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)