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I love to explore various dimensions of Japan. Today, I want to bring you to one of the best locations for vacation in Shizuoka prefecture, Izu Peninsula. If you love natural scenery, fresh seafood, and onsen (hot spring), you will love the trip to Izu Peninsula!

Izu Peninsula: How to get to Izu?

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can take the Tokyo East Line from Shinjuku, Shinagawa, or Ueno to Izu. However, you need to spend at least 4000 yen (40 USD) for the round trip from Tokyo to one of the Izu stations. This is uneconomical and inefficient. Go to one of the JR ticket offices in Tokyo and buy a JR Wild Pass (10000 yen, or 100 USD). Using this Pass, you can travel without restrictions throughout Izu for three days.

What can You Do at Izu Peninsula? Three Recommended Stations!

Izukyū Shimoda Station

(伊豆急下田)

Trip to Izu Peninsula

Since Shimoda located in the southernmost part of Izu Peninsula, we have to take the train from Shinjuku to Shimoda station for three hours. Shimoda is the cradle of Japan’s modern history. During the Edo period, Tokugawa Shogunate remained self-isolation. In order to break the barrier and develop business partnership with Japan, Western countries decided to take action. Accompanied by black battleships (Black Ships), Matthew Perry, a commodore of US Navy, arrived Shimoda and intimidated the Japanese Government to open their ports for business by signing up the Japan–US Treaty of Peace and Amity, or the convention of Kanagawa in 1854.

Mount Nesugata

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You should take the ropeway to Mt. Nesugata. From the top of the mountain, you can take an aerial view to the Shimoda Bay and the Pacific Ocean. There is a map on the top of the mountain. When you look at it, you can see exactly where the Black Ships were located. On the other side, you can overlook the Shimoda city. This mount is also a national park. The local government spends money to plant seasonal flowers and different vegetation in this park. With the sunshine, you will discover that you have integrated yourselves with the natural beauty.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the official website here for the detail. Website (English)

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Izu Cruise

Trip to Izu Peninsula

Ancient Chinese wisdom speaks, “It is better to travel far than to read voluminously.” Instead of reading history, we can relive the history by taking the black ship together. The tour guides will show you the different islands of Izu and tell you the history of the islands. Furthermore, by spending few hundred yen, you can get some chips and feed the seabirds during the cruise.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the official website here for the detail. Website (Japanese only)

Hours of Operation: 9:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Last Departure)

Red Snapper and Other Seafood

It is one of the most luxurious meals in Japan. The Japanese people love to use red snapper to make sushi, sashimi, shabu shabu, and dried fish. Although tourists usually prefer to eat tuna or salmon, you should try this white fish. When you chew it carefully, the sweetness and freshness of the fish will gradually flood into your taste buds. You will also fall in love with the aroma of red snapper.

Furthermore, spiny lobster and abalone are the other famous seafood from this area. Because they are expensive, I can only afford the abalone.

Izu Peninsula: Jogasaki-Kaigan

(城ヶ崎海岸)

Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and Lighthouse

Trip to Izu Peninsula

Kaigan means coast in Japanese. Because of the lava of Amagi Volcano, Jogasaki is a national park and beautiful coast. Two of the tourist sites do not require any entry fee. First, climb up to the lighthouse. You will see seven islands of Izu: Oshima (伊豆大島), Toshima (利島村), Niijima (新島), Kozushima (神津島), Miyake-jima (三宅島), Mikurajima (御蔵島), and Hachijojima (八丈島). Like the islands of Hawaii, there are certain numbers of residents living in those islands of Izu. Although you are not able to travel to all of the islands, at least you know a little more about the geography of Japan.

