(*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.

APRIL 2020

All excursions in April are unfortunately cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.


MAY 2020

Family Fun: Asakusa Ninja Mystery                  Tuesday, May 5th                      10:00-12:00

*Registration begins on April 1 at 8:30am

A ninja is on the loose in Asakusa! Can you use the clues to round up this troublemaker? Test your puzzling skills on this family-friendly exploration of the Asakusa neighborhood. Revisit old haunts and learn new fun facts on this adventure geared for those aged 6-12. Celebrate your success by participating in a traditional festival game.

Excursion Details:

  • Cost: ¥7500 (1 adult, 1 child) or ¥10,000 (1 adult, 2 children)     (includes one copy of ninja adventure per child, prize, festival game, snack, 10% sales tax and services of cultural specialist)
  • Two children maximum per adult; younger children may accompany parent(s) but will not be included in mystery, festival game or individual snack
  • 4-12 participants
  • Rain or shine
  • Excursion begins and ends near Asakusa Station on the Ginza line
  • Led by Mandy (and Keira) Bartok


Ryogoku: Tokyo’s Sumo Town                          Friday, May 8th                                9:30-12:30

*Registration begins on April 1 at 8:30am

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. At the end of the excursion, enjoy a tasty (optional) lunch.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax, snack and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 4-11 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion begins and ends at JR Ryogoku Station
  • Excursion will be held rain or shine.


Trails of Tanzawa                                    Tuesday, May 12th                                       8:30-17:00

*Registration begins on April 1 at 8:30am

This hiking excursion visits a mountain tucked in between the Tanzawa range and seaside Odawara. On this moderate to occasionally strenuous hike, trek past tea fields and rice paddies, through thick forests and over grassland to reach the 723m peak, where a clear day offers stellar views of the surrounding countryside and Japan’s most iconic mountain, Mt Fuji.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥8500 (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 ¥2200)
  • Hike will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • 4-9 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • As this is a hiking excursion, participants should be prepared to cover 10-12km of varied terrain (paved road, forest path) over the course of 3.5-4 hours
  • Excursion leaves from and returns to Yoyogi-Uehara Station


Hatsushima: Island Explorations                       Tuesday, May 19th                                 TBD

*Registration begins on April 1 at 8:30am

After meeting in Atami, travel by sightseeing boat to the tiny island of Hatsushima. Upon arrival, walk paved trails through the local village and along the rocky coast. Visit a tiny shrine, learn some local history, take in the view from the top of a lighthouse, and relax with lunch in a grassy Asian garden. Follow it all with an optional soak in an ocean-side hot springs bath. Return by boat to Atami’s port and walk along the lovely waterfront. Before heading home, souvenir shop in an old-fashioned covered arcade.

Excursion Details:

  • TBA (includes 10% sales tax, snack, and services of a cultural specialist). Not included: transportation, lunch (1000-2000 yen), optional coffee/tea break.
  • Excursion begins and ends at Atami Station. Participants can meet in advance and travel from Shinagawa together (easy to follow instructions will be provided)
  • 4-11 participants, ages 18 and older
  • This excursion runs rain or shine.
  • A lot of walking is involved, but it is not strenuous.
  • Led by Sandra Isaka


Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 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.

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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