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Ueno & Yanaka Walking Tour

Off the Beaten Path

Sachimi K.

5.00(22) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

We will walk through Ueno Park, the center of art and culture, and Yanaka, a local old neighborhood. You will see some historical buildings in Ueno and enjoy cozy walk in Yanaka, stop at small shops selling Japanese sweets or local food. I am sure you will get different feeling from the busy Tokyo and find a part of real Japan.

I am looking forward to walking with you.

Meeting Point

Your hotel (within central Tokyo- around JR Yamanote Line)

10:00 AM

Meet at your hotel

10:30 AM

Ueno Park (visit several historical monuments, museum buildings)

Tokyo's first public park with nature, history and great architecture. In spring, it is the most popular Sakura viewing spot.

11:30 AM

Yanaka neighborhood (walk in the small alley of old neighborhood)

Stroll around Yanaka area, the temple town and have old atmosphere, cozy shops and cafes.

12:30 PM


01:30 PM

Nezu Shrine (Shinto Shrine)

Gorgeous shrine, many of the buildings are designated as important cultural assets.

02:30 PM

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street (local shopping street with about 70 small shops)

Local shopping street with about 700 small local shops)

03:00 PM

Finish the tour

Ending Point

JR Nippori Station

What to Expect

Ueno is the center of art and culture. Ueno Park has many museums, zoo as well as many historical monuments. The park is famous with the cherry blossom in Spring. We walk through Ueno park to visit some historical building and monuments, also walk beside some museum buildings which are sample of Japan's modern architectures. After enjoying an academic area, we walk into Yanaka neighborhood which retains old atmosphere. There are some traditional Japanese houses, small galleries, Japanese sweet shops and so on. We also visit a few temples and shrines. At the end of the tour, we will walk through the local shopping street where you can find real Japanese local shops and try some of the local food if you wish. It's nice and cozy walk and I am sure you will enjoy to see and feel the real Japanese life. I am looking forward to walking with you!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up

What‘s not included

Following fee for you and guide are not included - transportion fee, lunch, snack, drink, entrance fee if apply (basically, no entrance fee are needed in this plan)

Important Information

- My available time is basically day time (i.e. 900-17:00), but please consult me if you wish otherwise.

- I would recommend you to be covered by your own travel insurance as the tours are not included travel insurance.

-This is a walking tour and we will walk a lot. Please ware comfortable shoes. Depending on your interests, I could modify the course.

-Most of the small shops may not accept credit cards, so please prepare Japanese yen.

-You can also snacking during walk.

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



Laura Y.

Sep 28, 2022

Pleasant, memorable visit to Japan

Sachimi-san made our visit to Japan effortless and she did everything she could to ensure everything went smoothly. Due to the restrictions of entry to Japan, we needed a guide to pick us up from the airport, and be with us all the time and she was willing to do that with our 2 families (4 adults and 5 children)!. Luckily with the restrictions easing she didn't have to stay with us every moment of the way, but for the days she was with us, she was very accommodating, helped us communicate with local shops and restaurants and suggested an itinerary that was thought out to accommodate everyone. Overall Sachimi-san is very thoughtful and patient, a fantastic communicator (very fast responses, and checked in on us regularly), she also is excellent in both written and spoken English. We would very much look forward to seeing Sachimi-san again on our next visit to Japan. Thank you Sachimi-san!

Sachimi K.

Dear Laura-san, Thank you very much for such a nice review. I am glad that you enjoyed staying in Japan without much stress. It was a pleasure meeting all of your and Nami-san's family members and I enjoyed myself very much, too. I am looking forward to meeting you for your next visit to Japan. Thank you & best regards, Sachimi


Chuen jye Y.

Sep 13, 2022

Kawagoe made memorable by Sachimi-san

We had such a great time at Kawagoe with Sachimi-san! She has a really warm personality and immediately put us at ease. She is both knowledgable and passionate in sharing the sights and the local culture of the places at Kawagoe. When we wanted to check out some shops, she effortlessly accommodated our requests into the tour. We wanted to buy a knife from a local knife shop and she was instrumental in facilitating our communication, and both the shop owner and ourselves were immensely grateful of her to be able to understand each other. Even after the trip, we still speak fondly of our time spent in Kawagoe. Thank you Sachmi-san!

Sachimi K.

Dear CJ, Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I am so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the day with me in the lovely town of Kawagoe. Every moment was a great memory for me as well, a beautiful garden in Kitain, eating delicious Unagi, and even the happening at the knife shop! I hope to see you again in the future to explore more of Japan! Thank you & see you. Sachimi

William T.

Aug 24, 2021

Wonderful Tour

Our Shibamata and Anime custom tour was marvelous. Sachimi made our tour delightful as we did not know our way around Tokyo. She was able to take us exactly to the places we requested, and went the extra mile in explaining every aspect of the trip in great detail. As a tour guide she is one of the best we have ever experienced and the cost of the 7 hour tour was well worth it. Sachimi was so detail-oriented and planned out everything for us so we did not have any stress. She had great ideas as to where to take us, such as the Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe in Harajuku. It was a wonderful experience and Sachimi was kind enough to modify the trip for us when necessary, like changing the drop-off point at the last minute. She was kind enough to escort us to the clinic where we needed to get our PCR test to return to L.A., and we are so grateful for her kindness. I encourage anyone to try her tours as they will not be disappointed. Thank you Sachimi!

Sachimi K.

Hi, William-san, Sachiko-san, and Kana-chan. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a very good time with you, enjoying the tour myself, especially after a long interval of hosting the guests from overseas. I am also very happy to see Sachiko-san enjoyed Shibamata so much, and Kana-chan enjoyed Ikebukuro and Harajuku shopping. I hope to meet all of you again after the COVID restrictions are lifted. By that time, I wish you all happiness and health. Thanks again and best regards, Sachimi


Adrian L.

Dec 20, 2019

A motherly presence

We went on an 8hr tour with 5 kids of all ages and everyone had a great time because Sachimi went overboard to make sure that the everyone's whim was catered for. What could have been a stressful experience turned out to be a wonderful, fun & culturally and historically educational tour. Make Sachimi your guide and you will have no worries.

Sachimi K.

Hi Adrian-san & family. Thank you very much for very warm review. It was lovely day to spend day with you at my favorite town, Kawagoe. I am so glad that everyone enjoyed the day, especially eating and shopping :) Please enjoy whole your stay in Japan for a month & lovely family get together. I wish to see you again in the future. best regards, sachimi

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