Japan today is an ultra-modern metropolis that, somehow, has managed to retain its traditional roots. Swap the present for the past and join a local guide on a virtual tour of Yanaka, a picturesque neighborhood that still has the charm of century-ago Tokyo.
The neon lights, loud traffic, and skyscrapers of central Tokyo have left Yanaka largely untouched. You’ll be taken along the area’s narrow alleys and historic lanes lined with wood-built houses and old-style shops. See traditional temples like Tennoji and Kannonji, a beautiful old cemetery, and a 1950s shopping street that gives you a taste of how Tokyo used to be.
As you see the old izakaya that has remained standing even through the events of World War II, you’ll find that, even via video, the magical ambiance of the area can be felt. In a place like Yanaka, you’ll feel nostalgia for a time and place you haven’t even experienced.