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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hidden Temple & Hydrangea Festival

Cultural Excursion
    Traveling by private motorcoach from Shinagawa Station, escape the crowds of Tokyo on this excursion into the lovely countryside of Japan. The first stop, in the middle of an ancient cedar forest, is an incredible temple that very few Japanese people even know exists! Next, travel to a small town festival, the 'Kaisei Ajisai Matsuri'. A festival for hydrangea, thousands of ajisai bushes line narrow streets that cris-cross fields filled with newly planted rice. Adding to the beauty, Kaisei is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and Mt. Fuji often shows itself.

    8:00am – 6:00pm
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    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Hayama Beachside Stroll & More!

    Cultural Excursion
      Travel one hour by train to the lovely seaside town of Hayama. While walking along the ocean, explore tiny shops and visit a garden that was once part of an Imperial villa. Take in exhibits at Hayama's Museum of Modern Art and a mini-museum dedicated to a famous Japanese painter. Explore a lovely shrine overlooking the sea, and enjoy a tasty lunch. Enjoy the sand and ocean breezes of this popular destination in its ‘sleepy’ post-summer days.

      8:15am – 4:00pm
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      Wednesday, May 20, 2015

      Enoshima Island Exploration

      Cultural Excursion
        After traveling by train from Shinagawa Station, this tour begins with a scenic monorail ride to the sea. While exploring this tiny island; we'll visit a historic garden, lovely temples and shrines, an observation tower with breathtaking views, traditional shops, and a mysterious cave - all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the surrounding ocean. We'll stop for lunch at a simple family-run restaurant located cliffside. Relax while watching hawks circling the trees and waves crashing below. All this (and more!) only one hour outside of Tokyo.

        8:20am – 5:30pm
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        Monday, April 6, 2015

        Meguro River Walk

        Cultural Excursion
          Join us for a leisurely walk along the Meguro River, which is lined with lovely cherry trees that hopefully will be in full bloom! Along the way learn about gardens, parks, and museums in the area. Then, detour into a traditional neighborhood to explore some interesting and historic temples. Our last stop will be a quick visit to Tokyo's most interesting hotel, Meguro Gajoen - a place you've got to see to believe!

          9:00am – 12:30pm
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          Wednesday, March 18, 2015

          Best of Marunouchi

          Cultural Excursion
            Marunouchi, Japan's financial hub, lies just outside of Tokyo Station and has been completely redeveloped in recent years. Learn about the area's top restaurants, shops, museums, and more. Explore the Tokyo International Forum, one of Tokyo's most beautiful and unique modern structures. Visit a mini museum dedicated to Mitsuo Aida, a famous Japanese calligrapher and poet. See the newly remodeled Tokyo Central Post Office building (which houses a fantastic new shopping area & amazing museum), check out a hidden garden, and go underground to find treasures hidden below the hustle and bustle of life overhead. Along the way, feast on an array of delicious Japanese dishes at a buffet of 'homestyle' foods and desserts.

            9:30am – 3:00pm
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            Monday, March 2, 2015

            Makabe Time-Slip with Hina-dolls, Craft Beer, & A Giant Buddha

            Cultural Excursion
              Ride an elevator up Japan's tallest statue of Buddha (3rd tallest in the world) for a view of the surrounding countryside and lovely garden below. Dine on a delicious lunch while enjoying a glass of local craft beer (or wine) at a chateau-turned-brewery. Then, visit the tiny historic town of Makabe. Once a year, the locals invite visitors to enter 160 of their private homes/businesses (many of which are 100+ years old) to view traditional china doll displays. Sample local snacks, chat with the residents, purchase handmade goods, and just enjoy a 'time-slip' in the Japanese countryside.

              8:30am – 5:00pm
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              Friday, January 23, 2015

              Oya, the ‘City of Stone’

              Cultural Excursion
                Hidden north of Tokyo, in the center of Tochigi Prefecture, is an incredible stone quarry. Mining ended there in 1986, but the huge, mysterious underground cavern has been re-opened as a geological museum. Above ground, visit a temple built into the rock in 810 AD. Nearby, carved into a cliff, stands the giant Heiwa Kannon, an impressive goddess of Mercy dedicated to peace.

