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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Tomoko.
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)
transportation fee (you and guide)
admission fee (Asakura Museum of Sculpture 500 yen/adult, 250 yen/child)
food and drink if needed
★ 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.
★ 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
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Tomoko went above and beyond! We learned so much. Teaching came so naturally to her and she answered all of our questions with bonus information. She has a great sense of humor and warm hospitality. She showed us the transit system, local customs and welcomed us like old friends visiting her hometown for the first time.
Thank you for your great review, Taylor. It was so much fun for me, too, to share wonderful time with an inquisitive couple like you! Lots of spontaneous questions and some requests from you on the way made our tour interactive, and I learned a lot through it. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you and laughing together again, Taylor and Joe 😊
Tomoko was absolutely so professional and timely responding to my emails, and I appreciated all her suggestions. I knew my adult son and I would have a great tour- and we did! She met us promptly in the lobby of our hotel and we started our fantastic day at the Tsukiji Market. It was so fun because Tomoko knew everything about all the food, and seemed to be friends with so many vendors. She soon became our friend, too. She has so much knowledge and is a gifted story teller. We appreciated her energy, and she tried to keep us in the shade- it was quite hot. We loved the lotus flowers on the pond, and had fun exploring the Nezu Shrine and barely fitting through the little Tori Gates (my son is over 6ft tall). Then we had a traditional Japanese lunch at a beautiful restaurant. Tomoko did her ... read more
Thank you for your great review, Becky! I'm so surprised and happy as well that you remember all the moments we shared so clearly.:) As you told me know what you would have done before our tour such as the bike tour and baseball game, I planned and tried to show you something different, the venues you could reach only on foot and with some local human touch! I'm glad it seems to have worked :) Thank you also for your honest view for the lunch time. My best wishes to you and your family!
Tomoko made our first 2 days in Tokyo so easy. She guided us through the subways to both old and new Tokyo. We enjoyed lovely shrines and temples, shopping areas, and cultural places. Tomoko was cheerful and knowledgeable as she shared this amazing city.
Thank you so much for the great review, Barbara! I’m happy to hear that I was of some help for the adventurous, jolly family like yours😊 I was amazed that Alison showed great interest in ‘Bakumatsu,’ the shifting period from Samurai era to modern Japan. I’m sure you will all enjoy your visit to Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Thank you again for the great time shared with you, Richard, and Alison.
This brief tour was arranged to be a short introduction to Tokyo, Japan with a small tour at a site near our hotel. Tomoko met us at the airport, helped us get our luggage shipped to our hotel in Kyoto, exchange our JR vouchers for passes and secure tickets for ALL of our JR rail trips on our 9-day trip in Japan, helped us get to our first hotel, etc. I simply cannot imagine doing this while jet lagged without Tomoko! She was precious upon meeting her and greeted us both with a huge hug, which was quite the surprise but so appreciated, and the positives just kept going from there! She was invaluable and worth every cent! We attempted to tour the underground area of the Tokyo Station where there is a maze of endless restaurants, shops, vendors, etc. She realized quickly that my hu... read more
Thank you so much for the great review with your experiences, Rachael! Yes, I was so excited to see you at Haneda airport after 7 months of message exchange in advance. It was as if I saw my old friend after a long absence. Thank you for sharing so many memorable moments together with you and Mike. I was so happy and relieved to see Mike had recovered when we met again and genuinely enjoyed Sumo, the car museum, and beer & sake 🍺 Great summer days! I miss you, too 😊
Although Tomoko does a great job of explaining the sights, what we really valued were her insights into Japanese daily life. We had a terrific experience - recommended.
Thank you for your great review, Gill. Actually, the insightful questions and comments of yours and Rod’s broadened my view as well. I appreciate that. - Arigato-gozaimas from side streets 😊 Tomoko