Tokyo | 3.5h
Meet Japanese Grandmas at Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street
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The Goddess of Mercy, Kannon-sama, and edible lucky charms!

Sugamo, also known as "Grandmas' Harajuku" is, as its name suggests, the no.1 town visited by the elderly in Tokyo. Why is this? Because Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street is full of specialty shops, making it a convenient place to purchase good quality products, all in one go. Many of the customers who visit the shopping street are elderly, but the shop owners are also often senior themselves. This means you can enjoy shopping whilst learning about Japan's past from them, with the help of your otomo tour guide! The shops are full of interesting products and delicious foods. Spend a slow day walking around the old shopping street and shopping for nice little souvenirs to take home with you.

Highlights

・You can experience more than just shopping on this street! Pour water over the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon-sama, to be blessed, and receive luck through trying an edible lucky charm!
・Enjoy sampling street food as well as shopping, whilst strolling around the shopping street.
・This tour is a good way to get to know Tokyo better after visiting the famous nearby tourist destinations of Ueno and Asakusa."

Attractions

Sugamon no Oshiri: There is a part of the body of the mascot of this shopping street: Sugamon at the entrance of this shopping street. Guess what. It is its pure-white hip that is exhibited! It is said that it will bring you luck especially in terms of love if you touch that hip!
Kawamuraya: A shop specializing in the good old Japanese taste: “Tsukemono”, traditional Japanese pickles using several kinds of vegetables. There are also unique pickles here which are perfect for souvenirs!
Raijindo Sugamo: Let’s walk-and-eat “Senbei”, traditional Japanese rice cracker! There are more than 110 of different kinds of it here so you can find one for your souvenir!
Ganso Shio-daifuku Mizuno: This spot explains one of the reasons why there are so many grandmas in Sugamo. It is a guardian deity of children that is said that will cure your disease and make you live longer if you pray for it. You can have very rare experiences such as worshiping by pouring water and drinking amulets!
Ganso Shio-daifuku Mizuno: This spot explains one of the reasons why there are so many grandmas in Sugamo. It is a guardian deity of children that is said that will cure your disease and make you live longer if you pray for it. You can have very rare experiences such as worshiping by pouring water and drinking amulets!
Maruji Red Pants Shop: A diner which is famous for its really delicious seafood. Grandmas know the best stuff since they live long and there are many grandmas making a line for this diner! Once you have a bite, you will understand why this spot is so famous!
Tokiwa Shokudo, Koshinzuka: A superb view of the Japanese garden which you can see from a slightly high bamboo forest! The pond, the beautifully arranged trees, and flowers of the season make it more than just beautiful! You better visit there in late March since the huge weeping cherry will be fully blooming then!
Rikugien: A superb view of the Japanese garden which you can see from a slightly high bamboo forest! The pond, the beautifully arranged trees, and flowers of the season make it more than just beautiful! You better visit there in late March since the huge weeping cherry will be fully blooming then!

Notes

・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・One of the locations scheduled to visit, ""Maruji"" is closed on weekends and public holidays, and ""Ganso Tokyo Shiodaifuku Mizuno"" has irregular holidays. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location."

Expenses Not Included

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.

Meeting Point

Outside the A3 Exit at the JR line, Sugamo Station

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