                The local stone was used to build homes, walls, and storehouses all over Oya. Dine on Southeast Asian delicacies in one of these beautiful stone buildings. At the end of the day, we'll make a final stop where participants can choose to relax over a cup of coffee and/or soak in an onsen.

                7:45am – 7:00pm
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                Thursday, December 11, 2014

                Christmas in Yokohama

                Cultural Excursion
                  Get in the Christmas spirit while touring gorgeous historic Western homes built in the early 1900's. Each home is decorated for the holidays in a different country's theme. Portugal, Italy, Russia, South Africa, and many other countries have been represented in the past. The homes were built on the bluffs above Yokohama's bayside and participants will also enjoy lovely harbor views while learning about the city's history. After touring the homes, we'll take a quick walk through Motomachi, a famous shopping street that has catered to foreigners since the 1800's. Then, a visit to Chinatown and its 'centerpiece', Kantei-byo Temple.

                  At the end of the excursion, participants are welcome to join the excursion leader for a tasty Chinese lunch. Or, they are free to: spend time exploring Chinatown, re-visit Motomachi, or head back to Tokyo. (Very simple-to-follow directions will be provided).

                  8:30am – 12:30pm
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                  Friday, December 5, 2014

                  In Search of ‘Kannon’, the Goddess of Mercy

                  Cultural Excursion
                    Travel across Tokyo Bay along the Aqualine, deep into Chiba Prefecture, in a search for the Goddess of Mercy! Visit an ancient temple built in her honor, in 784 A.D., that is similar in design to Kyoto's famous Kiyomizudera. Climb (or just admire) a 56 meter tall Giant Kannon statue for amazon views of Tokyo Bay. Visit a small castle, grill your own tasty lunch overlooking a river, and much more all while surrounded by the beauty of the autumn leaves!

                    8:00am – 6:30pm
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                    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

                    Hakone Yumoto's Autumn Splendor

                    Cultural Excursion

                    Travel by the special 'Romance Car' train from Shinjuku to one of Japan's most famous tourist destinations, Hakone - which should be covered in autumn colors! With a focus on Hakone Yumoto - the area's gateway, we will visit wonderful, yet lesser known temples, shrines, waterfalls, a couple of lovely mini museums, and more! Along the way, we'll have a delicious lunch and the day will end with an optional visit to an open-air onsen bath, and/or souvenir shopping. This is the perfect excursion for a first time visitor to Hakone, or someone who has already 'seen' all the famous sites and wants to 'go deeper'!

                    8:35am – 6:50pm

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                    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

                    Mt. Mitake Sightseeing & Hiking

                    Cultural Excursion

                    After traveling into the mountainous Westernmost section of Tokyo, ride a scenic cable car to the top of Mitake-san, a mountain with a very holy history. At the summit, visit a shrine that has been a center of worship for over 2000 years! Stop for a light Japanese lunch in an amazing little village that has catered to pilgrims of the shrine for centuries. Then, hike into the woods to explore the 'Rock Garden', a narrow, forested valley with a picturesque stream, moss covered stones, and lovely waterfalls!

                    8:10am – 7:00pm

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                    Friday, November 7, 2014

                    Hayama Beachside Stroll & More!

                    Cultural Excursion

                    Travel one hour by train to the lovely seaside town of Hayama. While walking along the ocean, explore tiny shops and visit a garden that was once part of an Imperial villa. Take in exhibits at Hayama's Museum of Modern Art and a mini-museum dedicated to a famous Japanese painter. Explore a lovely shrine overlooking the sea, and enjoy a tasty lunch. Enjoy the sand and ocean breezes of this popular destination in its ‘sleepy’ post-summer days.

                    8:15am – 4:00pm

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                    Saturday, October 25, 2014

                    Atami/Hatsushima - Seaside Getaway

                    Cultural Excursion

                    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, relax and have lunch in an grassy Asian garden, followed by a soak in an ocean-side hot springs bath (optional).

                    Return by boat to Atami and walk the waterfront to 'Kiunkaku'. Once the second home of a wealthy Japanese couple, it became a hotel, and is now a museum with a beautiful Japanese garden. After the museum, we'll head to Atami Station. There is an old-fashioned covered arcade there for souvenir shopping before we board the Shinkansen back to Shinagawa.

