The Tokyo SGG Club offers regular free walking tours in English through Ueno, Yanaka, and Asakusa. Guides are local people who volunteer their time to introduce visitors to Tokyo’s sights, history, and culture.
Ueno Park has several of Japan’s best museums and is also a great place to learn about Tokyo’s history. Yanaka is famous for its many traditional wooden buildings and temples and shrines. Japanese visitors come for the nostalgic appeal of its narrow streets and small local shops. At the heart of the Asakusa district are Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine, marked by the famous Kaminarimon Gate with the huge red lantern.
No advance reservation is required to participate in a tour, but places are limited. To join a tour, come to the meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time. Schedule and tour details are available at https://tokyosgg.jp/guide.html. This is the current tour schedule:
Ueno Park Area Tour (90 minutes)
Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 and 13:30
Meeting point: Tokyo SGG Club corner in the Café & Restaurant Ueno Green Salon, 2 minutes from the JR Ueno Station Park Exit next to the National Museum of Western Art.
Yanaka Area Tour (90 minutes)
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 and 13:30
Meeting point: Front yard of the Asakura Museum of Sculpture, 5 minutes from Nippori Station.
Asakusa Area Tour (90 minutes)
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am and 13:15
Meeting point: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, located opposite of Senso-ji Temple’s Kaminarimon Gate near Asakusa Station.
In addition, Tokyo SGG Club offers free English guidance at the Shitamachi Museum in Ueno Park (10:00 - 16:30) and the Asakura Museum of Sculpture in Yanaka (10:00 - 16:00).
Ueno, Yanaka, and Asakusa are areas of the capital where you can still feel the atmosphere of old Tokyo if you know where to look. Let the guides share their knowledge with you.