Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour


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232 reviews   (4.89)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Tokyo, Tokyo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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.


What's Included

Professional guide

What's Not Included

Food and drinks(100-500 yen depending on what you want to try)

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation expenses


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 80

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Yanaka District
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Tennoji Temple
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.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Yanaka Cemetery
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.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

【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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

SCAI The Bathhouse
【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.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shitamachi Customs Museum & Exhibit Hall
【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.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Edokoro Alan West
【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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Nezu Shrine
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.

• Admission Ticket Free

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
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!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Reviews

Amazing tour
Mia_B, 27-12-2022
Rie and Toshi were wonderful guides who showed us around Yanaka and all of its beauty along with chatting with us about their fascinating lives! They took plenty of photos of my family and provided so much knowledge about the history of Japan, all while giving us new spots we could come to on our own next time.

I booked this tour due to the high reviews and was not disappointed. Rie was a world class guide and my family thoroughly enjoyed getting to see a bit of “Old Tokyo” on this tour.
Discover the Charm of Yanaka: A Must-Do Walking Tour in Tokyo
Abey85, 26-12-2022
I recently took the Yanaka Tour in Tokyo and it was an absolutely fantastic experience. Our tour guide, Yoshimi, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. She provided a wealth of information about the history of the Yanaka district and really brought the area to life for us.

One of the things I loved most about the tour was getting to see and discover so many beautiful spots in the historic Yanaka area. It was a great escape from the usual hustle and bustle of Tokyo and allowed us to really immerse ourselves in the rich history and culture of the area.

Overall, I highly recommend the Yanaka Tour to anyone looking for a unique and memorable way to explore Tokyo. Whether you're a first-time visitor to the city or a seasoned traveler, this walking tour is a must-do. So, if you want to get a deeper understanding and appreciation for Tokyo, this tour is definitely worth taking.
Excellent tour. Recommend.
phylliso203, 11-12-2022
This tour was the highlight of my trip. Yoshimi was an excellent guide and I felt so comfortable exploring Yanaka with her. Her English is really good too. Definitely recommend if you want to get a taste of authentic old Tokyo and learn a bit of history.
Wonderful
Elaine_Z, 11-12-2022
Perfect tour with wonderful guide. Guide explained a lot stories behind the city and traditional Japanese culture.
Glad I chose this.
Interesting facts
Quest380009, 17-11-2022
It was super interesting excursion. Hana gave us a lot of secret facts about Japan and culture, showed us a lot of interesting spots. She prepared simple and super useful printed presentation.




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