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Tokyo – Oak Hostel FujiRead Later
This time, we will be introducing “Oak Hostel Fuji,” a lodging facility located within walking distance to popular Tokyo tourist attractions Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree. This hostel is located in the ideal location for sightseeing, and it is becoming more and more popular with tourists from around the world.
Tokyo’s Heritage Guesthouse “toco”Read Later
“toco” is a guesthouse, hosted in a 90-year-old renovated building. There is a bar in the entryway that even non-guests can use. The guesthouse itself is relatively small, and guests often end up becoming friends with one another.
In this edition, I will introduce HOSTEL WASABI Nippori, where services that women would be glad to receive are available at an extremely reasonable price.
Just 1 minute on foot from Mikawashima Station, the location of this inn is convenient for sightseeing in places like Ueno, Asakusa, and Akihabara.
The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival - TokyoRead Later
Every spring, gaggles of residents and tourists alike flock to Ueno Park to admire the beauty that is the cherry blossom. With over 1,200 cherry trees, Ueno Park prides itself as being one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.
Tokyo – Ootori Shrine “Tori no Ichi”Read Later
“Tori no Ichi” is a festival held across Japan so that people can pray for good business and monetary luck. It is held in various locations during November, but the Tori no Ichi held at Ootori Shrine, known for being particularly auspicious, is said to receive the most visitors and boast the most stalls. Visitors purchase lucky “rakes” to bring in the good fortune for the coming year.
Originally the “rakes,” called “kumade,” were used as agricultural tools, but they soon became a symbol of “raking in” luck and monetary fortune, so they became decorative. The rakes are decorated with lucky items like “koban” gold coins and sea bream, and they’re sold for a range of prices, anywhere from 1000 yen to several tens of thousands of yen each. There are around 150 different stalls that sell these rakes, so it can be great fun to find just the right rake for you!
[Tokyo] A Shopping District for Cooking Utensils! The 34th Kappabashi Dougu Matsuri (Kappabashi Tool Festival)Read Later
“Kappabashi Dougu Street” is a shopping district between Tokyo’s Asakusa and Ueno areas that extends around 800 meters from north to south.
It is an interesting shopping district, where around 170 shops all related to “food” items all gather, selling the obvious items like cooking utensils and tableware, as well as other things like restaurant signboards.
A large-scale tool festival is held annually in October, during which there are great sales and even lotteries! There are also food stalls set up during the festival, so you can enjoy delicious food too!
Over the weekend in summer, almost everywhere in Japan is rejuvenated by a local festival. My friends and I chose a weekend and visited Iriya Kishimojin (Shingen-ji Temple), where the Iriya Morning Glory Festival was taking place.
Located in Tokyo’s Taito, Torikoe Shrine has a history of about 1360 years. In June every year, the Torikoe Festival is held there. In my view, the Torikoe Festival is the embodiment of the custom of Tokyo’s Shitamachi.