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Atari – Yanaka Ueno Sakuragi

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on December 14, 2015

Earlier this year saw the start of an interesting commercial preservation project in Tokyo’s Yanaka/Ueno area. Three traditional houses built in 1938 were renovated and turned into a joint restaurant/shop project, with a cafe, a tiny beer hall and a clothing shop (amongst others). The three buildings surround a tiny courtyard/garden and gives a great insight into how life looked in the old Ueno area 70-80 years ago. When I visited it had been open for a few months but were still quite crowded with a steady stream of foreign tourists and locals visiting the shops. The idea, to preserve old buildings and make them commercially viable is fantastic, and instead of turning this little corner of Tokyo into a parking lot (as was the original plan) it is now a bustling tourists attraction employing a dozen people or more. Ueno Sakuragi Atari is well worth a visit! You can find much more information, photos and access information on their official website. The renovation aspect of the project has its own Facebook page as well. Very interesting if you are into architecture!

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  1. nocturnaltwins said, on December 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I could spend hours in here – this is a lot better than a parking lot.

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  2. Mikku said, on December 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I might try to go here this week!

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  3. Junko said, on December 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    What a great project! Someone had a marvelous idea.

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  4. lilichan06 said, on December 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    What a nice place!
    It deserves this preservation project … great idea!

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  5. anaaibachan said, on December 16, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I would love to visit this place someday….beautiful and picturesque!

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  6. atomic said, on January 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I can’t believed it!…I really wish to go to places like that one day in future!

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  7. rudolfhsw said, on January 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

    this is an awesome looking wooden shop. very inviting.

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  8. Julie said, on January 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    This is my favorite thing ever. I hope this attitude of preserving old stuff will spread everywhere in Tokyo!

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  9. mfutoran said, on April 7, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Most interesting. I really like images of the crowded narrow alleys that they put little restaurants and bars in in downtown Tokyo. This restoration/preservation project is wonderful.

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