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Explore the nostalgic district of Yanesen

Yanaka in Taito-ku, and Nezu and Sendagi in Bunkyo-ku, are collectively known as Yanesen, from the first syllables of the three neighborhoods. The district is famous for retaining Tokyo’s old townscape.
The individual destinations along the streets, and the nostalgia evoked by the streets themselves, all add to the charms of Yanesen.  

A shrine of history and glory

Nezu-jinja Shrine

Nezu-jinja Shrine is one of ten Shinto shrines in Tokyo formerly visited by imperial messengers. The main sanctuary connected to the worship hall, built in 1706, and six other buildings are designated as important cultural properties of Japan. The shrine loved by the local residents appears in countless works of literature, such as by Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki.
Over two-thirds of a hectare of the shrine grounds is dedicated to a stunning azalea garden, where as many as 3,000 shrubs of a hundred varieties bloom in pink, white, and purple, offering a feast for the eyes in spring.  

Visuals courtesy of Nezu-jinja Shrine

Address

1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access

5-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Nezu Station / Sendagi Station / Todaimae Station

Inquiries

03-3822-0753

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/bunkyo/spot/s_741.html

The tranquility of modern Japanese architecture

Former Kusuo Yasuda Residence

In a quiet residential area stands a mansion that represents classical Japanese elegance. The Former Kusuo Yasuda Residence was built in 1919 by Yoshisaburo Fujita, a businessman and the founder of Toshimaen amusement park, and belonged to the Yasuda family of financiers for a long time thereafter. The structure is a blend of traditional Japanese-style architecture—a large space of tatami flooring divided into rooms by sliding doors, a hearth for tea ceremonies—and new technologies imported from the West.

Former Kusuo Yasuda Residence

Address

5-20-18 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access

7-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Sendagi Station

Open to public

Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:30–16:00 (Entrance closes at 15:00)

Inquiries

Japan National Trust 03-6380-8511

Care for a break-time snack?

Nezu-no-Taiyaki

Nezu-no-Taiyaki is a celebrated spot in Nezu. Its specialty sea bream-shaped cakes are light and crisp on the outside and filled with original red bean paste to the very tip of the tail. The shop is so popular that it draws a line of customers even on weekdays.

Nezu-no-Taiyaki

Address

1-23-9-104 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Price

140 yen/piece

Closing days

Irregular; generally Tuesdays and Fridays

Access

5-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

Inquiries

03-3823-6277

Century-old Himalayan cedar

Mikado Pan

Mikado Pan stands at an intersection with the branches of an enormous tree hanging over its roof. The shop no longer sells its namesake pan (bread) but instead carries snacks and other tidbits. The Himalayan cedar was planted by the first-generation owner when he opened a café serving Japanese sweets. Some hundred years on, it has grown taller than the roof.
Both the tree and the shop are loved as a symbol of Yanesen.  

Mikado Pan

Address

1-6-15 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

7-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Nezu Station; 9-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Sendagi Station

Inquiries

03-3821-0586

A taste of life in Yanaka

Annex Katsutaro Ryokan

Annex Katsutaro Ryokan is loved by many travelers as a guest house for long-term stays that offers excellent access to sightseeing spots. It’s the perfect ryokan inn for tourists who want to experience life in the relaxed atmosphere and nostalgic setting of Yanesen.

Annex Katsutaro Ryokan

Address

3-8-4 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

2-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Sendagi Station Exit 2

Inquiries

03-3828-2500

URL

http://www.katsutaro.com/annex_index.html( External link )

  

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