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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Arakawa City, Japan
Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Overview

Step back in time to ancient Tokyo during this exploration of the city’s historic Yanaka district. Discover a different side of the sprawling Japanese capital that dates back to its Edo period of the 16th through 19th centuries, admiring the area’s charming mix of temples, springtime cherry blossoms, and timeless ‘reien’ (cemetery). A guide accompanies you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture.
  • Discover the historic side of Tokyo's Edo Period during a walking tour in Yanaka
  • Wander the charming streets of this well-preserved historic district
  • Escape the skyscrapers for a taste of daily life in historic Japan
  • Visit ancient temples, springtime displays of cherry blossoms, and the local 'reien' (cemetery)
  • Learn about Japan's Edo era, spanning the 16th through 19th centuries
  • Great way to take a 'mini-retreat' during a visit to Tokyo
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Food and drinks(100-500 yen depending on what you want to try)
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Nippori Station , 2 Chome-19 Nishinippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0013, Japan

Your meeting point is Nippori station, north ticket gate. You can access to the meeting point by JR Yamanote line, JR Keihin Tohoku Line, JR Joban Line and Keisei Line. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the meeting time at north ticket gate(Inside next the ticket gate). Your guide will waiting for you at there with a signs of Yanaka Walking Tour. https://goo.gl/maps/1C6DmzvT2Ez

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Trip Designer Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Well worth taking the tour as it gives you a different view of other parts of Tokyo that aren't quite so busy." See review
  • "It's just a great way to ask a ton of questions and "get your feet wet" in Tokyo." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour, especially if you are interested in history and want to see a place outside the typical tourist spots in the city." See review

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star-5
One of the best walking tours I've been on
Craig_S
, May 2022
An amazing walking tour that covered a great overview of Japan's history, the significance of the various notable sites we saw and some great insights into how life and religion have changed over the years. Highly enjoyable and the tour guide (Fumiko) really made the difference with her local knowledge.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for joining Yanaka tour. We're so happy to hear that tour enjoyed it with Fumiko. Japan has various seasonal charms in each areas, so if you want looking for local uniques experience during your vacation, please contact us again. We will be happy to host you! : ) From Takeshi
star-5
Excellent tour
Vladimir_B
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour to know a real life of local Tokyo people with their houses, restaurants, temples, shrines, and shops. Yoshimi is an excellent tour guide.
star-5
Wonderful insight into a beautiful corner of Tokyo
Pamela_M
, Feb 2020
I had an amazing tour of Yanaka with Naoko as my guide. As it happened, that day I was her only guest. Naoko is personable. flexible, and knowledgeable - she answered my million and one questions about Japan - and she also had thought of everything, including taking photos of me along the way to send later. The tour was paced well, and Naoko was very sensitive to whether I needed a break, or was curious to veer in a different direction. Yanaka itself is a charming and surprising corner of Tokyo - peaceful, artsy, full of history and atmosphere. There are lovely surprises around every corner. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you are interested in history and want to see a place outside the typical tourist spots in the city.
star-5
Enjoyed the walk and information given on sights visited. Arika was knowledgable and spoke English very well.
John_D
, Feb 2020
Walking tour of Yanaka with Arika. It was a very wet day but enjoyed the walk immensely. All instructions for meeting point were accurate and clear and the follow up with photos emailed to us on the sights was great.
star-5
Excellent tour of Yanaka
Joseph_G
, Dec 2019
The guide was flexible and took our preferences into consideration. Very personable. Highly recommended.
star-5
Old Tokyo Tour
Whitney_J
, Nov 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.
star-5
Really Early Bird
Paradise03524881413
, Nov 2019
Very educative and interesting way to spend a morning. Recommended for early raisers who like to do excursion a little ''out of the box" .
star-5
Old and nostalgic Tokyo. Yanaka walking tour.
mbrowne77
, Nov 2019
A great walking trip around Yanaka. Arika, our guide, was very knowledgeable, clear and interesting.
star-5
Great tour!
Jennifer W
, 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!
star-5
Interesting and Personable
Totosfamily
, Oct 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.
star-5
Yanaka: city of charming shrines and more
Dania A
, Sep 2019
Yumi was an amazing tour guide who was very flexible and knowledgeable about the history of the shrines and the city of Yanaka. We stopped at many shrines, as well as an art gallery, sake shop and even an owl cafe! We enjoyed learning the customs and stopping for beautiful photos along the way. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to get a different side of busy, cosmopolitan Tokyo.
star-5
Yanaka
robertm-NY
, Aug 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.
star-5
Amazing Yanaka walking tour
Julie_M
, Aug 2019
We had the best tour guide on our trip today. This was our 4th tour and Yumi provided us with so much information. We had a fabulous day. Yumi’s English was fantastic. Yumi also kept stopping regular to make sure we had a drink as it was a very hot day.
star-5
Yanaka & Surrounds
Suvi_C
, Jun 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.
star-5
Excellent tour, highly recommend!
Voyage04342682153
, Jun 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.
star-5
See Old Tokyo
Linda_L
, Jun 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.
star-4
Excellent Guide
Eugene D
, May 2019
After confusion about the meeting point at the RR station due to miss wording , we got off to a good start. Only criticism was that there was much too much time spent in the cemetery looking at similar tomb stores and not enough time looking at sites. The beer garden site was a welcome stop. Recommend more time looking at interesting sites. We had little time of review the shopping areas. Overall a good tour.
star-5
Such a great tour.
Solveig_J
, Apr 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!
star-4
Nice walk among the suburbs
Matthew_R
, Mar 2019
Big thanks to Mikiko for making this walking tour an enjoyable afternoon. The cemetery and temples were interesting and the stops along the way for snacks were a nice touch (do try the delicious cardamom roll if you find it!). Mikiko was also very adoring of our nearly 1-year-old son, who had a great time too. Do note that while we did the walk with a stroller, there are some steps and bumpy parts along the way - would recommend if you are taking a stroller to have 2 adults with you. Mikiko also went out of her way after the tour to get us sorted with a bus - a wonderful guide! :)
star-5
Really enjoyed this tour! We are a...
Ronald_V
, Jun 2018
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!

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