Excursions: Tokyo & Beyond

Upcoming Excursions for Spring and Summer 2020

*Led in conjuntion with Sandra Isaka of Excursion Japan and Mandy Bartok of Uncover Japan.


JUNE 2020

Ningyocho & Nihombashi: Cradle of Tokyo         Wednesday, June 17th         10:00-12:30

Visit two neighborhoods that are considered the ‘heart’ of old Edo – a former ‘doll’ town and a beautifully revitalized shopping district. Learn the history of currency in Japan and explore hidden shrines, picturesque alleys, and famous bridges. 

Excursion Details:

  • ¥5000 (includes 10% sales tax and services of a cultural specialist).
  • 2-5 participants, ages 18 and older.
  • Rain or shine.
  • Light-moderate amount of walking over flat ground
  • Led by Mandy Bartok

Family Fun: Ueno Animal Escape         Tuesday, June 23rd         10:00-12:15

The monkeys of Ueno Zoo have escaped! Can you use the clues to round up this troublemaker? Test your puzzling skills on this family-friendly exploration of Ueno Park. Stop by familiar landmarks and learn new fun facts on this adventure geared for grades 3-6.

Excursion Details:

  • Cost: ¥7000 (1 adult, 1 child) or ¥10,000 (1 adult, 2 children)    (includes one copy of animal escape puzzles per child, prize, 10% sales tax and services of cultural specialist)
  • Two children maximum per adult
  • 2-6 participants
  • Excursion held in good weather only
  • Led by Mandy (and Keira) Bartok

For all our Excursions:

Cancellation Terms and 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 and 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.

Meet your guides:

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 have renovated 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

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