Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo.
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 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.
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?
・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
・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 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
・Hotel pickup will incur an additional fee of ¥4,000 per group (for hotels in Tokyo area).
¥8,000 for 2 adults or more
|Duration||3.5 hour (approx.)|
|Hours of availability||
Start Time 1: 9:00~
・Professional Guide (English, French, Italian, Chinese)
Food&Drinks（100-500 yen depending on what you want to try）
JR Nippori station (North Exit)
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.
These guys were so helpful! The tour was customized for us and they showed us a lot on it. Definitely recommend this one
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
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 :).
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
Yakanak Walking Tour
This was a excellent tour and even though I have traveled to Japan over a 100 times I had never been to this part of the city. I took my 22 year old son along and we took the tour with another father and son that turned out to be from the same state! We enjoyed the experience so much that we went back the next day to do some additional shopping.
Lovely tour of an old Tokyo neighborhood. Was a nice escape from the busy city. Highly recommended
Sumiko-San met me at the Nippori station and spent the next 3.5 hours showing me all the sites around Yanaka. What a fantastic tour! The neighborhood has all the beautiful sites as other areas in Tokyo, but a relaxed local vibe. Sumiko had a ton of knowledge of the area and was so friendly and personable. She was able to adjust a few things so I could see some of the sites I was very interested in and I would definitely recommend this tour off the beaten path to any tourist or maybe even locals!
Awesome Tour with Sumiko, Lots of culture , great dialogue, If you have the time do not miss this great experience
Varneyosu（United States of America）★★★★★
Great way to start our trip!
This was the first tour we did after arriving in Japan and Hisako was a great guide!! She knew all about the area and was able to answer every question we asked her. We were so into the tour and taking pictures of the scenery that we would have forgotten to take any photos with ourselves in them, but Hisako thought of it and took pictures of us! We are a family of 4 (16 yr old boy & 17 yr old girl) and we all enjoyed ourselves!
Yanaka and Nippori Walking Tour
What a fantastic tour!!! Sumiko was outstanding in her knowledge and being able to explain all the history of all the attractions we saw. She was kind and considerate in taking the time to thoroughly answer all our questions. I'd recommend her to anyone interested in taking a tour! She's wonderful!!
Yanaka Wandering Tour
Sumiko was fantastic: knowledgeable, well prepared, very personable and fully engaged in our experience. The tour was a delight!
Kevin and Paula.
I would really recommend this tour to young and all, couples and families. Very informative and enjoyable, Sumiko is a real jewel as a host and she not only made the Yanaka area come to life but also explained a lot about the city, its history, religion and food. Also showed us an amazing restaurant to have lunch and little shops to get lovely souvenirs. Worth every penny.
Interesting and unique experience.
My two daughters and I did this afternoon tour with our guide, Rie, who was very kind and knowledgeable. We saw sights and local treasures that we would not have seen on our own. Rie went out of her way to accommodate us and even walked us back after the tour to a sushi restaurant she recommended. We had a lovely dinner there thanks to our guide. Thank you for the interesting tour and conversation Rie.
EXCELLENT WALKING TOUR OF OLD TOWN TOKYO
This walking tour was a great respite from the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo. Rie S. was an excellent tour guide and she clearly shared her appreciation and love for this district. Her English was excellent and she was flexible in allowing more or less time to be spent at spots that suited me. I asked so many questions and she was patient and knowledgeable. All the sites were fascinating and the history and background of each one immersed me more into Japanese culture compared to the popular Tokyo tourist spots I’ve visited. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring some money as you’ll also get to do a bit of market shopping. I highly recommend this tour and you will be very lucky if you have Rie as your guide.
On an extreme hot day, Hizuru, our guide, provided a colourful, entertaining and knowledgeable walking tour of old Tokyo. The historical walk covered a famous cemetery with detailed explanations of the 5 elements and renowned Japanese identities buried there, visits to exquisite shrines and step by step instruction to pray plus flowing and informative commentary as we walked down all the old streets. It was an excellent tour although we nearly all evaporated in the heat. Thank you Hizuru.