                    8:15am – 7:00pm

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                    Thursday & Friday, October 2-3, 2014

                    Japanese Business Culture & Lean Management

                    Business Visit Tour

                    This tour is packed with onsite visits, factory tours, as well as a panel of special guests and networking opportunities. We will unlock the mystery and discuss the unique aspects of Japanese leadership, its deep-rooted culture and its impact on global business, their implementation of Lean Management and more! A focus of the factory visits will be the 5S workplace organization methodology, which was originally developed in Japan and is now internationally recognized as a standard & discipline for an organization to drive continuous improvement.



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                    Thursday, October 3, 2014

                    Enoshima Island Exploration

                    Cultural Excursion

                    After traveling by train from Shinagawa Station, this tour begins with a scenic monorail ride to the sea. While exploring this tiny island; we'll visit a historic garden, lovely temples and shrines, an observation tower with breathtaking views, traditional shops, and a mysterious cave - all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the surrounding ocean. We'll stop for lunch at a simple family-run restaurant located cliffside. Relax while watching hawks circling the trees and waves crashing below. All this (and more!) only one hour outside of Tokyo.

                    8:20am – 5:30pm

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                    Thursday, September 11, 2014

                    'Beat the Heat' City Explorations - Shiodome

                    Cultural Excursion

                    Shiodome is a complex of 13 majestic skyscrapers on the edge of Tokyo Bay. Explore the area and learn about its many offerings. Along the way, take in the exhibition "Pierre Chareau, architect of the House of Glass: A Modernist in the time of Art Deco". Next, enjoy an incredible view of the sea from a 46th floor observatory before sitting down to a delicious Japanese-Western 'fusion' lunch. Afterward, explore a fascinating museum dedicated to the history of advertising in Japan. Join us for a quick respite from the heat of summer, and to learn your way around an interesting, but lesser-known area of the city.

                    9:30am – 1:30pm

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                    Thursday, July 17, 2014

                    Kawasaki Dashi Wind Chime Fair

                    Cultural Excursion
                      A short ten-minute train ride from Shinagawa is the city of Kawasaki. Near its main station, wander traditional covered shopping arcades before stopping for a tasty lunch in the area's 'Little Italy'. Next, visit Kawasaki Daishi Temple and its wind chime festival. Snack on local treats and explore the temple grounds before enjoying the sights and sounds of the fair. On display (and for sale) will be approximately 900 different wind chime varieties, representing 50 locations around Japan. Participants will then be free to shop and explore on their own. Very easy to follow instructions on how to return home will be provided.

                      10:00am – 2:00pm

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                      Tuesday, June 10, 2014

                      Hidden Temple & Hydrangea Festival

                      Cultural Excursion
                        Traveling by private motorcoach from Shinagawa Station, escape the crowds of Tokyo on this excursion into the lovely countryside of Japan. The first stop, in the middle of an ancient cedar forest, is an incredible temple that very few Japanese people even know exists! Next, travel to a small town festival, the 'Kaisei Ajisai Matsuri'. A festival for hydrangea, thousands of ajisai bushes line narrow streets that cris-cross fields filled with newly planted rice. Adding to the beauty, Kaisei is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and Mt. Fuji often shows itself.

                        8:00 - 18:00

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                        Friday, June 6, 2014

                        Best of Marunouchi

                        Cultural Excursion
                          Marunouchi, Japan's financial hub, lies just outside of Tokyo Station and has been completely redeveloped in recent years. On this excursion, learn about the area's top treasures - shops, restaurants, museums, and more. Explore the Tokyo International Forum, one of Tokyo's most beautiful and unique modern structures. Visit a mini museum dedicated to Mitsuo Aida, a famous Japanese calligrapher and poet. See the newly remodeled Tokyo Central Post Office building (which houses a fantastic new shopping area), window-shop along Marunouchi's tree-lined street, check out the hidden garden behind the beautiful Ichigokan Museum, and more!

