Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
from £73.25
Leave Tokyo's skyscrapers behind for a taste of daily life in historic Japan on this 3.5-hour walking tour through the Yanaka district. Developed as a temple town during the Edo period, people have long visited Yanaka for worship and sightseeing. Together with a small group of no more than 10 people, follow in their footsteps and admire the area's charming temples and cherry blossom trees.
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In Brief

Arakawa City, Japan
3 hours 30 minutes
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Led by a local guide
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Yanaka, Nishinippori, Arakawa Tokyo Prefecture

Discover a different side of the sprawling Japanese capital that dates back to its Edo period of the 17th through 19th centuries, admiring the area’s charming mix of temples, springtime cherry blossoms and timeless ‘reien’ (cemetery). A included guide will accompany you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tennoji Temple, 7-14-8 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

This Buddhist Temple sits on the edge of the Yanaka Cemetery and dates back to 1274 It is located in a pleasant garden behind an old wooden gate. It the grounds is a bronze Buddhist statue that that dates back to 1690 and was referred to by locals as Tennoji Daibutsu. Well worth a stop by

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Yanaka Cemetery, 7-5-24 Yanaka, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

This is an impressive cemetary and worth a look even though cemetaries are not normally for tourists. It covers 100,000 square meters and has over 7,000 graves. It also has history as after the Meji Restoration the government wanted to separate Buddhism and Shinto graves but most places were Buddhist owned so they established a public buriel ground in Yanaka in 1871.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Nezu Shrine, 1-28-9 Nezu, Nezu, Bunkyo 113-0031 Tokyo Prefecture

One of Japan’s oldest shrine and perhaps most striking, set amidst huge trees and flowering azalea or つつじ shrubs with ponds, pathways and iconic colored charming wooden structures reflecting age old culture and beauty including several small vermillon colored toriis.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture

One of best shopping streets in Tokyo, with the well-remained old town “Shitamachi” atmosphere. Explore the nostalgic side of Tokyo through Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street!

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Professional guide


  • Food and drinks(100-500 yen depending on what you want to try)
  • Transportation expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Nippori Station, 2 Chome-19 Nishinippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0013, Japan

