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TOKYO City Information

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..

December 9

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created the "Tokyo Night View” map, to guide and introduce the city’s night views and light up events for travelers to enjoy the night time in Tokyo.

This map guide mainly introduces night views and light up spots, as well as information on night-time cruises and amusement parks opening in the evening. Find out all the fascinating things you can do in Tokyo at night. You can also scan the QR code on your smartphone to access the portal site with information about must-see spots and maps. “Tokyo Night View” maps are issued in Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese and Korean, and can be found at information booths such as Tokyo Tourist Information Centers. You can also find all the information in a digital format on the official Tokyo Travel Guide GO TOKYO’s digital pamphlet gallery.

The Ueno Zoo is an educational facility where visitors can enjoy learning about animals and their habitat environment, and has been a popular site for many, especially children.

With the giant panda "Xiang Xiang" being displayed and more foreign tourists visiting Japan, we are expecting a further increase in the number of visitors to the zoo. For the purpose of preventing second-hand smoke, the existing smoking area will be removed and the whole park will be non-smoking from December 12th. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

December 2

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government operates a comprehensive counseling center, “Waka-Navi Alpha” in Shinjuku for youths facing various troubles.

We also offer counseling service in foreign languages. Waka-Navi Alpha is a free counseling service for young people and their families living in Tokyo. Professional counselors will provide consultation on various troubles and anxieties such as human relationships, workplace troubles, job hunting and future concerns. They can also introduce appropriate services and facilities depending on the case. Youths who live in Tokyo and cannot communicate well in Japanese, may also see a counselor and speak through an interpreter. Service is available in English, Chinese, and Korean. Each language is available only on specific dates and requires reservation. For those who are interested, please apply from the Waka-Navi website at http://www.wakanavi-tokyo.net/ via e-mail. Once the request is received, a staff will reply with reservation time and place. Applications are accepted 24 hours a day.

Next, we would like to introduce the experiential program to understand and appreciate Japanese Edo culture.

On Wednesday, December 20th, at KFC Hall in Ryogoku Kokusai Fashion Center, a performance of “Edo String Puppetry & Comic Storytelling : What Bunshichi Mottoi Did in Edo Old Town” will be shown from 7 p.m. This show is based on the classic Rakugo "Bunshichi Mottoi", which presents the daily life and customs of Edo downtown, using Edo string puppets with a history of 380 years. In the lobby, you can also enjoy the exhibition of historical sources and the Edo string puppets, as well as hands-on experience program after the show, where you can actually touch the puppets. This experience is available for 30 visitors only, on a first-come-first-served basis. Please make a reservation at the reception desk upon arrival on the day of the show. Tickets are available online. For further information, please refer to the Tokyo Arts Council website at https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/ Information is also available in English.

November 25

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will hold a disaster preparedness drill for foreign residents on Thursday, January 25th, next year.

Right now this event is open for sign-ups. The drill program includes all kinds of activities. Participants will be able to experience the shaking of a major earthquake, experience what it’s like inside a shelter, learn how to give chest compression and artificial respiration and learn how to prepare for disasters by making full use of the “Tokyo Bousai” manual. Volunteer interpreters will be offering instructions in foreign languages, so even if your Japanese isn’t strong, you will be able to take part. The drill is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude at 1:30 p.m on January 25th, at the Komazawa Olympic Park Indoor Ball Sports Field. You can get there from Komazawa-Daigaku Station on the Tokyu-Denentoshi Line. It’s a 16 minute walk from the station. This event is free of charge and is limited to the first 200 people to sign up. To participate, you’ll need to fill out the online application. The deadline for signing up is Friday, December 8th. For more information, check out the Disaster Preparedness Drill office website at http://bousaikunren.com/index-en.html The website is available in English, Chinese and Korean.

Commercial facilities in Tokyo’s Waterfront area is now taking part in the “Illumination Island Odaiba 2017” event, decorating their spaces with beautiful illuminations.

This year, a total of 10 facilities in Odaiba is featuring a variety of light displays, transforming the entire area into an island of illumination. The winter season provides the most fantastic atmosphere of the year so come visit the Tokyo Waterfront city to enjoy the illuminations and spectacular night views. “Illumination Island Odaiba 2017” is held through December 25th.

November 18

One of the best places in Tokyo to view the autumn leaves is the Rikugien Gardens. Starting tonight, the park will hold its annual “Autumn Leaves and Daimyo Gardens Light Up.”

During the event, the park will stay open until 9pm, inviting visitors to admire the trees colored in red and gold, lit up in the autumn evening, and reflected brilliantly on the surface of the water. Please enjoy the calm autumn atmosphere and the colorful leaves at Rikugien Gardens during this magical and spectacular event. And while you’re at the park, you can enjoy light meals and sets of Japanese sweets and green tea and shop at the gift shop for Rikugien souvenirs. The event runs from Saturday, November 18th, through Wednesday, December 6th. Rikugien Gardens opens at 9 a.m. and park hours will be extended to 9 p.m. during the event. Admission is 300 yen. Also, on the first and third Sunday of each month, the park offers free guided tours of the gardens in English, beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. To take part in the tour, gather in front of the park’s service center. To get to Rikugien Gardens, take the JR Yamanote or Tokyo Metro Namboku Lines to Komagome Station. It’s a 7-minute walk from there. During the illumination event, the Somei gate near the station will be opened as well.

“Tokyo Multicultural Fes”, an international and multicultural exchange event for both Japanese and non-Japanese living in Japan, will be held on Sunday, November 26th.

Visitors can enjoy cross-cultural communication through various attractions including, speech by Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, and a talk show about “successful foreigners in Japan” by Lilico, a Swedish talent in Japan. You can also enjoy food culture experience, traditional art and musical performances, and national costumes and kimono dress-up experience. The event will be held on Sunday, November 26th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Belle Salle Akihabara. The venue is a 4 minute walk from JR Akihabara Station. “Tokyo Multicultural Fes”, is a free event, but food culture experience will be charged separately. For more information, including timetable, please visit the official website at www.tabunka-fes.tokyo/en/