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【Tokyo 1-Day Trip】A Walking Food Trip in Yanesen

If you want to fully enjoy Tokyo, a place that is filled with things to see and do, in a single day, then it would be best to build a plan and check the transportation before you go! In this series, 10 courses for a fun-filled day out in Tokyo will be showcased, ranging from the simple, standard courses, up to express courses. Below is a model course for exploring Tokyo’s Yanesen district. 【Total time: 5 hours and 30 minutes】

<1> Have an Egg Sandwich For Breakfast From the Revived Kayaba Coffee

Kayaba Coffee is a coffee shop that once closed, but was reopened in 2009 by volunteers and the surrounding community. Its renovated building was originally a wooden house, and even today, it is filled with a retro Showa atmosphere. This classic Showa cafe is open from 8:00 AM. Have an Egg Sandwich (500 JPY) at this cafe before you start your day!

■Kayaba Coffee
Phone: 03-3823-3545
Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
(Monday, Sunday) 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed: None
Seating capacity: 52 seats (separate areas for smokers and non-smokers)
Access: 10-minute walk from Nippori Station on the JR Railway, Keisei Electric Railway, and Nippori-Toneri Liner

【↓15-minute walk to the next spot】

Kayaba Coffee

6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

<2> Pray for Good Marriage?! Go to Nezu Shrine to Worship

A shrine that is famous for its azaleas, Nezu Shrine is a place that has many must-see spots, including the Honden (main shrine) and Karamon (a type of shrine gate) that have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The main shrine was built by the 5th Shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, in 1706 (3rd year of the Hoei era). Try to pass through the Senbon Torii (corridor of gates) that is known to ward off evil. The sight of the row of red gates is truly impressive.

■Nezu Shrine
Phone: 03-3822-0753
Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Closed: None
Access: 5-minute walk from Nezu Station, accessible via various Tokyo Metro lines

【↓7-minute walk to the next spot】

Nezu Shrine

1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

<3> Try Making Candies at Amezaiku Yoshihara Sendagi Honten

This is the first traditional candy making shop in Japan. Here, cute candies have been turned into an art. Aside from touring the place, you can also try making candies yourself! Inside the store, there are more than 100 types of candies lined up, including the Neko (cat) (1,188 JPY) and the Amepyon (rabbit) (1,080 JPY). You can purchase freshly made candies at the demonstration sale. Check out its branch in Yanaka as well, as that is the main shop for workshops and experience courses.

■Amezaiku Yoshihara Sendagi Honten
Phone: 03-6323-3319
※Reservation required for the experience courses
Hours: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM (registration for the demonstration sale ends at 6:00 PM)
Closed: Tuesdays (shop will be open if Tuesday is a national holiday)
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Sendagi Station, accessible via various Tokyo Metro lines

【↓8-minute walk to the next spot】

Amezaiku Yoshihara Sendagi Honten

Tomoe Bldg. 1F, 1-23-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

<4> Stroll Through the Retro Yanaka Ginza Area While Eating the Famous Menchi Katsu From Niku no Suzuki

Opened in 1933, Niku no Suzuki is a deli that has long been loved by locals. This shop often has a line of customers outside its doors seeking to taste its Genki Menchi Katsu (deep-fried minced meat croquette) (230 JPY). It is normal for both locals and tourists to walk around Yanaka Ginza while eating it. With its use of specialty ingredients and cooking oil, their Genki Menchi Katsu will surely get you hooked on its overflowing meat juices that will flood your mouth! Relax and enjoy the retro townscape while munching on this delight!

■ Niku no Suzuki
Phone: 03-3821-4526
Hours: 10:30 AM - around 6:00 PM ※Shop closes when its products are sold out
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays (shop will be open if those days are national holidays)
Access: 5-minute walk from West Exit of JR Nippori Station and Exit 2 of Sendagi Station, both accessible via various Tokyo Metro lines

【↓2-minute walk to the next spot】

Niku no Suzuki

3-15-5 Nishi Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo

Try Shaved Ice From Himitsudo, A Shop Where Customers Line Up Even in Winter!

For your last stop, go to Himitsudo, a shop that serves shaved ice using natural ice from Mitsuboshi Himuro, a natural ice brewery in Nikko. The completely additive-free syrups used here are all homemade, so their fluffy kakigori (shaved ice) that melts in your mouth (starts from 900 JPY) are bound to have a unique taste. When the shop is crowded, customers will be given numbered tickets.


3-11-18 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 09.08.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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