Excursions

UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – AUTUMN 2021

(*Led in conjunction with Heartland JAPAN & Sandy Isaka of Excursions Japan)

Registration information can be found after the schedule. We look forward to seeing you on one of our upcoming adventures in the Tokyo region.


SEPTEMBER 2021

Asakusa After Dark                                   Thursday, September 2nd                                              18:30-21:00

Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s most popular neighborhoods, with a host of hidden gems to discover. Come enjoy this hotspot in the evening hours, when the crowds have gone. Hear stories of dragons, Edo-era thieves, raccoon dogs, Tokyo’s first “skyscraper”, and more. Enjoy a walk along the river and great views of the neighborhood’s illuminated buildings.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 2-7 participants, ages 18 and older
  • This excursion will be held rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over relatively flat ground
  • Excursion begins and ends at Asakusa Station
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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Yanaka: Traces of Old Tokyo                                               Friday, September 10th                                        9:30-12:30

Yanaka is an area known for friendly neighborhood cats and beautiful cherry trees. Wander along traditional alleyways, browse a traditional shopping street emanating new vibes, and stop at a temple with an intriguing history. Hear stories of tea sellers, shoguns, sculptors and more. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over relatively flat ground, with one staircase
  • Tour begins at JR Nippori Station and ends at Sendagi Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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Tsukiji: Foreign Quarter to Fish Market                                          Monday, September 13th                        9:00-11:30

While the Tokyo Wholesale Market has moved across the bay to Toyosu, the Tsukiji neighborhood still pulses with life. Come explore this vibrant quarter, which evolved from swampland to seafood powerhouse. Learn fascinating facts about Tokyo’s food scene while having the opportunity to shop for tasty tidbits. 

  • ¥6500 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 2-4 participants, ages 16 and older (GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP)
  • Rain or shine.
  • Easy to moderate amount of walking on flat ground.
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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Ochanomizu: Arts and Anime                                         Tuesday, September 21st                        13:00-16:00

In this neighborhood walk (tucked next to Akihabara) visit an origami center, a venerable shrine with unique prayer plaques, a beautiful century-old cathedral, and a train station that’s living out a second life as a collection of hip boutique shops.

  • ¥5000 per person (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older
  • Rain or shine
  • Moderate amount of walking over slightly hilly ground
  • Tour begins at Suehirocho Station and ends near Akihabara Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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Hiking Hanno’s Hills                                               Friday, September 24th                                        9:00-16:00

On this easy day hike, we go “over the river and through the woods” on a beautiful loop walk in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture. Highlights include a riverside trail bordered by spider lilies, historic shrines and temples, and views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting). 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥9000 (includes 10% sales tax, snack and services of a hiking guide/cultural specialist); does not include lunch or train fare to and from the hike (approx ¥1300)
  • Hike will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • 3-9 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • As this is a hiking excursion, participants should be prepared to cover 8km of varied terrain (paved road, forest path, river path) over the course of 2.5-3 hours
  • Excursion leaves from and returns to Iidabashi Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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Roppongi Ramble                                         Monday, September 27th                                          9:15-12:15

Roppongi is familiar to most Tokyo residents, but how well do you really know this hotspot? On this walk, we’ll weave through the streets of central Tokyo’s nightlife and cultural quarter and detour into nearby Akasaka as well. Hear stories of spiders and space fish, famous cartoonists, geisha, generals and even The Beatles.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate to significant amount of walking over rolling terrain
  • Tour begins at Roppongi Station and ends near Tameike Sanno Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

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OCTOBER 2021

Jimmu Temple and Mt Takatori                                 Friday, October 1st                                              9:00-15:30

Stretch your legs on this easy to moderate hike on Kanagawa’s Miura Peninsula. Explore the grounds of Jimmu Temple, which allegedly dates back to the 8th century.  View local landmarks from the heights of Mt Takatori and ‘discover’ a unique Buddha statue hidden along the trail.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥9000 (includes 10% sales tax, snack, services of a cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, train fare to and from the Zushi area (approx. ¥1600)
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older
  • Excursion held in good weather only
  • The route will include 2-2.5 hours of easy-moderate hiking with some minor rock scrambling involved
  • Tour leaves from and returns to Shimbashi Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • Tour will follow Covid-19 protocols. Please wear a mask and do not attend if you feel ill, or have been in contact with others who feel ill.

 FOR ALL OUR EXCURSIONS:

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within the stated number of calendar days before the services begin (varies by tour): You will be charged a 100% cancellation fee (no refund).

Excursions are first-come, first-serve. Participants will be notified in a timely matter that their e-mail has been received. Once the maximum is reached, a wait list will be created. Wait listed participants will be notified of cancellations as they occur. Wait listed members will not be penalized for cancellations when they are on the wait list.

Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader’s phone number, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation.

Unless otherwise stated, all day trips involve the use of public transportation.


To register for any of the excursions above, please send the following information to: uncoverjapan1@gmail.com

Name of the excursion that you would like to join AND

Full Name / Address / Cell phone number / Date of birth / Gender
E-mail address / Nationality / Emergency contact name & number / Medical Conditions / Food Allergies / Special Food Requirements


For more information on any of these excursions or to arrange your own private tour, please send an email to: uncoverjapan1@gmail.com 

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