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Yanaka

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Address: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka Walking Tour
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Great to get a sense of old Tokyo!

You really still get a sense of what Tokyo must have been like before the great earthquake and the bombing raids during WWII destroyed most of the city. The district has numerous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Philip-vEG
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Vienna, Austria
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute shopping area that doesn't really get going until 11am, then becomes very busy. Many souvenirs to be had.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really still get a sense of what Tokyo must have been like before the great earthquake and the bombing raids during WWII destroyed most of the city. The district has numerous old wooden homes, temples, and shrines, which give it a very cosy and quint feel. There's plenty of family run restaurants, where you can get a quick, good,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a good two hours walking around on a Monday morning. Followed a neat 'walking tour' on a guide book we bought. So quaint, beautiful and peaceful.

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Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

You don't have to walk too far from the neon signs to see a simpler side of Tokyo. It's reminiscent of the trendy areas of Melbourne with a bit of old stuff, a bit of new stuff, and some signs of under-prepared-ness for the growth it's experienced. Worth the detour if you're in Ueno.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

There were a couple of temples, alot of Japanese souvenir shops, and I went in the 100 yen shop and bought a few things to take back home...there are a couple of Japanese restaurants..better to go during the week to avoid the crowds

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We love Yanaka. The charm of old Tokyo is definitely still present in Yanaka with the rustic houses and shops many still operates as they were from ages ago. Snacks were delicious and prices are definitely cheaper than the rest of Tokyo. Those that are querying where the cats are, the strays of Yanaka mostly roam around the cemetery. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Took the lonely planet tour after visiting the national museum, and this was far more exciting than the museum. Small shrines and temples, very nice living area and a very classic Japanese feeling. The vibe of the area made this walk through the neighborhood one of the greatest memories of Tokyo.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

It was a last minute decision for us to walk from ueno park to yanaka. It was a long walk that cut through the neighbourhood. There were shops along the way that gave you a peep into how the locals lived. It started getting busier as we got near to Yanaka Ginza. The shops were not yet 'touristy' and each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Put aside 30mins to view this cemetery. It's perfectly integrated into the town which is different to how Western countries tend to try isolate places like this. There's even a children's play Park here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Off the usual tourist track but easy to get to with a beautiful cemetery lots of quirky shops a few really nice craft stores and lots of shrines. Even in the rain it was charming.

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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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