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Sushi, Sukiyaki, Yakitori, Ramen are of course must-eat foods that represent Japanese cuisines. But local Japanese people do not eat them every day. Are you interested in tasting what locals enjoy? This tour takes you to Nakameguro and crawl several restaurants and bars crowded with local office workers (almost) without foreign tourists.

Nakameguro is a fashionable neighborhood but is full of local color. It is a good residential area and there are many restaurants with cozy and warm atmosphere filled with local people. Do not forget observing your surrounding as you walk through the town, because it is a great opportunity to see how ordinary people are living in Tokyo!

• Meet at Nakameguro station at 19:00
• Crawling restaurants and bars. Enjoy local cuisines among locals!
• Return to Nakameguro station around 21:30

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koi travel, origami

Do you have free time during your stay in Tokyo? If so, why not learn and feel the spirit of Japanese culture through origami lesson along with having a bowl of green tea and listening to a mini lecture on Japanese culture.

Origami, which is the traditional Japanese art of folding a square shaped paper into various figures such as birds, flowers and many other things without using scissors or paste. It has been popular pastime among Japanese children.

After folding origami with the master in your hotel room, you can stick the origami you folded on a special paper board to take home for display.

  • The instructor will visit your hotel room. The instructor will serve you a cup of green tea (matcha) with Japanese sweets and start off with a Read More
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On this tour, you will visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and several bonsai gardens in the Bonsai Village in Saitama. The Bonsai Village was open around 1925 as several bonsai farmers escaped from Tokyo after a big earthquake in 1923. By visiting different gardens you will learn different styles and concepts.

As a highlight of the tour, you will meet a professional bonsai master and make a small bonsai under his instruction. His garden and bonsai style have the honorable history of being loved by Prime Ministers, CEOs and loyal family members in Japan.

The tour is not only for guests who have interests in zen spirit or bonsai but also for those who want to use this opportunity to be introduced to the world of bonsai. The tour offers Read More

koi travel, bizen ware

On this tour, a professional pottery artist who is a living master will help you gain an in-depth understanding of pottery in Japan.

Bizen ware is said to have originated in the 5th century and its simple beauty continues to fascinate us today. The tour will not only introduce you to major pottery styles in Japan and their history but also the way of life of ‘shokunin’ (masters) who produce them.

Tour details:
• Morning: We will visit the artist’s workshop located in the mountain area. He will show you his workshop/kiln and explain to you the way of life of ‘shokunin’, which is a core part of Japanese culture. You can experience making a Bizen ware, which can be sent to you at a later date (additional cost for material/postage).
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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

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Sushi, Sukiyaki, Yakitori, Ramen are of course must-eat foods that represent Japanese cuisines. But local Japanese people do not eat them every day. Are you interested in tasting what locals enjoy? This tour takes you to an authentic salary-men town, Kanda and crawl several restaurants and bars crowded with local office workers (almost) without foreign tourists. And do not forget observing your surrounding as you walk through the town, because it is a great opportunity to see how ordinary people are living in Tokyo.

• Meet at JR Kanda station at 18:00
• Crawling restaurants and bars. Enjoy local cuisines among locals!
• Return to Kanda station at 21:00

*Restaurants and bars usually cover sushi, yakitori, local izakaya and sake bar but subject to change depending on condition.

Tour Type:Private Tour (2~4 people)
Price:Tour fee of ¥10,000/pp
Tour Fee Includes:Light meals and drinks at several restaurants and bars with a friendly English speaking guide.
Tour Fee Not Included:Transportation fee to the meeting point.
Duration:Approx. 2.5 hours
Cancellation Policy:No refunds without exception for no-shows or cancellations within 120 hours of start of tour.
Weather:This tour is not cancelled for weather except in extreme circumstances (e.g., typhoons) in which case we will contact you and refund your payment in full.
Physical Activity:Light Walking
Dress:Casual
*Please wear comfortable shoes.
Wi-fi:Public wi-fi is not available along most of the route of this tour.
Photos/Protocols:Your guide will advise but photography is allowed for most parts of the tour.
Directions to Starting Point:JR Kanda Station
Note:*Please indicate any food allergies in advance.
*Guide contact will be provided after you register.

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