “What makes this Church so special?” They believe that there are living prophets and apostles today, and people can still receive revelations from God today. I am sure that they are more than happy to answer all of your questions. Want to learn Japanese or English for free? They can help you as well.

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Judaism

Jewish Community of Japan

Jewish Community of Japan

Members of the Jewish faith has their worship services on Friday evening and Saturday morning (they call it Shabbat services). They welcome all people, male and female, to join their worship. After the services, they provide a kosher meal. In order to take the meal and socialize, you must make a reservation on Thursday. However, you don’t have to join the meal. You can simply participate the worship with them.

If you want to visit the synagogue in Tokyo during weekdays, you must make a reservation a week prior to your visit by sending them an email.

Address: Shibuya-ku, Hiroo 8-8-3 Tokyo

Friday Evening Services: Egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv service at 18:30.

Saturday Services: Egalitarian Shachrit service at 9:30.

Islam

Islam is one of the major religion groups in the world. There are at least seven mosques in Tokyo. Muslims need to offer prayer five times a day. When they pray, they put their work aside and go to mosques for their worship. They wash their revealed limbs for purification. If you are looking for a mosque to offer your devotion, I can provide two locations for you.

Japan Islamic Trust

Japan Islamic Trust

Address: Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku 3-42-7, Tokyo 170-0005 Japan

Open: 5am – 10pm (prayer schedule on the website)

As-Salaam Foundation

As-Salaam Foundation

Address: Taito, Taito-ku 4-6-7 Tokyo 110-0016 Japan

Prayer Schedule can be found on the website

If you are not a believer of Islam, that’s fine. There are a lot of noble and kind Muslims who are more than happy to provide a tour for you. They want to share their culture and hospitality with you. When I visited Japan Islamic Trust, I was able to have some snacks with my new Muslim friend and have a glance of Islam world.

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Thus, when you are looking for a different experience in Tokyo, you should come and visit one of the mosques.

I know what is you concern. You worry about language barriers. All of the religious groups from above offer English services to the visitors. Hence, you can add a trip to the religious service of your choice while you are in Tokyo. Come to worship and meet new friends!

October 27, 2016 0 comment
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Japanese Translation

Do you have a product pitch or business proposal for your Japanese counterparts? Do you need a technical manual or marketing plan translated to (or from) English in order to keep your international partners on the same page? TMJ Japan delivers ready-to-use business document translations to their clients.

 Japanese to English, 15-18 JPY per JPN Character
High Quality- Used for important externally-targeted materials (press releases, etc)
- Managed by native English-speaking translators with 20+ years of experience
Standard- Materials for external clients
- Managed by Endglish native translators with 10+ years of experience
Cost-FocusedInternal materials or communications
- English native or Japanese translators with 3+ years of experience.
 English to Japanese (23-40 JPY / English Word)
High Quality- Important external materials, such as press releases
- Managed by English native translators with 20+ years of experience
Standard- Materials for external clients
- Managed by English native translators with 10+ years of experience
Cost Focus- Internal materials and communications
- English native or Japanese translators with 3+ years of experience

Contact Us for Your Japanese Translation Needs

  • TMJ Japan translations are accurate, immediately usable, and reflect an understanding of business requirements.
  • TMJ Japan only assigns full-time professional translators. We never work with part-time translators who only work in their spare time and who do not have an understanding of our clients’ needs.
  • TMJ Japan translations are accurately translated for the target audience while retaining the meaning and nuance of the source material.
  • TMJ Japan does not assign a translation to just any native English native speaker, but rather to a translator who resides in an English-speaking country.

Japanese Interpretation Services

The translation fee for our services are both reasonable and in line with deliverable requirements. Our Japanese translation and English translation services take into account factors such as:

  1. Quality (external/internal materials)
  2. Delivery (express, urgent, emphasis on quality)
  3. Cost (cost priority)
  4. Degree of Translation Freedom (accurate and fluent translation, or a more free translation with an emphasis on readability)
  5. Continuity (single document or recurring document)

With these factors clearly defined, our translation team is able to provide our clients with deliverables that truly meet their expectations. From press releases to internal management directives and technical documentation, we can help you with all of your Japanese translation needs.

