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Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town
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Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old TownFeel the ordinary day of locals in the Tokyo's old town

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  • 2.5 hour tour
  • Small group tour
  • English speaking guide
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What makes this tour unique
  • Close to Shinjuku, explore Yanaka, an accessible town that will give you the old town experience missed by most tours
  • Explore a vast locals-only market that dates back to the 40's and sample the most popular Japanese snacks and dishes, chosen by the locals
  • Visit Nezu Shrine through the vibrant red torii gates and learn from a local about traditional Japanese views on religion
What's included
  • Lunch(Vegan menu available)
  • Food samplings (Various types of local snacks and sweets)
  • Tour photos
  • 2.5 hours with a local guide
Not included
  • Additional food & drink fee (You will need some cash to purchase food and drink)
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There are so many different aspects of Tokyo. Populated, modern downtown areas like Shinjuku or Shibuya are becoming major symbols of Tokyo and big destinations for travelers.

While those districts have much to offer, there are some historical, culturally-rich districts right in the center of this vibrant city. Off of the Yamanote line (the central train line in Tokyo), just a couple of minutes away from concrete jungles of Shibuya and Shinjuku, there is a place where you can become a part of the deep, local lifestyle and soak up Tokyo's old neighborhood: the Yanaka District.

Yanaka is one of Tokyo's most charming and traditional districts. The neighborhood survived the attacks of WWⅡ and endured all of the big earthquakes of Tokyo. Because of its resilience, Yanaka remains intact as it was decades ago, bringing an air of nostalgia and rustic charm.
Throughout the walking tour, you can see the ongoing daily activities carried out in the market, and enjoy local snacks and street foods in the backstreets.

To begin, we'll visit Yanaka Cemetery surrounded by the beautiful nature to get some insights about Japanese cemetery. And we'll head to Nezu shrine, the oldest in Tokyo, to take amazing photos of the torii gates and gain some insight into Japan's traditional religion, Shintonism.
Afterwards, we'll pass through residential areas where many locals live. There are plenty of charming local shops and stalls to explore along the way! We'll stop by one local restaurant for lunch.

To round out the journey, we'll partake in delicious food sampling in Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents the flavors of Old Tokyo. There, you'll find shops selling clothes, toys, and other goods, as well as, of course, stalls selling delectable food and snacks.

One charactaristic of this walking tour is that getting to know actually japanese lives by hearing real voices from a local guide!

I would recommend this tour to any travelers who are interested in seeing the different side of Tokyo and witness the deep local lifestyle.
Let's window into the whole different side of Tokyo with us!

Feel the Shinto vibe as you cross a vibrant red arch in Nezu Shrine, a portal into another world

After taking a stroll through Yanaka Cemetery, we'll head for Nezu shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo. You may recognize it, as it's a place famous for its tunnel of vermilion torii gates, also seen at Kyoto's Fushimi Inari shrine. While your guide shares Japanese cultural and historical tidbits, we'll take great photos in and around the tunnel. You can gain insight into how one can pray at shrines and how to behave at them.

Sample a variety of local foods as you stroll around Yanaka Ginza and find yourself in a cozy house that serves Soba lunch, a food engrained in Japanese culture

We'll stroll through a residential area where you can get a sense of real, local lifestyles. You can pop into small places like antique stores and sweets shops that line the streets. A great meal awaits you at a local restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food. Soak up the authentic lifestyle that contributes to the nostalgic atmosphere!

Dive into the local lifestyle! Stroll the backstreets of a quiet local area.

After visiting the famous Himalayan Cedar tree, we'll visit Yanaka Ginza, a long local shopping street which represents the flavors of Tokyo's old neighborhoods. There are plenty of vendors that sell unique Japanese snacks and tasty homemade street food. Take in the incredible sight of all kinds of trades and goods dotting the street. Here, we'll taste some of local selections, all while strolling through the stalls and hearing all about the Yanaka district from the local guide.

Meeting Point
In front of the Doutor Coffee Shop, North/East Side of Nippori Station
  • Your guide will be holding a red/orange sign saying "Magical Trip"
  • Do NOT go to Nishi-Nippori Station. That is the wrong station. Go to Nippori Station.
  • When arriving at Nippori Station take the East Exit for the easiest way to get to the meeting point.
  • Doutor Coffe Shop is between Excelsior Cafe and Tendon Tenya restaurant
  • Any age is accepted. Tour is free for children under 6.
  • Please note that there may be other participants.
  • You do not need to pay for guide's food and drink.
  • Out of respect for other guests and to ensure the best tour for everyone, we must start the tour on time.
  • You will not be able to join the tour, get refund or rescheduled if you are late for the tour and missed the group.
Cancel Policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the tour starting time.
  • Free date/time change up to 24 hours till the tour starting time (depending on availability).
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