Old Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi are three charming and traditional neighbours in Tokyo where you can enjoy a taste of local colour. My friend and fellow blogger Lori and I visited Yanaka.
Yanaka escaped damage from the bombing in World War II, so there’s a historical vibe lingering in the narrow alleys and old wooden houses, a special kind of vibe that makes this area feel like removed from the rest of modern Tokyo.
Yanaka has a few interested places to check out: The Yanaka Cemetery Park (famous for its cherry blossoms) the Nezu-jinja Shrine (there’re lots of shrines and temples sprinkled here and there), super cool art galleries like Scai the Bathhouse, and the lovely Yanaka Ginza. As usual, I suggest you walk around. Nothing like getting lost to find the best hidden gems.
Yanaka Ginza is a narrow, old-time style street with colourful retro shops that offer from souvenirs to snacks and food. Go down the Yuyake Dandan steps and enjoy it!
A lot of craftspeople who keep traditional techniques alive also reside in this area. Wander around and soak up the old days’ atmosphere.
Below Yaki Imo (Baked Sweet Potato), one of Japan’s Winter foods. Usually people sell Yaki Imo in the streets either in a little food stall like this or a bicycle trailer while they play a characteristic melody. Perfect snack for cold days ♡♡
Old-fashioned tea shop, Chaho Kanekichi-en has been doing business in Yanaka Ginza for over 60 years. They have a nice selection of teas, including their own blends, and tea ware both for casual use and formal occasions. The staff was very friendly and recommended a lovely tea to Lori.
While we wandered around we saw lots of cats. Lori told me that many shops are cat-inspired. We saw this cat motif everywhere, from gift shops of cat-themed items to traditional bean-paste-filled taiyaki cakes in the shape of a cat, and my favourite donuts in the shape of cat tails!
Have a glimpse at residents’ everyday lives. Cute little designers shops right next to old warehouses and old wooden houses
Thanks for a lovely afternoon Yanaka!
You can reach Yanaka from Sendagi Station (Chiyoda subway line), Nippori Station or Nishi Nippori Station (Yamanote Line).
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