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Asia Travel: A Photo Journal from Yanaka, Tokyo, Japan

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In this post we share photos from Yanaka, Tokyo, Japan.

If you’re looking for a reprieve from the fast paced hum of Shinjuku and would like to see a version of Tokyo that harkens to the past, look no further than Yanaka.

Within walking distance to Ueno Park, the shitamachi flair brings visitors to a Tokyo from a previous time. The narrow alleys, traditional wooden houses, atmospheric coffee shops and izakaya pubs make for a a wonderful glimpse into a different side of Tokyo.


  • Yanaka, Tokyo, Japan
  • Arrive to Nippori Station via the JR Yamanote, Keisei, Keihintōhoku or Jōban lines or Sendagi on the Chiyoda Line
  • From Ueno Park, Yanaka Ginza is about a 40 minute walk (at a slow pace)

Area Highlights

  • Shitamachi; neighborhoods that have been the downtown of Old Edo but haven’t kept pace with the modernization of greater Tokyo, a nostalgia for something in the past
  • Narrow back alleys
  • Traditional wood houses
  • Izakaya (small dishes) pubs
  • Zakka (miscellaneous goods shops)
  • Craft shops

Map of Yanaka

Yanaka Neighborhoods

Commerce Streets & Yanaka Ginza

When in Yanaka Ginza, take a stroll down the Yuyake Dandan—Sunset Steps—during sunset for a beautiful warm glow throughout the streets.


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