Very fun tour with a great guide
This is a great way to start a trip to Tokyo. I did this tour on my second day, and was brought to many somewhat hidden spots that I would never have stumble across otherwise. Rie was an awesome guide; very informative, kind, and willing to help me interact with the locals which made shopping very easy. I very highly recommend this tour!
Enjoyed Yanaka very much
Our guide made this tour what it was. Rie was punctual, informed and friendly. The 4 other members of our group were also interesting and fun. As promised, we were on our feet for 3 and a half hours, with brief breaks for water and to cool off, so you need to enjoy walking and looking at a historical Tokyo neighborhood that many Japanese never visit.
An enjoyable walk in old Tokyo
Despite the heat, our knowledgeable and sweet and friendly guide Rie made sure we were interested enough not to notice the much of blazing heat in the 3.5 hour walk we did together. She brought us deep into the heart of Yanaka and showed us quite a lot of insights into the time of the Shoguns. I highly commend Rie to all interested history buffs.
Our guide was delightful....
We enjoyed all the sites, plus a traditional Japanese lunch !!! Our guide Rie was extremely informative and her English was great.
Terrific tour of a beautiful place in Tokyo with Mikko
This was a welcome change from the busy streets of Tokyo! Mikko's command of the English language was exceptional and she was attentive to our group needs. It was an extremely warm day and we visited many beautiful sites in Yanaka including temples, a gorgeous park cemetery, various landmarks and a quaint streetside shopping market area. Mikko gave us the history of places we stopped along with some background on the culture of Japan. She scheduled enough breaks where we could cool off and gave us a good recommendation for a traditional Japanese lunch. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Mikko.
Chi Wing Ng （Hong Kong）★★★★★
A stunning insight, a real treat
This recently being our second time in Tokyo as a family, we were keen to learn more about the city and really dig into the city by exploring areas at a time. Our guide Yoshimi-san made our trip to Yanaka immensely worthwhile, explaining not only what we were seeing but really contextualizing the different landmarks to make a really enriching experience. Through not just the tour but also in conversations with Yoshimi-san, we didn't just go on a tour; we got to meet a friend and learn about the personality of Tokyo.
Enjoyable afternoon tour
We really enjoyed our afternoon tour of Yanaka with Hizuru. It was very informative, interesting and went to places we would not have found ourselves. A nice mix of history and culture. Hizuru took photos of us and each location then sent them that evening by email to us which was a really nice touch. Highly recommended.
Yanaka Walking Tour
Who would have thought such quaintness lies within such a large city! The sreeets are small and are roads less traveled. If you want to get away from the hustle, a walk down snake road will do the trick.
Yanaka tour with guide Hisako
It was an excellent off beat tour of Yanaka at Tokyo with Guide Hisako. This started at Nippori Station. She was perfectly on time having name plate with her. She was very kind; knowledgeable and polite. She took me at all the places which was mentioned in itenary. She gave me extra time where I was interested more. After the tour was over she dropped me at Station. She also explained me about various local special sweets and specialty of Japan. We tasted a Delicious sweet with green tea on way.
Thanks Hisako for showing me such a beautiful Tokyo which I had not expected and taking good photos of me at various places.
Tour of historic sections of Tokyo
Great tour, very relaxed, good discussion of history of temples and shrines around Nippori station. Most interesting stop at art gallery for prints in classic style. Highly recommended 3 hours of my Tokyo visit!
A must do
So pure and humble and great for photos theres also koi and turtles at arms length so great for kids.
Yanesen guided walking tour
I booked this 3.5 hour tour in the older part of Tokyo to see isomething different than the main touristic areas. Mikko, our guide was very passionate about this area in which she also lived. She did a great job in explaining the culture and history of the area and I can advise you to consider this tour. You will walk in back streets, visit the grave of the last Shogun, very nice and quiet temples and at the end the local shopping street. No high rise buildings but small local houses wit tiny gardens. Thank you Mikko for guiding us through the area and making sure we had a nice time. Learned something, had fun and a healthy walk.
