Excursions & Events

Upcoming Excursions

*Led in conjunction with Heartland JAPAN & Mandy Bartok of Uncover Japan


Thursday, May 9     Islands of Tokyo: Tsukuda/Tsukishima

*Registration has begun – only a few spots left.

Visit an island in Tokyo Bay where a historic neighborhood filled with narrow alleys sits in the shadow of giant ‘tower’ condominiums.  Enjoy beautiful views of the Sumida River, learn about the island’s fascinating past, discover hidden shrines, and sample tasty local specialties. 9:00-12:00


Wednesday, May 15    Secrets of Enoshima

*Registration begins on Tuesday, April 16.

Travel by train and a scenic monorail to the coast of Japan – then, on this tiny island, learn the fascinating history of: a collection of temples & shrines, a beautiful garden, an observation tower with breathtaking views, and a mysterious cave.  All this (and more!) only one hour outside of Tokyo. 8:20-17:30


Wednesday, May 22    Tokyo Neighborhood: Ochanomizu

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. 9:15-12:30


Tuesday, June 11    Hydrangea at Hondo-ji Temple

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. Finish off the morning with a delicious Japanese lunch at a nearby restaurant. 9:30-14:00

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