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Yanaka is one of Tokyo's most charming and traditional districts. The neighborhood is dotted with some 70 temples, which were moved to the area during the Edo era to spare them from frequent fires in the city's more populated parts. Today, the street is home to Yanaka Ginza, a bustling shopping street that runs through its center and that is lined with many of the same butcher shops and produce vendors who operated there decades ago.

Stroll through the neighborhood's backstreets to visit galleries, cafes and craft workshops featuring Japanese pottery, ink prints, textiles, jewelry, and stationery. Tranquil paths wind through the vast Yanaka Cemetery, where sakura trees shade some 7,000 graves, making it a popular spot for a quiet walk and a great location to view cherry blossoms in spring.

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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour

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Step back in time to ancient Tokyo during this 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 16th through 19th centuries, admiring the area’s charming mix of temples, springtime cherry blossoms, and timeless ‘reien’ (cemetery). A guide accompanies you on your visit, providing additional details about Japanese history and local culture.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD86.75
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USD86.75
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Daytime Walking Tour in Yanaka

Daytime Walking Tour in Yanaka

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Yanaka. Enjoy a comprehensive tour that covers great shopping spots, temples, nature, and food too. Exploring the city with a guide means you don’t have to worry about navigating, and can concentrate on the amazing sights around you. Explore Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, enjoy tasty ramen, see historic temples, and go to lots of local food spots to try gyoza, sweet pancakes, coffee, beer, and much more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD132.00
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Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town

Yanaka Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town

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Explore the Yanaka Ginza area of Tokyo on a walking tour led by an engaging local guide. See places in this old town part of Tokyo that most visitors miss, and get a feel for daily life in the quieter districts of Tokyo. Sample some Japanese street food, learn about Japanese culture, and discover the district's traditions with the benefit of this small-group tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD67.13
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Yanaka Shitamachi Backstreets Cultural Walking Tour

Yanaka Shitamachi Backstreets Cultural Walking Tour

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Stray from the beaten path and explore the backstreets of Tokyo’s Yanaka neighborhood on a 1.5-hour tour, ideal for travelers looking to escape Tokyo’s crowds. In a small group limited to 10 people, you’ll see buildings that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake; stroll through a Japanese cemetery; and experience a matcha tea tasting session. Snacks and refreshments are not included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD31.60
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Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

Tokyo Private Custom Walking Tour with local friendly guide

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Discover Tokyo accompanied by an experienced, private guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese capital. Navigate the city's complex, yet efficient, subway system with your guide as you visit famous sites including the outer Tsukiji fish market, the traditional town of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine. Stroll down Takeshita Street in Harajuku — home to Japan's youth and pop culture, and indulge in lunch on route (depending on option selected). This private tour can also be customized to suit your interests.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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USD157.00
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Yanaka: Tokyo Old Quarter Walking Tour

Yanaka: Tokyo Old Quarter Walking Tour

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Are you sick and tired of visiting popular tourist spots in Tokyo? If it is Yes, why don't you go and visit Yanaka district with us? You will experience the good old days of Tokyo. In Yanaka, there are some traditional wooden houses which survived the air laid during WW2. Some of these old houses are renovated into a nice cafe, restaurant, bar and so on. These houses always welcome visitors with their peaceful atmosphere. You will also visit the most beautiful shrine called "Nezu shrine" which has many red Trii gates lined up, gorgeous golden sculptures and a wonderful Japanese garden with a pond. In spring, brilliant azalea flowers are in full bloom. On the way, you will walk on backstreets in the residential area and explore in a huge cemetery and a local shopping street with full of Japanese snacks and sweets l called "Yanaka Ginza shopping street". You will also glance at Japanese everyday lives.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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USD80.00
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Private Tokyo Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests ★★★★★

Private Tokyo Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests ★★★★★

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Understanding Tokyo can seem like an impossible wish for foreign travelers. Take the mystery out of your visit on this guided tour with a local. Before your tour, your guide contacts you to get a feel for what interests you. On your customized tour, they take you to see the city's must-see sites, as well as underexplored local neighborhoods and hidden gems. Along the way, they share insights into local life giving you a better sense of Tokyo culture.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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USD181.70
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USD181.70
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Private Half Day Tokyo Tour with a Local: Highlights & Hidden Gems- Custom ★★★★★

Private Half Day Tokyo Tour with a Local: Highlights & Hidden Gems- Custom ★★★★★

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You’ll spend time with one of our hosts, uncovering Tokyo’s marvels as you explore the neon-lit city together. Every neighborhood in Tokyo has its own distinct flavor, so maybe try zoom in on one of these microcosms and absorb its unique sights and sounds. Maybe you’d like to discover the highlights of the neighborhood you’re staying in, or simply stroll through the lantern-lined lanes of Tokyo’s older districts. Action-lovers might be keen to catch a sumo match or alternatively, get sky high and enjoy sushi with a view. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
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USD216.95
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USD216.95
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Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

