Excursions

UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – AUTUMN 2022 (*Led in conjunction with Heartland JAPAN)

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


SEPTEMBER 2022

Asakusa After Dark               Thursday, September 8th                  19:00-21:00

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:

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 3- 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

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Historic Hibiya and Marunouchi (evening)       Tuesday, September 13th             18:30-21:00

Beat the heat on an evening excursion! 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.

Excursion Details:

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

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Tsukiji: Foreign Quarter to Fish Market        Friday, September 16th            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. 

Excursion Details:

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

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Ryogoku: Sumo Town (Holiday Weekend Walk)          Monday, September 19th           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. And with the September sumo tournament taking place during our walk, we’ll be sure to see lots of wrestlers

Excursion Details:

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground

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HIKE: Hanno’s Hills               Monday, September 26th                  8:30-15:30

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:

  • ¥10,000 (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

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Ochanomizu: Arts and Anime             Thursday, September 29th             13:00-16:00

Excursion Details:

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.

  • ¥6000 per person (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist; does not include optional coffee or tea at drink stop)
  • 3-9 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

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Ningyocho and Nihombashi: Cradle of Tokyo          Wednesday, October 5th                  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

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Hike: Heights of Kamakura          Friday, October 7th                  9:00-16:00

A hidden shrine, a wild bamboo forest, a ridgeline path and views of Mt Fuji (in good weather) are all to be enjoyed on this trail connecting Kamakura to Yokohama.

*Note: This hike does NOT follow any of the well-known Kamakura trails (ie Daibutsu, Ten’en, or Gionyama).

Excursion Details:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a hiking guide/cultural specialist); does NOT include lunch or train fare to and from the hike (approx ¥1650 roundtrip)
  • Hike will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • As this is a hiking excursion, participants should be prepared to cover 8-10km of varied terrain (paved road, forest path) over the course of 2.5-3 hours
  • Excursion leaves from and returns to Shimbashi Station

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Historic Hibiya and Marunouchi        Monday, October 10th             13:00-16:00

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.

Excursion Details:

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

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Hike: Jimmu Temple and Mt Takatori        Friday, October 14th             8:30-14:30

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:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax, snack, services of a cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, train fare to and from the Zushi area (approx. ¥1600)
  • 3-9 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

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Hike: Takao Traverse       Tuesday, October 25th             8:30-17:00

Dive into autumn with a hike in the hills of western Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. Begin in familiar territory, on one of Mt Takao’s lesser-known trails. Then continue from Takao’s summit along the ridge to another stunning viewpoint, before descending into the Lake Sagami area. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax, small snack and services of hiking guide/cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, transportation to and from the Takao region (approximately ¥1400)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • As this is a hiking excursion, be prepared for around 4 hours of moderate hiking on paved roads and mountain paths.
  • Tour leaves from and returns to Yotsuya station

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Yanaka: Traces of Old Tokyo       Thursday, October 27th             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:

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

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Hike: Saitama 3 Peaks       Thursday, November 3rd             8:15-16:30

Lace up your boots for a hike in the hills of Saitama Prefecture. Our trail leads us past a hidden waterfall, through a natural bamboo forest, over three summits, and ends with views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting). This is an active adventure for those seeking a manageable day hike in a beautiful setting.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance to the waterfall, small snack and services of hiking guide/cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, transportation to and from Saitama (approximately ¥1500)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion will be cancelled in the event of rain.
  • As this is a hiking excursion, be prepared for around 3 hours of moderate to occasionally strenuous hiking on paved roads and mountain paths.
  • Tour leaves from and returns to Iidabashi station

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Roppongi Ramble       Wednesday, November 16th             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

 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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