The old Tokyo
Yanaka is a popular district located close to Nippori station, bordering Arakawa, Taito and Bunkyo wards in the northeastern Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. These small streets of "old Tokyo", with their local craft stores, coffee shops, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, remind visitors of the charming atmosphere of days of yore.
This district is one of the rare neighborhoods that survived the bombings of the last world war, and the antique architecture is here to prove it. The district also escaped the Edo fire of 1657 and the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923.
In most places in the city, skyscrapers and non-typical architecture dominate, offering only a "nice" view of the skyscraper next door, but Yanaka provides a picturesque alternative, at least from this point of view.
Overall, it is a small side visit that will allow you to discover another facet of Japan’s capital city. The neighborhood is almost exclusively temples, cemeteries and houses, with only a few stores. It is not so lively, but it is worth a look.