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Indulge your inner foodie on this half-day guided excursion in Tokyo’s historic Yanaka district. Escape Tokyo’s big city bustle and explore this charming old section that’s survived fires, earthquakes, and the bombings of World War II. Sample delicious street food—it’s included in the tour price—and enjoy a Teishoku lunch featuring specialties from Kyushu Island.
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  • 3 hours
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USD178.72
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USD178.72

Guided cycle tour (half day) on the backstreets of the central Tokyo

Guided cycle tour (half day) on the backstreets of the central Tokyo

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If you want to cover more ground than you would on a typical walking tour, a guided cycle tour is ideal. Venture off the main roads of central Tokyo without the risk of getting lost when you go with a guide. Over four hours you'll cycle to some hidden highlights that many travelers miss. Get some exercise while seeing the sights and learning more about the Japanese capital.
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  • 4 hours
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USD45.11
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USD45.11

Understanding Japanese Culture Mythology and Lifestyle Through Study of Shinto

Understanding Japanese Culture Mythology and Lifestyle Through Study of Shinto

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Shintoism is an ancient religion that originates in Japan. On this tour, you’ll gain a better understanding of Japanese culture, and religious beliefs by exploring the city with a Shintoism expert. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to worry about navigating, and you’ll learn things that you wouldn’t find out otherwise. It’s ideal for travelers with limited time as you’ll see three shrines on one tour. As you explore the shrines, you’ll learn how to purify yourself, pray for good fortune, and attract success.
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  • 3 hours
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USD89.32
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USD89.32
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Yanaka half day Tour with private guide and traditional experience

Yanaka half day Tour with private guide and traditional experience

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Yanesen is considered as the Old Tokyo Neighborhood, or "shitamachi", which translates to low city. A popular activity here includes walking along wooden houses and silent temples while smelling fresh brewed coffee and spotting cats. The tour begins with a visit to the Nezu Shrine, one of the most beautiful shrine in Tokyo due to its slope of red torii gates. We continue the walking tour exploring paved alleys of old houses, temples and precious small traditional gardens. Later on, dive into the life of the locals with visits to small shops for second-hand kimono, traditional crafts, and local products. Lastly we move onto the peace and tranquillity of Yanaka Cemetery; this is the largest cemetery in Tokyo and is also surrounded by greenery that gets filled with beautiful cherry trees in spring. Enrich this tour by adding a traditional experience that is customized according to your preferences: food, drink or souvenir.
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  • 3 hours
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USD118.56
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USD118.56
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Private Tour - Traditional Food and Culture in an Old Shopping District

Private Tour - Traditional Food and Culture in an Old Shopping District

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Skip the tourist traps and run-of-the-mill group tours. This private tour of Yanesen lets you live like a local by meeting residents and trying street food, such as croquets, rice balls, and "kakigori," shaved ice with fruity syrup. Have a drink in an "izakaya," a Japanese pub, and browse traditional shops and visit a shrine with a tunnel of vibrant red torii gates.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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USD72.18
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USD72.18

Tokyo bike tour: Ueno, Nezu, Yanaka and Asakusa (20km, 6 hours, English-guided)

Tokyo bike tour: Ueno, Nezu, Yanaka and Asakusa (20km, 6 hours, English-guided)

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Avoid the stress of getting lost at Japanese subway stations by exploring the city on bike instead. This action-packed tour travels on quiet backstreets and cycle lanes, so you won’t have to worry about busy traffic. Tick off many top Tokyo sights in a day and pedal past Ueno Park, Nezu Shrine, Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, Kappabashi kitchenware district, Asakusa, and Tokyo Skytree.
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  • 6 hours
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USD74.03
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USD74.03

Retro Food Tour in Yanaka

Retro Food Tour in Yanaka

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Tired of tourist crowds and busy areas? Discover local food and history at a quaint market area, Yanaka. Relax and enjoy a course of authentic Japanese food with a great atmosphere. - 5+ tastings, bites & sips enough for a full-size lunch at traditional eateries to experience the Japanese food culture. - The great quaint atmosphere at Yanaka neighborhood to learn its rich culture and history, different from other parts of Tokyo. You will also see temples in the area. - Unique shopping opportunities at locally owned vendors to feel Shitamachi (Japanese small downtown) experiences.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD92.95
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USD92.95

Let's experience calligraphy in YANAKA / Taito-ku / TOKYO !!

Let's experience calligraphy in YANAKA / Taito-ku / TOKYO !!

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In the YANESEN calligraphy classroom deepen your understanding of Japanese culture. The everyday use of brushes has almost disappeared. We hope you will calm your mind by experiencing this ancient Japanese tradition
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  • 1 hour
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USD53.67
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USD53.67
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Tokyo Spring Daytime (Cherry Blossom) Food Tour

Tokyo Spring Daytime (Cherry Blossom) Food Tour

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Hanami (Cherry Blossom season) is one of the most magical times of year in Japan. Have a care-free day where you can focus solely on sightseeing by having everything planned out for you. You’ll save hours researching where to find the best Cherry Blossom, and instead have a guide to lead the way. Learn about the history of Yanaka area, try local specialities, visit an art studio, and get a glimpse of local places you wouldn’t find alone.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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USD178.72
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Tokyo Tour by Car - Private - Guided and Customizable

