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Yanaka Walking Tour

Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo.

  Price ¥9,000(tax included)

Adult: ¥9,000
Children(Age7-12):¥4,500
Children(Under 6):Free of charge
※tax included

  Duration 3.5 hour (approx.)
  Hours of availability

Start Time 1: 9:00~
Start Time 2: 14:00~

  Inclusions

Professional Guide (Available in the following languages: English, French, Dutch, Chinese)

  Exclusions

Food&Drinks
Hotel pick up and drop off
Please add ¥3,000 yen per group to the tour price for hotel pick up.

  Participants 2〜10

Meeting Point

JR Nippori station (North Exit)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e1184.html

Overview

Step back in time to ancient Tokyo during this 3.5-hour exploration of the city’s historic Yanaka district. Discover a different side of the sprawling Japanese capital that dates back to its Edo period of the 16th 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.
Yanaka which has been selected as “The top 100 of beautiful and historical natural features in Japan” is now becoming a representative international sightseeing spot of Tokyo. Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi, where all three places are filled with the friendly atmosphere of an old downtown, are called ‘YANESEN’ from the first sound of the each name. Yanaka-Ginza , which warms the visitors’ hearts, is a shopping street from the old days. In Yanaka, there are a lot of spots here and there, such as Yanaka Reien (cemetery), which is the famous cherry blossom viewing place, and the other seasonal places, which are nice to stroll. In the past, many representative great writers of Japan used to love so much. When you go over the slope, and go forward the labyrinth of paths, you must see the retro and nostalgic sight in Tokyo just like you go travel time to the good old days. Why not get away the bustle of a big city and feel the atmosphere of Tokyo from the old days?

Highlights

・Discover the historic side of Tokyo's Edo Period
・Wander the charming streets of this well-preserved historic district
・Escape the skyscrapers for a taste for daily life in historic Japan
・Visit ancient temples, springtime displays of cherry blossoms and the local 'reien' (cemetery)
・Learn about Japan's Edo era, spanning the 16th through 19th centuries
・Great way for a 'mini-retreat' during a visit to Tokyo
・Eat around Yanaka-Ginza- Shoutengai *a shopping street

Note

We will customized the tour plan to best fit our customer's desires.
・SCAI THE BATHHOUSE is closed on Monday, Sunday, and national holidays. So, on the closed day, you watch only the exterior appearance.
・Please comply with the tour guide when you want to take some photos around Yanaka-Ginza- Shoutengai because some shops prohibit you from doing it.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 1,000 yen per person, per half hour, payable in cash.

Reviews (11)

Christie(USA)★★★★

Great tour!

Takeshi-san did a wonderful job. Great communication and flexibility. I felt like I got to see a little bit of the "insider's view" of Yanaka. He even helped me get to my train platform for the next part of my trip. He has a nice way of making guests feel welcomed and taken care of. I'd definitely recommend his trip planning service.

Ewiebe(Canada)★★★★★

Awesome tour

These guys were so helpful! The tour was customized for us and they showed us a lot on it. Definitely recommend this one

Jon-Peter Rock(USA)★★★★★

Beautiful day and Tour

I truly enjoy the one on one tour of yanaka and old historical sites here much better then a tour bus to asakusa, this tour had a better way to connect with the culture, i felt that I truly experience japan

Seth Kim(USA)★★★★★

Yanaka Walking Tour

Excellent tour of Yanaka with Wakana today who was fantastic and very personable. She was very good at judging our small group's pace as it was very hot and she even took us to a local coffee shop to cool down and have some drinks. She was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to since she used to live in the U.S. herself. Without the tour we may have never seen the area and without Takei who joined us on our tour (owner), we may have not had the amazing ramen he suggested at the end of the tour. Thanks for everything :).

TGF(USA)★★★★★

A beautiful day for a great tour

I met Naho at the train station and we began our 3.5 hour walking tour. That might sound like a lot of walking but it was all worth it. Naho introduced me to the history of the area, and I learned a lot about Yanaka. We saw some beautiful (and old) Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples (and I learned the difference!).As a cat lover, I was thrilled to see of the very healthy feral cats the city is known for. It was also nice to walk through an area that is historic, but also not exceedingly touristy. We were fortunate enough to be there on the day that began the festival of their version of thanksgiving, so listened to music and experienced the fair-like atmosphere. Naho was a very gracious and knowledgeable host, and I would recommend her tour to travelers who want to learn more about old Japan in a relatively short period of time.

jamie(Unites Sates of America)★★★★★

Experience Old Nostalgic Tokyo

I am so happy my brother and I signed up for this tour. Our guide Naho was AWESOME. It was as as if we were walking around with an old friend who was showing us around. It was easy to ask her questions and she was gracious enough to answer them. We LOVED this tour. One would think a 3 and a half hour tour would be too much but we honestly did not want it to end. Naho even gave us suggestions for other things we could do in Tokyo. If you have the chance please take this tour. The pace of the tour was nice. It was mixed with wonderful shops, historic sites, also temples and shrines. If you are fortunate enough to get Naho as a guide you have lucked out! I really can't explain how much my brother and I truly enjoyed this tour.

Susan Syme(Australia)★★★★★

We had a wonderful afternoon walking around Yanaka with Naho.She talked us through the Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines very interesting We also experienced a tea ceremony and were taken to some of the small specialty shops in Yanaka.We felt priveleged to have known Naho for that short time she has a great sense of humour and nothing was too much trouble

Huw Jones (Wales )★★★★★

Yanaka Walking Tour

I would highly recommend the Yanaka walking tour. No visitor to Tokyo would be able to find all the places the tour goes to without the assistance of a guide. We were fortunate to have Naho as our guide. Her knowledge of the area and her ease of communication added much to the tour's success. The area of Yanaka in contrast to central Tokyo is a quiet and reflective place with many historic Shinto and Buddhist shrines. We particularly enjoyed our visit to the Gallery Okuba Yaka-An for the green tea ceremony and Allan West's studio and gallery was a bonus before the interesting walk back to the station down Snake Road. Thank you Naho.

Eleanor(USA)★★★★

Yanaka walking tour

I highly recommend this tour to see the different side of tokyo, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We enjoyed seeing different temples, old japanese houses, and the beauty and quiet place that Yanaka is known for. It's a way to learn the real japanese culture as told by Takeshi (owner/tour guide). Thank you!

Claudia Lewin(Australia)★★★★★

Definitely recommend!

This tour is a fantastic way to see parts of Tokyo you would never be able to see on your own. Takeshi took me to so many beautiful shrines and temples, through the winding streets of Yanaka, and to cute bakeries and coffee shops! I did it after a few days of inner-Tokyo hustle and bustle and it was both relaxing and informative :)

Anne Hoddinott(Australia)★★★★★

Marvellous experience visiting charming Yanaka

What a fantastic experience this tour is .And if you are lucky enough to have the charming and clever Naho as your guide, you will enjoy a fascinating glimpse into a culturally rich and lovely part of Tokyo. Far from the tyranny of the skyscraper, this area of Tokyo is full of small galleries, specialty stores, bars, bakeries, tea houses. The winding alley ways are not frequented by busloads of tourists. Naho's knowledge is extensive. We chanced too on a green tea ceremony which was wonderful. I can not recommend this tour highly enough.

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