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

Japan travel writer and onsen addict