TOKYO City Information
This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program (Inter FM 89.7 MHz) every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..
Let us begin with the result of "Survey on Behavior Characteristics of Foreign Travelers by Country" from 2016.
First, the amount of money spent by foreign travelers during their stay in Tokyo was 131,871 yen per person, which showed a decrease by 13% from the previous year. The country with the most expenditure during the trip was China. Meanwhile, the most visited location was "Shinjuku/Shin-Okubo area”, followed by "Asakusa" and "Ginza". The major purpose of their visit to Tokyo was "Sightseeing and Leisure". Additionally, for our survey on satisfaction, 95.3% answered that they were satisfied with the trip to Tokyo.
This autumn, you can experience the culture of Japanese tea ceremony in one of Tokyo’s historical gardens. For two days, on the weekend of October 21st and 22nd, the Hamarikyu Gardens in Chuo city will host the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2017.
There will be special outdoor tea ceremonies offered to foreign visitors with explanations in English, as well as tea ceremony workshop with an English guide. There will also be a workshop for beginners, where visitors will be paired to learn the basics of tea-making. For those who have never attended a tea ceremony, this is a great way to learn the basic etiquette and to experience traditional Japanese music. Tickets are available on the day at the Main Ticket Counter. Please remember that there are limited numbers of seats for each of these ceremonies. Admission to the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2017 is 300 yen for adults, and there is an additional 300 yen fee to take part in the tea ceremony. The event runs from 9:30 in the morning to 4:10 in the afternoon on both days. To get to the Hamarikyu Gardens, take the Toei O-Edo Line to Shiodome or Tsukiji Shijo Station. It’s a 7 minute walk to the entrance. For more details, check the official website at www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2017.jp/eng/
The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation will host a family event to familiarize the Toden Arakawa Line’s “Tokyo Sakura Tram” in commemoration of the “Arakawa Line Day 2017.”
Toden was once the main transportation organization in Tokyo but as cars became popular, the lines were closed one by one. Arakawa Line began its service on October 1st, 1974 by connecting the last 2 remaining lines and is now the only streetcar system running in Tokyo. During the event, there will be an exhibition of working vehicle used for overhead wire inspection, an actual demonstration of crossing gate, a visit inside the garage, a chance to take photos of your children with the vehicle in the background and a kids festival for children under elementary school age. The event takes place on Sunday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arakawa Train Sales Office near the Arakawa Shakomae station on the Toden Arakawa Line. Please note that this is a rain-or-shine event, but may be canceled in case of stormy weather.
The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens in Tokyo’s Kita ward are holding their Autumn Rose Festival, as the flowers are now at the height of their seasonal bloom.
Visitors can enjoy these autumn roses for a long blooming period. This is a great chance to enjoy the beauty of around 199 rose plants of 100 colorful varieties, growing in the gardens set against a grand Western-style mansion built in the Taisho period. During this event, there will be two “autumn rose concerts” on Saturday October 14th and 21st, starting at noon and 3:00 in the afternoon. The grassy lawn, ordinarily off limits, will be opened up on these days for visitors to enjoy the musical performances. And there will be shops selling original rose-themed products as well as potted roses for your own garden. The Autumn Rose Festival takes place at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens through Sunday, October 22nd. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 150 yen for adults and 70 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get there, take the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Kami-Nakazato Station and walk about 7 minutes to the park entrance.
This Autumn, the “The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2017" will be taking place at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.
This event lets you experience the Japanese tea culture in a beautiful, historic building complete with English explanations of the spirit of hospitality and the basic techniques of the way of tea. There will also be a workshop for beginners, where visitors will be in pairs of two, and learn the basics of tea-making. Admission is free during the event, but there will be an additional fee to take part in the tea ceremony. Tickets are available on the day at the Main Ticket Counter. Please remember that there are limited numbers of seats for each of these ceremonies so if you’d like to participate, please get there early. The Tokyo Grand Tea ceremony takes place on the weekend of October 7th and 8th. The event runs from 9:50 in the morning to 4:10 in the afternoon on both days. To get there, take the JR Chuo Line to “Musashi Koganei Station.” Get on the Seibu Bus from terminal no. 2 or 3 near the North Exit and get off at “Koganei Kouen Nishiguchi” bus stop. It’s a 5 minute walk from there. For more details in English, check the event website at www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony.jp/en/
The Metropolitan Government is holding the “Taste of Tokyo 2017” event in the three areas of Marunouchi, Yurakucho, and Hibiya.
This event aims to share the attractions of Tokyo’s agricultural and fisheries products with the world, along with the delicious cuisine made from them and the region’s traditional culture. At Marunouchi, unique dishes using fresh ingredients from Tokyo will be served by famous chefs on food trucks. At Yurakucho, local cuisine and beer from different regions across Japan, as well as Japanese sake and wine will be sold. At Hibiya, film screening and art workshops will be held, in addition to food booths by local restaurants from Hibiya area. The “Taste of Tokyo 2017” events run from October 6th through 8th at the Marunouchi Naka-dori shopping arcade, the Gyoko Avenue, the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho and at Hibiya Park. Please note that the Hibiya area will host events only on October 7th and 8th.
First this week, we have an announcement about the annual autumn traffic safety campaign. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is working together with the Metropolitan Police Department to hold this campaign through September 30th.
With the official slogan “On these roads, through this town, careful drivers ride,” this year’s campaign will focus on ensuring road safety for children and the elderly, and preventing traffic accidents by elderly drivers. The campaign will also call attention to the twilight hours and the nighttime traffic safety to prevent accidents involving pedestrians and bicycle riders. In particular, it will urge people to wear reflective gear and to turn on their bicycle lights when riding. There will be five main messages in the campaign, on wearing seat belts in all passenger seats of a car, including the back seats, correctly using child-protection seats, the extermination of drunk-driving, and preventing bicycle traffic accidents. Tokyo hopes that everyone will observe the rules and stay safe on the road. Let’s aim for a society with zero traffic accident deaths.
Next, we’ve got information on a great way to enjoy the autumn season. “Hagi Matsuri”, a festival for the full blooming of Japanese bush clover is now being held at Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens in Sumida City.
During the festival, you can enjoy the famous “Hagi Tunnel”, as well as the autumn flowers and the beautiful view of the park. On September 30th and October 1st, park visitors are welcome to join a casual Japanese style tea ceremony from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participation fee is 500 yen per seat and no reservation is required. The Hagi Matsuri will take place through Sunday, October 1st. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 150 yen for adults and 70 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get to Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens, take the Tobu Skytree Line to Higashi Mukojima. It’s an 8 minute walk from there.