Home Japan Tokyo Yanaka Exploration

Highlights

  •   Walking in local neighborhood with the absolute SHITAMACHI vibes
  •   Nezu Shrine (The Important Cultural Property)
  •   Shopping, eating and drinking at Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Information

City Tokyo
Meeting Point At your hotel or JR Nippori Station
Ending Point JR Nippori Station
Departure 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 4h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5
Booking
4h
When?

People

135.00 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

In this half-day walking tour, you will going deep into narrow alleys in the middle of Yanaka Area.
Yanaka, located in Taito ward of east side of Tokyo, is regarded as SHITAMACHI, literarlly means "low city," lived by many petty entrepreneurs,restaurant owners, small shop-owners and craftsmen.
The area is known as one of few areas in Tokyo that less damaged by heavy air raids in the end of WW2, and that retains atmosphere of good old days.
In the area, you won't see fashonable shops and fancy restaurants, but for instead, you will see low houses and small shops stand so closely next to each other in alleyways, the disappearing streetscape of Tokyo.
Also, you'll visit Nezu Shrine, loved and worshiped by many Shitamachi locals, which has maintained excellent condition since 1705.
Let's enojoy walking, eating & drinking, seeing friendly local people in an unostentatious Tokyo's SHITAMCHI atmosphere.


What‘s included

Guide Fee
Hotel Pick-up

What‘s not included

Transportation fee, food & drink for you and guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day 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.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Elizabeth
1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ One-day personalized tour of Tokyo! ”

Akira was an outstanding and fun tour guide for our trip to Tokyo! His English was very good and he was prompt in meeting us at our hotel. It was our first time to Tokyo and we weren't sure if we had needed a tour guide, but we are very glad we chose to do so. Akira was very accommodating to the places we wanted to visit and showed us how to navigate the train and subway system, which is very confusing if you don't know how to read Japanese. It definitely helped us with the rest of our trip when we were on our own. He came prepared with a portable white board and have us a crash course on the Japanese language which was very cool. I think we ended up saving a lot of time because of all the insight he provided us, compared to if we had done it on our own. It left us more time to explore Tokyo on our own efficiently and make the most use of our time. He also recommended a lot of great restaurants which we would have never been able to find on our own, even when we had bought several Tokyo books. We highly recommend Akira!

AKIRA:
Elizabeth, I am so glad you enjoyed the day. It was so nice to see you and Austin never lost excitement about everything that you experienced during the tour (Sushi in Tsukiji, the magnets, the written fortune and etc...) and It was my pleasure to work for wonderful people like two of you. I am wishing that this trip to Japan will be the memorable one and you would come back, with your beautiful kids next time! Akira

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Matt
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Akira is awesome! ”

Our family which includes six kids (ages 7-16) had an amazing time with Akira. First, he is VERY responsive during the planning stages. Akira had wonderful recommendations yet was very accommodating to our ideas. Next, he planned ahead and purchased tickets for us in order to expedite our plans and ensured we had as much time as possible to tour not stand in line. Akira was so detailed oriented. He showed up at our apartment and already had memorized all the kid's names, had print-outs of maps, train schedules, etc. all in a folder for us. Akira even knew our dietary preferences and recommended the perfect restaurants. We proceeded to have a super efficient day. Akira was also so helpful to ensure that the rest of our plans in Tokyo were made and that we had all the right directions, etc. Lastly, I commend Akira on his honesty and integrity. Unknown to us, one of our tours actually cost less than we had pre-paid and at the end of the tour, Akira handed us the savings. He could have easily pocketed this money and we would have never known. We made a new friend in Akira and strongly recommend him.

AKIRA:
Matt, It was my pleasure to work for Garret family. I am so happy to hear that you, Jana, Sam, Matt, Drew, John, Simon, and Grace enjoyed the day we spend together. I was so happy to see everyone wearing Kimono with happy smile and laugh enjoying tea ceremony and I really enjoyed taking pictures of Garrets during that time. Kimono-clad Garrets were all handsome and beautiful. I am so glad you like the foods at the "local" restaurant. That were the foods many of common people in Japan today may have. Thank you very much for your interested in my country and culture. I am wishing that this Japan trip will be the memorable one. Akira

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Ken
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Soo accommodating and knowledgeable ”

I should start by saying Akira is professional at his craft. He communicates prior to arrival to confirm he arranges the perfect day for his guests. We are a family of 4 with two kids, 8 and 10 so our ideas for fun probably a little different than most. He was great at adjusting and playing along with our family. We booked him twice!

AKIRA:
Ken-san Thank you very much for your comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. How did you like the bullet train ride? I can imagine that you are having wonderful Okonomiyaki dinner with your wonderful family. I am wishing that you, Leah, Jules, and Sid will have a wonderful time in Hiroshima and Kyoto! Thank you! Akira

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Kellda
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Great guide - flexible and helpful! ”

We booked tours with Akira for 2.5 days. He suggested an itinerary for all days and we were able to adjust it before the trip. We really enjoyed our time in Japan and Akira was a part of that! During the trip, we realized that it would take longer to visit certain places (because my parents are older and walk slowly), so he would adjust our itinerary on the fly and make sure we still saw the important sights. He was very patient and helpful - he would look for the escalators and elevators in the train stations to make the walk easier for my parents too! If you're looking for someone to show you around without worrying about how to get to and from places, just book with Akira!! The only tip for improvement I'd have is maybe Akira can explain things more - sometimes he'd only explain things when we'd ask questions :)

AKIRA:
Thank you very much for your warm message, Kellda san. It was my preasure to work for you and your wonderful family, Roger-san, Nina-san, Mark-san and Keila-san. I was worried a little that if the tour was hard for your parents (especially on rainy 2nd day...) but I am so happy that you all really enjoyed your time in Tokyo. Thank you very much for the tip for improvement that I will always keep it in mind. I hope you will come back again someday, and discover more about my strange, funny and beautiful country and people. Dewa Mata! Akira

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Charles
2 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Excellent guide ”

Akira was our guide over a 3day period.he had an excellent plan that ended up needing to be modified secondary to the weather.we stilll saw what we wanted to see and it was like having a friend showing us around his home town.we can and do enthusiastically recommend him

AKIRA:
Charles, Thank you very much for warm message and I am so glad that you and Jane enjoyed the tour. I am wishing that you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo fully and have a wonderful time. Please contact me anytime if you need me. I am looking forward to seeing you again. P.S. Please send me a photo of the written fortune you bought at the shrine. I will translate what it's written for you. Akira

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