Yanaka, the Edo Spirit
Tokyo people have a term called shitamachi, literally meaning “lower city”, to describe neighborhoods that used to be downtown of Old Edo age but didn’t get as modern as the rest of the city. Time seems to have stopped there and you really can feel like being out of Tokyo, even out of your time.
Yanaka district is one of those shitamachi. Nostalgia takes you when you’re walking down those streets full of rustic charm. If weather is nice, we suggest you to take a 20 minutes walk from Ueno Park and get to Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street full of many kind of local shops, from 50 ¥ snacks to toys. Still a truly authentic area, inhabited by locals, Yanaka offers a real Tokyo experience without the superficiality of tourist enclaves.
Address: 3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Taitō, Tōkyō-to 110-0001. Google Maps 👉 https://goo.gl/maps/jmK6R4LirA92
Access: Nippori Station (JR Joban Line, Keihintohoku Line, Yamanote Line), Sendagi Station (Subway Chiyoda Line).
Opening hours: Every day, 24 hours.
Price: Free access.