Already grown tired of Shibuya, Omotesando and Harajuku area where I spend most of the time, I took a train a bit further away from the centre to the north of Tokyo. Yanesen area is off the beaten tourist path but it's one of the few areas where traditional buildings and lovely Edo-period atmosphere have still remained.
I walked through Yanaka Ginza, a traditional shopping street, to meet with very many friendly cats and elderly people, taste tea and rice crackers, admire amazing pottery and explore antique stores.
Yanaka Ginza had a mixture of old and new businesses, there were stores that probably had been around for centuries next to some very new and modern coffee shops, galleries and bakeries.
Kokonn café, gallery and store
In the back of trendy store you will find a small café with a traditional feeling where hand-dripped coffee is served in bowls on tatami mats.
There are over a hundred temples in the area and also a huge cemetery, which is supposedly especially beautiful during cherry blossom time
old sake advertisements at Shitamachi Museum Annex (The Former Yoshida Liquor Shop)
Also, with a craft beer hall, a vegan bakery and Scai The Bathhouse, contemporary art gallery built inside an old public bathhouse, around the corner, it was truly a great mix of traditional and trendy.