Kiyosumi-shirakawa Area

Let’s take a stroll along a samurai-era waterfront, at the Fukagawa-Edo Museum

This old-fashioned neighborhood is an undiscovered gem, with a serene (and uncrowded!) garden and the Fukagawa-Edo Museum – a life-sized samurai-era town you can walk around.

Let’s see what Edo-era life was like, as we stroll through this perfectly reconstructed town. The streets are lined with all kinds of shops…
…from the local vegetable stand…
…to the fisherman’s house where we must have interrupted him mending his nets.

As you can see, the detail is amazing, and as an added bonus, the lighting cycles from day to night!

Then let’s meander over to the Kiyosumi Teien Garden, my favorite place for a restorative recharge in Tokyo.

The neighborhood between the museum and the garden is a quirky mix of old-fashioned and artistic, with tiny shops and noodle restaurants that haven’t changed for decades.

This ancient garden isn’t famous for extravagant flower displays, but its classic Japanese design and lush greenery are always astoundingly beautiful.

Best stepping stones in Tokyo
Photo-worthy views around every bend.
A secret iris garden blooms in May

And see all the people? Neither do I. This garden is never crowded, even on weekends.

And if you happen to be here during cherry blossom season, pop into the temple across from the entrance to the garden, for this.

The fantastic Museum of Contemporary Art is just around the corner, but it’s closed right now for renovation. They’ll reopen on March 19, 2019!


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