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Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

by Tomoko
(32) Reviews
3:30h $ 117

Highlights

  • 1. Temple town
  • 2. Yanaka Cemetery
  • 3. Yanaka Ginza & Yomise-dori (local shopping streets)
  • 4. Asakura Museum of Sculpture (closed on Mondays and Thursdays)

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117.00 USD

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1 person 117.00 USD
2 ~ 5 people 126.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 16.20
Extra hour.
$ 36.00
Extra person.
$ 27.00

Overview

This tour is recommended for those who love strolling and look for a less touristy travel experience. Yanaka is one of the few areas in Tokyo where you can enjoy relaxing, retro atmosphere. If you like taking photos, Japanese daily lifestyle and architecture, or even cats, this is your choice.

What to Expect

Throughout Yanaka district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. Completely different from the metropolitan tastes of Tokyo. It is fun to stroll around and find out hidden gems here. As a resident here, I can show you many interesting, photogenic spots in this area. Yanaka is within walking distance from Ueno, so by combining this tour with another half-day tour of mine, ‘Historical Exploring in Ueno’, you could fully enjoy a day without rushing around Tokyo. You would be relaxed just like many cats living in this area.
1. Temple Town; numerous temples and their remains are scattered here. Every extra step will make you feel rewarded.
2. Yanaka Cemetery; a grand cemetery site with more than 7000 souls resting. Many are famous historical figures. Not a scary but relaxing place with trees, flowers, and stones. You might encounter cats relaxing here.
3. Yanaka Ginza & Yomise-dori; narrow shopping streets with small family-owned shops selling handcrafts, sweets, grocery, and some other daily items.
4. Asakura Museum of Sculpture; small but incredibly beautiful. My favorite. It was formerly a great sculptor, Fumio Asakura’s studio and residence. Nationally registered as a ‘Place of Scenic Beauty’ and ‘Tangible Cultural Property.’ (admission 500yen/adult, no barefoot allowed)

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Highlights

  • 1. Temple town
  • 2. Yanaka Cemetery
  • 3. Yanaka Ginza & Yomise-dori (local shopping streets)
  • 4. Asakura Museum of Sculpture (closed on Mondays and Thursdays)

Important

★ Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident, loss, or damaging others' property. I will do all I can to keep you away from such risks, of course.

★ The pick-up service to your hotel is only in Tokyo metropolitan area, in 23 wards.

☆ Generally, I could start our tour from early in the morning like 7 or 7:30 if you prefer. For details, please contact me.

※The pictures of my previous guests on my web-page are posted only after securing their consent.

■ wear comfortable shoes and clothes
■ Asakura Museum of Sculpture is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Wear or bring socks to enter. *admission: 500 yen/adult

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide)
admission fee (Asakura Museum of Sculpture 500 yen/adult, 250 yen/child)
food and drink if needed
Meeting Point
at JR Ueno or Nippori station (details can be discussed)
Ending Point
at the nearest station or our last visiting spot
Duration
3:30 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 32 )
Laura Laura United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Excellent tour guide in Tokyo with Tomoko! ”

We have just finished our first day with Tomoko, and we are absolutely thrilled with having her for our guide! Before our trip she corresponded well with us through email to organize and plan our itinerary and days. She matched our itinerary so well with what we had expressed our interests are. Yet, she was also very flexible along the way as we decided how to see and do interesting things in the city. She is thoughtful and informative and gives great insights to everything we are seeing and experiencing. She has wonderful suggestions and she paces activities and sights to see just perfectly. She is so helpful and pleasant. Tomoko has really made our Tokyo adventure so special, and we have made wonderful memories on our tour with her. We can’t imagine anyone better than Tomoko to na... read more

Tomoko:

Hi Laura and all! Thank you very much for posting such a nice review just after the tour. That was a great valentine day for me, too. I like the way how all of you think and care about other family members, which made my heart warmed💛 I also appreciate it a lot that you always listened to my stories attentively and show great interest and respect to our culture and the differences even while you are busy tasting, photographing, and shopping. Wishing you have great days in Kyoto and very much looking forward to our reunion on the second day in Tokyo. More fun experiences and sights will be waiting for you! Thank you again. 😊

Emily Emily United Kingdom ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kamakura Day Trip ”

I had a lovely day with Tomoko visiting Kamakura. Tomoko designed a proposal for me to suit my work schedule and met me at my hotel in Tokyo. We travelled to Kamakura together and on the way she showed me the various maps, information packs she had brought for me. In Kamakura, Tomoko provided a huge amount of historical, local information and clearly knows a lot about the area having lived there for many years! Her plan allowed us plenty of time in each place and at no point did I feel rushed, despite having to be back in Tokyo for a meeting that afternoon. I learned so much and would highly recommend Tomoko as a guide. She was friendly and easygoing and the whole day was fantastic.

