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Taishakuten Sando – Shibamata Attraction

Posted in Uncategorized by tokyobling on August 26, 2015

The main reason everyone visits the Katsushika Ward neighborhood of Shibamata, inconveniently placed as it might be on the extreme east of Tokyo right next to Chiba Prefecture, is to visit the hugely famous Taishakuten temple. But being as most of us are, much more easily lured by more carnal attractions (in this case, eating, shopping, drinking) what seems to keep most people in the area for the longest is the mere 200m of the the Taishakuten Sando, a remarkably well preserved, picturesque and quaint shopping street leading right from Shibamata train station to the temple gates. The street is lined with old timey shops, eateries, souvenir vendors and purveyors of religious paraphernalia. Most big temples and shrines around Japan have shorter or longer versions of this kind of street, but this is one of the more attractive I have seen so far. I visited very late on a very hot day with dubious weather so I could enjoy the normal crowds to take these photos of the near empty street.

Some people say that Taishakuten and enivrons is Tokyo’s most underrated conventional tourist attraction, and I might agree with them. The place is steeped in culture and post-war romanticism, but even for the casual foreign tourist the place is well worth a visit!






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  1. Nyar Canada said, on August 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Amazing photos! I hope I can visit someday 🙂


  2. Junko said, on August 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    The sky looks indeed dubious. You picked the right day to avoid a crowd. ^^ The street and the traditional shops are so alluring! I’d want to eat at every eatery! I thought it was a baked oyster till my eyes fell upon the word, eclair! As usual Japan is so impeccably clean. I only know Shibamata, Katsushika from one of the classic films, “Tora san.”


  3. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 7:32 am

    now this is my kind of disneyland. i wouldn’t mind spending a full day there just to soak in the ambiance and to try out the many little eateries.


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