Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Stop At: Yanaka, Nishinippori, Arakawa Tokyo Prefecture

Discover a different side of the sprawling Japanese capital that dates back to its Edo period of the 17th through 19th centuries, admiring the area’s charming mix of temples, springtime cherry blossoms and timeless ‘reien’ (cemetery). A included guide will accompany you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tennoji Temple, 7-14-8 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

This Buddhist Temple sits on the edge of the Yanaka Cemetery and dates back to 1274 It is located in a pleasant garden behind an old wooden gate. It the grounds is a bronze Buddhist statue that that dates back to 1690 and was referred to by locals as Tennoji Daibutsu. Well worth a stop by

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Yanaka Cemetery, 7-5-24 Yanaka, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

This is an impressive cemetary and worth a look even though cemetaries are not normally for tourists. It covers 100,000 square meters and has over 7,000 graves. It also has history as after the Meji Restoration the government wanted to separate Buddhism and Shinto graves but most places were Buddhist owned so they established a public buriel ground in Yanaka in 1871.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Nezu Shrine, 1-28-9 Nezu, Nezu, Bunkyo 113-0031 Tokyo Prefecture

One of Japan’s oldest shrine and perhaps most striking, set amidst huge trees and flowering azalea or つつじ shrubs with ponds, pathways and iconic colored charming wooden structures reflecting age old culture and beauty including several small vermillon colored toriis.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

One of best shopping streets in Tokyo, with the well-remained old town “Shitamachi” atmosphere. Explore the nostalgic side of Tokyo through Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street!

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: OMAKASE, Arakawa 111-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

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  • Professional guide
Not included
  • Food and drinks(100-500 yen depending on what you want to try)
  • Transportation expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash
  • Please inform your staring time when booking. The start time is from 9:00 am or 14:00 pm.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Robert M
5 | 2019-08-26

Great tour in Yanaka. We got to see the Tokugawa burial area, a temple, some interesting older buildings, and some back and very active streets. Incredibly hot day (95 with 95% humidity) so we took it slow and the guide (Junko) was very accommodating and pleasant despite the weather. Well worth taking the tour as it gives you a different view of other parts of Tokyo that aren't quite so busy. Also work wandering around the area near the Nippori station if you're interested in textiles as it's the largest area in Tokyo for that.

David B
5 | 2019-07-03

A great way to start your trip. We had 7 in our group and it was a fun bunch. Our guide, Yuki, did an amazing job of explaining history, the significance and meanings of what we were seeing and taught us the proper way to cleanse and bow at a temple (there are 3 bows so you need to know which one you're doing)! Yuki gave us a great understanding of Japan's history. As you start to understand the timeline of how things took shape in Japan over the centuries it's truly remarkable and really brought what we were seeing to life. It's just a great way to ask a ton of questions and "get your feet wet" in Tokyo.

5 | 2018-06-17

Really enjoyed this tour! We are a family of 4 16yr old boy and 17 yr old girl and we all enjoyed this so much! Hisako was great guide and had so much knowledge of the area! We had so many questions and she was able to answer them all! Lots of walking which was new for us but it felt great!

David G
5 | 2018-03-03

Your trip to Tokyo will not be complete without taking this tour. Our guide, Eriko met us at the train station dressed in a traditional kimono and then led us on a journey through Yanaka's many important shrines and residential areas which included two bakeries, a sake brewery and the main shopping street. This tour was very peaceful and relaxing as it felt like we were far away from the busy and crowded streets of central Tokyo.Most valuable were the insights Eriko provided on Japanese history and modern culture that provided us a depth and richness to our experience in Japan that we did not receive elsewhere. The tour requires a good amount of walking but there were plenty of places to get water and no shortage of restrooms. Don't miss the apple pie.

Nurliyana Z
5 | 2017-10-19

We had an amazing time with Mikko san for our Yanesen tour. She showed us so many interesting places in the area and she was very knowledgeable and informative. Though it was raining the whole time we were there, Mikko san made us feel very welcome and was very cheerful and kept our mood up. The Yanesen area is rich in history and has many beautiful shrines and temples. Our favourite place to see was surprisingly the Yanaka cemetery. It was interesting to see how the Japanese people honour their dead. We were also able to see the tomb of the last shogun. All in all, we rate our experience 5 stars. Highly recommended!

Emily A
5 | 2017-09-26

I could not make the tour! I heard it was amazing and plan on booking next time when I go back

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