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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.

Highlights

  • Discover the historic side of Tokyo's Edo Period during a walking tour in Yanaka
  • Wander the charming streets of this well-preserved historic district
  • Escape the skyscrapers for a taste of 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 to take a 'mini-retreat' during a visit to Tokyo

What You Can Expect

Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

Drinking at Yanaka Ginza

Customer Reviews

Danette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was such a wonderful tour. Keiko was my tour guide and she was a lot of fun. She was thoughtful, friendly and knowledgeable. I really recommend this tour.

Robert O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We really enjoyed this tour! Motoko spoke very good English and did a wonderful job as our tour guide. She provided a wealth of information about the highlights of the old town area and answered our many questions about how local Japanese live. The Japanese style coffee break came at just the right time since it rained off and on during the tour. Motoko even provided umbrellas to those on tour without umbrellas. When the tour was finished, we asked Motoko for a recommendation for a nearby inexpensive restaurant that locals would use for a typical Japanese lunch. She not only recommended one but it was greatly appreciated that she also helped us order from the menu since it was in Japanese and no one in the restaurant spoke English, and there were no pictures of the dishes. The tour and meal were truly some of our most special events in our 10 days in Japan!

Stephanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour was amazing! I was the only one on the tour, and my guide Naho made me feel like I was on a walk with a friend. I wouldn't have understood nearly as much of what I was seeing without her. The neighbourhood was fantastic, with cool architecture, friendly shopkeepers and interesting products. We even met a cute stray cat in the cemetery, and said hi to a beautiful dog. Naho went above and beyond, taking me to the location of my next tour by bus and having lunch with me mmm gyoza at a nice neighbourhood restaurant I surely wouldn't have found on my own. She even went to the Imado shrine with me before dropping me off at my next destination! I highly recommend this tour!

Kaehla W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Naho was our guide and she was extremely nice and answered all of the silly questions that we had. I loved this tour because we saw a part of Tokyo we couldn't have seen just by ourselves.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour with plenty of flexibility. saw several old temples, old stores then went to the Ueno Zoo - great animals and then a superb sushi lunch

Ewa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I was very lucky to have a private tour with Takeshi. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and showed me around Yanaka. A beautiful area of old traditional Japan, beautiful cemetery, and lots of arts and crafts stores. He was very informative, and kind enough to recommend restaurants and other venues. Highly recommended tour, and guide.

Teresa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I met Naho of the Omakase tour company 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.

SAWASDEE79

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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 :.

Raymond C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was exactly what we were looking for. Very personal and informative. Be prepared for a lot of walking.....but the elevation change is easy and should not be an issue. Our guide was very personable and easy to talk with,,,,,,great personal interaction.

Ashley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Although it was raining when we did this tour on 7 April 2016, our guides took us all around the city and made it a wonderful experience. We had three guides so with three of us we got very good insight personally of the rich history of Yanaka and personal conversations of the Japanese culture in general. It was a morning tour and they took us to a local café for breakfast where the food was amazing! With their perfect English thank you guys!, they took us to a temple and explained the process of prayer where we ourselves offered a donation and prayed. This was something I had always wanted to experience myself and was very glad I got a personal explanation. As we strolled the town, they explained the various foods and we also tried them. By then, We had been in Japan for 5 days and I wanted to try the food on the streets but was too afraid I wouldn't like them lol. To see the old buildings of Japan was a great experience. They guides were great as well.

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