Glimpse of Tokyo during the Edo Period in Yanaka district
Yanaka Cemetery, full of beautiful nature & tombstones
Restored places like Kayaba Coffee & Scai the Bathhouse
Time to browse the nostalgic Yanaka-Ginza shopping street
Guided insight into Tokyo from the 16th to 19th centuries
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided Tour of Yanaka
Live tour commentary provided in English, French, German, and Spanish
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drink
What you can expect
Step back in time to ancient Tokyo during this 3.5-hour exploration of the city’s historic Yanaka district. Discover a different side of the sprawling Japanese capital that dates back to its Edo period of the 17th through 19th centuries, admiring the area’s charming mix of temples, springtime cherry blossoms and timeless ‘reien’ (cemetery). Your guide will accompany you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture. Why not get away the bustle of a big city and feel the atmosphere of Tokyo from the old days.
1) Tennoji Temple
This Buddhist Temple sits on the edge of the Yanaka Cemetery and dates back to 1274 It is located in a pleasant garden behind an old wooden gate. It the grounds is a bronze Buddhist statue that that dates back to 1690 and was referred to by locals as Tennoji Daibutsu. Well worth a stop by.
2) Yanaka Cemetery
This is an impressive cemetary and worth a look even though cemetaries are not normally for tourists. It covers 100,000 square meters and has over 7,000 graves. It also has history as after the Meji Restoration the government wanted to separate Buddhism and Shinto graves but most places were Buddhist owned so they established a public buriel ground in Yanaka in 1871.
3) Yuka-An * Optipnal
There's a place to experience Japanese Tea ceremony on Tatami mats! It's on the 2nd floor of the building of Gallery Okubo. The price of the tea (1,000 yen) is not included into our tour cost, but you can actually try the authentic Japanese tea with the help of professional. Closed: Mondays,Tuesdays.
4) Nezu Shrine
One of Japan’s oldest shrine and perhaps most striking, set amidst huge trees and flowering azalea shrubs with ponds, pathways and iconic colored charming wooden structures reflecting age old culture and beauty including several small vermillon colored toriis.
5) Yanaka Ginza Street
One of best shopping streets in Tokyo, with the well-preserved old town “Shitamachi” atmosphere. Explore the nostalgic side of Tokyo through Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street!