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Yanaka

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Address: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture

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We greatly enjoyed walking around this area. There are small shops, temples, museums and Yanaka Cemetery. If you google “national geographic tokyo walking tour: old Tokyo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Freehold, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We greatly enjoyed walking around this area. There are small shops, temples, museums and Yanaka Cemetery. If you google “national geographic tokyo walking tour: old Tokyo”, national geographic has maps and a complete description of the walking tour. The walking tour starts at Nippori Station and ends at Ueno Station. I would definitely recommend.

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Ukiah, Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We were shown Yanaka on a walking tour guided by Wakako Sawamoto (email her at wakako.sawamoto@gmail.com), in English. She is a terrific guide and showed us temples, graveyards, shopping streets and even an impromptu visit to a local art gallery. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and recommend her as a guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Gorgeous area to explore and come across cute shops,cafes and temples. Just enjoyed walking around and soaking up the atmosphere.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Was advised by a colleague who had lived in Tokyo to come here and loved it. Caught the JR to Nippori (5 minutes from Ueno)and then exit the station via the West exit and the cemetery is just there and worth a wander, there were a few cherry blossoms already in flower. Then you encounter the a shrine on the... More 

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Grand Bend, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We walked here past the cemetery to see the walking street and all the cats. It was a Sunday and very crowded but lots of vendors in front of their shops selling warm Sake etc and food. we didn't see many cats but still worth a short visit to see that part of Tokyo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Beautiful part of Tokyo... lots of little shops... plenty of cafes to stop for coffee or lunch... Also lots of cats to stroke too :-) One of our favorite places we visited - absolutely loved it here :-) Ignore the comments posted previously in other reviews about them not being foreigner friendly here - nothing could be further from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Good for foreign tourists who would like to feel real Japanese culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I made a small video of place to give you a better look at what you may expect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9mWWCa487Q If you like temple, old streets and wonder how a Japanese cemetery look like, Yanaka and its surrounding is just made for you! Still, there are a few place to avoid like Yanaka Ginza, people there are really not foreigner friendly,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I went to see the graveyard at night with a friend. It was one of my most memorable experiences in Tokyo. It was in the summertime and cats sneaked around the graves. Some bats flew over our heads. The graves were interesting to look at, both beautiful and timeless.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Walking distance from Ueno. It's a nice break. A real shitamachi feel to the place. I did not get to see too many shops as I walked very early in the morning. I recommend the place.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.