Exploring Yanaka: Tokyo’s Timeless Charm & Local Secret Discoveries


Japanese woman in yukata standing in fitting room
Japanese woman in yukata standing in fitting room
Exploring off the beaten track in Tokyo, Japan unveils a different side of this vibrant metropolis beyond the iconic skyscrapers and bustling neighbourhoods.

Venture into Yanaka, a historic district that transports you to Tokyo’s past. Wander through narrow alleys, admire wooden houses, and savour the ambiance of cozy street markets. Don’t forget to explore the Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, where local snacks and artisanal crafts await.

Todoroki Valley: Tokyo’s Natural Oasis

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with a short train ride to the Todoroki Valley. Discover a serene natural paradise with a picturesque walking trail along a tranquil stream. The journey leads to the Todoroki Fudo Temple, where you can relax in an open-air onsen (hot spring bath).

Explore the wooden lanterns below the large vermilion Torii portal of Shintoist Akagi shrine designed by the Japanese contemporary architect Kengo Kuma.

Kagurazaka: Tokyo’s Old Downtown Charisma

Experience Tokyo’s old downtown vibe in Kagurazaka. Explore its winding streets, indulge in French-inspired cafes, and savor traditional Japanese eateries. It’s the perfect place to relish a kaiseki dining experience, a refined multi-course meal.

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum: A Glimpse into History

Visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park. This hidden gem showcases preserved historic buildings from various eras of Tokyo’s history, providing a fascinating look at the city’s architectural evolution.

Shimokitazawa: Tokyo’s Hipster Paradise

Discover Shimokitazawa, a haven for hipsters. Uncover vintage shops, enjoy live music venues, and soak in the bohemian atmosphere of this unique neighbourhood.

These offbeat Tokyo experiences offer a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history, diverse culture, and the harmonious blend of old and new that makes Tokyo truly captivating.


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