Excursions

UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – WINTER 2021/2022  (*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.


DECEMBER 2021

Trails of Chichibu                     Monday, December 13th                 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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JANUARY 2022

7 Gods Walk in Shinjuku                  Wednesday, January 12th               9:30-12:30

Start the year off with a bit of extra luck by completing a 7 Gods pilgrimage. We’ll visit shrines and temples associated with the shichifukujin (the 7 Gods) while learning more about New Year’s customs.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist). Price does NOT include cost of stamps or 7 Gods statues (avg ¥400-¥500 each).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over mostly flat ground
  • Tour starts at Shinjuku Gyoenmae station and ends at Iidabashi station

Historic Hibiya and Marunouchi                Tuesday, January 18th           13:00-16:00

On this tour, we’ll 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 … all make an appearance on this fascinating walk. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Easy-moderate amount of walking over flat ground.

Ningyocho and Nihombashi: Cradle of Tokyo         Friday, January 21st            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. Hear stories of unlucky emperors, old fishermen, lucky lions 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.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground

Roppongi Ramble                      Monday, January 24th                 9:30-12:30

Roppongi is a familiar neighborhood for many locals and expats, but how well do you know this entertainment district? On this tour, hear stories of spiders and space fish, geisha and generals and even a famous rock and roll icon or two.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate-significant amount of walking over hilly ground
  • Tour starts near Roppongi station and ends near Tameike-Sanno Station

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Ryogoku: Sumo Town               Tuesday, February 1st                   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).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground
  • Tour starts and ends at Ryogoku Station

Secrets of Ebisu and Shibuya             Thursday, February 10th             13:00-16:00

Go beyond the well-known sites to discover the secrets of these two well-known neighborhoods. Wander by a bath house with unique sea-inspired decorations and stop in a hidden museum filled with impressive Japanese artifacts. Learn about Helen Keller’s connection to the area and visit a botanical garden.  

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5500 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance to botanical garden, services of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate walking with several gradual hills and a few staircases.

Jimmu Temple and Mt Takatori            Monday, February 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:

  • ¥9000 (includes 10% sales tax, snack, services of a cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, train fare to and from the Zushi area (approx. ¥1600)
  • 3-9 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 rock scrambling involved

Early Spring at Ikegami Honmonji             Tuesday, March 1st        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:

  • ¥5500 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance to plum garden, services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion held in good weather only
  • Moderate amount of walking with some hills and a long staircase.

 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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