After you climb down, you will cross the Kadowaki Suspension Bridge. Want to feel like Indiana Jones? When you step on the bridge, you can feel it shake. You can only continue your adventure by crossing the bridge, and then you can walk the natural trail.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

I think that you need to know something first. After you get off the train, you are required to walk 1.3 km before getting to the coast. However, you will pass by a cherry blossom tunnel. You can appreciate sukura each spring, and maple trees each autumn.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the website here for the detail. Website (English)

Hours of Operation:

Suspension Bridge: 24 hours

Lighthouse: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Izu Peninsula: Atami City

(熱海市)

Atami literally means, “hot ocean,” which refers to the famous onsen in this area. According to the historical record, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, always came to Atami for hot spring. He thought that Atami is one of the best onsen in Japan because this place contains pure and high quality spring water.

Besides onsen, visitors will also take pictures of Kanichi Omiya no zo. This statue portrays the romantic tragedy from a novel, The Golden Demon.

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Higashikaigancho

Trip to Izu Peninsula

If you like ocean activities, such as canoeing or swimming, you should come here. During weekends, some adolescents will play volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee at the beach. You might be able to meet some new friends here. Along the shore, you can also find some restaurants to fill your belly. If you just want to have a walk, Higashikaigancho is also a good spot for you.

Atami Castle and Trick Art Museum

Trip to Izu Peninsula

This castle was built as a tourist attraction in 1959. You can dress up in costumes and become samurai. You can go to the top of the castle to overlook Atami city. If you want to know more about the history of Edo Period, you can come here. I also recommend that you to go to the Trick Art Museum, which locate next to the castle.

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In the museum, you will enter to an illusory world. Artists utilize certain angles to portray a painting and lead the audience to believe that they are watching a 3D painting. If the staff know that you are a foreign tourist, they will offer you a free-tour and help you take all of the photos. After you go in, you will discover that you have a lot of interaction with animals. Some of them will play with you. Some of them will try to hunt you down. It’s worth the 900 yen entry fee!

Caution: When you go to Atami castle or the Trick Art Museum, you will need to take the ropeway. When you get off of the ropeway, you will pass by the Hihokan – Adult Museum. It is restricted to adults age 18 and over. If you feel uncomfortable about what you see, please don’t go in and run out the entrance as quick as you can. When you go out the entrance and turn right, you will see the castle.

You can visit the official websites here for details. Website for Castle (English) and Website for Museum (English)

Hours of Operation for Both: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nakamise Shopping Street and Heiwadori Shopping Street

You can go to these two streets as your last stop before going back to Tokyo. There are some famous souvenirs and specialty that you can buy here. For example, you can purchase lobster ramen, onsen streamed bun, and miso soup powder. If you are renting an apartment in Japan while traveling, you can buy dried red snapper or frozen red snapper belly. Thus, you can bring a “taste memory” back to your apartment.

Japan is waiting for you to discover her variety. Take a trip to the Izu Peninsula for a weekend getaway and appreciate the natural scenery, delicious cuisine, and miraculous power of onsen!

April 26, 2017 0 comment
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Roppongi Hills Observatory Tokyo Tower

After a long day traversing through the city of Tokyo, there’s no better way to wrap up a day of sightseeing then to go to an observatory and overlook the streets you walked and the buildings you passed. At Roppongi Hill’s, Mori Tower, the only rooftop sky deck in Tokyo lies waiting for you to see the beauty within this city from a bird’s-eye view!

Roppongi Hills is located in the Minato district of Tokyo. There are shops and restaurants, a movie theatre, the Mori Art Museum, and of course, the Tokyo City View Sky Deck! With the inside observatory on the 52 floor, and the outside sky deck on the rooftop, you can see the entire city from both indoors and out!

Despite it’s name, there is no hike required when venturing to Roppongi Hills. This, however, is just the name that one of the largest property developments in Tokyo was given.

Roppongi Hills Observatory upwards

Depending on where you may come from, the idea of an open-air observatory may seem a little new to you. While some countries have more than others, Japan’s list of these rooftop observatories is limited. Making the trip over to Roppongi Hills is definitely recommended during your stay in Japan!

Unlike many cities, Tokyo is not a city with skyscrapers on every block. Fortunately, this makes the views from observatories in Tokyo even more breathtaking!

