Excursions: Tokyo & Beyond

Upcoming Excursions for May & June 2019

*Led in conjunction with Sandra Isaka of Excursions Japan & Mandy Bartok of Uncover Japan

Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka has lived in Japan for over 20 years and is an Intercultural Consultant and Japan Travel Specialist.  She plans to retire in Kyoto, her husband’s hometown, where they are currently renovating a 200-year-old machiya.  Sandra explores constantly – with an ultimate goal of becoming the world’s foremost expert on travel within Japan.  She is also focused on assisting lesser-known towns and sightseeing spots around Japan to attract, and take better care of, non-Japanese tourists.  She loves to share her favorite places through lectures, classes, articles and excursions.  excursionsjapan.com

Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok arrived in Japan with the intent of staying only one year. Ten years later, she’s lived in Tokyo, Okinawa and Kumamoto and – after a brief stint back in the US – has returned to Tokyo once more. Her goal is to explore all of Japan’s 47 prefectures (only two to go!) and share her finds with others. Mandy’s a huge fan of onsen (hot springs), seasonal flowers and quiet mountain trails, and has a weak spot for anything flavored with the citrus fruit yuzu. She’s written articles on Japan for the travel section of the Japan Times, as well as online sites and publications, and posts favorite discoveries on social media under the name Uncover Japan

Thursday, June 20  

Exploring Old Tokyo: Nihonbashi & Ningyocho

*Hope you can join us next time!

Visit the neighborhoods where Tokyo began, from a former doll town to a revitalized shopping district in the heart of old Edo. We’ll explore hidden shrines (both old and renewed), picturesque alleys, Japan’s first coins, fossils, antenna shops and more. 9:00-12:00

Program Start Time/Location: 9:00am at Suitengumae Station

Program End Time: no later than 12:00pm at Coredo Muromachi (Mitsukoshimae Station).

Cost: ¥5000 (8% sales tax included), which includes a small snack and the services of a cultural specialist.  Cash only.

Led by: Mandy Bartok, Cultural Specialist

Excursion Details:  Minimum of 4 members, maximum of 11.  Ages 20 and older are welcome.  This excursion will be held rain or shine.  A moderate amount of walking is involved.  Lunch is not included, but we will end near numerous restaurants.

Registration and Cancellation

Registration begins: Thursday, May 23rd from 8:00am

Registration ends:  Thursday, June 13th, at 5:00pm.

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, June 13th , 5:00pm

Thursday, June 6

City Explorations: Shiodome

*Postponed.  New date – TBA.

Explore Shiodome, a complex filled with 13 majestic skyscrapers that sit on the edge of Tokyo Bay.  Take in the view from a 46th floor observatory, visit two interesting museums, explore the area’s underground world and learn about Shiodome’s history, top restaurants, and more!

Program Start Time/Location: 9:30am at Shimbashi Station

Program End Time/Location: Approx. 12:30 at Shimbashi Station

Cost: ¥4500 (includes 8% consumption tax). Does not include coffee/tea break.

Led by: Sandra Isaka, Cultural Specialist

Excursion Details:  Minimum of 5 members, maximum of 15.  Ages 18 and older are welcome.  This excursion will run rain or shine.  Minimal walking is involved, and we will be indoors for much of the excursion.

Registration and Cancellation:

Cancellation deadline: Thursday, May 30, 5:00pm


Cancellation Terms & Conditions:  Cancellation within 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.

To register for any of the excursions above, 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 & number / Medical Conditions / Food Allergies / Special Food Requirements

For more information on any of these excursions, or to book one privately for your own group, send an e-mail to: excursions@heartlandjapan.com

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