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Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi

Yanaka, Nezu, SendagiYanesen maYanaka, Nezu and Sendagi are the areas located to the northwest of Ueno area.
Sometimes this three areaa are collectively called "Yanesen" from those initials.

Basically the areas spread at the western side of the section between Ueno and Nishi-Nippori stations on JR Yamanote Line. And the area has a diameter in the range of about 1.5 km.

Around the middle of the 17th century, Edo government moved many Buddhist temples to this area by following its policy.
Additionally, a great fire occured in central Edo city in 1657, so burned temples also moved here.
Since that, this area had been known as the town with many temples. In Yanaka district, there are nearly 70 Buddhist temples today.

This area were relatively damaged a little, when the Great Kanto Earthquake occured in 1923 and the Great Tokyo Air Raids were made in 1945.
So this area hold the old commoner's houses and cityscapes.

This area has no famed tourist spot.
But when you walk around this area, you can discover the ordinary Japanese people's lives.

Yanaka district is the east part of this area, and spreads to the southeast of Nippori station.
Many temples had been built in this area.
And Nezu district is located to the southwest of Yanaka, and Sendagi district is located to the west.
These districts is on the bottom of a valley, so the western part of Yanaka has many slope roads.

The popular spots in this area are the followings.

  • Yanaka Cemetery /1/ : It is located just south of Nippori station. It is one of the major cherry blossom-viewing spots.
    Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the last Shogun of Edo government, many politicians, many intellectuals and many artists are buried here.
  • Tsuijibei wall of Kan'nonji temple /2/ : It is the southern wall of Kan'nonji temple.
    It is a unique wall, and had been built with alternating layers of roof tiles and clay.
  • Asakura Chousokan museum /3/ : It is the residence with an atelier of Fumio Asakura (1883-1964), a sculptor called "Rodin of the East".
    It was constructed in 1935 after his design, and has also a Japanese garden. In the atelier, some his works are exhibited.
    (It is closed now for repair work until 2013.)
  • Yuuyake-Dandan /4/ : It is the stairs on the slope road to Yanaka-Ginza street.
    The height is only 4 meters, but the view from the head of the stairs is popular. We can see Yanaka-Ginza street and beautiful sunset (yuuyake).
    It is popular that many stray cats are living around here.
  • Yanaka-Ginza shopping street /5/ : It is a popular shopping street and there are about 60 small shops. street.
    The height is only 4 meters, but the view from the head of the stairs is popular. We can see Yanaka-Ginza street and beautiful sunset (yuuyake).
    It is popular that many stray cats are living around here.
  • Daimyo Clock Museum /6/ : It is a small museum of old clocks.
    Daimyo means feudal lord in Edo Period, and this museum exhibits the precious Daimyo's clocks made by the Japanese engineers in the 18th century. (We can't take photos in this museum.)
  • Sawanoya Ryokan /7/ : It is a traditional Japanese inn.
    Originally most guests had been businesspeople or students of school trip. But the guests had decreased, so the inn changed the target to foreign guests. This inn has been introduced overseas, and is very popular.
    It is Bed and Breakfast, and is very cheap.
  • Nezu shrine /8/ : It is a Shinto shrine. It is said that the shrine was founded in the 2th century in a mythology.
    The current shrines were built in 1705 by Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the 5th Shogun. Several shrines are designated as a nationally important cultural properties.

How to get to here

By JR

Walk from Nippori station (Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line).

By subway

Walk from Nezu or Sendagi station (Chiyoda Line).




A street near Yanaka Cemetery
Tomb of Yoshinobu Tokugawa in Yanaka Cemetery
Tsuijibei wall of Kan'nonji temple
Asakura Chousokan museum
Yuuyake-Dandan stairs Yanaka-Ginza from Yuuyake-Dandan
Yanaka-Ginza shopping street Manu stray cats are living in Yanaka.
Karamon gate of Nazu shrine
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Main hall of Nezu shrine
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
A small temple in Yanaka Guardian deities in a temple in Yanaka
Old public bath has become an art garelly. A street in Yanaka
A small alley in Yanaka

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