Also, within the area, there is much to do! With hundreds of restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars, the Roppongi area will keep you entertained, whether its 3pm or 3am!

 

Get Involved at the Roppongi Hills Observatory

If you’re a long-time visitor of Tokyo, you may be interested in attending one of the seminars and workshops Roppongi Hills has to offer. Every fourth Friday of the month, there are events open for the public focusing on astronomy. These events do not require any special membership, so everyone is welcome to participate!

If you’re not interested in astronomy, or even if you’re not in Tokyo for very long, Roppongi Hills Observatory is also hosting a photo contest that only requires one visit to Roppongi Hills and one outstanding picture that will stand apart from the rest.

With multiple periods to enter, there are also multiple winners! You can find details about the contest here! Photos taken at the observatory as well as photos of Tokyo’s landscape including Roppongi Hills, will be accepted!

Roppongi Hills Observatory tulips

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Nearest Station: Roppongi Station

Hours of Operation: 10am- 11pm

Price: General admission is 1,800 yen. Discount rates for children, students, and seniors are also available: Seniors 1,500, Students 1,200, and children 600 yen.

March 22, 2017 0 comment
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Parasitological Museum

You know that you’ll find weird and interesting things once you come to Tokyo. Check out our article on Bizarre Museums in Tokyo you might want to visit while you’re here!

 

Bizarre Museums in Tokyo: Meguro Parasitological Museum

Parasitological Museum Bizarre Museums in Tokyo

 

If you like weird stuff, this is the right place for you. This place is known as the number one most bizarre museum in Tokyo. Meguro Parasitological Museum is a private research facility focusing on parasites. A must-see at this museum is definitely the world’s longest tapeworm that is 8.8 meters long. Don’t forget to visit their museum shop where you can buy parasite-related merchandise!

 

Parasitological Museum Bizarre Museums in Tokyo

Hours: 10:00-17:00
Holidays: Monday and Tuesday (when a national holiday falls on Monday or Tuesday, the museum is opened and closed on the following day), New Year Holidays
Admission fee: Free (donations are welcome)
Access: 15 min walk from JR Meguro station

Bank of Japan Currency Museum

This museum was opened in 1985 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Bank of Japan. Here you can find exhibitions of money from ancient Japan up to the present day as well as money from all over the world.

Hours: 9:30-16:30 (No entry after 16:00)
Holidays: Monday (opened when Monday is a holiday) and New Year holidays (Dec 29 – 4 Jan).
Admission: Free
Access:

1 min walk from Subway Mitsukoshimae Station (Hanzomon line Exit B1)
2 min walk from Subway Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza line Exit B5)
6 min walk from Subway Nihonbashi Station (Tozai line Exit A1)
8 min walk from JR Tokyo station’s Nihonbashi Exit

 

Tokyo Trick Art Museum

Tokyo Trick Art Museum comprises of 3D artworks and optical illusions that will blow up your mind. There are different areas for you to explore, including the “Edo Area,” “Japanese monsters” and the “Trick Art Gallery.”

WARNING: MUST BRING CAMERA!

Hours: 11:00-21:00 (No entry after 20:30)
Holidays: Closing days are not fixed
Admission: Adult (ages 15&over): 900 yen, Child (ages 4-14) 600 yen, free admission for children ages 3 and under.
Access:

2 min walk from Odaiba Kaihinkouen station (Yurikamome line)
5 min walk from Tokyo Teleport station (Rinkai line)

 

Tokyo Kite Museum

Kites are known to have a long history in Japan. At every corner of the museum, you will find a collection of over 250 kites on display from all over Japan and other Asian countries.

 Hours: 11:00-17:00
Holidays: Sunday, National Holidays
Admission: Adult: 200 yen, Child: 100 yen
Access:

10 min walk from JR Tokyo station (Yaesu exit)
1 min walk from subway Nihonbashi station (Exit C5)

 

Showa Retro Packaging Museum

This museum gathers product packages such as tobacco, medicine packages, snacks and confectionery from the Showa period (1929-1989). The building is a refurbishment a former furniture shop, which gives you a nostalgic feel once you step inside.

