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).
|Price||¥ 8,000（tax included)
Price (per person)
|Duration||3.5 hour (approx.)|
|Hours of availability||
Start Time 1: 9:00~
Professional Guide (Available in the following languages: English, French, Dutch, Chinese)
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.