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Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

by Tomoko
(62) Reviews
3:30h $ 126

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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125.55 USD

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1 person 125.55 USD
2 ~ 5 people 148.80 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 16.74
Extra hour.
$ 37.20
Extra person.
$ 27.90

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 y25%our 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.

★ For the evening tour, some extra charge(25%) might be added depending on the time.

☆ 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 ( 62 )
Jacqueline Jacqueline United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Tomoko - Tokyo ”

We could not have asked for a better guide to teach us everything we needed to know to best enjoy our 4 days in Tokyo. From local restaurants to the train system to culture to history to religion....the list goes on! Tomoko is a wonderful guide and great person!

Tomoko:

Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review. It was my great pleasure to share all the tips with you and get the feedback from you the next day or later how you enjoyed your own exploration. I will never forget the fun moments shared with you in the rainy garden of Meiji Jingu, at the café with adorable creatures, and the local bar and restaurant! Looking forward to seeing you again either in Tokyo or in your place. Best wishes to you, Jacqueline and Darin😊

San San Austria ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Thanks to Tomoko, the travels around Tokyo with our aged parents were a breeze! Extremely enthusiastic, humourous, spontaneous and helpful - highly recommended!

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for sharing hilarious two days and for posting the great review just a moment after the tour. We enjoyed suburban cities like Kamakura, Yokohama, and Kawagoe in Saitama as well as tasty soba, unagi, sushi, and yakitori. We laughed a lot together with your husband and your SWEET parents 😊 They are so SWEET. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you again.

John John United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic day in Kamakura ”

My family had a wonderful experience with Tomoko. We decided on a day trip to Kamakura. Tomoko knows Tokyo and the Kamakura area inside and out. She provides fantastic insights and caters the time with her clients to their interests. We also loved that Tomoko is a foodie like us so we talked a lot about Japanese cuisine and she had great recommendations. She brought us to a gem of a spot for lunch, not a place we would easily find ourselves. She was also terrific and especially engaging with our 10 year old daughter. We would recommend her in a heartbeat (by far the best guide we had on our trip), and plan to use her in the future.

Tomoko:

Hi John! Thank you for your great review and the great time shared in Enoshima & Kamakura. Yes, we are all foodies and we enjoyed a lot of good food together. I’m always trying to find out some local restaurants, which are not too fancy but where the food quality is good, and the people are friendly. 😊 I really enjoyed the company of your sweet daughter. She is so inquisitive and responsive. Next time you come to Japan, I will show you some other beautiful, interesting spots as well as yummy places. Cannot wait! My best wishes to you, Joanna, Evelyn, Vani and her family. Take care!

Japan Japan Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Had fun touring around Tokyo. ”

Really great guide. So hands on with her customers.

Tomoko:

Thank you for introducing your clients from the beautiful country of Croatia to me. I’m so glad that they enjoyed the day in Tokyo. It was good for both of us to talk about their interest and the itinerary again just after we meet in the morning before starting our tour. That was a great work of collaboration. Thank you😊

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ An Amazing Day in Tokyo! ”

Just a bit into the tour, It felt like we were touring with family. We had so much fun and learned a lot! If we could, we would have loved to spend more time with Tomoko. I highly recommend booking Tomoko for your tours. When we come back to Tokyo we will book Tomoko again!

Tomoko:

Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a great review, Margaret. The day was a great fun for me, too. Starting coincidentally from the college I graduated, we enjoyed the quiet, beautiful garden in the morning, the grand Shoguns place, business lunch, and slipped into commoners’ life in a few centuries ago. After viewing the Olympic site 2020, the cute animal café and the colorful Harajuku town was our grand finale. I really enjoyed the questions and the lovely smile of your daughter, Zoe. Thank you again and looking forward to seeing you all again.😊

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