A fantastic morning in historic Yanaka
The Yanaka walking tour was a wonderful experience. My guide, Rie, was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and an absolute joy to be with. This isn't just a tour, it's a pleasant morning strolling through one of the most scenic and peaceful areas of Tokyo with a good friend. Learn about local history and customs while walking through residential neighborhoods made up of original wooden rowhouses, listening to bird song, and enjoying the lack of crowds! Pay respect to the deities of the local shrines, get your fortune told at a temple, try delectable local sweets all while learning about Japanese culture.
I couldn't have hoped for a better tour, it was a perfect morning that I would recommend to anyone traveling to Tokyo. Make sure to escape the chaos of downtown and get yourself up to Yanaka! Also request Rie, she made the tour what it was. Instead of a dry recitation of facts, she brings the information to life with her wit and kindness. A five star guide for a five star tour!
Janine Waters（New Zealand）★★★★★
An authentic experience!
I met my lovely guide Yoshimi at the station, she was easy to find, the communication received prior ensured that. I was lucky enough to have her all to myself so we set off to explore the rich history of Yanaka. Yoshimi was friendly, knowledgeable and lovely to spend hours with strolling around Tokyo. When we saw a beer house, in a traditional house setting, I was very keen to stop and sample some of the options available. As it was just us, this was no problem, so we stopped and enjoyed a chat whilst I enjoyed a pint or 2. We carried on and I got to enjoy lovely local things, like a little bakery down a tiny side ally that a tourist would never otherwise know about, and to learn about many of the customs at the temples we visited.
I loved this tour and I loved Yoshimi. I was recommended to do this tour by a friend and she was right, it was wonderful. I can't wait to visit again in spring!
Yanaka walking tour - well worth it
I never thought a tea ceremony could be that enjoyable. Thanks to our guide Rie, we were shown a very interesting and peaceful part of Tokyo, that I never would have come across on my own.
Yanaka Walking Tour
Rie our tour guide was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, happy & kind.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour & appreciated Rie's expert guidance around & knowledge of the area.
Thank you very much & please pass our heartfelt thanks to Rie.
She is an asset to your company & therefore we have no hesitation in recommending this tour & Rie to everyone.
Thank you & cheers
Rie was an excellent guide . She was knowledgeable friendly and her English was excellent. The tour was very interesting and we would thoroughly recommend it.
Yanaka Tour- Historic Tokyo
We had a wonderful afternoon exploring the historical area of Tokyo with our tour guide, Yuki! This 3.5 hour walking tour is perfect for stepping back in time to explore Japanese history as it relates to religion and beliefs that evolved thru time. Cemetery, temples, shrines are viewed, as well as quaint shopping areas. You will enjoy this peaceful tour in the otherwise bustling city of Tokyo.
John & Barbara Bloniarz（USA）★★★★★
Yanaka walking tour
Rie was a wonderful guide and the tour was interesting. Her warm personality really made a difference.
Fascinating, enjoyable Yanaka Tour
In the pouring rain, we met the lovely Hisako for our tour of the old area of Yanaka.
In spite of the rain, we had a full and enjoyable tour visiting the cemetery which was moving and beautiful as many graves had fresh flowers after visits from family for the Autumn Equinox. Hisako explained the religions of Shinto and Buddhism.
The tiny winding streets showed Japanese living outside of the neon lights and hustle & bustle of the city centre.
We enjoyed coffee and a green tea cake in a tiny coffee shop which had been saved many years ago from demolition.
A highlight was Snake St and the many street food stalls leading back to Nippori Station.
Hisako was a lovely lady and we very much enjoyed her company. A wet day very well spent!!
Very informatif tour given by a very nice and intelligent tourleader Yoshimi. We've booked the tour on the second day of our stay in Japan and that was a good choise! Because of the extensive information Yoshimi provided we understood all the other important sightseeings in the following places in Japan we have visited.
I can recommend this tour with Yoshimi.
Lovely Walking Tour
Very informative walking tour of an old part of Tokyo with an English speaking guide, Rie. We stopped at many beautiful old temples, shrines, cemetaries and the tomb of the last shogun of Japan. The tour was a great way to learn more about Japanese culture, customs and history. An enjoyable way to spend the morning!
