"Yanaka" Day Trip out of Tokyo Tip by t_cinanni
Day Trip out of Tokyo, Tokyo: 50 reviews and 124 photos
Yanaka is a step back in time to the stone courtyards of garden temples, craft shops and crumbling tombs. One of the best preserved older quarters of Tokyo.
Yanaka survived the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and the fire bomb of 1945 unscathed. This is a rare enclave of the old city. Observe famous Yanaka graveyards, mossy tombs, buddha stones, cherry trees, leafy walks, resting place of famous literati, actors and shoguns.
Yanaka is the reclusive reteat of artists, writers and designers. Its narrow streets discourages heavy traffic. You'll find quaint shops, run-down businesses, ultra-modern medical school, exquisite paper art shops, many temples.
Walk to the Sensho-en Temple to discover a 20ft high gold-leaf statute "Kannon" after the goddes of mercy.
Follow the main road down to busy Shinobazu-dori and dog-leg to Nezu shrine to arrive at the impressive vermillion Zuishinmori gate, then a second portal, the Karamon Gate with licquered colourful partitions and carvings.
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