Ueno ーYanaka nostalgic walking Tour

Off the Beaten Path

Keiko H.

4.94(50) reviews
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

If you love to walk, come and join us as we explore shrines and temples characterized with their blissful and serene atmosphere. Plus, old ruins of townhouses that survived the last war. Enjoy the calmness and that perfect instagram moment.

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in 23 wards of Tokyo

09:30 AM

hotel pick up

At the railway station or the places near Ueno are available,too.

10:00 AM

Ueno park ( Ueno Toshougu Shrine: a gorgeous shrine constructed in 1645),Hanazono Inari shrine( famous for a lot of tori gates like a red tunnel)

You will walk through the following historical buildings:

●Ueno Toshoguu shrine: constructed in 1645 and designated as an important cultural heritage

●Hanazono Inari shrine: very popular for selfies and instagram posts.

11:00 AM

Yanaka area

Originally known as a temple town but has been popularized for its old town houses. Here, you will find the Asakura Sculpture Museum,constructed about 115 years ago. Feel the essence and sophistication of a traditional Japanese home.

Entrance fee costs ¥500

12:00 PM

Nezu Shrine

Built 320 years ago, this gorgeous shrine is a famous power spot in Japan . It is believed that if you cross the bridge of this shrine, your life will be blessed with good fortune . It is designated as an important cultural heritage.

01:30 PM

Your hotel

Railway stations or places near Yanaka are also availble.

Ending Point

At your hotel or any places or stations near Yanaka

What to Expect

You will be able to see some original buildings constructed about 350 years ago in this tour. .At Ueno, you are going to visit three shrines in the beautiful park which is famous for cherry blossoms viewing and colored leaves viewing. At Yanaka, you will visit a traditional Japanese house which was constructed by a famous sculptor. Also you will visit an old shrine which was built about 350 years ago.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in 23 wards, transportation fee for guide

What‘s not included

transportation fee of you, lunch( of you and guide ), entrance fee(of you and guide), Asakura sculpture museum costs ¥500

Important Information

・Most shops are small , and most of them won't accept credit cards, It's better for you to bring cash a little , ¥5000 might be enough.

・This is a walking tour, so I recommend you to wear flat shoes.

・Asakura Sculpture museum is closed on Monday and Thursday. 

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Shivani P.

Mar 11, 2020

Very informed tour!

Keiko was great! Very punctual and very knowledgeable about Tokyo! We had a great time learning about the history and seeing the temples and shrines.

Keiko H.

Dear Shivani Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am relieved to know that you went back to your country in safe. It was a warm and fine day, and you enjoyed a lot in a kind of sensitive situation. At Asakusa, you tasted special seasonal sweets " sakuramochi ", and purified yourself by the incent burner and prayed for happiness for Buddha. At Meiji shrine, you walked in a forest and luckily you happened to see a wedding march. I hope you will come back to Japan and enjoy other seasonal atmosphere. I am looking forward to meeting you again in the near future. Please say hello to your husband. Best Regards, Keiko


Christina F.

Dec 29, 2019

Very Knowledgeable and pleasant tourguide

I had such an amazing time with Keiko on a half day tour. She is unique in that she is highly educated in Japanese history and teaches you many historical facts and ties them into unique cultural traditions. Keiko can explain many things wherever you choose to go and is a very pleasant and happy person to be around. We went to Rikigien garden, Yanaka and a sculpture museum and I was most impressed in Keiko’s professionalism and knowledge. Walking with Keiko is like having your own personal museum curator following you around. Thank you so much Keiko for a wonderful day in Japan!

Keiko H.

Dear Christina Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. We visited Rikugien Garden, Nezu Shrine, and Asakura sculpture museum at Yanaka. They are my favorite places which show original and genuine Japanese culture. I was very happy to share a good time with you under the blue sky. Actually I love history , so it was my greatest pleasure to talk with people who are interested in history . I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan as much as possible. How about Kyoto or Kamakura ? Please say hello to Mom. Best Regards, Keiko


Susan W.

Nov 1, 2019

First Day introduction to Japan

Keiko met our group of 5 Americans on our first day in Tokyo. We had arrived the night before and it was our visit to Japan. She gave a great introduction to the transportation system, pointing out interesting aspects of Japanese culture as we toured Ginza and the Shiodome. One member of our group had asked to visit a particular gallery in Ginza. Keiko helped us find the gallery and assisted in the important interaction with the gallery owners. We had a very pleasant half day with Keiko.

Keiko H.

Dear Susan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. You spent most of the time at Ginza, a modern as well as traditional town. We spent most of the time there, so I think you were able to realize how interesting Ginza is. You visited Nissan crossing to see modern cars, Kimuraya bakery to eat anpan( bread with traditional Japanese bean paste), Mikimoto Pearl. During the tour, you saw a lot of very impressive architecture. You also enjoyed modern art at Galleries. After visiting a small shrine among modern buildings and traditional small shops along Konparu street , we arrived at Shiodome : very modern city with a lot of skyscrapers. I was very impressed that you had deep knowledge of modern art and I was able to learn a lot through the tour. Thank you very much. I hope you will have fruitful days in Japan. Please say hello to your friends. Best Wishes, Keiko


Basil S.

Oct 24, 2019

Two excellent days touring with Keiko

Keiko is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. My wife, son and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her, and learned a great deal during our tour. She is a very kind person who was very attentive to our needs and interests and went out of her way to explain Japanese history and culture in a manner which enhanced our enjoyment. She also sought to tailor the tour to us and what we were looking to see and what we were interested in. We would definitely use Keiko again as our guide for any future trip and we will strongly recommend her to friends.

Keiko H.

Dear Basil, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of my tour. I was lucky to have rare and interesting experiences with you during the tour. On the first day, we visited Tsukiji and tasted fresh tuna and fruity , big grapes. Then we went to Asakusa by cruise after Hamarikyu Garden. You tasted Japanese sweets, Ningyoyaki. It shaped like a five story pagoda . You had soba noodle lunch in Japanese manner, to slurp making sounds,too. I was surprised that you know about Japanese beer brand, Kirin , Sapporo...etc. You saw Sapporo building and Kirin( giraffe) at the shrine. On the next day, we visited Meiji shrine after Shibuya. It was a special day, emperor's enthronement ceremony was held. We were lucky enough to have special sake in a special masu cup. Then we visited Ginza and Ueno. It was my greatest pleasure to show you both traditional and modern Tokyo. Thank you again for all of your kindness. And I hope you will have memorable days in Japan (and the victory of your team). Please say hello to your wife and son. Best Wishes, Keiko

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