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Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #12 of 62 Attractions in Taito
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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127 reviews 127 reviews
50 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Loved it here. It gives a feel of old Japan as you stroll down the ginza. Its a short walk from the Nippori Yamanote station. The small shops range from clothes, food, souvenirs, crafts, etc. Perpendicular to yanaka ginza is yomise dori - if you have time, walk to the 10 yen manju shop - the manju is fresh and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
55 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is Tokyo without the suits, the shops, the teens, the tourist traps. Just people living their lives, in an urban environment that is visually and sensuously more interesting than the typical downtown setting. Most interesting is that people live essentially intermixed with a cemetery. If you are an urban explorer this is a place to see. No plan needed,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

lots of shrines in this area and a multitude of little interesting shops, gets you away from the high rise and a little quiet after the big city sights

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Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
38 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I started my walking tour from Nippori station and headed to the cemetery. Here you'll find a map that shows the direction to the Tokugawa family graveyard (last shogun). From here I headed to an old coffee shop (都道452号線 in google earth) and checked out an old sake shop. From here I headed to snake street, so named because of... More

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Make time in your schedule for a visit to Yanaka - you will be glad you did, It is a great little area to just walk around and get a feeling for a quieter side of Tokyo. Start with the little-Ginza shopping street and then wander off from there as time and interest permits. The Tourist Info Centers have a... More

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188 reviews 188 reviews
99 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Quiet! Peaceful and old - a shitamachi atmosphere. Few tourists - we didn't see any other Westerners. A very nice change from the rest of the city. It's residential and you can see life as lived. There are restaurants and shops selling snacks, a variety of tradesmen working on the same street. Be sure to wander around the cemetery. Look... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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166 reviews 166 reviews
89 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Yanaka area in Tokyo is noted for its cemeteries; among others, the Tokugawa family cemetery is here. Which is rather like saying that a certain Capuchin church is Vienna is noted for its crypt; the Hapsburg family lies in it. It was a cold, grey, dreary afternoon, with a thick Scotch mist interspersed with heavier rain as feeder bands... More

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Caught train to Yanaka Ginza, real old Japan street with little shops selling their wears. Well worth the visit. Seems the kitty is the towns mascot as it appears everywhere, even as a clothes mannequin, lol! Don't miss this place.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

When in Tokyo there is so much to see and do that you hardly see real life passing by. Yanaka makes for a nice exception, next to the nice market streets you can stroll along quiet streets where people simply live, go to school and so on. A special tip is the house of sculptor Asakura. Beautiful villa with amazing... More

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Hermosillo, Mexico
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145 reviews 145 reviews
24 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We taked a tour via tours by locals,and really enjoyed coming to this part of the city. Its an old town, and a break from the touristy Tokyo. There are a lot of beautifull little temples and shrines,and the typical japanese architecture. It felts very quiet in there, we didn't saw any tourists,but only us.

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