Tomoko:

Hi dear Emily! Thank you for your great review. I really enjoyed the time shared with you in Kamakura. You are just like my daughters’ generation, so it was fun for me to hear your stories, views, and ideas. It was like a refreshing breeze! After the tour, I saw the film, ‘One Cut of the Dead.’ That was hilarious! Also, thank you for showing your interest to my old stories when I was in my teens _ hahaha. Wishing you the very best for your future career and your own life, too.

Sally-Anne Sally-Anne Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing memorable experience of Tokyo highlights over 4 days ”

Tomoko was a fantastic guide and we highly recommend her! Her depth and breadth of knowledge was remarkable and her flexibility just great. We spent 3 half days of our 4 day visit to Tokyo with Tomoko. And we visited so many interesting places including: Asakusa (temple and lively town), Tsukiji Outer Market (food tasting extraordinaire!) Kappabashi (foodie heaven of kitchen and cutlery shops), Uneo Park (history and temples), Yanaka (matcha tea ceremony - one of the highlights), Imperial Palace gardens (including impromptu taxi drive around the area with very knowledgeable driver translated by Tomoko), Fukagawa Fudodo (temple in the old town with fire ceremony). In the later afternoons and evenings we had time to explore ourselves and took in Tokyo station, Shinjuku and the Samura... read more

Tomoko:

Hi Sally-Anne! Thank you very much to take your time to write such a nice review and share what we did together in details. Yes, we visited many places in three days and shared a lot of memorable moments. We laughed a lot, too! Our last visiting spot was the GIRL’s town, Harajuku, and I will not forget the sweet picture that you and Peter enjoyed sharing that crepe. So sweet😊 Say hello to Vija! Her ideas and supports were just great. My very best wishes to you all!

Justine Justine Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Would have been lost without her! ”

My husband and I spent two days with Tomoko as she showed us around Tokyo. We had never been to Japan and only had two days in the city before moving on to Hakuba for a week of skiing. We are so very pleased that we arranged this time with Tomoko. Right from the first contact she demonstrated how well she would look after us. She tailored our trip to show us the things we had expressed an interest in and constantly checked in with us if we wanted to see or experience anything else along the way. As a former teacher, Tomoko is very good at providing detailed information about what she is showing you and you need to be ready for her pop quizzes as you go along ;-) She has a lovely personality and is very nurturing. She is fluent in English and does not hesitate to help you with your tra... read more

Tomoko:

Thank you so much Justine for your great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the days in Tokyo and a week of skiing in Hakuba. I wished I could go there, too, with the last train ticket left :) We walked and visited so many places, which made us always hungry. We had a lot of good food, too . The gyoza was superb! Thank you for letting me know your interests, where you stay, and the whole tour plan in Japan. It was helpful when I plan the itinerary. That is one of the fun parts for me, but sometimes I put too many places with the intention of showing as many places as possible. However, as you know, what counts is not the number of places we visit but is how you enjoy them. So, I try to ask my guests how they feel on our way. That’s another fun part of private tours, the fun collaboration! We ... read more

 Susan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing Time ”

Spent a wonderful two days with Tomoko. Tomoko is very charming and knowledgeable. We told her what we were interested in and she took us to gardens, temples, shrines, markets, museums, and parks which we would have spent days trying to find on our own. We had delicious food, rode the intimidating subway with ease, and learned so much about Japanese culture and history. We enjoyed immensely our two days with Tomoko and I highly recommend her if you want to experience the very best of Japan.

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the 2-day tour with me. It was cold outside, but we walked and did a lot blessed with fine weather. Thank you for telling me your general interests in advance, which made me easier to make up plans. I also thank you for your asking countless questions while we were together. They gave me the chances to reconsider our life, history, customs, etc., which I would take just as a matter of course if not being asked. I will never forget the beautiful crescent we see together on our way back from the Matcha, tea place. That was a real ‘once in a lifetime’ moment 😊

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