If you need an Interpreter or a bilingual personal assistant during your stay in Tokyo, please see EnableJapan.com’s guide for Interpretation services.

TMJ Japan – Japanese Translation Services

Website: TMJ Japan Translation Services

Inquiries: Contact Us

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Japanese Interpretation Services

Are you coming to Tokyo for a business meeting with your Japanese counterparts? Mixing a little bit of sightseeing and shopping into your business trip? Or maybe you’re only here briefly, and don’t have a lot of time to figure out how to get to where you’re going or how to find what you want? EnableJapan.com can help! We now provide interpretation services, as summarized below.

 Simultaneous InterpreterConsecutive InterpreterAttendance Interpreter
Years of Experience5-10 years3-10 years1+ years
Used ForBusiness Conference Business Negotiations
Investor Relations
Business Conference Business Negotiations
Investor Relations
Personal Assistant
Booth Attendant
Price88,000 yen for 1 day (8 hours)
44,000 yen for 1/2 day (4 hours)
88,000 yen for 1 day (8 hours)
44,000 yen for 1/2 day (4 hours)
45,000 yen for one day (8 hours)
24,000 yen for 1/2 day (4 hours)

Why Choose EnableJapan.com’s Japanese Interpretation Services?

No matter your plan, our team of highly-skilled interpreters can assist you. Pitch your product to prospective clients, find the perfect gift to bring back home, visit that one place that you’ve heard about–you can do it all during your visit. With an one of our interpreters, there’s no need to worry about getting lost, being misunderstood, or having to settle for anything less than a perfect experience.

Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

How to Find Your “Best Fit” Japanese Interpretation Solution

EnableJapan.com Interpreters come in three varieties–consecutive, simultaneous, and attendance.

Consecutive Interpreters provide the sort of service made familiar in television and films. They wait for the first person to stop speaking, then interpret what was said to the second person. When the second person replies, the interpreter translates it back to the first person, and so on. This sort of interpretation is useful for business negotiations, conferences, investor relations, and other needs.

Simultaneous Interpreters (sometimes known as a “whisper interpreter”) provide interpretation of a language at the same time it is being spoken. This sort of interpretation is also useful for business negotiations, conferences, investor relations, etc., and are used in situations when there are no pauses for a Consecutive Interpreter to work.

Attendance Interpreters are new interpreters. They are native Japanese speakers who are fluent in a secondary language. Until they gain more experience, they work as linguistic personal assistants, booth attendants, etc.

EnableJapan.com interpreters–

  • Have over a year of training in one of Japan’s interpretation schools;
  • Have backgrounds in a wide range of specialized fields, including finance, IT, and other business fields;
  • Have 5+ years of experience as internal interpreters in a variety of companies;
  • Have 5+ years of experience as freelancers.

What kind of interpreter is best for your needs? Email us to find out!

And After the Big Meeting…

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If you’re not certain what you want to do in Tokyo, we can also help with that! Not only do we have an excellent website for you to explore, we also have a number of long-time Tokyo residents on staff who can make recommendations based on your interests. If it’s here, we can find it! So if you’re coming to Tokyo and need help getting around, email us with your schedule and desired itinerary. We’re waiting to hear from you!

EnableJapan.com’s Japanese Interpretation Services

Time Blocks Available: EnableJapan.com interpreters are available in 4- and 8-hour time blocks.

Rates: As per the table above. Rates are for interpretation and guide services only. Dining, shopping, and other expenses are not included. Transportation can be arranged for additional fees.

Inquiries: Email us at info@enablejapan.com

“Why?”: A fast-moving and worry-free Tokyo experience for work and play!

