Discover Tokyo in the company of a Belgian
Everyday Connections organizes walking tours in the company of Nicolas Wouters, a young Belgian guide who fell madly in love with Tokyo. By foot and by subway he takes you on a discovery tour through the main neighbourhoods. He teaches you quickly and easily who to orientate and navigate through this somewhat overwhelming metropolis and captivates your heart and minds with a thousand and one tricks and anecdotes about the city and its inhabitants.
You start your discovery in the Harajuku district with a visit to the Meiji Jingu shrine, amidst a large park. Then you walk past the architectural gems and luxury boutiques along Omotesando Avenue and sip tea at Sunny Hills, a spectacular building. By subway you head for Shibuya, where you can lunch should you be hungry (optional). At the famous Shibuya Crossing time has been foreseen for people-watching. Just to observe the almost mechanical spectacle of hundreds of pedestrians crossing the intersection in all directions at once, is awesome. You pass by the statue of the faithful dog Hachiko, and numerous fashion boutiques, including Tower 109. Then you explore the Shinjuku business district with salary men and take in the splendid views from atop the Metropolitan building,'s 45th floor. Akihabara is known as the district of otaku (or computer geeks). Here, it's all about electronics and ICT and luna-parks of several storeys high! You round-off your introduction to Tokyo with a visit to the Kanda Myojin shrine.
Our ‘Connections insider’ in Tokyo
Hello. My name is Nicolas. I am Belgian-born yet resident of Tokyo. The land of the rising sun seduced me though its captivating video games and manga which enchanted me during my youth. From a young age I felt the urge to visit Tokyo, the homeland of my heroes. In 2010, that dream came true. It was the beginning of a new adventure and a new life. I met my true love and future wife and our love literally moved mountains, or at least..transported me. I moved in with her, in Tokyo.
Since I live here, I explore all levels of this intriguing city continually, then by foot, then by bike, then by subway. This city is my playground. Every day I examine and scrutinize this exciting metropolis and teach others how to uncover its many faces. That way I live my passion 200%. And although my attractions to the video games and new technologies was clearly at the basis of my fascination, today it is the loving devotion to my wife along with my enthusiasm for Tokyo, my passion for photography, and all aspects of street life that keep me hooked. Tokyo is a magical city, none compares: its pace of life, its architecture, its people, its contradictions, its culture and its myriad of characteristics and features which make Tokyo stand out and shine.
My greatest satisfaction as a guide is to part of the delight and amazement of first time visitors when they stroll through the streets of Tokyo. Are you hooked too? Fly to me and join me, I'll introduce you to the Tokyo-of-my-heart.
- Departure: Each day
- Duration: from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
- Type: private (max. 5 participants)