Excursions + Events

KYOTO

Do you have plans to visit Kyoto?

I’m now living in Kyoto & the Tokyo area. In both areas, I am leading private & group excursions, creating travel itineraries/packages, offering exclusive dinners with geisha (in Kyoto), and more! Contact me for more information: excursionsjapan@gmail.com

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KYOTO EVENING EXCURSIONS – Join an existing group tour or book me privately.

Four Geisha Neighborhoods & Kyoto’s Red Light District – Explore the lantern-lit alleys of four of Kyoto’s five Geisha districts and the red light district built around one of them. Learn about: the area’s history, Geisha culture, and my favorite restaurants/cafes/shops (including some hidden spots). Hopefully we’ll also catch a glimpse of Geiko and Maiko heading to/from work. *Not held on Sundays or during August Obon period.

Best of Higashiyama – Wander the cobblestone alleys that snake through Higashiyama – from Kiyomizudera Temple to Yasaka Shrine, and learn the history, culture, and secrets of Kyoto’s most popular day-time district (which is even better at night!).

Off the Beaten Path: Daitokuji Temple & Northern Nishijin – Walking through the stone-paved paths of Daitokuji Temple at night is like stepping back into a bygone era. Visit local hangouts in Nishijin, an ancient shrine on a mini mountain, and a sento-turned-cafe/bar. Optional visit to a real historic sento (bathhouse) whose pools are full of actual hot spring water.

Drinking & Dining in Gion – Gion is the home to two Geisha districts, Gion Kobo (the most famous) & Gion Higashi (smaller, surrounded by a red light district). Explore and learn about both – with stops along the way to sample tasty Japanese sake, delectable local specialties, and more. Hopefully we’ll also catch a glimpse of Geiko and Maiko heading to/from work. *Not held on Sundays.

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EXCURSIONS WITH HEARTLAND JAPAN – In & Around Tokyo

Important Notice: All previously scheduled April excursions have been postponed until after the Coronavirus school closures are over. We appreciate your understanding.

Below is a list of June excursions. To register for any of the excursions, please send the following information to excursions@heartlandjapan.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 and number / Medical Conditions / Food Allergies / Special Food Requirements

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING EXCURSIONS, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE HEARTLAND JAPAN WEBSITE.

The Secret Side of Ikebukuro. Thursday, June 4th – 9:30-12:30

Known as a popular commuter station, go beyond the train tracks to find Ikebukuro’s hidden gems – a secret garden, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, and your best chance of surviving the next big earthquake. End with an optional lunch near a rooftop version of Monet’s waterlily garden.

Narita: More than an Airport. Tuesday, June 16th – 9:00-16:00  

While practically synonymous with the nearby international airport, the town of Narita is a worthy destination in its own right. Explore a temple with a 1000-year history, a sprawling garden dotted with seasonal flowers, and a lively Edo Era shopping street.