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Yanaka

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Address: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture

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Yanaka is a walk back in time. Loved walking through the cemetery, small local temple and typical suburban shopping streets.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Yanaka is a walk back in time. Loved walking through the cemetery, small local temple and typical suburban shopping streets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Yanaka is an older shopping street, contrasting a lot with the crowd ones like Ameyoko. Here everything is smaller, slower... and much calmer! Cat lovers will really enjoy as Yanaka is full of cats statues, living cats or cats oriented (or even dedicated!) shops. Also, don't miss the cute Astroboy themed bakery!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Walking around Yanaka I like to imagine this is what Tokyo used to be like a few decades ago when life was simple and shops were local. No international chains, more artisans. I was looking for places to visit in Tokyo and stumbled upon Yanaka reviews on Tripadvisor. One reviewer recommended a local guide, Ms. Wakako (wakako.sawamoto@gmail.com). I booked my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

very close to Ueno museum is the road that leads to Yanaka. Many temples and cemeteries in Yanaka, so obviously very quiet. along the way there is a road named 'Rue de Beaux Arts". There are many little nooks and crannies of galleries and interesting shops. However a lot of them are closed on random days. Try to avoid Mondays,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We'd spent the morning at Asakusa and found it crowded with tourists. Even though it did have the beautiful temple and lively market, it was just teeming with people. So it was a perfect antidote to jump on the subway and follow my girlfriends hunch to go check out Yanaka. Lovely quaint shopping streets connected by beautiful, peaceful suburban mini... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

In the travel guide we can read: Yanak hidden gem. But there are so many tourists in the shopping street that the owners of shops are very agressive for people that like to take pictures. The other places and Streets are very nice and quite to walk. It's more like a village than walking in the biggest city of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It is worth tracking down the easy metro or JR train directions to the Yanaka neighborhood for a chance to walk around a low-scale Tokyo neighborhood for real people, one that has the bonus of interesting small shops and cafes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Another hidden gem that combines Tokyo of the 60s with current touches. Overall, a bit of a retro experience that reminds you that Tokyo is more than steel, concrete and aching modernism.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

As this was our third time visiting Tokyo, we were looking for a new place to explore and came across Yanaka, which i read online is a cat town :) Being a cat-lover, we headed there and came off the Nippori station. As we walked out, we firstly headed to the Ginza street which is basically a short street with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Great little area just near Ueno Park. I caught the train to Nippori station to do the National Geographic walking tour. I'm not very good with maps/instructions so could have done with a little more detail, but otherwise really enjoyed seeing this area. Highlight was the Asakura Choso Museum (reviews in trip advisor).

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Address: Address: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Taito>  > Ueno, Asakusa

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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.
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