A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

A guide to touring Tokyo Chuo City

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  • Full of spots overflowing with human warmth and the passions of craftsmen!
  • Strolling around the Ningyocho & Kodenmacho neighborhood
  • In Ningyocho, visit Ogannonji Temple and Amazake-yokocho St. to enjoy its friendly old-town atmosphere. If you take a walk around the Kodenmacho neighborhood, you can see countless products passionately crafted by the hands of skilled craftsmen. And finish by being satiated with exquisite gourmet food from long-established stores! Why not visit the stylish spots of Chuo City?

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In Ningyocho, visit Ogannonji Temple and Amazake-yokocho St. to enjoy its friendly old-town atmosphere. If you take a walk around the Kodenmacho neighborhood, you can see countless products passionately crafted by the hands of skilled craftsmen. And finish by being satiated with exquisite gourmet food from long-established stores! Why not visit the stylish spots of Chuo City?

Filming partner: Yoshiume

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A two-mitute walk
01
  • Ogannonji Temple
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • Housing a 170 cm high by 54 cm wide head of Buddha statue that is said to have been created during the Kamakura period, Ogannonji Temple is the third temple of the Edo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. It conducts memorial services for dolls, and on the 11th and 17th of each month the honzon (principle object of worship) is exhibited. In addition, Idaten, known as a swift-footed god, is enshrined in a corner of the grounds.
  • Ogannonji Temple

    Ogannonji Temple

A one-minute walk
02
  • NINGYOCHO KARAKURI YAGURA
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • On the Suitengu shrine side of Ningyocho Shopping Street, there is the 6m50cm tall "Edo Rakugo KARAKURI YAGURA" and on the Ningyocho intersection side, there is the 7m55cm tall "Machibikeshi KARAKURI YAGURA," both of which serve as popular as photo spots. Also noteworthy are the mechanical dolls that move to music every hour from 11:00 to 19:00.
  • NINGYOCHO KARAKURI YAGURA

    NINGYOCHO KARAKURI YAGURA

A one-minute walk
03
  • ningyouyakihonpo itakuraya
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • A long-established store that has continued to protect the taste of Ningyoyaki for over 100 years. Ningyoyaki are free of additives and you can observe the craftsmen hand-baking them. The "Ningyoyaki Shichifukujin" full of strained bean paste has been a regular item since the store was founded and may be purchased by piece. You can enjoy its freshly-baked taste.
  • ningyouyakihonpo itakuraya

    ningyouyakihonpo itakuraya

A one-minute walk
04
  • AMAZAKE YOKOCHO
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • During the Meiji period (1868-1912), there was an amazake shop called "Owariya" near the current Amazake-yokocho St., in an alley called "Amazakeya yokocho St.," which is the origin of the street's name. In addition to long-established stores that feature Japanese sweets, sushi, and traditional crafts, bars full of old-town atmosphere also line the street.
  • AMAZAKE YOKOCHO

    AMAZAKE YOKOCHO

A one-minute walk
04-a
  • Tofu no Futaba
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • A tofu shop with diverse types of tofu, as well as popular "soy-milk donuts" made with fresh soy milk kneaded into the dough. Also recommended is the non-alcoholic beverage "amazake," which is a natural product of saccharified and malted rice that features a mild taste that is easy-to-drink.
  • Tofu no Futaba

    Tofu no Futaba

A two-minute walk
04-b
  • NINGYOCHO SOUKAYA
  • Time required: About 10 minutes
  • A hand-grilled senbei (rice crackers) store established in 1928 and loved by kabuki actors, rakugoka (comic storytellers), and entertainers. "Hand-grilled" and "scorched rice" crackers are grilled one by one on bincho charcoal to draw out the flavor and sweetness of rice and give it a crisp and delicious texture.
  • NINGYOCHO SOUKAYA

    NINGYOCHO SOUKAYA

A two-minute walk
05
  • Hamachogawa Green Road
  • Time required: About 20 minutes
  • Built on the former Hamacho River, the lushly green Hamacho River Ryokudo (Green Belt) is interspersed with many benches, making it the perfect spot to take a break while enjoying gourmet take-out from Amazake-yokocho St. There are also Benkei statue and channels, and you can also take leisurely strolls.
  • Hamachogawa Green Road

    Hamachogawa Green Road

  • Address
    2-chome, Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Access
    A five-minute walk from Hamacho Station Exit A2 on the Toei Subway Shinjuku Line
A fifteen-minute walk
06
  • HARIO Lampwork Factory
  • Time required: About 30 minutes
  • A gallery shop of accessories made by the heat-resistant glass maker, "HARIO." In order to pass down the handiwork skills necessary to cultivate fine craftsmen, glass accessories like earrings and necklaces are all made by hand. Glass working can be observed in the adjoining studio.
  • HARIO Lampwork Factory

    HARIO Lampwork Factory

A five-minute walk
07
  • Bankatokoro
  • Time required: About 20 minutes
  • A hand-made umbrella specialty store with over 300 umbrellas, parasols, and rain or shine double-use umbrellas. The store is a studio and there are several craftsmen working at all times. Taking into consideration not only the stretch of the umbrella, but also its usability, each umbrella is made with the optimum pattern.
  • Bankatokoro

    Bankatokoro

A two-minute walk
08
  • Iseju
  • Time required: About 90 minutes
  • A long-established sukiyaki restaurant opened in 1869. Hand-picked Wagyu of the highest grade is hand-cut, paying special attention to even the thinnest tendons so that the sukiyaki stock permeates well. The "Iseju way," heating the iron pan with charcoal fire using a water brazier, along with the flavor of the choicest meat eaten with the secret sukiyaki stock, cannot be experienced anywhere else.
  • Iseju

    Iseju

A two-minute walk

Route map

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.

Introduction of local specialty shops in Chuo City—you can experience foods and items collected from around Japan.