Excursions

UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – SPRING 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.


MARCH 2021

Yanaka: Traces of Old Tokyo                                      Wednesday, March 17                                        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).
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over relatively flat ground, with one or two inclines
  • Tour begins at JR Nippori Station and ends at Sendagi Station

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Setagaya Temples and Shrines                                 Tuesday, March 30th                                9:00-12:15

Explore some of Setagaya’s most atmospheric temples and shrines, including Gotoku-ji – the famed “beckoning cat temple” – and Shoin Jinja, a shrine with fascinating historical connections. Wander a revitalized shopping street before catching one of Tokyo’s two remaining streetcars back home.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5500 (includes 10% sales tax, snack and services of a cultural specialist). Not included: transportation to and from Setagaya (¥900)
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • Moderate amount of walking over mostly flat ground.
  • Excursions leaves from and returns to Omotesando Station

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APRIL 2021

Spring Hike to Mt Kobo                                            Thursday, April 1st                                          9:00-16:00

About an hour outside of Tokyo, ramble along a beautiful, forested ridgeline in Kanagawa Prefecture on this easy to moderate hiking excursion.  Along the route, enjoy a picnic with (potential) impressive views of Mt Fuji. End this active adventure with an optional dip in a local open-air hot spring.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥8500 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a hiking guide/cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, train fare to and from the hike (approx. ¥1400 round trip), optional onsen visit
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • 2.5-3 hours of walking over rolling hills, with a few significant inclines
  • Hike will be held in good weather only.
  • Tour begins at and returns to Yoyogi Uehara station

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Ningyocho and Nihombashi: Cradle of Old Tokyo                                    Thursday, April 8th                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:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground
  • Tour begins at Suitengumae Station and ends at Mitsukoshimae Station

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Shibamata Time Slip                                                     Monday, April 12th                                        8:30-12:30

Explore one of Tokyo’s retro neighborhoods on this trip to Shibamata, a Showa-era “shitamachi” (old downtown) in northeastern Tokyo. Visit a temple with stunning woodwork, a hidden garden, a top-notch tea house, and a museum dedicated to one of Japan’s most popular TV shows. Enjoy an optional lunch along an atmospheric shopping street.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥6500 (includes 10% sales tax, museum, tea house and temple entrance, and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine
  • Excursion leaves from Hibiya Station

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Trails of Chichibu                                                            Thursday, April 22nd                                     8:45-17:00

Visit Chichibu, one of the prettiest hiking regions on Tokyo’s doorstep, on this day trip to neighboring Saitama Prefecture. Hike a trail leading to sweeping views from the peak of Mt Hodo, enjoy a picnic lunch, visit a 1000-year-old shrine, and shop for local treats.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥9000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a hiking guide/cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, train fare to and from the hike (approx. ¥3200 round trip)
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • 2.5-3 hours of hiking, with a few significant inclines
  • Hike will be held in good weather only.
  • Tour begins at and returns to Ikebukuro station

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Ryogoku: Sumo Town                                                    Tuesday, April 27th                                                  9:30-12:30

Ryogoku is Tokyo’s sumo neighborhood, but this traditional shitamachi (downtown) on the eastern bank of the Sumida River boasts many additional fascinating sites. Visit a sumo temple, the birthplace of Edomae sushi, a famous spot associated with the 47 samurai, a traditional garden, and a park that’s seen more than its fair share of disasters. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground

 FOR ALL OUR EXCURSIONS:

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 3-7 calendar days before the services begin: 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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