Yanaka Walking Tour
We spent 3.5 hours walking around the Yanaka area with Yuki. She was very knowledgeable and was able to shed some light on the history of the area and Japanese history in general. We were able to see a less touristy side of Tokyo and enjoy time as the locals. Sampling foods from the sidewalk stalls was another highlight. We would highly recommend this tour to get to know the area. Yuki is a fantastic guide who made everything come alive.
Yanaka walk & culture insights
Nobuko is a fantastic guide , very knowledgeable and she gave us some interesting snippets of history & religion whilst walking around the area. We visited many historic temples and were also lucky enough to see the Harvest Celebrations - street parades and a market festival in the local park .We had a very enjoyable half day !
Yanaka Walking Tour
We booked this tour through the Veltra website as they gave the best description of the tour and their follow up communications were excellent. We received an email containing a detailed description of where and when to meet at Nippori station, a photo of the guide and her contact details. The tour was quite an easy 5 km walk at a reasonable pace over 3.5 hours, however did involve walking up and down steps and hills. The tour itself was interesting as walked through the local streets and got to see how the locals live. Our guide Junko was very knowledgeable and explained a lot of the history of the area as we visited cemeteries and temples. Junko allowed plenty of time for stops for coffee and shopping. Overall this was an enjoyable tour.
Best tour on our holiday
This tour - guided by Mikiko - was our best during our 16 days holiday in Japan. Even though we were a larger group and the weather was very hot, she still managed to make this a very funny and informative tour.
We learned some interesting things about Buddhism and Shintoism but also the daily life of Japanese people. In these 3,5 hours we were introduced to quite some shrines, where we learned the differences and commonalites between the two religions. Although packed with informations, there was always enough time to make pictures as memorable value.
Mikiko is a very recommendable guide for this tour. Thank you for the great time in Yanaka :-)
“A lovely look at residential Tokyo ”
This walking tour gives you a chance to get away from the crowded commercial areas and see Tokyo the way the locals do
Lorianne Gay（South Africa）★★★★★
“Excellent Yanaka Walking Tour hosted by Hisako”
Hisako was a great guide for this tour. She is smart, knowledgeable, and witty. She explained everything around us. We visited several temples and shrines, such as Tennoji and Nedu Jinja, and walked through many Yanaka streets. We even saw an owl cafe! We ended by walking through Yanaka Ginza and I bought a souvenir and we drank some complimentary tea. I recommend this tour.
“Experience the Old and Nastagic Tokyo Yanaka Walking Tour”
Ms . Suzuki was very engaging and fun
Knowledge was great
Small group of 10 made the walk manageable
Was a wonderful tour! Our Tour guide was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and was always happy to answer questions.
“Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour”
What an incredible day we had on our walking tour today. Our guide, Rie, was extremely knowledgeable and delightful. It was so nice to get away from the busy streets of the shopping districts and see another side of Tokyo. We learned so much about Japanese History and culture. Absolutely would take this tour again!
“Great way to experience historical Tokyo ”
This was a fantastic and informative walking tour. We wanted to see a more historic Tokyo and the reviews for this tour were very positive. Rie was our guide and provided great information, current and historical. The group was small with ten people and we visited temples, shrines, cemeteries, small shops and art galleries. If you are visiting Japan I strongly recommend you book this walking tour. It is very easy to travel to Nippori Station and find the meeting place.
Good different view of Tokyo!
This is a good walking tour of Tokyo that gives a different perspective to Japanese culture and life. Tour focused on walking the streets, visiting shrine and temple, local shops and places to eat, cemetery and back streets.
Nice tour in a neighborhood of Tokio
Overall it has been a very nice way of exploring Tokio and to learn more about history and as well a small neighborhood place. Our guide Rie provided quite a lot of details and was obviously very familiar with the history of Japan and was able to answer all our questions. Would just suggest that you do it at the beginning of your visit to Japan and not at the end as we just did it. Due the fact that we did at the end we have been already familiar with quite many details. The only thing that sometimes confused us was the stops at shops where we had the impression that they would love to see it to go in and to buy something - could also be that this is just a misunderstanding and wasn’t intended.
