Tokyo Old Town Guided Tour

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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Experience Highlights

Get to know Tokyo's old town on this guided tour of Yanaka. Walk for about 3.5 hours through the Yanaka district and visit Nezu Shrine. Taste the street food and enjoy a themed cafe. All with a local guide who will show you the traditions and customs of a neighbourhood steeped in history.

  • Discover Japanese culture as you stroll through the streets of Tokyo's Old Town.
  • Visit a temple and learn about local history and traditions.
  • Enjoy an immersive experience in Yanaka with a local guide.

What’s included

  • Walking tour of Yanaka, Tokyo's old town.
  • Professional tour guide for 3 and a half hours.
  • Entrance to Nezu Temple.
  • A drink, a sweet and a painting of a lucky cat in a coffee shop.
  • Photos of the tour.
  • Some local sweets and food samples.
  • Food and drink.
  • Pick up and return to the hotel.

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Discover one of Tokyo 's most important neighbourhoods on this guided tour of the old town in Yanaka. The tour is on foot and you will be supported by a local guide who will show you the best of the neighbourhood. As well as seeing the Nezu shrine you can sample some local food and enjoy Japanese handicrafts in a themed cafe. The tour lasts approximately 3 and a half hours, during which time you will get to know the old town of Tokyo in depth.

You will have the opportunity to visit Nezu Temple, a Buddhist shrine built in the 17th century. You will be able to lose yourself in its gardens and the adjacent buildings. Your guide will explain the meaning of each room and the importance of this Buddhist shrine.

In Yanaka, you will find a multitude of traditional shops and typical Japanese buildings. You will get to know the Japanese architecture of the 50's and the daily life of the residents as you walk around. It is a neighbourhood with many bars and restaurants, so take the opportunity to savour the rich and varied local cuisine.

You will also visit a themed cafe where you can paint a lucky Japanese cat doll. This will be a good time to sample the variety of Japanese teas and discover your skills with oriental crafts.

You will then pass through a large shopping street lined with craft shops and traditional restaurants. Here you can sample some Japanese sweets and discover unique products handmade by local artists. Taste the rich and varied street food and don't come back without a souvenir of this tour of Yanaka in the heart of Tokyo.

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