Tokyo History Tour – Ueno

Tokyo History Tour

Ueno was one of the hearts of the Edo, the old city. As decided by feng shui.

We’ll walk across Tokyo’s most historic areas hitting up many hidden locations dating from the 1st century right up to the end of the Edo Period in 1868.

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We’ll start our history tour at beautiful Nezu Shrine, climb Mt. Dokan, a former castle and one of the five famous cherry blossom spots of Edo, visit Kan’ei-ji the funerary temple of six Tokugawa shoguns, and finish at Ueno Station – spanning the mythological Age of the Gods until the 1870’s. Not only will we see shrines and temples, but also many traditional wood houses which are quite rare in modern Tokyo. Most interesting is Japan’s largest urban necropolis – a literal city of the dead. I like to take a detour through Yanaka Ginza, a shotengai or traditional shopping street that is famous for cute stray cats.

I’ve packed so much packed into this walking history tour, that I can’t include it all here. There’s a reason this is my most popular tour. I can proudly say this is the most comprehensive Tokyo history tour available by anyone in English.

Designed by a history nerd for other history nerds, dive head first into #Tokyo with a passionate Edo Period specialist.

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Popular Add-ons

  • Ameyokocho
    Dinner and/or karaoke in the post-war Black Market area
    this area feels like pre-1980’s Tо̄kyо̄
  • Edo Period Tofu restaurant
    Reservations required, dress code; actual Edo Period dishes on the menu
  • Shitamachi Museum
    Learn about daily life in the old commoners’ district
  • Street Food at Benzaiten temple
    If we don’t grab dinner together, it might be nice to grab a traditional snack to nibble on
  • Uguisudani
    Walk through an interesting, yakuza-controlled love hotel district (nothing obscene to see, but definitely adult topics, — heads up!)

Starts at ¥55,000
(covers up to 5 people!)

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