Guided tour

Yanaka District: Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town

Activity provider: MagicalTrip

Yanaka District: Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town

Activity provider: MagicalTrip

From US$ 51.29 per person

Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour of the historic Yanaka area in Tokyo and see true local life and feel nostalgic. Learn a lot about Japanese culture and history, as you walk and talk with a friendly local guide. Savor a traditional Japanese lunch.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Explore the accessible town of Yanaka and live the "old town" experience
  • Stroll through a massive locals-only market that dates back to the 1940s
  • Visit Nezu Shrine through the vibrant red Torii gates and learn about traditional Japanese views on religion
  • Travel with a local guide in small group tour with less than 7 people
  • Savor an authentic Japanese lunch and sample the most popular Japanese snacks
Full description
Discover the Yanaka Ginza area, an old small town in Tokyo. Meet your guide, a friendly and talkative Tokyo local who will be happy to answer any questions. Join a small group of 7 other participants so you will have the opportunity to ask your guide about anything you like.  Start the tour at Yanaka Cemetery, where you can admire the calm and beautiful natural scenery. Marvel at the huge cedar, which is almost 100 years old and very famous in the area. After that, heading to the Nezu Shrine, which is very famous for the consecutive red Torii gates reminiscent of Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, one of the most popular destinations in Japan. After you have learned about Japanese religions at the shrine, head into the Yanaka Ginza area, the highlight of the tour. Walk around this small, old town, and witness how locals truly live as this area doesn't attract many tourists. Also, because the Yanaka town wasn't damaged by the bombs during the world war, you can see the old buildings, markets, shops, which still remain as they were in the 1940's. Stop for a break at a restaurant which is very popular among the locals for it's traditional, authentic Japanese lunch. After eating lunch, walk along the Yanaka shopping streets to finish the tour, where you will try some Japanese street snacks for dessert recommended by the locals.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Japanese-style lunch
  • Food samplings (various types of local snacks and sweets)
  • Additional food and drink (available to purchase with cash)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

In front of the Doutor Coffee Shop in North/East Side of Nippori Station; the shop is yellow and black. Don't go to Nishi-Nippori Station — that is the wrong station. Go to Nippori Station. Your guide will be holding a red and orange sign with the name of the local partner on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • The tour is free for children under 6
  • You can cancel the tour with no charge until 24 hours before the tour start time
  • Please arrive at the meeting point on time; you will not be able to join the tour, get a refund, or reschedule if you are late for the tour and miss the group
  • Please bring some cash as most old shops don't accept credit cards
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Lovely tour!

I was running late as I couldn't find the coffee shop, but I am so grateful my guide still waited for me! The tour was wonderful, it was great to see a more peaceful and quiet side of tokyo that I otherwise wouldn't have seen. Our guide had amazing knowledge and was happy to answer any questions!

October 11, 2019

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February 16, 2020


Product ID: 298210