Yanaka, nothing special. . .


Yanaka, nothing special. . .Yanaka, nothing special. . .Yanaka, nothing special. . .Yanaka, nothing special. . .Yanaka is a small town located north of Ueno where tens of thousands of people enjoy cherry blossoms in spring.

Locals say, “There is nothing special in Yanaka.”  Well. . , there is Nezu Jinja shrine where you will find a red Torii tunnel,  a small version of the famous red Torii tunnel at Fushimi Inari south of Kyoto, where Sayuri ran through in “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

And, there is a famous family owned Japanese Inn, or Ryokan, called Sawanoya in Yanaka. With 12 tatami mat rooms,  minimum English speaking and  services, it is always one of the most popular ryokans in Tokyo. 

You actually live in local life while you are there.  I encountered a cat patiently waiting in front of the apartment door.  I found circles on the narrow street, most probably drawn by local kids. It's a game.  I can't remember the name of the game, but I know it because I used to play it when I was a kid.  I met a big man, a foreigner in very casual home wear, carrying dozens of Asahi Super Dry in a convinience shop plastic bag, walking towards Sawanoya Ryokan.

It was a clear cold day afternoon in Feburary, a typical winter day in Tokyo.  A warm can coffee from the vending machine which read “Welcome to Sawanoya” made me feel good.



09 Feb 2018

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My name is Hideki Mori.
I am a Certified Tour Guide living in the small town called Samukawa in Kanagawa prefecture south of TOKYO. I am fluent in English and Japanese.

I have total 6 years studying and working experience in USA, and visited more than 30 countries during my career. I am very interested in meeting people from different countries and exchanging ideas.
I help you discover,
1. Japanese Culture, Nature, Food, and Spirit.
2. Japanese Technologies
3. Japanese Daily Life

As your private guide, I arrange the tour according to your interests.
Here are some comments from my recent guests.

Dear Mori San, We had a really lovely time in Japan and we all absolutely adore Tokyo. You were a fantastic friend in introducing all of us to all of the wonderful things Tokyo has to offer. We will be back!! (from New York, USA)

Dear Hideki-san, For a splendid day we could enjoy with you, I like to thank you very much. You lead us with great sensitivity and we learned a lot from you that enriches us also during our continuing travel through Japan. Every shrine and temple we visit, reminds us of your words and teaching. Let us express our high appreciation of you and your guiding us, we would be very pleased to have again the chance of meeting you. (from Germany)

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