Downtown atmosphere in Tokyo "YANESEN"
About the WOW U-mediator leading this tour
Hello, I am Toshi, a local tour guide in Tokyo and the surrounding area.
Tokyo is an attractive city where new and old things coexist. Let’s explore the heart of Japan and Tokyo together.
I was born in Aichi Prefecture (located between Tokyo and Kyoto) and grew up there. I have lived in the Tokyo area for more than 25 years. When I was a child, I was interested in different cultures, so I studied English enthusiastically to communicate with people who have different cultural backgrounds.
After I graduated from college, I was in the computer business for about 40 years. I've traveled a lot and visited many countries.
When I was in my thirties, I lived in San Francisco, California, for four years. I experienced a great deal of cultural exchange there.
After I retired, I acquired the National Tour Guide License, and I have been in the tourism business since 2017.
I personally like walking around towns. I sometimes do temple and shrine hopping, and once in a while I visit sake breweries for fun. I also like strolling around the Tsukiji food market, Ryogoku area famous for sumo, and Asakusa and Ueno where we can feel the atmosphere of Tokyo’s past decades.
Most of my tours are on foot, simply because it’s the best way to explore inner Tokyo and the surrounding area. We have a very sophisticated transportation system here in Tokyo. We can get almost anywhere using trains, subways, and buses.
My tours are planned to teach you about the people, culture, and history of Tokyo and Japan. I aim to provide an informative experience that helps you understand what makes Tokyo, Japan such an attractive place to be and travel to.
What we'll do
・Tokyo is an attractive city with newness and antiquity coexist. Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi, which are in a downtown district of Tokyo, are collectively called "YANESEN", and have become a popular spot for downtown strolling.
・There are many shrines and temples in this area, including the family temple of the Tokugawa Clan "Kaneiji" and "Nezu Jinja" shrine which was created 1900 years ago. One of the main spots is "Yanaka Ginza" shopping street, which is crowded with both men and women, young and old, as there is everything from old established shops opened 100 years ago, to modern sweet shops. Many cats also gather at the "Yuyake Dandan" staircase, which is a sanctuary for taking pictures of cats, located at the entrance of the shopping street. Once you get into a small alley, you can see the everyday life of Japan.
・The tour is a half day tour either in the morning or in the afternoon. Starting at Ueno station, onto Ueno park and Kaneiji temple, followed by strolling around the Yanaka area. The tour will conclude at Nippori station.
Things you need to know before the tour
- Please wear comfortable clothes for walking
- This tour will be conducted with minimum of two participants.
- In case, you want to book with just one person, please get in touch to negotiate the price.
Kanei-ji temple was built in 1625 by the Tokugawa shogunates as a prayer temple. It later also served as a family temple and entombed here are six former shoguns.
Nestled in lush greenery with Koi ponds and a pathway lined with the familiar arches of Torii gates, the Nezu-jinja shrine is arguably one of the most photogenic places of worship in Tokyo.Show spot information
Yanaka Ginza is always crowded with both men and women, young and old, as there is everything from old established shops to modern sweet shops.Show spot information
I can meet you at your preferable meeting spot, such as Hotel lobby. Please let me know the location in advance.