Hours: 10:00-17:00
Holidays: Monday (closes the following day if Monday is a national holiday) and New Year Holidays
Admission fee: Adult 350 yen, Child 200 yen
Access: 4 min walk from JR Ome station.

 

Postal Museum Japan

Located on the 9th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, the Postal Museum Japan exhibits collections that are related to postal service and communications.
Hours: 10:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00)
Admission fee: Adult 300 yen, Child 100 yen
Access: a short walk from Tobu Skytree line (Tobu Skytree station).

 

Philatelic (Stamp) Museum

 

Stamp Museum Bizarre Museums in Tokyo

 

With a collection of 300,000 stamps from Japan and other countries, over 850 stamps are being displayed at special exhibits at the Philatelic Museum. The theme changes every three months. There are also workshops where you can participate and even make your own stamp!

 

Stamp Museum Bizarre Museums in Tokyo

Hours: 10:00-17:00
Holidays: Monday and Tuesday (when a national holiday falls on Monday or Tuesday, the museum is opened and closed on the following day), New Year Holidays
Admission fee: Adult 200 yen, Child 100 yen
Access: 3 min walk from JR Mejiro station

 

Tokyo Museum of Sewage

You can spend a whole day learning about Tokyo’s sewage system. If that’s not enough, here you can even get a chance to go inside the main sewer pipe!

Hours: 10:00-16:00

Holidays: Monday (when a national holiday falls on Monday the museum is opened and closed on the following day), New Year Holidays (Dec 27- Jan 5)
Admission fee: Free
Access: 7 min walk from Takanodai Station (Seibu Kokubunji Line)

 

Tobacco and Salt Museum

 Here you can get to know more about the history and culture surrounding tobacco and salt in Japan. The museum has a collection or resources and researches about tobacco and salt, and besides the normal exhibition, sometimes there are special exhibitions held for a limited time

Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last entry 17:30)
Holidays: Monday (when a national holiday falls on Monday the museum is opened and closed on the following day), New Year Holidays (Dec 29- Jan 3)
Admission fee: Adult 100 yen, Senior 50 yen, Child 50 yen. (There is an extra charge for special exhibitions).
Access:
12 min walk from Subway Oshiage station (Exit B2)
8 min walk from Subway Tobu Skytree Line Tokyo Skytree Station (Exit 1)
10 mins walk from Honjo Azumabashi Station

 

Tokyo Toy Museum (Toy Communication Museum)         

The building of this museum was once an old elementary school and the goal of this museum is to promote friendship among different generations in the family. Feel free to play with the toys and join the toy workshops they offer!

Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last entry 15:30)
Holidays: Thursday, New Year Holidays and special holidays in February and September
Admission fee: Adult 800 yen, Child 500 yen, Child and Adult pair ticket 1200 yen
Access:
7 min walk from Yotsuya- sanchome station
8 min walk from Akebonobashi station.

 

March 20, 2017 0 comment
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samurai museum

samurai museumThe cultural hub in Shinjuku called “Kabukicho” is home to the many different stores and buildings that embody a section of Japanese culture. Among the shops and attractions is one that stands out to tourists and those interested in the warrior culture of medieval Japan. The Samurai Museum is dedicated to these brave warriors, and inside are fantastic displays of their armor and weapons. Each artifact has a history behind it.

samurai museum shinjuku 3The Samurai Museum offers tours in both Japanese and English. They delve deeply into the samurai culture, and visitors can learn a great deal about their lives and how they fought.  Though the museum may seem small, it contains five different exhibits which displays the different parts of the lives of samurai.

samurai museum 9The Samurai Museum also offers “Tate and Iai,” a showy instruction that demonstrates the Japanese “Way of the Sword.” It is very engaging and, because of the small area of the room, and you are very close to the demonstration–so close that the blade may sometimes be only inches from your face! The Samurai Museum instructors offer bolder visitors a chance to try the “Tate and Iai” along with the instructor and experience a small Japanese battle scene! But you shouldn’t go into battle unprotected, which is why you should don the o-yoroi samurai armor before engaging the enemy. Also, make sure you get your picture taken! The demonstration occurs four times a day, at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00.

