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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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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Stop At: Yanaka, Taito Tokyo Prefecture

Discover the 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. In its grounds, there is a bronze Buddhist statue that dates back to 1690 and was beloved by locals as "Tennoji no Daibutsu". Well worth to stop by.

Duration: 20 minutes

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

This is an impressive cemetery and worth a look even though that is not a common route for the tour for tourists. It covers 100,000 square meters and has over 7,000 graves. It also has history more than 100 years after the Meji Restoration, the era that the government wanted to separate Buddhism and Shinto graves. However, most of the graves in this cemetery were owned by Buddhist so they established a public burial ground in Yanaka in 1871.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Gallery Okubo, Japan, 〒110-0001 Tōkyō-to, Taito City, Yanaka, 6-chōme−2−40 2階

【Optional】
There's a place to experience Japanese Tea ceremony on Tatami mats! It's on 2nd floor of the building of Gallery Okubo.
The price of the tea (¥1,000) is not included into our tour cost, but you can actually try the authentic Japanese tea with the help of professional.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: SCAI The Bathhouse, 6-1-23, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

【Afternoon tour only】
SCAI The Bathhouse is a contemporary art gallery located in Yanaka, with a town ambiance reminiscent of Old Tokyo.The gallery is housed in a venerable public bath imbued with a 200-year history.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Shitamachi Customs Museum & Exhibit Hall, 2-1, Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007 Tokyo Prefecture

【Optional】
Shitamachi museum was established to teach future generations about the culture of the Shitamachi or "Down Town".
Most of the objects on display are things that were actually used at one time, and you can see the houses with furniture and goods which are placed in the location where they would have been used and you can even touch some of the displays. Display items are changed in accordance with the season, so that repeat visitors also get to enjoy how life in the Shitamachi varied over the year.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Edokoro Alan West, 1-6-17, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

【Afternoon tour only】
In the middle of traditional old town Tokyo surrounded by Buddhist temples, you can find this studio of Alan West which was once an auto body garage and is now the only operating traditional Japanese painting studio open to the public. He was born in US but ever since he graduated from Carnegie-Melon University, he moved to Tokyo and continued his study and got a bachelor degree in department of Japanese painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, and even took master degree there.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: 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 Japanese traditional culture and beauty including succession of small Torii gates colored in vermillon beautifully.

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

One of best local shopping streets in Tokyo, with the well-remained old town “Shitamachi” atmosphere. Explore the nostalgic side of Tokyo through Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street and don't forget to eat some local snacks!

Duration: 30 minutes

Departure:

Departure point:

Nippori Station, 2 Chome-19 Nishinippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0013, Japan

Departure time:

Duration:

3 hours 30 minutes

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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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Vladimir Belikov

Excellent tour to know a real life of local Tokyo people with their houses, restaurants, temples, shrines, and shops. Yoshimi is an excellent tour guide.

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Pamela M

I had an amazing tour of Yanaka with Naoko as my guide. As it happened, that day I was her only guest. Naoko is personable. flexible, and knowledgeable - she answered my million and one questions about Japan - and she also had thought of everything, including taking photos of me along the way to send later. The tour was paced well, and Naoko was very sensitive to whether I needed a break, or was curious to veer in a different direction.
Yanaka itself is a charming and surprising corner of Tokyo - peaceful, artsy, full of history and atmosphere. There are lovely surprises around every corner. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you are interested in history and want to see a place outside the typical tourist spots in the city.

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Joseph G

The guide was flexible and took our preferences into consideration. Very personable. Highly recommended.

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Whitney J

We spent the morning walking Yanaka with a private guide, Sumiko, who was very knowledgeable and friendly. We toured temples and shrines, stopped for a delicious lunch as our son was starving! We finished up the tour shopping in an area with wonderful, authentic Japanese products - we didn't want to purchase goods made in another country. It's hard to believe that you're in Tokyo while walking Yanaka; it's peaceful, quiet and beautiful.

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Michael B

A great walking trip around Yanaka. Arika, our guide, was very knowledgeable, clear and interesting.

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Jennifer W

I loved this tour. I had taken tours of other more well-known Tokyo neighborhoods such as Akihabara and Harajuku, and Yanaka was not on my radar as I hadn’t heard it talked about much. I am so glad I took the tour though! It covered a quiet and historic part of Tokyo that I never would have seen otherwise and that is entirely different from the other neighborhoods I’ve toured. And, most important, our guide was wonderful—she took us to several unique and/or historic shops, cafes, and food stands that were by far the best part of the tour. And, the shrine we visited, though not as famous as Meiji, was the prettiest I’ve seen in Tokyo. Our guide was also very sweet. I highly recommend this tour!

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ScottAlexander M

Yoshimi (Yo) was an informative, fun and friendly guide through the history and back streets of Yanaka. We had a group of four and it was a relaxed and enjoyable experience across nearly four hours as we chatted and explored. Highly recommended.

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Robert M

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.

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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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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
Overview:

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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$90.64

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