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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Leave Tokyo's skyscrapers behind for a taste of daily life in historic Japan on this 3.5-hour walking tour through the Yanaka district. Developed as a temple town during the Edo period, people have long visited Yanaka for worship and sightseeing. Together with a small group of no more than 10 people, follow in their footsteps and admire the area's charming temples and cherry blossom trees.
- 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


This is a typical itinerary for this product

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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Departure point:

Nippori Station, Japan, 〒116-0013 東京都荒川区西日暮里2 丁目19

Departure time:


3 hours 30 minutes



Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Suvi C

What a way to see the old part of Tokyo and the little streets of Yanaka and ts surrounds. We just loved this walking trip with Junko our guide. She knew what we wanted and took her time to show us around the fantastic cemetery, tree lined residential area and the great Shrine. We saw what no tourist will see. Junko was so good to show us around, took 100s of pics of my wife and I, took us to some hidden cafes and eateries. We just loved it. Junko you made it perfect for us to show us the old Tokyo. Would recommend this tour to anyone and hope you get Junko, who is just perfect.

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David B

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.

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Linda L

My husband and I took this tour. There were two additional people to join the tour. We saw parts of Tokyo that we would have missed. There are buildings dating before WWII -- not many. These have been preserved. We also visited an old cemetery and it was very interesting. I particularly enjoyed walking through some of the neighborhoods. There is a LOT of walking!! I would recommend this tour. Our guide was enthusiastic and helpful.

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Solveig J

Our guide Hizuru made this one of the best walking tours I have participated in. The walk through the cemeteries, narrow lanes and to the amazing azalea garden were so interesting. She organised a tea ceremony on the way where we got to chose antique tea bowls and were provided with hand-drawn pictures and info on out selected bowls. All through the tour she took photos which she sent to us within two hours of having completed the tour.
Prior to the tour our lovely guide had sent her picture, phone number, itinerary, meeting point etc. We had high expectations and they were all met. Definitely recommend!

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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!

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Karen B

Reviewing our photos the next day reminded us of how much we experienced on this tour. Yo is highly qualified to be a tour guide. She made history come alive. Her tour map is invaluable so we can retrace our steps through the neighborhood. The tour just kept getting better and better. The coincidental happenings along the way were amazing and memorable, including a group photo of us with fun-loving, kimono-clad girls and men transporting a shrine to a festival. Walking through the torii gate tunnel was surreal. And how great was it that our tour guide took successive photos of us during the tour.

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Karin C

Delightful walking tour of old Tokyo! Highly recommended and better than any bus tour you can go on. Rie, my guide, was excellent and I had such a lovely and interesting time, learning about all the traditions, culture and customs of Japan. We walked through the cemetery, visited, all sorts of traditional houses and the lovely azalea gardens by one of the temples. If you do one tour in Tokyo do this one!!

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This was one of the best, if not the best, tours I have ever taken of a city. Simply put an amazing way to see the truly nostalgic side of this fascinating city. Our guide Mikko was incredibly nice and welcoming. She went above and beyond the line of duty to share with us the beauty of the Japanese culture.

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David G

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.

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Eugene D

After confusion about the meeting point at the RR station due to miss wording , we got off to a good start. Only criticism was that there was much too much time spent in the cemetery looking at similar tomb stores and not enough time looking at sites. The beer garden site was a welcome stop. Recommend more time looking at interesting sites. We had little time of review the shopping areas. Overall a good tour.


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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

Leave Tokyo's skyscrapers behind for a taste of daily life in historic Japan on this 3.5-hour walking tour through the Yanaka district. Developed as a temple town during the Edo period, people have long visited Yanaka for worship and sightseeing. Together with a small group of no more than 10 people, follow in their footsteps and admire the area's charming temples and cherry blossom trees.

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