Tokyo Cultural Heritage Map

Let's take a stroll around Yanaka-Sendagi!
Yanaka-Sendagi Course

From Honkomagome to Negishi, this area has many faces; a quiet residential area and shopping streets with many people, which evokes nostalgia. In the Edo period, there was an entrance to Edo City through the Nakasendo Highway. Later, in the Meiji period, great writers including MORI Ogai and NATSUME Soseki or artists including OKAKURA Tenshin and ASAKURA Fumio lived in this area neighboring to the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Fine Arts School (current Tokyo University of the Arts).

Now, we will introduce not only the sites of properties like feudal lord's residences and temples in the Edo period, but also the tour round to take a glimpse into a life of cultured person in the Meiji period.

Let's take a stroll around Yanaka-Sendagi

Edo City had been developed into megacity around the castle of TOKUGAWA Shoguns. Since the TOKUGAWA Shogunate was always short of land owing to a growth of population, it extended the territory of “Edo” by changing the location of lands for temples and feudal lords after great fires or earthquakes. The area in the north of Edo Castle including Honkomagome, Sendagi, Yanaka, Nishinippori and Negishi, where connecting inside and outside of Edo City, had various faces.

The area from current Komagome Station to the former House of MORI Ogai (Site of MORI Ogai: Historic Place of Tokyo) had developed along Nikko Onarimichi Street (current Hongo Street) branching from Nakasendo Highway. The lands for samurai households were located along Nakasendo Highway to the outskirt of the Edo City. Going to the north from “Kaneyasu” (a famous shop from the Edo Period which was located on the border of Edo City and still running business at the crossing of Hongo Sanchome) via the main residence of MAEDA Family and the second residence of Mito TOKUGAWA Family (current the University of Tokyo), from there on were rural areas and lands for temples as well as feudal lord's residences, such as the suburban residence of YANAGISAWA Family (National Special Place of Scenic Beauty:Rikugi-en Gardens). This area is situated on the east edge of Musashino Plateau which has been eroded by Yato-gawa River. The former house of MORI Ogai stands here has been called 'Kanchoro', because it was possible to overlook Tokyo Bay behind Hama-rikyu Gardens from this house.

Going downhill Dango-zaka from former House of MORI Ogai, and going uphill “Yuyake Dandan” from Yanaka Ginza, this route arrive on a narrow plateau overlooking the Tokyo lowland. In the Edo Period, there were temples that commanded a fine view, such as Kan’ei-ji Temple and Tenno-ji Temple. The former Residence of ASAKURA Fumio also stands on the same plateau with view. Downing the slope from former Residence of ASAKURA or Yanaka Cemetery along Goten-zaka, it arrives to the lowland where were a rural area in the Edo Period. This tour will finish at the historic site on the lowland such as Shiki-an. Let’s enjoy another charm of Tokyo taking a stroll around hilly area of Tokyo.

Walking Course Highlights / Bunkyo city

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  1. Former Gardens of ASAKURA Fumio
  2. Residencs, ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture
  3. Studio, ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture
  4. Former Studio, ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture
  5. Arbor, ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture

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Tokyo Cultural Heritage Map

Would you like to go around cultural heritages? In Tokyo, there are various cultural heritages. This map helps you go around cultural heritages with efficiency during limited time in your trip. Japanese traditional temples and shrines, the cultural heritages concerned to most famous events and person in Japan and a lot of nature. This map introduces all of them widely! You must watch them and know the history and the culture of Tokyo!


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