Due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, we have received many cancellations from overseas in just one day and been making the full refunds to all those families who were excited to be here in Japan this summer.
It is indeed sad that the Olympic Games have to be postponed but we all think it will be an even more successful game in 2021. Our guests are all promising to be here for the forthcoming 2021 Olympics and giving us warm encouragements and that surely keeps us moving forward.
Also for those who were planning to visit Japan for the warm and beautiful season this year, we miss your physical presence but spring is truly right around the corner and the flowers are starting to bloom here.
All of us are looking forward to meeting you here in Japan after the outbreak comes to an end.
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As of today, most of the schools in Japan are closed under this circumstances…
However, the children are all well and playing at the parks nationwide now:).
The weather is getting warmer every day (around 20 degrees in Celsius in Tokyo on March 18), and people enjoy the smell of spring and praying for the pandemic to be over soon at the same time.
We are seeing lots of families are making tough decision and cancelling their trips both locally and internationally around the world. We all hope the spread of the virus will eventually end around the world and everyone’s life goes back to normal very shortly.
Until then, we are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our clients and playing a constructive role in supporting local families whenever they need our help during this unprecedented situation.
Please take care of each other and see you all soon.
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It is still the first week of February but we have found some Sakura trees already opens their first blooms here and there in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s cherry blossoms usually start blooming in mid-late March, and there are so many Sakura spots and festivals taking place in and around Tokyo.
If you are planning to visit Japan for the coming months, please do not miss this beautiful time of year.
The temperature this winter has been relatively higher so the Sakura might start blooming earlier than expected.
Visiting a famous parks is also a good idea but discovering some hidden sakura spots on your own is also fun!
In case you struggle finding a good place for cherry blossom viewing, why don’t you check with us. We can recommend some quieter but still very nice places to visit with your young children.
Hope to see you here in Tokyo in March!
We have visited one of the nicest museum-like hotels in Tokyo yesterday. It is Hotel Gajoen Tokyo located near Meguro station.
With the garden of tranquility, the hotel opened as a Japanese-Chinese restaurant back in 1930’s with the the collection of treasury art and wedding banquet for noble and wealthy families. After 90 years of tradition and fame, it was transformed as one of the genuine Japanese hotel ever (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and there are only two in Tokyo; Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and Tokyo Station Hotel).
Offering a variety of excellent restaurants from authentic Japanese to international cuisines such as Chinese, Italian, and American, you can experience true Japanese hospitality from each hotel staff.
For more information, you can click on their webpage or SLH’s:
You can always check the availability of English-speaking babysitters through Ms. Yukiko Shako (hotel concierge) and check the availability of your babysitter while you are staying in the hotel.
Are you planning to visit Japan in December/January? Spending time here over Christmas & New Year with your children?
Tokyo’s weather in December is usually sunny and not too cold (average 10 °C in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka) but it gets really chilly in the morning and evening (around 0 to 5 °C). Kyoto could be snowy later in December. The air is very dry so many Japanese wear face-masks to avoid catching a cold. It is not highly recommended to do the same but please make sure you keep you and your children warm while walking around the cities.
Christmas in Japan is not celebrated as in most western countries but very unique. Shops and streets are all well decorated in red, white and green and open as usual. Public transportation runs till midnight so you do not have to worry about rushing back to your accommodation so early.
There are many illuminated streets and events here and there all around Tokyo starting at around 16:30 to 17:00 as sunsets is around that time in December. So your children can enjoy different light decorations before heading back to the hotel or going to have dinner at restaurant.
The new year’s eve is coming on the following week. JR and metros even run longer with special time schedule as Japanese locals all go back to their hometown and celebrate the coming year with their loved ones and families. It is worth visiting shrines as locals and experience the special Shinto celebration.
If you want to leave your children in your warm hotel and head out for a night out, please make sure you book a good English-speaking babysitter for your children ahead of time. Your hotel concierge might recommend you to contact us so do not hesitate to request a reliable babysitter even for a last minute request.
If you are heading to the snowy mountains for skiing, we would highly recommend you and your children to experience Japan’s pristine powder snow. We do not have our child carer outside the big cities or in any ski resorts, but if you would like, we could send one of our babysitters to travel with you to any destination nationwide. Please let us know if really needed.
For your information, our price starts at 2,500yen/h (approximately 20USD/h). The price goes a bit higher during the Christmas and New Year week and that is inevitable unfortunately. However, it is still surely worth going out and discovering mesmerizing country by leaving your little ones to our experienced child-carer.
If you are interested in hiring a babysitter during your trip to Japan, then make sure to check out the babysitters website: https://babysitters.jp/en
Or feel free to contact us and book a babysitter by email now: firstname.lastname@example.org