“Great introduction to Japan”
This tour with Yuki was just what we were looking for. She was able to show us several sites in Yanaka. But the most valuable part was she was able to set the sites in historical and societal context. It made the rest of our trip in Japan more enjoyable.
Absolutely recommend this tour!!
Yuki is a wonderful tour guide, with a love of history and a great knowledge of the sites we visited in Yanaka. She really helped to paint the big picture of historical and present-day events and traditions, which helped me gaina fuller appreciation of the places we visited. She was also really happy to answer heaps of questions about Japanese culture. Walking is a great way to slow down and connect with people and places. And it really helps to have someone like Yuki to make it all come alive. I can't recommend this tour highly enough!!
Absolutely brilliant half-day exploration!
The Omakase tour with our guide, Rie, was spectacular. Rie is very knowledgeable of the historical sites she took us to in the Nippori area. I loved that she took her time with us, and explained the significance of each landmark - in addition to making the wealth of information entertaining. Her enthusiasm for teaching shines brighter at each site as she engages her audience, and she goes above and beyond to address our questions.
We would have never been able to experience Japan, let alone the Nippori, as in depth as we had without Rie. By the end of the tour, my wife and I agreed it was as if we had known Rie for a very long time. If you enjoy walking tours, and learning about the nuances of Japanese culture, we highly recommend this tour with Rie. She takes you off the beaten path away from the hoards of crowds, and makes you feel right at home.
Yanaka Walking Tour Old and Nostalgic Tokyo
While in Tokyo we wanted to visit the real old Tokyo so selected this tour. We had a n excellent tour and visited the lively part of Tokyo. Our tour guide Junko was excellent her local knowledge was really detailed. I would highly recommend the Tour and Junko when you next visit Tokyo.
Yoshimi is the best!
Yoshimi my guide was fantastic.I learned so much from her about Japan history.She is very knoledgable and friendly.She also knows all the best shops and unique stores.U will not be disappointed.
Yanaka walking tour
This was an excellent tour that took us away from the hustle and bustle to a beautiful, serene and spiritual area. Rie, our tour leader, was very knowledgeable and personable. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Rie and would highly recommend this tour particularly if you are in need of a change of pace.
Yanaka walking tour
This simple casual walking tour turned out to be a highlight of our holiday. The weather was perfect which always helps. The pace was easy, allowing plenty of opportunity for conversation, and the locations visited were just perfect for what we were after. This was complimented by our guide, Rie, who was knowledgeable and friendly and made the day. We felt that we were being shown Tokyo by a friend. Highly recommended
Yanaka walking tour
I took the tour with Hisako through the streets of Yanaka in a very beautiful day of fall. The guide was very knowledgeable and help me understand various aspects of the Japanese cultures which were not very clear to me. I learnt a lot about the history of the place, about the customs of the place and everything was in a very relaxing manner. I would highly recommend the tour.
Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
Highly recommended! Rie is a wonderful guide, knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming many questions. First, she sent detailed and illustrated information on the meeting point, which was very helpful for new visitors. She explained about the beautiful shrines, temples and cemeteries we toured, and about practices involving fortunes and wishes. After a full afternoon, we ended the tour in a fascinating shopping street leading back to the meeting point, and she helped us purchase take-away items for supper. The walk is active and calls for comfortable shoes, but it is not overly strenuous.
A great educational experience in a beautiful part of town.
Sumiko was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, that explained absolutely everything. The tour was very personal and a wonderful way to experience a part of Tokyo that was completely unexpected but absolutely fantastic.
Brilliant tour of Yanaka
This tour was outstanding, probably the best we have ever been on. As we wandered through the quiet streets, parks, temples and galleries of Yanaka, Mana gave us a fascinating insight into the history, culture, people and stories of the area and beyond. This was a great way to experience Tokyo. We highly recommend this tour.
Yasemin Leigh （UK）★★★★★
Sumiko amazing tour
Had such a chilled, fun, interesting walk around Yanaka with our lovely guide Sumiko. Perfect escape from busy Tokyo. And as it was just my partner and I on the tour it was completely personal. Had a great time.
Yanaka Tour with Mana
The tour was very interesting and is an area of Tokyo very worthwhile visiting. Mana was a very good guide whom provided many tips for Tokyo generally.
