A neighborhood and shops unchanged for generations
Giant Buddhist temple (Senso-ji) • Asakusa Shrine (Shinto) • Rice crackers and taiyaki made while you wait • My favorite conveyor belt sushi in Tokyo
Everything for the home altar!
Stores selling beautifully pieced Shinto home altars & incredibly expensive Buddhist family altars • Incense, Buddhist rosaries & brass bells on cushions
A market where they still sell goods from a bygone era
Old-fashioned sweets • Lovely wrapping cloths and hand towels • Magic umbrellas • Handmade bamboo ear cleaners • Crispy cricket drinking snacks • Poisonous dried snake tea • Togenuki Jizo healing temple • The Honorable Duck Butt of Sugamo • Big Red Underwear Store
This is a relatively undiscovered Old Tokyo neighborhood, with traditional shops, food, and a temple with a fascinating fire ceremony
Fukugawa Fudo temple has fire ceremonies with drums, five times a day • Excellent shitamachi shopping street with traditional goods & food still sold • Prime cherry blossom viewing spots
My favorite Tokyo shrine, in a neighborhood that escaped the WWII firebombing
Tunnel of orange torii gates you can walk through • Old-fashioned neighborhood, with shops that have been in business for generations • Chiyogami store • Handmade wooden buckets • Calligraphy brushes • Air-conditioned pillows • Cat map store.
A village of restored thatch-roofed houses just a short train ride from central Tokyo.
23 thatch-roofed houses • You can go inside • Visitor center showing how they are made • They’re a beautiful park that makes walking a pleasure
This indoor hot spring theme park looks like an Edo-era village!
Looks like an Edo Era town • Hot spring baths from all over Japan • Foot bath stream • Sand bath • Foot nibbling fish • Ninja star throwing, archery & blow darts
Sumo wrestlers & incredible models of ye olde Tokyo
Even when there’s not a sumo tournament to watch, sumo wrestlers can be seen in the streets of this neighborhood and at the train station • The Edo-Tokyo Museum has amazing models & life-sized dioramas of everyday life in samurai era Tokyo and how it changed after Japan opened to the west
History comes alive – see the actual burial place of the legendary 47 ronin
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series. And guess what? The first book is finally out in PAPERBACK!
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