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Address: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
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Private Half-Day Tokyo Tour including the Meiji Jingu and Yanaka

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Out of the bustle of Tokyo. 'Local' Tokyo experience.

This was our second visit to Tokyo and we were looking for something a bit different. We followed the National Geographic walking tour of Yanaka (found it online, accessed via... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Tokyo and we were looking for something a bit different. We followed the National Geographic walking tour of Yanaka (found it online, accessed via phone) which led us from the station to temples to the main shopping area - a couple of quaint little streets filled with shops selling a variety of goods. We... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In past time Yanaka was a small town neighbouring Edo. It became important in the 17th century when during the Meireki taika nearly whole Edo was burnt down and destroyed. After that a lot of shrines and temples were transferred to Yanaka, which make it still the area with the highest number of shrines and temples. Go there if you... More 

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Ojai, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Excellent walkable with traditional homes, shops, temples, Sculpture museum. Great way to spend a 1/2 day in Tokyo.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

ttough the'cat' street was quaint. Bit oversold in the guide book If you get the tube back from Nippori be aware you have to go to Ueno with a Pasmo pass ,not direct to Ueno Kesei (for the airport) unless you pay extra Its not a long walk though

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Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

In springtime people set out their plastic sheets on the ground and have cherry blossom viewing picnics inside the cemetery grounds. At first I thought it was ghoulishly freaky, but if they have relatives or friends tombstones there, then I guess its a nice way to remember them and have a toast to them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We enjoy visiting this old part of Tokyo. We go here each time we are in Ueno. It’s a longish but easy walk from the far end of Ueno Koen. Or, for a different experience, rent a bicycle in Ueno and pedal over to Yanaka. We did this in December and it was a fun way to get to Yanaka.... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Quite different to other bits of Tokyo and really quite quiet. Both the shopping streets and the cemetery area are interesting to visit.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting, kind of hip, diverse neighborhood. Worth a visit. We did it by bike, which let us see a lot of it. I'd come back happily.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We followed a walking tour I found somewhere. Started in the huge Yanaka Graveyard. (Don't take photos here, bad luck!) We saw many beautiful butterflies hovering around the shrubs. There are many museums and temples here, plus an interesting street market. It's hilly with stairs, so wear good walking shoes. There is a good English map which I think we... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Off the beaten track but so interesting. The streets are lined by small independent shops with excellent crafts. Nice restaurants for lunch. A true look at a more suburban part of Tokyo. Fun!!!

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