Great tour with Rie!
Great tour-covered a wide variety of sites in the area, plenty of time at each location. Rie, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and had great stories and anecdotes about each site. Great value for your money.
Yanaka Tour with Yoshimi
Our tour of Yanaka was wonderful. Yoshimi was in constant communication with us for the meeting time and was a pleasure to be around throughout our time with her. She speaks excellent English and is very educated on this area and Japanese culture and history. Yanaka is a very special area in Tokyo that you cannot miss during your visit. It is very different from the rest of Tokyo and Yoshimi truly brings it to life. She encourages questions and is extremely patient. She is also visibly pleased to see her guests interested in learning about this beautiful country and its history. The tour of Yanaka is highly recommended and so is Yoshimi!
Fantastic tour around Yanaka
Tour guide was wonderful. Instructions with photos on meeting up were sent to me early and made finding her easy. It was a long walk, so be prepared. Tour guide knew so much about the things around us and pointed things out that I may not have noticed. She was also fantastic at answering all my questions. She totally understood when I needed a moment to stop and rest, and we even had coffee together and had a nice chat! She was happy for me to stop in a few shops to see some of the amazing things available. It was a fantastic tour and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
A wonderful tour
This walking tour of Tokyo was everything we expected. The stops were well planned and interesting. Nakano put information in clear historical and present day context so that it all made sense. We recommend this tour with enthusiasm.
Tokyo walking tour
Very good tour focusing on the residential and local areas that you wouldnt normally see. Also some temples and other points of interest.
“Tempeltour mitten in Tokio”
Wie sagt man so schön - Qualität zeigt sich dann, wenn etwas nicht läuft, wie geplant. Ich habe meine Tour viel zu spät (einen Tag vorher) online gebucht und versäumt anzugeben, an welcher der beiden Touren ich teilnehmen möchte (9 oder 14 Uhr). Gut, es gab keine Eingabemaske, bei der explizit nach der Uhrzeit gefragt wurde, auch hat man von unterschiedlichen Buchungen abgesehen. Aber sei es drum. Die Bestätigung für den 9 Uhr-Termin landet in meinem Spam-Ordner und wurde von mir erst kurz vor neun gesehen. Auf meine Antwort, dass mir 9 Uhr nicht passen und ich es ohnehin nicht mehr rechtzeitig zum Treffpunkt schaffen würde, kam - wie selbstverständlich - die Antwort, wir suchen einen anderen Führer und wenn wir keinen finden, erstatten wir die Gebühren. Ich war angetan und hoffte, dass es nicht zur Erstattung kommen würde. Kam es im Ergebnis nicht, meine Führerin war etwa 20 Minuten vor er verabredeten Zeit dar und wir konnten überpünktlich starten. Die Tour begann auf dem Friedhof hinter dem Nippori-Bahnhof. Ich bin grds der Meinung, dass man auf Friedhöfen viel über ein Land lernen kann. Das bewahrheitete sich auch dieses Mal wieder. Wir sprachen nicht nur über Fragen rund um Tod und Bestattung, sondern auch über die verschiedenen dort bestatteten Persönlichkeiten und kamen so auf die Geschichte Tokios und Japans wie auch die Religion zu sprechen. Dies setze sich bei den teilweise sehr versteckten Tempeln fort. Allein hätte ich viele der besuchten Orte nicht gefunden und die gefundenen nicht verstanden. Es war ein rundum Nachmittag, der zwar etwas strubbelig begann, aber nach hinten raus ein Highlight meines Aufenthalts in Tokio bleibt.
Estela Luedtke, Rizalino Karl Luedtke（Germany）★★★★★
“When in Tokyo, a MUST-SEE!”
Rie, our guide, was very knowledgeable and professional, yet friendly. She could talk about the history of all the places we visited in a way that one does not want to miss a thing. She also had a lot of nice and interesting stories to tell. We were blessed to having her as our guide. And weather was perfect! Thank you very much, Rie!
Great walking tour!
Great walking tour in a beautiful quaint part of Tokyo - highly recommend!!!
