Shibamata in Tokyo’s northeastern Katsushika ward is one of the few remaining examples of the shitamachi, Tokyo’s old working class neighbourhoods. With its small traditional shops and nearly 400-year-old temple, here you can get a glimpse of the Tokyo of yesteryear – and an authentic taste of its food, too.
Leading from Shibamata Station all the way to the Taishakuten temple is the Taishakuten-Sando, an old-fashioned street with back-to-back shops – some dating back centuries – selling traditional souvenirs and trinkets, as well as snacks. Note that most stores wrap up by around 3pm, and the popularity of the area means that some stores sell out much earlier, so it’s best to arrive mid-morning at the latest. After walking the street, be sure to take some time to enjoy the other cultural attractions of the area, too.
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