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samurai museum 7Even if you end up in a rush and can’t take the time to explore the museum, stop by the gift shop when you pass by! They offer items such as replica swords, armor, shirts, mugs and other items as souvenirs or gifts.

And since you’ll want to upload your photos right away, they have free wi-fi!

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Samurai Museum Shinjuku Location Information

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Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10:30 am – 9pm (last entry 8:30 pm)

Entrance Fee: 1800 yen for adults, 800 yen for children under 12, children 3 and under free. Plus souvenirs!

“Why Go?”: What? I can’t believe anyone would have to explain this to you! Weren’t you ever a kid?

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December 14, 2016 0 comment
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tokyo photography top museum

If you are a lover of photography, Japan is full of great places to indulge in the art.  Whether you are an artist hoping to make your way in Tokyo or you just enjoy taking snap shots, here is a quick list of top Tokyo photography museums.

 

Top Tokyo Photography Museums: Axis Building

tokyo photography AxisThe five-story Axis Building has a number of showrooms that frequently feature photography.  The two main showrooms are The IMA Concept Store and the Taka Ishii Gallery.  IMA is a Tokyo photography book store dedicated to showing off the photographer’s work. The Taka Ishii Gallery is a traditional gallery, but it’s strictly for the work of Japanese photographers. They change displays every three to four weeks, which gives you plenty of reasons to keep coming back.  All galleries is that they are all free to the public.

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.

 

Fuji Film Square

Tokyo Photography fujifilmWhen people think of Roppongi, they usually think about clubbing and the nightlife.  But what you might not know is that Roppongi is hosts many of the top Tokyo photography galleries, and one of the best in the area is on the ground floor of the Fuji Film building.  This gallery has displays of every Fuji Film camera all the way back to the founding of the company.

One of the really great things about the Fuji Film Gallery that anyone can have their photos shown here. All you have to do is fill out a small application and send it in with your pictures.  Your photos will be reviewed, and if they like them they will go up in the gallery.  the snag is that it costs 2,000 yen per picture to have them reviewed, and if you want your pictures returned it will cost you another 2,000 yen.  But if you’re confident in your work, give it a shot!

Website (English)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10am – 7pm, last admission ten minutes before closing.

 

Top Museum

tokyo photography top museumTop Museum is an awe-inspiring Tokyo photography gallery, with three floors dedicated to some of the greatest photographers of all time.  The basement floor houses the works of lesser-known artists who do not lack for skill or expressive subjects. Critics say that the work in the basement is hit-or-miss in terms of quality, so I suggest you keep an open mind when you visit.

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Nearest Station: 9-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Varies for different exhibits.

Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am – 8pm; last entry 30 minutes prior to closing

 

Zen Foto Gallery

Tokyo Photography Zen FotoAnother spot for Tokyo photography in Roppongi is the Zen Foto Gallery.  Zen Foto Gallery is rather small, but makes up for it with their remarkable displays from both Japanese and international photographers.  They change their content about once a month, so making a return visit can be well worth your while.

Website (Japanese and English)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open 12am – 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday, Monday and National Holidays.

December 8, 2016 0 comment
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Snoopy Museum

If you are like me, a chunk of your childhood was spent at the kitchen table, reading Peanuts comics in the Sunday paper. So when in Tokyo, why not revisit one of the world’s favorite comic strip characters?

Snoopy Museum

The Snoopy Museum is located a short walk from the Roppongi train station. Beyond his fantastic work with the Peanuts strip, the museum has several exhibits related to Charles Schulz’s personal life. The biographical exhibits include photos of the cartoonist, sketches and pre-Peanuts comics, and vintage Peanuts mementos. The displays change periodically, so there’s always something new for a a Peanuts fan to discover!

