1 Day Walking Tour in Ueno and Yanaka : Culture, Art and Old Tokyo

1 Day Walking Tour in Ueno and Yanaka : Culture, Art and Old Tokyo


All Year Round


09:30 - 17:00

Meeting Place

Outside Ueno Station Park Gate Exit


Adult (13+)17,800 JPY
Child (6 - 12)11,000JPY

1 Day Walking Tour in Ueno and Yanaka : Culture, Art and Old Tokyo

If you love culture and heritage, and to explore Japanese temples, shrines and tradition, then this tour is for you. This tour will give you the opportunity to experience traditional culture in Tokyo, combining the cultural hub of Ueno with the lesser known but historic and artistic area of Yanaka.

The tour will provide guests with a well balanced itinerary including museums, a park and nature, shrines and temples, and traditional architecture.

You will walk around the popular and expansive Ueno Park to visit its many temples, shrines and beautiful landscape. Known as the place to go if you’re a culture vulture due to its many museums and heritage attractions. You will then visit a bustling and lively retro area of Ueno famous for its old style shopping arcades and restaurants.

You will then visit a perfect example of a Shitamachi or ’lower city’ in Tokyo, Yanaka. A cosy and traditional neighbourhood not many tourists know about, you will step back in time and enjoy an atmosphere that is very different to many parts of Tokyo.


  • Experience one of Tokyo’s most popular and famous parks
  • See the real Hachiko, Tokyo’s most beloved dog at one of Tokyo’s most famous museums
  • Enjoy temple and shrine hopping in two areas of Tokyo
  • Visit a hidden gem neighbourhood in Tokyo and experience true Shitamachi old style Tokyo


The tour will begin at 9.30am outside of Ueno train station’s Park Exit where you will meet your tour guide. You will meet directly outside of the ticket gates at the Park exit. Once everybody has arrived, you will officially start the tour and your tour guide will escort you to the first destination! 

First, we will pay a visit to one of Tokyo’s most famous museums located next to Ueno station. You will have an introductory guide to the Museum and its history, as well as being shown some of the main attractions there, including a life sized Blue Whale model, a steam locomotive and the taxidermied body of the beloved and legendary dog Hachiko. The architecture of this Meiji period building is also impressive. The museum is large, so we won’t have time to explore it all, but you can enjoy some free time to explore yourself before we meet back up for our second destination.

We will then head to Ueno Park to explore the beautiful temples, shrines, and lake to enjoy nature and escape from the busyness of Tokyo. The walk around the park is peaceful and you can enjoy a relaxed and slower pace as your guide tells you all about the history and culture of the area. You will experience a variety of temple and shrine architecture, from a large bronze Buddha face, a walkway of red Torii gates, and even a golden shrine! At the lake, you can enjoy seeing many birds and Koi Carp against the backdrop of high rise buildings.

Our final stop in Ueno will be Ameyoko, a retro area known for its shopping and restaurants. You will have a guided tour on the history and significance of the area, before enjoying your lunch break to explore, eat and go shopping if you wish. After lunch, we will have a 20 minute walk to our next destination of Yanaka.


After the 1923 Kanto earthquake, which devastated much of Tokyo, Yanaka was able to remain mostly unaffected by the event. Therefore, the area has retained its old charm and much of its traditional and original buildings. For our first Yanaka stop, we will visit a well known museum in Yanaka’s history and art scene. The museum was both the workshop and family house of a famous Japanese Sculptor. You can enjoy viewing the artist’s amazing and unique works on display, but also the architecture of the beautiful traditional Japanese house you will walk around. The museum also has a Japanese style garden built in the centre of it, and a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy views of Yanaka and surrounding Tokyo. You can spot the Tokyo Skytree on the expansive horizon!


You will then enjoy a guided walk around the shopping district of Yanaka Ginza, where you can feel the cosy and calm atmosphere. Known as Cat town, look out for the many cat statues and cat themed items on display and for purchase! Sample delicious street food, traditional Japanese standing bars, baked goods and visit unique shops to pick up the perfect souvenir. There is even a vintage Kimono shop where you can buy items for as low as 500¥. You will have free time here to enjoy the area at your own pace.


Finally, we will pay a visit to a beautiful and peaceful Buddhist temple with impressive statues of Buddha. You can enjoy a rest here among the tranquility. We will then walk through Yanaka Cemetery and Sakura Dori. Don’t be alarmed, this cemetery is very popular with the locals to stroll through and enjoy nature. In Spring, Sakura Dori is filled with blooming Cherry Blossoms and makes for a magical sight. Yanaka Cemetery is also known for its many famous people laid to rest, including Sumo Wrestlers, Samurai and aristocrats!



09:30Meet outside Ueno station at the PARK GATE EXIT
09:40Start the tour at your first destination, one of Tokyo’s most famous museums and enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure.
10:40Head to your second destination, a guided tour of Ueno Park and its amazing shrines, temples and lake. You can also enjoy free time here to explore and take photos at your own pace.
12:10Next, head to Ameyoko for a guided walk of the area before enjoying your lunch break here. There are many great food options and shops to buy souvenirs.
13:30You will now enjoy a relaxing walk to Yanaka which will take around 20 minutes.
13:50Your first destination in Yanaka will be a famous museum of Sculpture. You will have a guided tour of the Museum and its history. Enjoy the beautiful art, traditional house, garden and rooftop views!
15:00Now, you will enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore the main shopping area of Yanaka. Lined with shops selling souvenirs, street food and baked goods, this will be an hour well spent. You will also have some free time to shop and stroll at your leisure.
16:00Your final destination will be visiting a beautiful Buddhist temple and a stroll through a scenic and peaceful road through Yanaka’s famous cemetery.
17:00The tour will then conclude at Nippori station.


Outside Ueno Station outside the Park Gate Exit @ 09:30am

You will meet your tour guide outside of Ueno Station’s park gate exit. Please follow the signs in Ueno station for the park gate exit and go through the ticket gates and come outside of the station. Your guide will be waiting for you outside in front of the ticket gates. The exact meeting point location is pictured above.

Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag. Once everybody has met at this location, you will officially start the tour.



  • Admission fees for the National Museum of Nature and Science, Asakura Museum of Sculpture and the inner gate and main hall of Toshogu Shrine
  • Local English speaking guide


  • Trains and transport before and after the tour
  • Food and drink


  • This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
  • There will be free time at Ueno Park and Yanaka, and the lunch break/free time for guests to enjoy the locations at their own pace. However, please make sure that you are at the respective meetup points at the time stated by your guide on the day of the tour. If you get lost or need assistance, feel free to call the number which is listed on your tour pass, and our staff will assist you immediately.
  • The museums are closed on Mondays and a Thursday, therefore this tour is only available for bookings Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday.
  • Due to this being a walking tour, it is advised that you do not bring any luggage or large bags with you on the tour. It is advised that you check if your hotel can store your luggage for you until after the tour, or you store your luggage at lockers at a suitable location such as selected train stations with appropriate storage. For example, many stations in Tokyo will have lockers, especially the larger train stations such as Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Tokyo.


What should I bring/wear?
Please wear clothing appropriate for the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. June through to early September is very hot and humid in Tokyo, so please bare this in mind. Stay hydrated and wear sun hats. You can buy items designed to cool you down in Summer from shops in Tokyo such as portable fans and ice packs. In the winter months, gloves, boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or snacks.
Is lunch included on the tour?
No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility
The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.

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