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash
  • Please inform your staring time when booking. The start time is from 9:00 am or 14:00 pm.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The guide was flexible and took our preferences into consideration. Very personable. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 18 Dec 2019
We spent the morning walking Yanaka with a private guide, Sumiko, who was very knowledgeable and friendly. We toured temples and shrines, stopped for a delicious lunch as our son was starving! We finished up the tour shopping in an area with wonderful, authentic Japanese products - we didn't want to purchase goods made in another country. It's hard to believe that you're in Tokyo while walking Yanaka; it's peaceful, quiet and beautiful.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
A great walking trip around Yanaka. Arika, our guide, was very knowledgeable, clear and interesting.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2019
I loved this tour. I had taken tours of other more well-known Tokyo neighborhoods such as Akihabara and Harajuku, and Yanaka was not on my radar as I hadn’t heard it talked about much. I am so glad I took the tour though! It covered a quiet and historic part of Tokyo that I never would have seen otherwise and that is entirely different from the other neighborhoods I’ve toured. And, most important, our guide was wonderful—she took us to several unique and/or historic shops, cafes, and food stands that were by far the best part of the tour. And, the shrine we visited, though not as famous as Meiji, was the prettiest I’ve seen in Tokyo. Our guide was also very sweet. I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2019
Yoshimi (Yo) was an informative, fun and friendly guide through the history and back streets of Yanaka. We had a group of four and it was a relaxed and enjoyable experience across nearly four hours as we chatted and explored. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
Great tour in Yanaka. We got to see the Tokugawa burial area, a temple, some interesting older buildings, and some back and very active streets. Incredibly hot day (95 with 95% humidity) so we took it slow and the guide (Junko) was very accommodating and pleasant despite the weather. Well worth taking the tour as it gives you a different view of other parts of Tokyo that aren't quite so busy. Also work wandering around the area near the Nippori station if you're interested in textiles as it's the largest area in Tokyo for that.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
My husband and I took this tour. There were two additional people to join the tour. We saw parts of Tokyo that we would have missed. There are buildings dating before WWII -- not many. These have been preserved. We also visited an old cemetery and it was very interesting. I particularly enjoyed walking through some of the neighborhoods. There is a LOT of walking!! I would recommend this tour. Our guide was enthusiastic and helpful.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A great way to start your trip. We had 7 in our group and it was a fun bunch. Our guide, Yuki, did an amazing job of explaining history, the significance and meanings of what we were seeing and taught us the proper way to cleanse and bow at a temple (there are 3 bows so you need to know which one you're doing)! Yuki gave us a great understanding of Japan's history. As you start to understand the timeline of how things took shape in Japan over the centuries it's truly remarkable and really brought what we were seeing to life. It's just a great way to ask a ton of questions and "get your feet wet" in Tokyo.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
What a way to see the old part of Tokyo and the little streets of Yanaka and ts surrounds. We just loved this walking trip with Junko our guide. She knew what we wanted and took her time to show us around the fantastic cemetery, tree lined residential area and the great Shrine. We saw what no tourist will see. Junko was so good to show us around, took 100s of pics of my wife and I, took us to some hidden cafes and eateries. We just loved it. Junko you made it perfect for us to show us the old Tokyo. Would recommend this tour to anyone and hope you get Junko, who is just perfect.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide Hizuru made this one of the best walking tours I have participated in. The walk through the cemeteries, narrow lanes and to the amazing azalea garden were so interesting. She organised a tea ceremony on the way where we got to chose antique tea bowls and were provided with hand-drawn pictures and info on out selected bowls. All through the tour she took photos which she sent to us within two hours of having completed the tour. Prior to the tour our lovely guide had sent her picture, phone number, itinerary, meeting point etc. We had high expectations and they were all met. Definitely recommend!
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
Really enjoyed this tour! We are a family of 4 16yr old boy and 17 yr old girl and we all enjoyed this so much! Hisako was great guide and had so much knowledge of the area! We had so many questions and she was able to answer them all! Lots of walking which was new for us but it felt great!
• Submitted 17 Jun 2018
Reviewing our photos the next day reminded us of how much we experienced on this tour. Yo is highly qualified to be a tour guide. She made history come alive. Her tour map is invaluable so we can retrace our steps through the neighborhood. The tour just kept getting better and better. The coincidental happenings along the way were amazing and memorable, including a group photo of us with fun-loving, kimono-clad girls and men transporting a shrine to a festival. Walking through the torii gate tunnel was surreal. And how great was it that our tour guide took successive photos of us during the tour.
• Submitted 24 May 2018
Delightful walking tour of old Tokyo! Highly recommended and better than any bus tour you can go on. Rie, my guide, was excellent and I had such a lovely and interesting time, learning about all the traditions, culture and customs of Japan. We walked through the cemetery, visited, all sorts of traditional houses and the lovely azalea gardens by one of the temples. If you do one tour in Tokyo do this one!!
• Submitted 19 Apr 2018
This was one of the best, if not the best, tours I have ever taken of a city. Simply put an amazing way to see the truly nostalgic side of this fascinating city. Our guide Mikko was incredibly nice and welcoming. She went above and beyond the line of duty to share with us the beauty of the Japanese culture.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2018
Your trip to Tokyo will not be complete without taking this tour. Our guide, Eriko met us at the train station dressed in a traditional kimono and then led us on a journey through Yanaka's many important shrines and residential areas which included two bakeries, a sake brewery and the main shopping street. This tour was very peaceful and relaxing as it felt like we were far away from the busy and crowded streets of central Tokyo.Most valuable were the insights Eriko provided on Japanese history and modern culture that provided us a depth and richness to our experience in Japan that we did not receive elsewhere. The tour requires a good amount of walking but there were plenty of places to get water and no shortage of restrooms. Don't miss the apple pie.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2018
The tour is great! And our guide Sumiko was excellent. This tour really gave us a light nostalgic feeling. And was full enough with some historical facts. The surroundings are also nice for a walk and just to look around. All of us really enjoyed it. We did it with a small kid of 2 years old. You can have some problem at the beginning if you have stroller, but it is still doable.
• Submitted 27 Nov 2017
Wonderful experience! We learned a great deal and had a lot of fun. Saw things and parts of Tokyo we otherwise never would have explored. Terrificl mix of history and culture. Our guide even sent us recommendations of future things to see and do during our stay.
• Submitted 09 Nov 2017
The walking tour in the Taito heritage area of Tokyo was THE best way to see and learn about Tokyo. Our guide, Mikiko was very friendly and knowledgeable and we felt like old friends by lunchtime! We liked the 9am start time. Not too early. Loved seeing the Shogun cemetery and pretty streets. The hidden cafe/teahouse was picturesque and relaxing. It is so good to see a place with a local. Thank you, Mikiko!!
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
We had an amazing time with Mikko san for our Yanesen tour. She showed us so many interesting places in the area and she was very knowledgeable and informative. Though it was raining the whole time we were there, Mikko san made us feel very welcome and was very cheerful and kept our mood up. The Yanesen area is rich in history and has many beautiful shrines and temples. Our favourite place to see was surprisingly the Yanaka cemetery. It was interesting to see how the Japanese people honour their dead. We were also able to see the tomb of the last shogun. All in all, we rate our experience 5 stars. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 19 Oct 2017
I could not make the tour! I heard it was amazing and plan on booking next time when I go back
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
We had a fantastic tour in Yanaka, the older and more traditional part of Tokyo. The visit was a mix of religious places graveyard, shrines, temples and urban life-style shops and bars. A must do, ask for Nobuo, a very attentive and well informed guide.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
This by far was one of the best tours we have taken. A fun group on international visitors and a delightful guide. A side of Tokyo we would never had seen on our own. Barry and Jashio
• Submitted 18 Sep 2017
Really amazing walking tour with a phenomenal guide. We saw and learned about places and people in Edo we would never have found on our own. Our guide Sumiko quickly understood our interests and delivered a wonderful experience. This tour is very highly recommended.
• Submitted 25 Aug 2017
We really enjoyed our tour with Maki! It was an easy paced walking tour where she pointed out many of the interesting historical references. We visited a Shogun grave, walked by many temples and enjoyed a gorgeous shrine. We were able to participate in a Japanese tea ceremony, see local art up close, visit a traditional Japanese handkerchief shop, enjoy shaved ice and ice cream as well as see the many shops of Yanaka.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017

In Brief

Arakawa City, Japan
3 hours 30 minutes
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Led by a local guide