Free tour

YANAKA: New cultures & old traditions in the old temple town

Duration: 2h
Guru: Yoko
Registered on January 22, 2023

Hello! My name is Yoko. I'm an official guide in Tokyo. I know my city very well as I've lived here for almost all my life. I know all about our history and culture and I'll be happy to share all with you so you'll take with you a memorable experience from Tokyo, one of the most vibrant cities in Japan.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Tokyo!!
How long do you plan to stay in Tokyo? Have you already visited Senso-ji Temple and Shibuya Scramble Crossing?
If you are looking for something other than Tokyo's famous spots, I highly recommend Yanaka!

Yanaka is an area of downtown Tokyo that still retains a particularly strong 60s-70s flavour. It is a temple town centered on the Yanaka Cemetery, while the retro shopping street Yanaka Ginza stretches out, offering a unique combination of tranquillity and liveliness.

During our special itinerary, we'll enjoy visiting some of the more characteristic places in Yanaka:
1- Asakura sculpture museum
*The Tour only gives you that look at the exterior. Those who wish to enter can do it yourself privately after the tour is over.
2- Yanaka Ginza
*The area is lined with shops selling side dishes and souvenirs that have long been loved by local residents and tourists, as well as old-fashioned Japanese confectionery and craft shops, making it a great place to eat and take home souvenirs.
*You can enjoy eating sweets and Crockett etc. Some stores do not accept credit card payments, so it is advisable to have Japanese yen ready.
3- Kannonnji Tsukiji Wall
4- Yanaka Cemetery
One of the largest cemeteries in Tokyo
5- SCAI the Bathhouse
6- Typcial architecture
You will also see many other renovated old houses while walking around the town.

A stroll through narrow streets will reveal many interesting things. why not walk and explore them together?

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Nippori Station, 2-chōme-19 Nishinipp...
    Nippori Station, 2-chōme-19 Nishinippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0013, Japan
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    1 JR Nippori Station North exit ticket gate. 2 I'm wearing a pink scarf.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Yanaka Ginza
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Yanaka Cemetery
  • 3
    Outside visit
    SCAI The Bathhouse

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Paul 04 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
I think this is a very good tour and it covered the topic of new cultures & old traditions in Yanaka very well. We liked how Yoko gave us an idea of how a community functions in Japan and there were plenty of places of interest on the tour, including shops and food. This tour very much would suit people who might want to see a different side of Tokyo, beyond the obvious tourist attractions. We both liked the pace of the tour, with it being a Sunday when we joined, it was a relaxing tour to be on. We also ended up spending more time in Yanaka following the tour as we enjoyed it so much. We did a number of free walking tours in Tokyo and we think this was actually the best for us. Yoko speaks English very well and this also made understanding what being said easy. This is part of Tokyo we would think of returning to, if we ever visited again, to visit some of the buildings of interest pointed out to us and unwind. Thank you for the tour Yoko.
Gaby 04 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Yoko was lovely and showed us beautiful places we wouldn’t have found on our own. A lovely day thank you
Bwana 04 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
It was great!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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