Posts in Category: townwalking

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Kyoto has been not only capital of Japan but the center of culture since 794 . Still today, Kyoto is a place where we can see traditions. Having being protected by nobilities and rich merchants, high techniques of crafts such as weaving, several kinds of potteries, metal engravings, golden leaf works, and papers etc. have been transferred from generation to generation. When you visit any of workshop of those traditional crafts, you will be inspired not only by masters’s high skills and techniques  but also by their philosophy and the way of living as a master. We have a list of variety of masters who are happy to show you part of their works in action and to talk with you in person.

  • Pottery Masters
    • Kiyomizu Ware
    • Raku Ware
    • Folk Pottery (Successor of Kanjiro Kawai)
  • Weaving Read More
koi travel, Asakusa walking tour

Discover the real Tokyo, both historical and modern with a local! You will naturally see the contrast between new and old parts of central Tokyo.

We start the tour at Tawaramachi metro station at 10:30am. In the morning, we will visit Kappabashi and stroll through the Kitchen Street selling kitchen goods and plastic food samples that are very real.

We will then have lunch at a traditional restaurant with more than 100 years’ history.

After lunch, let’s try omikuji fortune at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Tokyo as we walk through the Nakamise shopping street.

We will then visit Akihabara Electric Town – a town well known for being the center of otaku culture and shops devoted to anime and manga. Read More

koi travel, Yanesen walking tour

Discover the real Tokyo, both historical and modern with a local! You will naturally see the contrast between east west parts of central Tokyo.

Starting at Nippori station at 10:30am, we will first visit Yanaka in the old part of Tokyo and its shopping street, busy with local customers looking for glossaries and daily goods. We will then visit a local shrine, a calm and spiritual place with iconic red torii gates.

We will then move to the chic Omotesando area and have lunch at a buckwheat soba restaurant loved by locals. Soba in walnut sauce is the recommended dish but there are many other mouth-watering dishes for you to choose from!

After lunch, we will stroll through Omotesando and Harajuku’s Takeshita Street, a street of Read More

koi travel, Murakami walking tour

Murakami town walking is a perfect short excursion to know traditional Japanese culture during your ski holiday in Niigata. This cozy small town well remains old buildings and atmosphere.

The real thrill of the journey in Japan is to visit rural area and feel the local people’s lives. Here in Murakami, more than 100 years old wooden houses are reserved and people are still living there. You can vividly feel how people are living in this historical environment. If you visit there during winter and early spring, you would witness dried salmons are hung under the eaves- very typical scenery in this area.
• Meet the guide at Niigata station at 10:30 (it’s about 2 hours from Tokyo by bullet train)
• Arrive at Murakami station
• Lunch at local Read More

koi travel, hina doll, Murakami walking

Hina-doll festival is usually not available to the public as it is a private celebration for daughters at home. But in Murakami, you can stroll through the historical merchant’s town and appreciate the hina-dolls displayed in traditional wooden houses.

Hina-doll festival is celebrated in March. But this town also has other seasonal events such as traditional gardens visit in early summer, summer festival and byobu (painted wind wall) displaying festival in autumn. It is a very cozy town with rich history and culture – perfect for exploring on foot.

• Meet the guide at Niigata station at 10:30. (it’s about 2 hours from Tokyo by bullet train)
• After arriving in Murakami, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (local cuisine)
• Stroll through the town in the afternoon and enjoy the hina-dolls inside Read More