Exploring Yanaka

Yanaka is a peaceful neighborhood that is perfect for a morning stroll and that rewards exploration. A straightforward walk from Ueno to Nippori will take you along quiet streets of undamaged pre-war buildings, quiet temples and an eclectic selection of contemporary artist’s studios and galleries. Most notable among them is the Asakura Museum of Sculpture – once the home to the ‘Rodin of Japan’, the museum is now dedicated to displaying his work (be sure to go up to the roof garden for a picturesque view of the area.) The market close to Nippori station is also worth a look, and is a great spot to stop for some local snacks if you haven’t already visited one of the several cafes along the way!


Start at Nezu station or Nippori stations. Walk in-between these stations, then you can proceed to Ueno.

The Asakura Museum of Sculpture is open 9.30-4.30 (closed Mondays and Thursdays). Admission is 500 yen for adults.


Guest post by Clare Fielder

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.