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.


JANUARY 2021

Historic Hibiya and Marunouchi                       Tuesday, January 19th                            9:30-12:30

*Registration begins on January 4 at 8:30am

Join us 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.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 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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Ochanomizu: Arts and Anime                          Wednesday, January 27th                                9:30-12:30

*Registration begins on January 4 at 8:30am

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.

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 per person
  • 3-7 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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Tsukiji: Foreign Quarter to Fish Market                          Monday, February 8th                                       9:00-11:30

*Registration begins on January 4 at 8:30am

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:

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 2-4 participants, ages 18 and older (GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP)
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate walking on flat ground.
  • Tour begins and ends near Tsukiji Station

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Oiso and the Old Tokaido                           Friday, February 26th                                 9:45-15:45

*Registration begins on January 4 at 8:30am

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).

Excursion Details:

  • ¥8500 per person (includes 10% sales tax and service of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Tour will be held in good weather only.
  • Tour leaves from and returns to Shimbashi Station
  • This is a hiking tour. Expect 2.5-3 hours of hiking over varied terrain, including dirt paths and paved roads.

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Quiet Kamakura Day Hike                       Monday, March 1st                                      9:00-16:00

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

Excursion Details:

  • ¥8500 (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 3 hours
  • Excursion leaves from and returns to Shimbashi Station

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Family Fun: Ueno Animal Escape                      Saturday, March 6th                           10:00-12:30

The monkeys of Ueno Zoo have escaped! Can you use the clues to round up this troublemaker? Test your puzzling skills on this family-friendly exploration of Ueno Park. Stop by familiar landmarks and learn new fun facts on this adventure geared for grades 3-6.

Excursion Details:

  • Cost: ¥7500 (1 adult, 1 child) or ¥11,000 (1 adult, 2 children)    (includes one copy of animal escape puzzles per child, prize, 10% sales tax and services of cultural specialist)
  • Two children maximum per adult
  • 3-8 participants
  • Excursion held in good weather only
  • Tour begins and ends at Ueno Station

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Kiyosumi Shirakawa: Coffee and Culture                              Tuesday, March 16th                            9:00-12:30

Explore the neighborhood of Kiyosumi Shirakawa, one of Tokyo’s up-and-coming ‘old downtowns’ that has become Tokyo’s newest coffee mecca.  Learn about over half a dozen 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, before enjoying an “artful” finish.

Excursion Details

  • ¥6000 (includes 10% sales tax, garden admission, museum admission and services of a hiking guide/cultural specialist);
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate amount of walking over relatively flat ground
  • Excursion begins and ends at Kiyosumi Shirakawa 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

 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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