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October 6, 2016 0 comment
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Tell Lifeline

Immediate Help and Resources for English-Speakers in Japan

 

 

TELL Lifeline: 03-5774-0992. Free, anonymous telephone counseling all across Japan, 9:00 am – 11:00 pm daily

Police: 03-3501-0110. Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:15 pm. After hours, dial 110 and stay on the line. They will find someone who can help you.

Fire & Ambulance: Dial 119 and stay on the line. They will find someone who can help you.

Poison Control: US Air Force Hospital Yokota, 0425-52-2511, ext. 57740. 24 hours.

Other Emergency Resources

About TELL Lifeline

TELL Lifeline

Tokyo can be a rough city. Crowded trains, language barriers, and difficulty adjusting to a new land and a new way of life can chip away at the confidence and soul of even the most stalwart expat. Family issues, money problems, addictions, and the other ailments facing the modern city dweller may cause some to simply give in to despair.

If you are living in Tokyo, you may feel isolated from others and that your problems are overwhelming. But help is available in the form of the TELL Lifeline. Founded in 1972, TELL has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout Japan.

 

How the TELL Lifeline Can Help You

The original TELL Lifeline service is the free, anonymous counseling number: 03-5774-0992.

TELL Japan website | Facebook | Twitter

But you do not have to be in dire need to call or visit their website for help. TELL offers numerous services to the community, from counseling services to outreach programs to a wiki for handling everyday annoyances.

Counseling: Sometimes life can be overwhelming, and more in-depth assistance may be needed. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the middle of Tokyo or in a small town in Kyushu – you can call TELL and get help (phone number for counseling services is 03-4550-1146 in English and 03-4550-1147 in Japanese). TELL offers services to adults, youths, children, and even has resources for issues in the workplace.

TELL can set up face-to-face counseling or provide it over the Internet, so distance is not a reason to avoid calling. Japanese National Health Insurance does not cover counseling, but TELL offers a sliding-scale fee system to make care affordable to those who need it.

Outreach Programs: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. TELL offers a number of outreach programs, covering topics ranging from Child Protection and Anti-Bullying to Exceptional Parenting and Suicide Awareness and Prevention, and a whole lot more. Visit the website or call 03-4550-1911 to learn about their programs to help you and your family live a happier, safer life.

Online Directory: TELL’s online directory can help you with a multitude of not-emergency-but-still-important issues. the wiki covers topics ranging from legal and health issues all the way down to finding a bookstore or library so you can read a bedtime story that night. Best of all, you can contribute to this wiki, allowing English speakers living in Japan to pool their knowledge and help each other.

How You Can Help the TELL Lifeline

TELL offers a wide range of services to the community, but they need help too! TELL receives no government funds and relies on the community to help them continue their good work.

Donations: You can donate directly to TELL via Paypal, Bank Transfer, or Postal Transfer, either as a one-time donation or by offering monthly support. Donations are tax-deductible.

You can also donate goods and services, such as bottled water and energy drinks, serviceable IT gear and office supplies, etc. as detailed in the link.

Volunteer: TELL needs you! TELL is always looking for counselors for the TELL Lifeline. Although difficult, there are many rewards for becoming a a Lifeline Phone Counselor beyond just helping those in need. If you want to become a Lifeline Phone Counselor, follow this link for more information.

Not all volunteer opportunities require a large commitment. TELL always needs volunteers for events and to help with office work at busy times of the year. Follow the link to learn more about volunteering.

Sponsorship: Corporate sponsorship plays a very important part in supporting TELL services. If your company is interested in supporting TELL, follow this link to find out more.

Upcoming Events

TELL is constantly raising awareness for suicide prevention and other issues. They hold a regular Pub Quiz at the Hobgoblin in Shibuya, an annual Runathon, and many other events. Keep up with the latest TELL events on their website by following this link.

Life can get you down sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you have to face everything alone. Take care out there, Japan. TELL is here if you need them.

