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Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

by Tomoko
(44) Reviews
3:30h $ 116

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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115.70 USD

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1 person 115.70 USD
2 ~ 5 people 124.60 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 16.02
Extra hour.
$ 35.60
Extra person.
$ 26.70

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 ( 44 )
Mike Mike United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Tokyo 1 day guided tour ”

Tomoko had obviously planned our day from the prior communications we had had offering us several alternatives and being flexible with the itinerary to suit us as well as bringing maps and brochures with her for us to use afterwards and gave us information for our remaining time in Tokyo. The day itself was a very full and enjoyable one, from 0830 to after 1700 when she left us after ensuring we were conversant with the Tokyo public transport system, and was certainly value for money. Tomoko's English was very good and she was very informative throughout the day as well as being a pleasure to be with and we would strongly recommend her as a guide

Tomoko:

Thank you for your great review, Mike. It was a beautiful spring day, especially the peaceful morning in the park was memorable. I’m glad that you enjoyed the tour and the rest of your stay in Tokyo after the tour. It was my great pleasure to assist your adventure by showing places and how to swim around the city of Tokyo. Thank you for clarifying your interests and sharing fun time together with me. Looking forward to seeing you again 😊 Best wishes to you and Jennifer!

corrine Corrine United States ( Friends )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Trip to see Snow Monkeys ”

Wonderful guide. Well organized... had everything organized from the minute she met with us and on thru the whole day. She took exceptional care of us..like a nurse would! Had a good disposition and sense of humor. Couldn't ask for a more pleasant person to be with. Went the extra mile like helping us get yens from the ATM machine when ours ran out. I would not use any other guide if I came back to visit. Having Tomoko at the beginning of our trip helped us be able to get along better for the rest of our trip!

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for the great review, Corrine. I was excited when I receive an offer from you to go and see the Snow Monkeys together. They were just adorable and we really enjoyed the sights.🐵 The day was a bit rush, but the next day in Tokyo was very relaxing blessed with fine weather and beautiful cherry flowers! I learned a lot from you and Kelly. Thinking of your experiences, I’m just a GIRL 😊 My best regards to you two. Thank you again!

Barbara Barbara United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ tokyo wiyth Tomoko - rain or shine ”

Tomoko guides all over Japan and especially enjoys showing Tokyo to visitors. She was very receptive to our requests and put together a program incorporating our interests with her own “must-see” places. Besides the famous shrines and gardens, she took us to lesser-known, beautiful places such as a famous sculptor’s home and studio. Tomoko came up with a creative schedule for our very rainy second day. Her English is very good; she is a lovely person and a fount of knowledge. She taught us to navigate the subway system and gave us tips and advice for the places we wanted to visit on our own after our two days together. We felt as if we had made a friend. We heartily recommend Tomoko for visitors to large, and sometimes confusing, Tokyo.

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for your great review, Barbara. It was my great pleasure to share the two days with you. Thank you for being flexible and sharing your honest views about food and the places to visit in the cold rain, which made it easier for me to revise the itinerary into a natural way. I enjoyed the procedure and the outcome working together with you and Henry.:) As you mentioned, Tokyo is quite large with so many new interesting places to visit. I do appreciate your info and suggestion about the places I'm not that much familiar with. It's always fun to receive new ideas from my guests and explore those places. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed two more days in Tokyo after our tour. The pizza and the chocolate icecream with espresso were super Oishikatta-des!😋

Grace Grace Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Sakura Tour, Tokyo ”

My husband and I did a private walking tour of Tokyo’s Sakura spots (Yanaka, Ueno Park and Chidorigafuchi) with Tomoko-san. She helped us customised the tour and during the tour she pointed out things we would have missed on our own. She was very knowledgeable about history. We really appreciate that she was easy to communicate with before and during the tour. Overall great experience!

Tomoko:

Thank you for your review about our Sakura tour:) 🌸 As you had clarified your interests and the venues you could easily go on your own in our previous message exchange, we could focus on the other places without any rush. Thank you for your suggestion, Grace. Besides, I feel so lucky that we were blessed with great weather and the best timing of the cherries as well as other kind of flowers. I’m sure you took lots of beautiful photos. I look forward to seeing you again in some other season.

Danielle Danielle Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Fish market, electric street, national museum ”

She’s very nice and helpful.

Tomoko:

Hi Danielle and all!Thank you for posting a great review before our three-day tour ends. I’m anticipating what fun moments we can share tomorrow. Cannot wait 😊 See you soon!

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