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Yanaka

Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #8 of 62 attractions in Taito
Type: Neighborhoods
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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This an old town filled with so many wonderful mom&pop shops and great relaxing stroll thru temples, quiet and has this old world japan feeling. The walk and small shops were the best treat for this area. So man sento (Public baths) small market street shops etc. Wonderful place if you don't want to stay in the fast and bustling... More

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London
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383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This a safe area to walk around and a good way to get a feel for local life. The Yanaka Ginza shopping street dominates and offers all manner of things to buy, eat and drink - all displayed in an older more original style. Definitely a place to go to experience a more charming old fashioned neighbourhood. Combined this with... More

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Darwin, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Loved our walk around the neighbourhood and to the shopping street and shrines. Great to be able to stop off for tea at a locals haunt rather than with tourist hoards.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

It's fantastic. Walking around yanaka feels so quirky, and it is a complete change from the rest of tokyo. Houses are beautiful, and the main row of shops in yanaka is very cheap. Many temples and cats in the area.

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Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Nice local environment. Local food delicacies, nice people, lots of stuff to shop. Cons: expect to pay a tourist price. No discounts offered.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I enjoyed just walking around and looking at old buildings. There are also many shrines and temples in the area, old cemetery, narrow streets. Very different from other neighbourhoods. I thought it's how Tokyo used to look.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
56 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a quiet area of Tokyo that preserves the traditional style of the old city. It has a wonderful market street with lovely little shops and restaurants. Perfect for getting away from the city noise.

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Singapore
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29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were here in March and loved the place that we planned to squeeze time for a return visit to Tokyo’s notably most well preserved district of the 'old world'. With literally dozens of temples and shrines scattered about, old paved streets and many pre-WWII buildings you feel instantly immersed in old Tokyo. This time we go about the areas... More

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Washington
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

One of Tokyo's only neighborhoods to escape the firebombs of World War II, Yanaka remains primarily residential with narrow lanes, traditional shops and an abundance of temples. Spend time wandering through the Yanaka Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest cemeteries, with more than 7,000 gravestones and the resting spot of many famous writers. Then visit the lovely grounds of Tennoji Temple... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We visited the historic cemetary and temples and then walked through the neighborhood eating treats from local stores.

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