This tour is recommended for those who love strolling and look for a less touristy travel experience. Yanaka is one of the few areas in Tokyo where you can enjoy relaxing, retro atmosphere. If you like taking photos, Japanese daily lifestyle and architecture, or even cats, this is your choice.
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at JR Ueno or Nippori station (details can be discussed)
1. Temple town
2. Yanaka Cemetery
3. Yanaka Ginza & Yomise-dori (local shopping streets)
4. Asakura Museum of Sculpture (closed on Mondays and Thursdays)
at the nearest station or our last visiting spot
Throughout Yanaka district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. Completely different from the metropolitan tastes of Tokyo. It is fun to stroll around and find out hidden gems here. As a resident here, I can show you many interesting, photogenic spots in this area. Yanaka is within walking distance from Ueno, so by combining this tour with another half-day tour of mine, ‘Historical Exploring in Ueno’, you could fully enjoy a day without rushing around Tokyo. You would be relaxed just like many cats living in this area.
1. Temple Town; numerous temples and their remains are scattered here. Every extra step will make you feel rewarded.
2. Yanaka Cemetery; a grand cemetery site with more than 7000 souls resting. Many are famous historical figures. Not a scary but relaxing place with trees, flowers, and stones. You might encounter cats relaxing here.
3. Yanaka Ginza & Yomise-dori; narrow shopping streets with small family-owned shops selling handcrafts, sweets, grocery, and some other daily items.
4. Asakura Museum of Sculpture; small but incredibly beautiful. My favorite. It was formerly a great sculptor, Fumio Asakura’s studio and residence. Nationally registered as a ‘Place of Scenic Beauty’ and ‘Tangible Cultural Property.’ (admission 500yen/adult, no barefoot allowed)
- guide fee
- transportation fee (you and guide)
- admission fee (Asakura Museum of Sculpture 500 yen/adult, 250 yen/child)
- food and drink if needed
■ wear comfortable shoes and clothes
■ Asakura Museum of Sculpture is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Wear or bring socks to enter. *admission: 500 yen/adult
Tomoko is vey good guide. We really had a great time.
Thank you for your great review just after the tour, Shiori-san. I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed the day in Enoshima & Kamakura. I felt blessed sharing great time with your group and working with you. Anytime you plan business trip, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to working with you again:)
We had a delightful time exploring Tokyo with Tomoko. She is very knowledgeable and fun! Great for history buffs! Highly recommend her tour!
Thank you for your great review, Janice. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walking tour. Yes, we walked a lot visiting lots of beautiful historical spots and experienced seasonal fun and culture. I really enjoyed talking with you and Judy on various topics. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences in Kyoto and will in Nagano? Thank you again and hope to see you again.
We had a large group of people but Tomoko very skillfully managed to keep us all togther as we made our way around to the various sites using the train system. Tomoko was a mountain of knowledge and we all enjoyed our day with Tomoko very much.
Hi Paul! Thank you so much for the great review and for all your cooperation and positive views(even running for the museum together) while touring around the busy market and downtowns. I really enjoyed the beautiful day with you all ? Please tell my gratitude to your brother, Mark, about giving me the opportunities to share our culture and history by his asking a lot of spontaneous questions on the way. Best wishes to you, your family, and your friends.
I could tell just by listening to Tomoko's video that she was the person for us. She had a lovely personality and after only being with her for an hour or so, you felt that you had known her for a long time. She took us to some amazing places that no one on their first visit to Tokyo would ever know about. The metro system is very confusing and her knowledge of that was brilliant. I had asked for her to take us for a suchi lunch and she did take us to a really lovely restaurant. We also had some street food with her at the end of the day. She also took a lot of photos of us which she sent to us when she returned home. I fully recommend Tomoko as a guide, she was wonderful.
Thank you for your great review and for finding me out as your Tokyo guide at the first stage of your MYSTERY tour to Asia. Oh, thank you also for assisting me to collect stamps there, hahaha. Although the weather was not much favorable, we laughed a lot and enjoyed many places, such as the traditional garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza, Asakusa, Shinjuku as well as the sushi place and the narrow Yakitori street. I’m sure you will be blessed with lots of happiness this year, 2020! Hope to see you again, Ian & Anne?