Excursions

UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – WINTER AND SPRING 2023 (*Led in conjunction with Heartland JAPAN)

***How do I sign up?***

A registration link can be found after each tour. All tours are offered under the auspices of Heartland Japan (reflected in the registration link). Once a registration form is received, a confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours. Information regarding the exact meeting place, the excursion leader’s contact info, payment information etc. will be included in the confirmation email.

I look forward to seeing you on one of my upcoming adventures in the Tokyo region!


JANUARY 2023

Historic Hibiya and Marunouchi        Friday, January 27th             9:30-12:00

Join me as we weave in and out of the area’s skyscrapers, uncovering the secrets of this unassuming business district. Godzilla and General MacArthur, architects and assassins and actors, a hidden garden … all make an appearance on this fascinating walk.

  • ¥6000 per person
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over flat ground
  • Tour begins at Kasumigaseki Station and ends at Tokyo Station

Sign up here!

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Ningyocho and Nihombashi (Weekend Walk)             Saturday, January 28th       10:00-12:30

Visit two neighborhoods that are considered the ‘Heart’ of old Edo – a former ‘doll’ town and a beautifully revitalized shopping district. Explore hidden shrines, picturesque alleys, and famous bridges on this 2.5 hour walk, while enjoying stories about doomed emperors, lucky dogs, whales, lions, savvy salesmen and more. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥6000 per person (includes small snack)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older
  • Rain or shine
  • Significant amount of walking over flat ground
  • Tour begins at Suitengumae Station and ends at Mitsukoshimae Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

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Tsukiji: From Foreign Quarter to Fish Market                   Tuesday, January 31st            8:45-11:30

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. 

  • ¥7500 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 2-4 participants, ages 14 and older (GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP)
  • Rain or shine.
  • Easy to moderate amount of walking on flat ground.
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

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Secrets of Ebisu and Shibuya                          Wednesday, February 1st                          13:00-16:00

Go beyond the well-known sites to discover the secrets of these two popular neighborhoods. Wander by a bath house with unique sea-inspired decorations and stop off at a unique museum. Learn about Helen Keller’s connection to the area and learn how a rail line was buried overnight. Plus, hear the true story of Hachi, the most famous dog in Japan. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥7500 (includes 10% sales tax, museum entrance, services of a cultural specialist); does not include drink at coffee/tea shop
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate walking with several gradual hills and a few staircases.
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

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Roppongi Ramble                     Thursday, February 9th                            9:30-12:30

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:

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 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

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Early Spring at Ikegami Honmonji              Thursday, March 2nd                      9:00-12:00

Just south of Shinagawa is Ota-ku, Tokyo’s largest, yet often overlooked, ward. Visit an impressive 800+ year old temple built atop a hill overlooking the city and wander under the blossoms in a garden of 370 plum trees.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance to plum garden, services of a cultural specialist). Not included: optional drink at a coffee shop
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking with some hills and a long staircase.
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

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Hike: Oiso and the Old Tokaido                          Monday, March 6th               9:00-15:45

Ramble through the hills of southern Kanagawa and enjoy a picnic lunch with views of both Mt Fuji and the sea. Follow a forested track along the ridgeline before returning via a portion of the old Tokaido road, which once linked Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).

  • ¥10,000 per person (includes 10% sales tax and service of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Tour will be held in good weather only.
  • Tour leaves from and returns to Shimbashi Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok
  • This is a hiking tour. Expect 2.5 hours of walking/hiking over varied terrain, including dirt paths and paved roads.

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Ningyocho and Nihombashi: Cradle of Old Tokyo            Friday, March 10th      10:00-12:30

Visit two neighborhoods that are considered the ‘Heart’ of old Edo – a former ‘doll’ town and a beautifully revitalized shopping district. Explore hidden shrines, picturesque alleys, and famous bridges while hearing stories of currency, kimono sellers, whales, secret Buddha statues and more!

Excursion Details:

  • ¥6000 per person (includes small snack)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Significant amount of walking over flat ground
  • Tour begins at Suitengumae Station and ends at Mitsukoshimae Station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

Sign up here!

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Kiyosumi and Fukagawa: Coffee and Culture

Explore the neighborhoods of Kiyosumi Shirakawa and Monzen Nakacho, two old “downtowns” on the eastern side of the river.  Kiyosumi has a reputation as a “coffee town” – learn about the cafes that have opened their doors here in the past few years and get a caffeine-fix in one of them! Wander through a gorgeous traditional garden and a fascinating, hands-on museum that recreates life in the Edo Period, and catch a unique Buddhist ceremony (time permitting) at a historic temple.

Excursion Details

  • ¥7500 (includes 10% sales tax, garden admission, museum admission and services of a cultural specialist; does NOT include drink at coffee stop)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over relatively flat ground
  • Excursion begins at Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station and ends near Monzen Nakacho station
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

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Nakameguro and Daikanyama: Sakura Walk

These neighborhoods are two of Tokyo’s trendiest, with a great collection of cafes, shops and hidden sights. They’re also one of the prettiest spots in the city in which to enjoy a sakura stroll. Visit an elevated garden, a museum where you can see sakura (cherry blossoms) year-round, a century-old home and one of the city’s best bookstores. Hear fun facts and stories about Japan’s most famous flower. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥7000 (includes admission to museum and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-9 participants, ages 14 and older.
  • Rain or shine
  • Moderate amount of walking, with some small hills
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

Sign up here!


 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.

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


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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