                          9:30 - 14:30

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                          Tuesday, May 27, 2014

                          Kita Kamakura: Art, Zen, & the Colors of Spring

                          Cultural Excursion
                            Enjoy the beauty of spring as we explore hidden art museums, Zen temples, local craft shops, and more in this full day walking tour in the northern district of Kamakura. Study the history of this former capital while wandering its back alleys. Like the priests at Kenchoji Temple, dine on a special lunch of shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine - an elaborate meal fashioned from tofu and seasonal vegetables. Absolutely delicious! Discover secret hideaways that most are unaware of. Join us for a Kamakura that you never knew existed!

                            8:30 - 16:00

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                            Wednesday, May 14, 2014 

                            Hayama Beachside Stroll & More!

                            Cultural Excursion
                              Travel by train (one hour) to the lovely seaside town of Hayama. While walking along the ocean, explore tiny shops and visit a garden that was once part of an Imperial villa. Take in exhibits at Hayama's Museum of Modern Art and a mini-museum dedicated to a famous Japanese painter. Explore a lovely shrine overlooking the sea, and enjoy a tasty lunch. Enjoy the sand and ocean breezes of this popular destination while it is still in its ‘sleepy’ pre-summer days.

                              8:15 - 16:00

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                              Tuesday, April 22, 2014

                              Secret Treasures of Shinagawa

                              Cultural Excursion
                                Well known for being a station on the Yamanote and Tokaido train lines, Shinagawa is actually full of history and hidden treasures!  Walk though a tiny European 'village' and into the lovely Gotenyama area.  View a small garden and learn about two wonderful local museums.  Next, wander along the historic Tokaido Highway to see tucked-away temples, floating restaurants, and charming shopping streets.  Lastly, make your way out to Tennoz Isle, for a glimpse of modern-day Tokyo and life along its canals. 

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                                Thursday, April 17, 2014

                                Hakone Myths & Legends 

                                Cultural Excursion

                                Located 90 kilometers west of Tokyo, Hakone is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Japan.  On this excursion, enjoy the scenic spring landscape while delving into mysterious legends of Hakone's past.  Learn how forest frogs saved the locals from drought, and how overconfidence lead to an unexpected natural phenomenon.  Travel to the volcanic valley, Owakudani, where hideous screams once terrified the local inhabitants. Next, cruise across Lake Ashinoko - hopefully Mt. Fuji will show its majestic self!  Upon disembarking in Hakone-machi, shop and eat a tasty lunch.  Afterward, visit a historic barrier gate and walk down an ancient traveler's path lined with 350 year old giant cedar trees.  The Hakone Shrine is the last stop.  Learn about its connection to a dragon god who is rumored to live at the bottom of the lake.  Our expert of the area will leave you with memories of Hakone that won't soon be forgotten!

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                                Monday, April 7, 2014

                                Meguro River Walk

                                Cultural Excursion

                                Join us for a leisurely walk along the Meguro River, which is lined with lovely cherry trees that hopefully will be in full bloom! Along the way, learn about gardens, parks, and museums in the area. Then, detour into a traditional neighborhood to explore some interesting and historic temples. Our last stop will be a quick visit to Tokyo's most interesting hotel, Meguro Gajoen - a place you've got to see to believe!
                                 
                                9:00am - 12:30pm

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                                Friday, March 28, 2014

                                Neighborhood Excursions - 'Best of Shirokanedai'

                                Cultural Excursion

                                Shirokanedai, on the Namboku and Mita subway lines, is a quiet oasis not far from bustling Meguro Station. Known as a weathly residential neighborhood, tourists are completely unaware of its 'secrets'. Join us to visit a historic temple, a gorgeous Japanese garden, a funky treehouse, and an impressive museum. While wandering, familiarize yourself with many of the best restaurants and shops in the area. And, enjoy a tasty Italian lunch in one of them!
                                 
                                10:15am - 2:00pm

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                                Wednesday, January 29, 2014

                                Oya - City of Stone

                                Cultural Excursion

                                Hidden north of Tokyo, in the center of Tochigi Prefecture, is an impressive stone quarry.  Mining ended there in 1986, but the huge, mysterious underground cavern has been re-opened as a geological museum.  Above ground, visit a temple built into the rock in 810 AD.  Nearby, carved into a cliff stands the giant Heiwa Kannon, an impressive goddess of Mercy dedicated to peace.  