Snoopy Museum

The museum’s gift shop, “Brown’s Store,” sells unique Peanuts-themed merchandise, available only at the Snoopy Museum. “Café Blanket,” named after Peanuts character Linus’s security blanket, has a relaxing atmosphere and is a fantastic place to grab a snack after exploring the museum. Before you leave, make sure to take pictures in front of the Snoopy statues out front!

Snoopy Museum Information

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Nearest Station: 7 minute walking distance from Roppongi Station, and a 10 minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station


Hours of Operation: Everyday 10:00AM-8:00PM
Estimated Price: Adult admission is ¥1,800. Admission for university students is ¥1,200, high school students is ¥800, elementary school students is ¥400, and children under three years are admitted for free.
Online tickets may be purchased for five time slots: 10- 11:30 am, 12:00- 1:30 pm, 2:00- 3:30pm, 4:00- 5:30pm, and 6:00-7:30pm (18:00- 19:30). Online tickets can be purchased at all Japanese Lawson stores.
Why Go?: The Snoopy Museum features original drawings of Peanuts comics and other memorabilia, which can’t be seen anywhere else. Exhibits change twice a year, so you can keep coming back for more!
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June 16, 2016 0 comment
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Ueno Zoo is a top-notch Tokyo destination great for families and couples alike. It’s easy to get to, it’s not expensive, and they have pandas! The Zoo is also in Ueno Park, which is home to many of Tokyo’s other cultural attractions (such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum).

But what if you’re new to Tokyo? You don’t speak the language, you’re afraid of getting lost, and you’re not even sure if you can get tickets once you get there? Well, that’s where we come in! My trusty camera-woman and I went to the zoo and filmed the entire process. All you have to do is watch the video, and there’s no way you’ll get lost!

 

GETTING THERE

Ueno Station is on the JR Yamanote Line. Once you arrive at Ueno, you will depart via the Ueno Park Exit. Once outside, you will cross the street to enter Ueno Park proper. From there, the Zoo is only a few minute’s walk, and you will see the entrance almost immediately after entering the park.

GETTING TICKETS

The very front of the zoo has a number of electronic ticket machines, similar to the ones at the train stations. Here, you can select English (or a number of other language options) and buy tickets. Adults (age 16+) are 600 yen, Students (age 13-15) are 200 yen, and children 12 and under are free! After that, you get your ticket stamped, go inside, and get your English-language map of the Zoo. And now you’re ready for your day!

Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Japan

…AND THE REST

Go and see the pandas right away. They are to the right of the Main Entrance Gate, and that line isn’t going to get any shorter. Beyond that, let your map and your interests be your guide. Don’t miss the Children’s Zoo–you may get the chance to pet some bunnies and guinea pigs!

Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Japan

As you can see on the Zoo Map, the Zoo itself is split into East and West Gardens, connected by a bridge. Ueno Zoo can be quite a hike, so be ready with your water bottles and snacks. If necessary, you can rent strollers (300 yen) or acquire a wheelchair (free) at any of the entrances. If your feet get too tired, you can take the monorail back and forth between the Gardens (150 yen for age 13+, 80 yen for age 12 and under).

There are no language barriers at the Ueno Zoo–every exhibit, sign, etc. is subtitled in English. Even if you are struggling with the local lingo, you’ll find no problems here. And if you are studying the language, let the zoo help you learn the names of the animals in Japanese!

Jackass Penguin Sign Ueno Zoo Tokyo

Even better, the Zoo can be your gateway to the other attractions at Ueno Park, which are just as English-friendly and easy to get to. So don’t just sit home on another long weekend! Plan your trip to the Ueno Zoo today!

Ueno Zoo Information

Ueno Zoo (English site)

5 minute walk from Ueno JR station (click on the map pin for directions via Google Maps)

 

Hours: 09:30-17:00, closed Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday). Last tickets sold at 16:00.

