To get here the fastest/cheapest way by train, enter your starting location into the
• Get off the train at the Tawaramachi Station (Ginza Line)
•Go out the exit, up the stairs to the right.
•You will be near an intersection, outside a shop filled with small family shrines and other funeral goods. Go around the corner and walk along the big street. You will pass the post office building, and cross a few small streets (one of which dead-ends at a large temple).
•At the first big intersection, look up toward the roof of the building across the street. You should see a giant chef’s head perched up on the corner. Turn right onto Kappabashi-dori.
•Walk along the covered walkway on one side of the street, and when the restaurant district stores end, cross the street and walk back on the other side.
If you’d like to make a reservation to make your own plastic food models:
🔎 Google map to the Ganso Shop
•The address is Nishi-Asakusa 3-7-6.
•Information is on the Ganso Shop website (Japanese only) OR you can call 0120-17-1839 between 10:00 and 17:30 (Japanese only).
•It’s ¥1500 per person, with a group limit of twenty people at a time.
•Choose from start times of 11:00, 14:00 or 15:30. It takes about two hours. Check the reservation calendar for availability. White squares mean there are quite a few spots available that day, yellow means only a few spots left, pink means they don’t offer classes on that day, blue means the shop is closed.
•Each person gets to make one piece of tempura and one head of lettuce.
•Instruction is in Japanese, so you either need to speak Japanese or bring your own translator.
How to get to the Rakugo Shrine and the Tomb Of The Untold Stories:
•Go out the exit and up the stairs to the left. (This will put you across the street from the other exit.)
•Make a u-turn at the top of the stairs and walk down the block, away from the intersection.
•At the second small side street, turn left. The shrine will be ahead, on your left. You’ll know it by the names inscribed in red on the stones of the wall outside.
•On the map below, the shrine is marked with a blue dot. The red pin is for a bakery that features (big surprise!) awesome lemon pie.