Full of Traditional Crafts and Food Culture! Supervised by the local Ryokan owner!
Minowa, located near Asakusa and Ueno, remains classic shopping streets. In the Japanese term, it calls Shitamachi shopping streets. Although Minowa does not have major tourist destinations, there are lots of interesting spots to visit!
This area developed during the Edo era, especially around Sensoji. Popular craftsmen at the time gathered in the area and built gorgeous architectures. Minowa has many traditional crafts passed on from the Edo era and is also the starting point of the current food culture that has spread across Japan. The nostalgic city appeared in the movie ""Shoplifters"" which won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Let's have the real Shitamachi experience!
・You can observe how the city looked in olden days with a diorama at the Ichiyo Higuchi's Memorial Museum, who is on the 5000 yen bill.
・We will walk through the shopping arcade which the locals use and is not a touristy area; and eat local famous food along the way.
・You can appreciate different types of traditional crafts which have been around since the Edo period.
・In contrast to Minowa, Asakusa has a modern shitamachi which targets tourists.
・Torifuji: It is difficult to choose what to buy as there are several types of deli food. You can buy the croquette which appeared in the movie "Shoplifters" which won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
・Kiku: A tiny deli food shop that is famous for red ginger tempura. The featuring red appearance and refreshing taste will make you into a repeat visitor to this store, just like the locals who come to Minowa just for the red ginger tempura.
・Gyoza-Specialty Sakai Foods Minowa: The only menu they have is gyoza and they only offer take away. These dumplings are made with ground meat wrapped in tasty thin dough. The gyoza from this famous store is delicious, filling, and affordable.
・Okashi rakuichi: Specialty store for arare which is a snack made from rice. You can enjoy the look and the taste of the unique flavor arare.The rice bag-shaped package is also a popular gift.
・Sunaba Sohonke: A soba restaurant that was founded back in the Edo era. This shop is the main restaurant of the Sunaba family which is one of the top three family-owned shops that make Edo-styled soba. This shop is cherished by the locals. Every Minowa resident has eaten soba here at least once. The shop is registered as an important cultural property, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the olden days.
・Kintaroamehonten: A famous store for "kintaroame", a unique pillar-shaped candy that has the exact same design no matter where you cut. It was founded at the beginning of Meiji era and has a history of more than 100 years. They sell candies with the design of "Kintaro" a boy from a Japanese famous fairytale, and other designs.
・Ichiyo Memorial Museum: A museum dedicated to Higuchi Ichiyo, a female writer from Minowa. Higuchi Ichiyo's image is printed on the 5000 yen bill as her achievements were mesmerizing.
Even if you are not fond of literature, there are other artworks to see, such as the diorama of old Minowa, shodo (calligraphy), and Japanese paintings, so it is worth visiting.
・Shoboin (tobifudo): A very rare shrine where people pray for safe flights and trips. They sell airplane-shaped charms and people visit this shrine for its peculiar blessings.
You can pray for a safe journey and enjoy your travel in Japan!
・Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center: A facility that displays several traditional crafts that were made by craftsmen in which the skills were passed on for generations from the Edo era.
You can observe their handiwork on the weekends. Enjoy the precious and dynamic craftsmanship in front of you.
・Asakusa Kingyo: A store where you can enjoy a Japanese festival signature activity "kingyo sukui" (catching goldfish).
Let's see how many beautiful goldfish you can catch. You can also enjoy looking at the cute goldfish items.
・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・"Gyoza-Specialty Sakai Foods Minowa" is closed on Wednesdays, "Sunaba Sohonke" is closed on Thursdays, and "Kintaroamehonten" is closed on Sundays and if any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternate location.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
At the central ticket Hirokoji Exit of JR Ueno Station