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Nostalgic Yanaka Stroll (half day)

by Tomoko
(23) Reviews
3:30h $ 111


  • 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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110.88 USD

People People
1 person 110.88 USD
2 ~ 5 people 120.12 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up (inside Tokyo's 23 wards).
$ 15.84
Extra hour.
$ 34.32
Extra person.
$ 26.40


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


★ 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
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 ( 23 )
Debu Debu United States ( Family with kids )
1 day ago

“ Full day tour at Tokyo ”

We had an Wonderful time. This was our first trip to Japan and Tomoko san reached out well advance to find out about what we were interested in doing and what we would like to see. Based on our requests, she customized an itinerary so that all our interests were addressed. We spend 9 hours with her and really enjoyed walking around Tokyo and trying the local foods and seeing the sights- both modern and traditional. My teenage children really enjoyed interacting with her and learning about Tokyo and Japan. We highly recommend her and would love to have her again as a guide on our next trip. Domo arigato gozai mas Tomoko san!


Hi Debu-san & family, thank you so much for taking your time to post such a warm review. Thank you for choosing me as your guide and letting me make up an itinerary for you. That was great fun! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour with you, too. The way you try Japanese language, many questions about history, food, and many others, the way you appreciate all different things and beauties, all of these made me find out more about my own culture. Arigato gozaimashita. Totemo tanoshikatta desu. Mata aimasho! – Thank you. I enjoyed it very much. See you again😊 知子

Mai Mai Japan ( Friends )
1 day ago

“ One day Hakone tour ”

We went to Hakone as winter camp and requested Tomoko-san to be our 1 day tour guide. She is very professional, fluent in English, know the place and history very well. We had 6 people in our group and she took care of all of us. She customized the trip schedule accordingly to our interests, and our pace. And it started snowing unexpectedly which means super cold, she even offered us hot tea and a jacket from her bag! She also arranges tours not only in Hakone, so if chance, we would definitely like to contact her again.


Hi Mai-san and all! Thank you for taking your time to post such a nice review. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the tour in Hakone. It was my first experience to attend a group like yours who works here in Japan. It was very interesting for me that all of your members from different countries working at the same company are exchanging and sharing different cultural values, and experiences on daily basis. I found it great and I feel I’m very lucky to be invited to your winter camp. It would be my great pleasure if I could join some of your fun events in the future. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you!

Beatrice Beatrice Philippines ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kamakura wonders with Tomoko ”

Tomoko san was prompt in meeting us in our hotel lobby. Prior to that she wAs very thorough in explaining the site where we plan to visit. She was accomodating , cheerful and never tired in answering all the wiestions thrown to her . One thing that stands out from Tomoko san character is her sense of humor and her genuine character. Not just a tour also a fun time discovering things .


Dear Beatrice-san, Thank you for taking your time to write such a sweet review. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the tour just as I did. Yes, it was a great fun, and I’m sure your mom also enjoyed seeing all the pictures you took that day. Happy birthday again to her! I hope you’ll have more and more fun travels together with her. I’m looking forward to being asked more questions and seeing your mom when you come to Japan next time. Best wishes to you, lovely sisters, and all of your family😊- Tomoko

Chi Hao Chi Malaysia ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Very pleasant & memorable trip in Tokyo ”

During our 6 days with ms.Tomoko in Tokyo, we were well taken care of everything from food, tour, places & detailed introduction & briefing of all our destinations. We basically are treated like a very close friend travelling together with Tomoko and enjoyed the trip together. The kind of friendship that developed during our trip is also the most memorable. With ms.Tomoko great professionalism, we are able to discover Tokyo in great depths & details in a relaxed and enjoyed manner. Ms. Tomoko is highly recommended to whoever that is looking forward to explore Tokyo and know more about the places that you are about to visit. Her truly accommodative & client-friendly approach really makes our trip a different & memorable one. Thanks alot ms.Tomoko, wish you a happy life and hope to see you a... read more


Hi Chi-san, Thank you for taking your time to post such a heartwarming review. The 6 days with you all in Tokyo and its suburbs were great fun and unforgettable for me, too! Being so inquisitive and spontaneous, you brought me a great harvest and filled my heart and stomach:) I think it was lucky that we could be flexible and accommodate the day’s weather and condition. Thank you again and see you in near future! Best wishes to you, Evelyn, and Jia😊

Daisy Daisy United States ( Family )
4 weeks ago

“ One day customized tour in Kamakura ”

We had a very good time with Tomoko. Tomoko is very knowledgeable about Japanese culture. She made sure to show us all the places in Kamakura even thought it took more of her time. She is very kind and if I have a chance to come back to Japan, I will definitely ask her to be my tour guide again.


Hi Daisy! Thank you for posting such a heartwarming review. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour in Kamakura, my original hometown. I really enjoyed the time shared with you, your aunt and cousin. We walked a lot and laughed a lot😊 I cannot wait the next chance to see you again! Best wished to you all!

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