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Yanaka is one of Tokyo's most charming and traditional districts. The neighborhood is dotted with some 70 temples, which were moved to the area during the Edo era to spare them from frequent fires in the city's more populated parts. Today, the street is home to Yanaka Ginza, a bustling shopping street that runs through its center and that is lined with many of the same butcher shops and produce vendors who operated there decades ago.

Stroll through the neighborhood's backstreets to visit galleries, cafes and craft workshops featuring Japanese pottery, ink prints, textiles, jewelry, and stationery. Tranquil paths wind through the vast Yanaka Cemetery, where sakura trees shade some 7,000 graves, making it a popular spot for a quiet walk and a great location to view cherry blossoms in spring.

Insider's Tip: Plan your visit for late morning at the earliest. Things in Yanaka don’t start waking up until then.

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Yanaka is located just outside Tokyo's more populated, modern downtown, and is easily accessible by train. Walk west from Nippori Station for a little over a quarter of a mile (450 m) to reach the district.
Address: Yanaka Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Step back in time to ancient Tokyo during this 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 guide accompanies you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture.
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Retro Food Tour in YanakaLuxury Tours

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Retro Food Tour in Yanaka

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Tired of tourist crowds and busy areas? Discover local food and history at a quaint market area, Yanaka. Relax and enjoy a course of authentic Japanese food with a great atmosphere. - 5+ tastings, bites & sips enough for a full-size lunch at traditional eateries to experience the Japanese food culture. - The great quaint atmosphere at Yanaka neighborhood to learn its rich culture and history, different from other parts of Tokyo. You will also see temples in the area. - Unique shopping opportunities at locally owned vendors to feel Shitamachi (Japanese small downtown) experiences.
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Daytime Walking Tour in YanakaDay Trips

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Daytime Walking Tour in Yanaka

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Yanaka. Enjoy a comprehensive tour that covers great shopping spots, temples, nature, and food too. Exploring the city with a guide means you don’t have to worry about navigating, and can concentrate on the amazing sights around you. Explore Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, enjoy tasty ramen, see historic temples, and go to lots of local food spots to try gyoza, sweet pancakes, coffee, beer, and much more.
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Yanaka Shitamachi Backstreets Cultural Walking TourCultural Tours

Yanaka Shitamachi Backstreets Cultural Walking Tour

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Stray from the beaten path and explore the backstreets of Tokyo’s Yanaka neighborhood on a 1.5-hour tour, ideal for travelers looking to escape Tokyo’s crowds. In a small group limited to 10 people, you’ll see buildings that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake; stroll through a Japanese cemetery; and experience a matcha tea tasting session. Snacks and refreshments are not included.
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Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old TownLuxury Tours

Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town

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Explore the Yanaka Ginza area of Tokyo on a walking tour led by an engaging local guide. See places in this old town part of Tokyo that most visitors miss, and get a feel for daily life in the quieter districts of Tokyo. Sample some Japanese street food, learn about Japanese culture, and discover the district's traditions with the benefit of this small-group tour.
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Walking Tour in YANAKA - Relaxing and Culture Experience Half-day Tours

Walking Tour in YANAKA - Relaxing and Culture Experience

Yanaka is Tokyo's most traditional district and is home to artisans, temples, Shrines, winding lanes and some great restaurants. It's a great place for a half-day tour in Tokyo.
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Fun Afternoon in Yanaka, Tokyo's old townHalf-day Tours

Fun Afternoon in Yanaka, Tokyo's old town

Explore Yanaka, one of Tokyo’s few remaining traditional neighborhoods with its unique charm Stop in for some old-fashioned entertainment and watch a hand puppet show. Visit a traditional candy craftsman where they make candies in the shapes of different animals and characters Wander in Yanaka Ginza, a charming shopping street in the area.
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour in YANAKA HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Walking Tour in YANAKA Highlights

Tour of YANAKA’s highlights such as historic Temples and traditional Japanese folk crafts shops etc. viewing various cherry trees to learn about Japanese traditional culture.(Every highlight has its own “theme” to learn about!!) 1.Walking around YANAKA Cemetery noted for the stunning cherry tree tunnel extending 300m there and the last Shogun’s grave.(Historical background of Japanese complicated religious concept) 2.Tour of Temples with weeping cherry trees having exquisitely dropping branches.(Buddhism and controlled society through the temple-parishioner system during the Edo Period) 3.Tour of traditional Japanese folk crafts shops and studios deeply rooted in this Temple Town.(The aesthetic senses and craftsmanship handed down for generations here.) 4.Visiting Tokyo’s oldest Shinto-shrine of “Nezu” noted for its magnificent and mysterious views. (Getting insight into Shinto,Japanese indigenous polytheism to make clear the mystery of their religious tolerance)
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TOKYO East GUIDED HALF DAY TOURHalf-day Tours

TOKYO East GUIDED HALF DAY TOUR

This is a 4 hour tour in Tokyo in the east and we will visit the following places. + Imperial Palace East Garden (Double Bridge on Mon and Fri) + Yanesen residential area walk + Ueno Park I can also customise the tour. Please contact me if you have particular interests or places to visit.
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Tokyo Full Day, Old Town, Fabric Town Tour by Licensed Tour GuideDay Trips

Tokyo Full Day, Old Town, Fabric Town Tour by Licensed Tour Guide

The tour starts with morning stroll along the quiet Sensoji seeing beautiful shutters painted by artists. Through Ameyoko street lined with the shops and food stands where the local people buy and eat. Then visit Ueno park, a historical large park where used to be the compound of Tokugawa family's temple. The last destination is Yanaka old town where survived earthquake and big fires and old houses, temples remain. There is the last Tokugawa shogun's tomb here and the tour guide talks about the historical background. Enjoy drinking and eating on Yanaka Ginza street like the local people do.
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