UPCOMING EXCURSIONS – SPRING 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.

MAY 2022

Family Fun: Asakusa Ninja Mystery                   Wednesday May 4th                  10:00-12:30

A ninja is on the loose in Asakusa! Can you use the clues to round up the trouble maker? 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 ages 6-13. Celebrate your success with a traditional festival game.

Excursion Details:

  • Cost: ¥9000 (1 adult, 1 child), ¥13,500 (1 adult, 2 children), ¥18,000 (2 adults, 2 children)         (includes one copy of ninja adventure per child, prize, festival game, 10% sales tax and services of cultural specialist)
  • Two children maximum per adult; younger children may accompany parent but will not be included in mystery or festival game)
  • 4-10 participants


HIKE: Heights of Kamakura                   Thursday, May 12th                  9:00-16:00

A hidden shrine, a wild bamboo forest, a ridgeline path and views of Mt Fuji (in good weather) are all 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:

  • ¥9000 (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


Shibamata Time-Slip                   Monday, May 16th                  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:

  • ¥7500 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance fees for the museum and garden, services of a guide/cultural specialist). Not included: lunch, transportation to and from Hibiya sttion (approximately ¥1000)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Excursion will be held rain or shine


Trails of Chichibu                     Friday, May 20th                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

Secrets of Ebisu and Shibuya                      Thursday, May 26th             13:00-16:00 

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

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5500 (includes 10% sales tax, entrance to botanical garden, services of a cultural specialist); does not include drink at coffee/tea shop
  • 3-8 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Moderate walking with several gradual hills and a few staircases.


JUNE 2022

Tsukiji: Foreign Quarter to Fish Market                   Thursday, June 2                  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. 

  • ¥6500 (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.


Asakusa After Dark                                                      Monday, June 6                  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:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist)
  • 3-8 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


Flowers of Hondo-ji                                                      Tuesday, June 14th                9:00-15:00

Escape to nearby Chiba prefecture to visit a historic temple known for its profusion of summer flowers. Enjoy a garden of irises and stunning fields of hydrangeas. Dine on a delicious Japanese set lunch at a nearby restaurant, before visiting a hidden iris garden on the way back to Tokyo. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax, temple admission, lunch, services of a cultural specialist). Not included: train fare to and from Hondo-ji (approx. ¥1200)
  • 3-9 participants, ages 18 and older
  • Excursion held rain or shine
  • Tour leaves from Hibiya Station


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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