Off The Beaten Path Tour
It was great to visit places I would not have otherwise seen on my own. Rie was very friendly and took the time to answer questions. She even made several recommendations on foods to try. The best part of the tour was walking through a market street where you could shop for souvenirs or even try some street food! The pace was very relaxed and we even took a coffee coffee break in a cute little cafe. I highly recommend this tour!
Nha Huyen Nguyen（USA）★★★★★
A Must See
We first bought the tour for Friday morning, but my boyfriend got sick, and they were nice enough to reschedule us for Saturday afternoon. The tour they schedule us was a private tour, and with NO extra charge. I was very impressed with their customer service. Our guide, Yoshimi, was every nice and knowledgable. I would have never knew about these places without taking the tour. If I ever come back to Tokyo, I would visit Yanaka again.
My mother and I went on the walking tour with our tour guide, Yoshimi. It was such a great tour in which we learned a ton about the old town of Yanaka. And we could not have been luckier with Yoshimi! She was very knowledgeable and showed us everything there is to see in Yanaka, she even suggested lunch spots/places to see after the tour was complete. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Japan, especially if interested in seeing a non touristy part of Tokyo. 5 stars for Yoshimi!
Historical walking tour
We met our lovely guide Hizuru, at Nippori station, and started our tour in the adjacent Yanaka cemetery, which is huge. We are a family of 5 (children 16,14 &11). Hizuru explained how the cemetery is steeped in history and how different the graves and memorials are, based on Buddhist, Shinto or Christian faiths. There are many interesting tidbits of information, and famous burials in the cemetery and we then visited the Tenno-Ji Temple that has the bronze Buddha. Hizuru showed us how to purify our hands and explained about the history of the region and the Edo period of Japanese government. We also experienced our first minor earthquake tremor whilst at the temple! We then walked through to cemetery to the residential area of Yanaka and we decided to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony (no pressure to do this, we asked to do it). The tea ceremony was amazing and we each had to choose our own bowl for the matcha tea (note, this is quite bitter) and then were given information about the ceramics (they use antiques). All really interesting. We had a sweet bean “cake” before our matcha, shown how to drink the tea according to ritual, and then given another roasted green tea drink. Overall would highly recommend the experience. We also walked to Nezu Temple which has large gardens and torii-lined pathways. Very beautiful (we happened to time our visit with Coming Of Age Day, so it was busy but great to see so many young people dressed up for their special day). We then walked around Yanaka- there are many art galleries and craft shops/artisans and you can stop wherever you want. Another highlight was a traditional merchant building. We finished up in a market stall street (lots and lots of little shops) and then finished off at the sunset steps before reaching Nippori station where we started. Hizuru has lots of information to impart if you are interested. We enjoyed our time with Hizuru and thought it was a great way to learn a bit about Japanese culture and history. Also, Hizuru saw that our kids were getting tired at the end and magically provided some chocolate to keep them going!
Could not recommend this highly enough. We were emersed in the local cuture from the beginning of the tour. The traditional tea ceremony was amazing. The guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. This is a must do when in Tokyo.
A wonderful way to travel back in time
Yoshimi is an excellent guide. Very informative and helpful. I shall definitively return to Japan soon as there’s still a lot of amazing things to experience
Yanaka Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Miss Hizuru is a professional, patient, friendly and sincere person. I highly recommended her to anyone who is consider to book this tour. All the best to you Hizuru and your company!
Recommend the tour
The walking tour was very interesting and informative. Very worthwhile to do it. Thank you Yuki who was very friendly and helpful.
Crystal Riordan （Australia）★★★★★
Walk with Yuki in Yanaka
A highlight of our trip, was wonderful having Yuki answer all our questions and to experience a part of Tokyo with some local knowledge and insight, having a guide made for a stress free day as I didn’t have to ensure we were on route and got to experience details we would have otherwise missed. Can’t recommend this experience enough.
Yanaka Walking Tour: Great way to spend the afternoon!
I recommend the walking tour of Yanaka area of Tokyo. My guide, Nobuko, was knowledgeable about the area, flexible in her approach, and nice to spend the afternoon with. A really nice way to spend an afternoon!