                                The local stone was used to build homes, walls, and storehouses all over Oya.  Dine on Southeast Asian delicacies in one of these beautiful stone buildings.  At the end of the day, we'll stop at a complex called 'Romantic-mura' to shop for locally grown vegetables and products made in the area, wander a greenhouse, sit and have a coffee, and/or soak in an onsen.
                                 
                                7:45 - 19:00

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                                Wednesday, January 22, 2014

                                Best of Marunouchi

                                Cultural Excursion


                                Marunouchi, Japan's financial hub, lies just outside of Tokyo Station and has been completely redeveloped in recent years.  On this excursion, learn about the area's top treasures - including restaurants, shops, museums, and more.  Explore the Tokyo International Forum, one of Tokyo's most beautiful and unique modern structures.  Visit a mini museum dedicated to Mitsuo Aida, a famous Japanese calligrapher and poet.  See the newly remodeled Tokyo Central Post Office building (which houses a fantastic new shopping area), window-shop along Marunouchi's tree-lined main street, check out the hidden garden behind the beautiful Ichigokan Museum, and  more!


                                9:30 - 14:30

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                                Tuesday, December 17, 2013

                                'Christmas in Yokohama'

                                Cultural Excursion

                                Get in the Christmas spirit while touring gorgeous historic Western homes built in the early 1900's. Each home is decorated for the holidays in a different country's theme. Portugal, Italy, Russia, South Africa, and many other countries have been represented in the past. The homes were built on the bluffs above Yokohama's bayside and participants will also enjoy lovely harbor views while learning about the city's history. After touring the homes, we'll take a quick walk through Motomachi, a famous shopping street that has catered to foreigners since the 1800's. Then, a visit to Chinatown and its 'centerpiece', Kantei-byo Temple.

                                At the end of the excursion, participants are welcome to join the excursion leader for a tasty Chinese lunch. Or, they are free to: spend time exploring Chinatown, re-visit Motomachi, or head back to Tokyo. (Very simple-to-follow directions will be provided).

                                8:30 - 12:30

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                                Wednesday, November 27, 2013

                                Mt. Mitake Sightseeing & Hiking

                                Cultural Excursion

                                After traveling into the mountainous Westernmost section of Tokyo, ride a scenic cable car to the top of Mitake-san, a mountain with a very holy history. At the summit, visit a shrine that has been a center of worship for over 2000 years! Stop for a light Japanese lunch in an amazing little village that has catered to pilgrims of the shrine for centuries. Then, hike into the woods to explore the 'Rock Garden', a narrow, forested valley with a picturesque stream, moss covered stones, and lovely waterfalls!

                                8:10 - 19:00

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                                Monday, November 18 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                                Kyoto in Autumn

                                Overnight Cultural Excursion
                                  Monday, Nov. 18th:  Meet at 10:30am in Kyoto, where Teramachi-dori meets Shijo-dori.  We'll walk along Shijo, to the hidden cobblestoned alley, Pontocho, where we'll have a tasty lunch.  Afterward, we'll take a quick taxi ride to famous Eikando, 'The Temple of Maple Leaves'.  We'll then wander back streets to Nanzenji, a huge complex also famous for its fall colors.   Next, we'll take a subway to the opposite end of Teramachi-dori where everyone will be free to shop for a while and/or head back to their hotels to check-in and freshen up.  In the early evening, we'll meet back up and check out the restaurant/bar district of Kiyamachi-dori and Gion, a geisha district.  Along the way, we'll stop for some alcoholic refreshments, and later, dinner.

                                  Tuesday, Nov. 19th:  Meet at 9:00am, again, at Teramachi and Shijo.  We'll jump in a cab and head out to a tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) temple hidden deep in the forest.  From there, we'll walk to three beautiful temples, including one of my very favorites, Enkoji.  These temples are not popular among the masses and hopefully will be bathed in the reds and oranges of autumn.  Depending on our schedule, we'll eat along the way, or afterward.  In the afternoon, we'll take a train or taxi to Higashiyama to wander the slopes of Ninen-zaka and Sannei-zaka before the excursion ends at 3:30pm.

