One my last day in Tokyo, I decided to walk to Yanaka since it was just a short walk from my hotel and I had a few hours before having to head to the airport. What a hidden treasure. No tourists, an old cemetery, temples and shrines all over, and a little walkway with shops of all kinds selling goods. I was there early enough to see the shop owners start setting up for the day. It was miraculously spared the carnage of the Allied bombings in World War II, and as a result still has the narrow alleys and streets and has an old Tokyo feel to it.
The bronze Buddha dates back to 1690.
Once the burial grounds of Kanei-ji and Tennoji temples and opened to the public in 1874, this is one of Tokyo’s largest cemeteries. Among its more than 7,000 tombstones are graves belonging to famous public figures, artists, and writers, some of whom lived in the area.
Established in 1669, it was dedicated to the god of longevity, one of Japan’s seven lucky gods.
A small stone pagoda to the right of its front entrance is dedicated to the 47 ronin, masterless samurai who avenged their master’s death and then committed ritual suicide in 1702.
Old wall that was once part of the temple.
An old-fashioned shopping lane free from cars. Lining the lane are shops selling both modern and traditional toys, crafts, clothing, sweets, household goods, tofu, rice, fish, and vegetables.