Walking Tours around Tokyo

Comparing an Edo period map of Tokyo from 1800 with today’s city we will explore the streetscape of Tokyo’s old quarters. Referring to woodblock prints of ancient city quarters such as Nihonbashi, Yanaka, Asakusa, Ueno and Ginza, learn how to navigate these areas of Tokyo today with an eye for history and knowledge of how this great city has grown. Many other practical insights, how to travel Tokyo and enjoy its food, museums and other historic sites will be provided along the way.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)
  • John McBride – A History of Edo (course notes provided during class)

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