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                                  Wednesday, October 23, 2013

                                  The Beauty of Japan: Thatched Roofs, Kimono & Mt. Fuji

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  Travel to the largest of Mt. Fuji's five lakes, Kawaguchi-ko, to visit the Kubota Museum. Home to the most beautiful kimono every made, the museum's garden and structures are also impressive. Next, dine on local specialties before strolling along the lake shore in order to take in amazing Mt. Fuji views. Re-board the bus for a short ride to a gorgeous thatched roof village overlooking another lake, Sai-ko. This will be an incredible excursion into the countryside of Japan that should not be missed!

                                  7:45 - 18:00
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                                  Thursday, October 3, 2013

                                  The Best of Meguro

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  After meeting at Meguro Station, we'll take a short walk to Meguro Gajoen, Tokyo's most unusual luxury hotel for a look at a fascinating ikebana exhibition. We will them make our way to a lovely historic neighborhood full of temples. Visit Rakanji, a temple containing over 300 Buddhist statues, each with its own unique character. Just down the street is Meguro Fudoson, the historic temple which gave Meguro, 'black eyes', its name. From there, walk through the lovely greenery of Rinshi-no-mori Park, before heading south to visit the traditional covered shopping arcade of Musashi Koyama. Tips will be given on exploring this shotengai, the best in central Tokyo. Participants will then be free to shop on their own, and can return by train to Meguro. Easy to follow instructions will be provided.

                                  9:15 - 15:00
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                                  Wednesday, September 25, 2013

                                  Enoshima Island Exploration

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  After traveling by train from Shinagawa Station, this tour begins with a scenic monorail ride to the sea. Participants will then take a short boat cruise to the island of Enoshima. While exploring this tiny island; we'll visit a historic garden, lovely temples and shrines, an observation tower with breathtaking views, traditional shops, and a mysterious cave - all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the surrounding ocean. We'll stop for lunch at a simple family-run restaurant located cliffside. Relax while watching hawks circling the trees and waves crashing below. All this (and more!) only one hour outside of Tokyo.

                                  8:20 - 16:30
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                                  Thursday, July 18, 2013

                                  Kawasaki Daishi Wind Chime Fair Excursion

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  A short ten minute ride from Shinagawa is the city of Kawasaki. Wander through traditional shopping arcades before enjoying a tasty authentic Italian lunch in La Cittadella, a small piece of 'Italy' in Japan. Next, visit Kawasaki Daishi, one of the Kanto area's most famous temples. Sample traditional treats along the 200-meter lane leading to the temple, and hear stories about the most popular souvenirs. Explore Kawasaki Daishi's impressive grounds, while learning about it's history. Finally, enjoy the sights and sounds of the wind chime fair, with approximately 900 different varieties, representing 50 locations around Japan.

                                  10:30 - 14:00
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                                  Tuesday, June 11, 2013

                                  Hidden Temple Ajisai Matsuri Excursion

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  Traveling by private mini-bus from Shinagawa Station, escape the crowds of Tokyo on this excursion into the lovely countryside of Japan. The first stop, in the middle of an ancient cedar forest, is an incredible temple that very few Japanese people even know exists! Next, travel to a small town festival, the 'Kaisei Ajisai Matsuri'. A festival for hydrangea, thousands of 'ajisai' bushes line narrow streets that cris-cross fields filled with newly planted rice. Adding to the beauty, Kaisei is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and Mt. Fuji often shows itself. In Kaisei, participants will tour a 200 year old farmhouse, and will meet and chat with some locals. Lastly, before heading home, stop for a short time in the city of Odawara. Participants are free to do as they please: visit Odawara Castle, shop in the lovely downtown, or relax in a cafe... it is up to you!

                                  8:00 - 18:00
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                                  Wednesday, May 29, 2013

                                  Tokyo Gem: Kagurazaka

                                  Cultural Excursion

                                  Located in the very center of Tokyo, Kagurazaka is the city's 'French Quarter' - home to many French restaurants, wine, bread, and cheese shops... The area also has a historic side - once home to high ranking samurai, it is now famous for its lively main street, winding cobblestone alleyways and one of Tokyo's few remaining Geisha communities. On this excursion, learn the local history, explore the backstreets, pay respects at a local shrine and temple, and enjoy a tasty French lunch. Along the way, great shops and restaurants will be introduced.

                                  9:15 - 15:00 The Beauty of Japan
                                  7:45 - 18:00 Mt. Mitake
                                  10:30 - 14:00
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