For more information on living in Tokyo, please click on one of the links below–

September 22, 2016 0 comment
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Want to send some money back home? Or want to receive some? Here`s some helpful information to help you navigate the confusing waters of overseas transfers…

Western Union (Seven Eleven and Family Mart)

The great thing about Western Union is that the money is available almost instantly. So if you have someone who is available to pick it up, money can be received overseas in a matter of minutes. They charge a set fee of 990 yen for sending 10,000 yen or less, or 1500 yen for sending 50,000 yen or less.

More information at:

http://www.westernunion.co.jp/en/index.php

http://www.sevenbank.co.jp/soukin/en/

http://www.wu-moneytransfer.com/en/index.html

Citibank

If you have an account with Citibank in Japan, it is relatively easy and quick to send money home. There are a few options to choose from, you can send money in-branch or you can register a payee and send online. However, all these options cost a sizeable fixed fee of around 3500 yen. This means it`s only really worth it if you`re sending a relatively large amount, or if you already have a Citibank account and want to transfer money quite quickly.

More information at:

http://www.citibank.co.jp/en/

SBI

One of the cheaper money transfer options (depending on how much you send) SBI lets you choose from a wide variety of sending/receiving options, including at your local convenience store. The application process can be a little annoying and will take around a week.

More information at:

https://www.remit.co.jp/MainVisitorsHome.jsf?lang=en

GoLloyds

Another relatively reasonable and convenient option, but with a similarly time-consuming application process to SBI. The best thing about GoLloyds is that if you send your money before 3pm, they guarantee it will arrive on the same day.

More information at:

http://www.golloyds.com/en/

Post Office

With Japan Post Bank, there are options to send money overseas either by paper money order or electronic transfer. It is a little expensive though and can be a bit of a hassle to do if you don`t know Japanese.

More information at:

http://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/en_index.html

Travelers Checks

Probably the cheapest way to send small amount of money, American Express travelers checks only cost a 2% fee and are available at most major post offices.

More information at:

http://www.aetclocator.com/us/

Others:

Moneygram 

https://www.moneygram.com/MGI/EN/JP/Market/Market.htm?CC=JP&LC=EN

Paypal 

https://www.paypal.com

Shinsei 

http://www.shinseibank.com/english/

JTB 

http://www.jtbmoneyt.com/r/en/index.html
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May 8, 2014 0 comment
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Babysitting Services Tokyo Japan

If you’re in Tokyo with your family but need a little grown-up time, there are many English-speaking babysitting services to choose from. Some companies offer additional services, such as housekeeping and handyman work.

Please note that all of the babysitting companies listed below have a registration fee and prices vary depending on your specific requirements, so please see their websites for comprehensive pricing information.

Alpha Kid’s Club

Locations Served: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe), and Fukuoka

Website | Price List

Alpha Kid’s Club offer babysitting, post-natal, tutoring, sick child care, and other related services.

Babysitters

Locations Served: Tokyo and Yokohama
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Price List

Babysitters provide international babysitters to suit any needs. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will even come to your hotel to babysit. The service also has babysitters available who speak languages other than English, so please let them know if you have specific requirements.

Chez Vous

Locations Served: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama

Website (babysitting section) | Price List: Regular Service (weekly or more) | Spot (1-2 times / month)

Chez Vous offers English- and Japanese-speaking babysitters and nannies, as well as a full-time housekeeping and other domestic services.

Honey Clover

Locations Served: Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba

Website | Price List

Honey Clover provides babysitting in English, Japanese, French, Korean, and Chinese.the service works by membership, though non-members can also use the services (at higher prices) for short-term emergencies such as sick children.

Poppins

Locations Served: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, and Kansai area

Website | Price List

Poppins provides babysitting services (newborns on up), tutoring (up through entrance exam coaching!), and even trip accompaniment services. They can also care for sick children, if needed.

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Looking for a school for your children? Check out our International Schools Listing.

Need an easy day out with your children? Check out our guide to the Ueno Zoo and our 36 Hours in Tokyo: Kids in Tow article.

 

 

 

May 8, 2014 0 comment
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