The Two Sides of Tokyo: Where Old Meets New

1 Day Tour

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Prices are generally for private arrangements and are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. Price subject to change without notice.


Once just a humble fishing village known as Edo, Tokyo's journey to becoming one of the world's largest cities has involved many twists and turns.

Starting in the old-school enclave of Yanaka, the tour winds through beautiful Ueno Park before hitting Akihabara, an area famous as the city's electronics hub and the spiritual home of manga and video game culture.


Explore Tokyo by foot and public transport, from the shitamachi (old town) of Yanaka to the modern quirkiness of Akihabara.

Our expert guide for the area is a Belgian who resides in Tokyo and has spent many hours exploring the city and seeking out all that is ‘uniquely Japan’.

Meeting at the hotel take the train to the traditional Yanaka area. Yanaka is home to one of the oldest cemeteries in Toyko and in the spring time it is possible to see beautiful cherry blossom trees surrounding the area. The cemetery used to be part of Tennoji Temple, which has a peaceful decor and atmosphere, and a large bronze Buddha statue. The criss-cross streets around Yanaka, known as Yanaka Ginza, are lined with authentic craft shops, traditional restaurants and quaint little coffee houses. Discover some interesting temples and shrines, before heading to the lesser known, but beautiful Nezu Shrine, a Shinto shrine established in 1705.

From there, a short walk brings visitors to the famous University of Tokyo, which has a reputation as one of the top Universities in Japan. This is a great place to learn about some of the many movie shoots that took place here. The University is also an ideal place to stop and have lunch (alternatively, you can have lunch in Ueno).

After lunch, a stroll leads to nearby Ueno, the wealthiest district in Japan during the Edo period. Walk through the beautiful Ueno Park on the way to Akihabara, an area of Tokyo made famous by its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently as the center for Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game and figurine culture. Here, explore a few of the many anime focused shops and quirky video game shops, offering a vintage fix of retro arcade games.

To finish the day, take a short walk to the neighboring Ochanomizu. Here, against the superb sunset light of the golden hour, visit Kanda Myojin shrine, which houses three deities: Ebisu, the god of fisherman and businessman; Daitokuen, the god of harvest and matrimony; and Taira Masakado, a feudal lord of the 10th century.

From here return to the hotel, or go out and get a little ‘lost in translation’ enjoying Tokyo’s superb nightlife on your own. (L)

Note: this itinerary is flexible and can be modified based on client’s interests.


Our Services Include:

  • English/French-speaking guide
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers by public transport as mentioned in the itinerary (including PASMO, with value of 1,500 JPY)

Our Services do not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.


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