Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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From  11,000 ~
Our Rating
  4.7

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo by talking a leisurely guided stroll through Yanaka. Located around Nippori Station north of Ueno Park, it’s a preserved slice of Japan where people from all over gather to take a step back in time and forget their troubles. Relax your mind and body with nature walks, visits to historic temples, and a spot of shopping in a nostalgic atmosphere.

Why We Recommend This

  • In this historic district dating back to the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), you can find the kind of tranquility that’s becoming harder and harder to come by in the modern world.
  • Treat yourself to the cherry blossoms, temples, and other historic sites of Yanaka. Instead of skyscrapers, spend your time clearing your mind amid the 13th-century Tennoji Temple located right by the Yanaka Cemetery. Make sure to not miss the Great Buddha of Tennoji statue dating back to 1690.
  • Yanaka is best enjoyed with a knowledgeable guide who will provide details about the history of the district, answer questions about feudal Japan, and recommend spots based on your needs and wants.
  • The tour starts at Nippori Station, just a 13-minute train ride from Tokyo Station via the JR Yamanote Line or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. It’s a great place to see a different side of Tokyo without too many tourists around.
  • Get a taste of traditional Japanese culture by participating in a tea ceremony on authentic tatami straw mats. Afterwards, head towards the Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street and enjoy shopping for souvenirs and snacks in a retro atmosphere.

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Location

2-19, Nishi Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo

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