Ticket Prices: 600 yen for adults (age 16+), 300 yen for seniors (age 65+), 200 yen for students (age 13-15, free if living in or attending school in Tokyo), Free for all children age 12 and under. Does not include concessions or souvenirs.

“Why Go?”: It’s an inexpensive, easy outing for families and lone travelers. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Not to mention pandas, and penguins, and lemurs, and…

Rhino Ueno Zoo Tokyo

Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Japan

 

February 11, 2016 0 comment
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Would you like to see Kyoto with a knowledgeable guide, but are afraid of the expense? No problem! There are lots of free tour guides in Kyoto available for those on a tight budget. So get ready to go out and see Japan, because the organizations listed below are ready and waiting to help!

Free Tour Guides in Kyoto: Kyoto Free Guide

Kyoto Free Guide offers free tour guides in Kyoto (excluding expenses) to individuals and small groups. Besides English, there are also French and Italian-speaking volunteers. For a fee they also offer tours for large groups. You must arrange tours in advance. Visit their Facebook page for examples of tour routes and more photos of the tour.

Website: http://kyotofreeguide.sakura.ne.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyotofreeguide/

Good Samaritan Club

Good Samaritan Club have been offering tours since 1961. is made up of volunteer university students from the Kyoto area, and they have been offering tours since 1961. The volunteers are willing to help you plan your personalized tour. Tour reservations can be made from one month and three days prior to your intended tour date. Don’t forget to check their Facebook page for more information about Kyoto and their tours!

Website: http://goodsamaritanclub.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodsamaritanclub

Sakura Volunteer Guide Club

Sakura Volunteer Guide Club has been showing tourists not only around Kyoto, but also Shiga and Nara since 2004. Guiding hours are from 9am-5pm everyday. Reservations need to be made at least two weeks before your designated tour date. Take advantage of their great tours!

Website: http://kyotofreeguide.web.fc2.com/

Kadeko SGG Kansai

Kadeko is the Volunteer Guide Association of Kansai Traditional Handicrafts, so their tours focus on traditional crafts in the area. You can uncover such traditions as doll making, sake brewing and textile work. Furthermore, you might be able to participate in some workshops and create your own masterpiece!

Website: http://kadeko.jimdo.com/

Kyoto SGG Voluntary Goodwill Guide

You can apply for a free English guide tour with the SGG Voluntary Goodwill Guide up to two weeks in advance at kyotosgg@maia.eonet.ne.jp. Their guide hours are usually from 10am-4pm but times are also flexible according to the volunteer’s availability. For more information about their tours, you can visit the information desk at JR Kyoto train station close to Shinkansen Hachijo exit on the ground floor.

Website: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~kyotosgg/

Goodwill Guide on Kyoto Handicraft & Historical Sites (GGKH)

GGKH tours focuses on handicraft and historical sites in Kyoto. The volunteers are willing to show you the discoveries of the ancient capital. They offer visits to the Kyoto Museum of Traditional crafts, a kimono dyeing workshop and many more. You can come up with a list of places you are interested in going and the volunteers will help you plan the tour. Tours are available in English, Chinese, French and Thai. Reservations need to be made two weeks in advance.

Website: http://ggkh.d.dooo.jp/eng.html

Kyoto Free Walking Tour

The name says it all. An English-speaking guide will take you on a 2-2.5 hour walking tour around Kyoto. As part of the tour, you will be visiting Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.  Afterwards, there’s also a chance to stop by famous geisha district, Gion. They offer tours everyday and you don’t need to make a reservation for this tour. One thing to keep in mind is that the tour will only happen if there’s one person pressing “going” at the Facebook event page before the day. Don’t forget to confirm your participation if you are interested in this tour!

Website: http://www.kyotofreewalkingtour.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyotoFreeWalkingTour/

Are you traveling around Japan? Be sure to check out our other listings to find free tour guides for Osaka and Tokyo!

 

May 8, 2014 0 comment
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