Alan Lee Guzman（Philippines）★★★★
Yanaka Walking Tour
It was a new experience for me and my wife. It was also our first walking tour. Yuki was friendly and spoke almost perfect english. The 3.5 hours was very well spent.
Walking tour with Hizuru
We had a great morning getting to see areas we would never have visited and came away with a much better understanding of Japanese traditions. My wife enjoyed the shopping at the little family businesses along the way. Thanks Hizuru.
Erwin JG Rietbroek（Netherlands）★★★★★
Best walking tour one can imagine
Yoshimi is great! So kind, so informative, so generous with everything she can help with. We could not ask for more. Thanks so much! We continue our trip with so much more understanding of your country - from the tour but in many other ways!!
Yanaka is beautiful ancient town in Tokyo
Great tour with excellent guide.It was sunny nice weather when we had a trip. Leisurely stroll through the good scenery and beautiful town.
Something for everyone
I was impressed with this tour before it even began. Days before my tour, they sent me a picture of our meeting place, my tour guide, and a detailed itenerary. Hizuru, my guide was great. Love history, walking, food, shopping/window shopping, temples? This tour had them all! And when I mentioned that I was leaving soon and hadn't gotten a chance to try a tea ceremony, Hizuru made sure i got to experience one, which was one of the highlights of my tour. She also took pictures of me with all the beautiful sights and had emailed them to me before I even got back to my hotel! Yanaka with tour guide Hizuru is an experience you will treasure!!
Walking tour of Yanaka
We spent an afternoon with Rie, who was an excellent guide. She shared so much knowledge of history and culture -- it gave us a great appreciation for the neighbourhood and history of Tokyo. We had fun tea experience, went to some shops, and walked through streets, temples, markets and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would highly recommend the tour and in particular Rie as a guide. Very well organized and enjoyable experience.
Subramanyam Putrevu （India）★★★★★
Great tour of old Tokyo
This was a great experience - rich in history and a view into how Tokyo was in the olden days. Mana was a great guide - knowledgeable and accommodating. The time flew buy and the effort in walking around for 3+ hours wasn't felt (till the next day :)). The sweets she introduced to us was great. Mana also followed up with recommendations on where to eat during our visit (we are vegetarians). Overall a great experience!
Fiona Strachan （Australia）★★★★★
Nostalgic Tokyo!! Must experience....!
What a GREAT TOUR!! Yuki-san emailed me prior to our tour - just to let me know where to meet! The weather was grey and chilly but the tour was fantastic from start to finish. Yuki-san explained everything from Tokyo's different Era, Shoguns, Emperors, Buddhism and Shintoism, Neighborhood and Food... I could ask anything and she had the maps and prints ready to explain away! It was Johnny's first trip to Japan - so he was super excited to experience everything about old Tokyo and walk around to see houses among temples and shrines. Everything about this tour was for me nostalgic because I grew up in neighborhood like this - but the bonus was Yuki-san and her knowledge and how she conveyed all the fascinating stories behind every corner of this historic town. This is a must tour and I highly recommend Yuki-san as your guide!!
Thank you, Hiruzu!
You made this tour a great introduction to the amazing history of your beautiful country. I will surely be back and hope to share the experience with your expertise.
Great guide, informative morning.
Pleasant stroll in the graveyard of the rich, famous, and unlucky souls.
Gregory Paul Reger（Mexico）★★★★★
We had Hizuru as our guide and she was way beyond our expectations. Her knowledge of the history was incredible. She took us to out of the way places that regular tourists such as us would never see. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Yanesen walking tour march
Mikko was a wonderful guide and spent time showing us around the temples/old town and helping us understand the social/political and cultural concepts of the area. Nothing was too much trouble. Mikko recommended some great locations after the tour. Her English was excellent as was her ear for jokes and social understanding. One of the best guides I have had. Being late 20's she was able to bring a maturity to the tour, but was also able to bring youthful good humour to what we did. Rgds Andrew
Yanaka walking tour
We both thoroughly enjoyed Mama Nakano’s informative walking tour of Yanaka Her enthusiasm for her tour is very apparent and she snd the tour are highly recommended