Tokyo Tour by Car - Private - Guided and Customizable

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Enjoy a comprehensive completely private chauffeur driven, guided tour around Tokyo tailored around your schedule, picked up from the comfort of your hotel. You can choose from one of our set itineraries or follow your own customised itinerary. You can pack as many amazing sights into your day as possible such as Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Take a walk through the beautiful Imperial gardens, enjoy the magnificent views from Tokyo Tower or Skytree and Shibuya crossing areas. Please note, sights such as the Towers would not be guided. We also offer other day packages to the Fuji area, Lake Kawaguchi, Hakone and Lake Ashi.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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USD844.17
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Tokyo Food & Culture Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Tokyo Food & Culture Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, half-day tour inside Tokyo’s two famous fish markets, Toyosu and Tsukiji, as well as other local areas, on this food and cultural shopping themed trip accompanied by a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will meet you at your hotel to start the day, then take you to visit famous sites such as Toyosu and the outer Tsukiji fish market; Asakusa shopping street, filled with authentic Tokyo street food; and Ueno's Ameyoko and Kappabashi, Japan's kitchenware wonderland. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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USD90.22
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USD90.22
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Hidden Tokyo: The secrets of YaNeSen

Hidden Tokyo: The secrets of YaNeSen

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Go off the beaten tourist path and explore a charming area of Tokyo that is missed by most visitors. This private tour of Yanesen immerses you in Japanese culture by taking part in a tea ceremony, explore the old streets, and visiting temples and shrines.
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  • 5 hours
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USD208.21
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USD208.21
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For FAMILY with BABY & KID - HALF DAY Tokyo Unmissable Places Custom-Made Tour

For FAMILY with BABY & KID - HALF DAY Tokyo Unmissable Places Custom-Made Tour

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Welcome to bring a baby STROLLER. This is a private walking tour. You can make your own itinerary including meeting points and time as you wish. There are several highlights in Tokyo. You can pick 3 or 4 sites to visit in the tour. During the tour, you can learn about Japanese culture, lifestyle and history. We can visit a local Japanese restaurant for lunch together upon your request and enjoy Japanese local food! This is a walking tour and we use metro(subway) for the transportation. You buy Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket (600 yen/ person). Using this ticket, we can visit anywhere in Tokyo as much as possible. If you would like to visit the place where Tokyo metro does not reach, you may need to purchase other tickets. If you would like to use taxi, it is possible but it will be on your account.
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  • 4 hours
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USD323.88
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MATCHA Tea ceremony in YANAKA / Taito-ku / TOKYO Local.

MATCHA Tea ceremony in YANAKA / Taito-ku / TOKYO Local.

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Entrance into tearoom(5min) Entrance “Nijiri-guchi”The reason for the small entrance is to make all guests seem equal in status, thus creating a self-awareness of one’s own humility. Explanation of Zen words and Sado instruments (10min) With the help of our volunteer interpreters, foreign guests will be able to understand what Japanese people regard as beautiful and important in everyday life as well certain aesthetic values through the wonderful world of tea ceremony. Tasting tea-Macha (15min) Tasting tea the Sado Teacher(teishu) serves. Before drinking, lift the plate up like this. This shows appreciation. Making tea by yourselves (30min) After you have finished drinking, you can try making tea by yourselves with the help of teacher.
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  • 1 hour
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USD54.60
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For FAMILY with BABY & KID - ONE DAY Tokyo Unmissable Places Custom-Made Tour

For FAMILY with BABY & KID - ONE DAY Tokyo Unmissable Places Custom-Made Tour

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Welcome to bring a baby STROLLER. This is a private walking tour. You can make your own itinerary including meeting points and time as you wish. There are several highlights in Tokyo. You can pick 3 or 4 sites to visit in the tour. During the tour, you can learn about Japanese culture, lifestyle and history. We can visit a local Japanese restaurant for lunch together upon your request and enjoy Japanese local food! This is a walking tour and we use metro(subway) for the transportation. You buy Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket (600 yen/ person). Using this ticket, we can visit anywhere in Tokyo as much as possible. If you would like to visit the place where Tokyo metro does not reach, you may need to purchase other tickets. If you would like to use taxi, it is possible but it will be on your account.
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  • 7 hours
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USD444.18
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USD444.18
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Tokyo highlights, Asakusa, Ueno, Yanaka & Nippori Fabric town

Tokyo highlights, Asakusa, Ueno, Yanaka & Nippori Fabric town

The tour starts with morning stroll along the quiet Sensoji seeing beautiful shutters painted by artists. Through Ameyoko street lined with the shops and food stands where the local people buy and eat. Then visit Ueno park, a historical large park where used to be the compound of Tokugawa family's temple. The last destination is Yanaka old town where survived earthquake and big fires and old houses, temples remain. There is the last Tokugawa shogun's tomb here and the tour guide talks about the historical background. Enjoy drinking and eating street foods on Yanaka Ginza street like the local people do.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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USD225.56
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Should I book Yanaka tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Yanaka can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Yanaka 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Yanaka costs USD 31.60. Guided Yanaka tours start around USD 31.60 per person.
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