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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

Explore the charming streets of Yanaka

Customer Reviews

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.

Patricia Louise W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We were very lucky, this one done a new tour group that had only been in business for about 1 year. The owner was 35 years old and this was a new add on for him so he came along on the tour. His guide needed to work a bit more on history etc but otherwise she was good. He filled in where she lacked knowledge. We were the only one on the tour but we learned a lot and had a good time. They ended up doing some customization for us which was nice. They took us through temples, grave sites, back alleys, stores and explained the culture of the community. We tested sake and vendor food, overall I really enjoyed myself.

Catherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was so fascinating and eye opening we loved it! Our tour guide's Takeshi and Wakana were wonderfully friendly and were open to our questions and interests. Thank you for a wonderful experience :

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