Yanesen Walking tourIn Yanesen Yanaka Ginza is the most popular tourist destination and always full with tourists. However behind this main street there are a lot of hidden gems. Our guide with national license will assist you to explore these gems, which otherwise difficult to find. (Available on Sat and Sun only)
Guide feeQuick trip 1 to 2 hours 2000 yen
Regular trip 3 to 4 hours 4000 yen
Expanded trip 5 to 8 hours Yanesen + α (at your request ) 2000 yen / 2 hours
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I just wanted to thank you for the experience of SADO that I had through yourorganization.
I am still so impressed by the choreography and dramaturgy of allthe ingredients that formed the experience, from the arrangement of the flowers,the position of the pot, the colours of the sweets to the succession of all thesteps of the ceremony.
But mostly I am still in awe with the beauty and thepreciseness of the movements of the lady master of ceremony and her kindness and willingness to share the moment with a foreigner like me.
Watching her I could really feel the moment as tangible as the sweet I ate.
An absolute rareexperience in these busy days.
Thank you for setting up such an organization that makes this possible.Still stunned, greeting heartily,
Oct. 1, 2014
We were thrilled with our cookery experience in Tokyo during our wonderful holiday in Japan.
We were taught to make a traditional Japanese meal, including starters, Japanese omelette, and tempura.
The chef and his wife were incredibly kind and accommodating, and made us feel very welcome.
It was a pleasure to experience traditional cooking in a classic setting, and we will definitely be using our new skills when back home!”
We had a wonderful time and will definitely recommend it to others!
Caroline, United Kingdom
Calligraphy Testimonial: It was a great session with a professional teacher who not only taught us the basics of Japanese calligraphy, but also the background history and development of calligraphy to its current form.
This is a must-do activity for any foreigner visiting or living in Tokyo.
I will definitely take more lessons when I visit again!
Wadaiko Testimonial: The Wadaiko lesson was the last activity we did during our tour of Japan, and both my husband and I found it a perfect fun ending to our trip!
We both had no prior experience in playing the drums, and the instructor (who had over 30yrs of experience) was brilliant.
Within an hour, he was able to take us from not knowing how to properly hit the drum, to being able to complete an entire song!
Yanesen Testimonial: I am so happy I chose Yanesen Culture Center to book my cultural activities, and I definitely highly recommend them to anyone living in or visiting Tokyo.
They were prompt with all email communication and phone calls, even in the evening and on weekends.
The interpreters and staff were excellent and professional.
I have dealt with several tour and cultural activity service providers in Japan, and Yanesen are the best! I’ll definitely be using their services whenever I visit Tokyo.
Musab and Wiam AlAshgar
Saudi Arabia/ Bahrain
‘’We definitely enjoyed ourselves during the kimono-wearing and sado sessions.
The experience gave us a glimpse into the old world of Japan and made us yearn to know more.
We believe that Yanesen was definitely one of the highlights of our whole trip.
The sensei’s were so kind and lovely as they went out of their ways and took the time to explain everything to us.
We had an incredible time and we hope to come back soon!!’’
Mabel, Justine, Michelle and Vivienna, Brunei
“I thoroughly enjoyed the kimono fitting and walking around the old streets dressed up.
It was fun meeting some Japanese women also wearing kimono! It was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan.”
‘’We had the most amazing TAIKO EXPERINCE which was organized by you, it was outstanding and was the highlight of our trip to Japan! ‘’
’‘The tea ceremony has been one of the most fascinating experiences of my trip in Japan. The house where we joined tea ceremony was in Yanaka, a really suggestive place to visit in Tokyo Old town! We entered in a typical Japanese tea room with tatami flooring, ikebana and two kind Japanese old ladies who taught us all the rules of tea tradition. A really good interpreter translated every word and meaning to us.
We tasted tea, sweets but above all we tasted the great hospitality and kindness of Japanese people. Looking forward to come back soon!’’
I would just like to thank you again for the wonderful experience. As a writer and visual artist who has a particular interest in exporting a variety of media and genre as well as cross-disciplinary forms, both lessons were insightful and invaluable. And I assure you that the knowledge I have learned will find its way Into my own practice, whether directly or as a subtle influence.
Please extend my gratitude to my instructors and helpers. Everyone was absolutely amazing.
Thank you all for a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the Kimono and calligraphy classes very much and it was a pleasure to meet the teachers and staff of the Yanesen School. Yesterday was the highlight of my trip to Tokyo.
Sarah Taylor, U.S.A.
Thank you for sending the cookery class photos. I really enjoyed my experiences at the Yanesen cultural classes. It gave me an insight into another aspect of Japanese life. My interpreters were both wonderful; so kind and helpful and with a very good sense of humour! It was a privilege to be able to go into two Japanese homes and made to feel so welcome.
I will most certainly be recommending your centre to any friends who may be thinking of a trip to japan.
Penny Baxter, UK
I wanted to thank all your team, they are great!
I thought the courses were very reasonably priced, and was happy that I was able to book even though I was just one person. Also appreciated the flexibility in timing and dates. For me, these are both selling points of the classes, very useful for visitors that may not have that much leeway in their dates/timings when in Tokyo and are not travelling with a big group.
All the teachers were really lovely!
We are located in an old part of Tokyo called Yanesen (named after the three neighboring districts of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi.) Yanaka’s 70-plus temples have earned it the name Teramachi, or ‘Temple Town’.
Nezu is also called Shokunin no Machi, or ‘Artisan Town’.
A number of modern artisans live here, where they carry on the traditional skills of their forebears.
Sendagi, known as ‘Bungou no Machi’, is well known for it’s literary greats such as Souseki Natsume and Ogai Mori who once lived here.
Besides places of cultural and historical interest, a short walk from either Nippori Station or Sendagi Station will take you to a bustling shopping area called Yanaka Ginza where there are a myriad of shops and eateries.
Akihabara (Electric Town) and Ueno with it’s numerous museums, parks, shops and markets are also nearby.
There are many other unique places to visit, and we encourage everyone to explore and discover this relatively unspoilt part of Edo.
Wadaiko Taiko Drumming movie
Shakuhachi Instrument movie