Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Dountown4 From Sumo town to Craftsmanship town

Ryogoku Station→ Kuramae Station

In Ryogoku, a town known for Sumo wrestling and Kokugikan (Sumo Arena), we will enjoy Japanese beauty visiting art museum and Japanese garden. Crossing Umayabashi Bridge over Sumida River to Kuramae which is a town of craftsmanship where many small factories line. Recently, stylish and unique cafés and variety shops were opened in this area. Because the atmosphere of the town resembles Brooklyn, New York, it is called Brooklyn of Tokyo. Let’s enjoy tea break and shopping here. We will visit two towns with different atmosphere.

Start 

Ryogoku Station , West Exit
(JR Sobu Line)

Goal 

Kuramae Station , A3 Exit
(Toei Asakusa Line)

Distance 

about 4.6

Hours 

about 60minuts

Standard time for stopover places 

 2 Hours
 45 mins
 60 mins
 45 mins

Standard Time of this route 

about 5.5hours

The illustrated map of this course

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Ryogoku Station West exit ⇒
Kuramae Station A3 exit

Downtown4:A town of traditional culture, Ryogoku and a town of handworks of craftsmen, Kuramae. We will visit two downtowns on both sides of the Sumida River.

Route Description

13mins 1km

10mins  800m

11mins  850m     The Sumida River Terrace →Umayabahi Bridge

6mins   450m

6mins   450m   Kokusai-dori Avenue.

6mins  450m

4mins  300m

4mins  300m

Route Guide

Going out of the Ryogoku Station, West Exit LinkIcon , Dome of Ryogoku Kokugikan jumps into your eyes. Go right viewing Kokugikan on your left. Pass Apa Hotel and walk the path in front of Edo Tokyo Museum till you hit Kiyosumi Street. Ryogoku Station for Metroplolitan Subway Oedo Line is on this street. Cross the street and go straight so-called Hokusai Street. Soon, you will see Midorimachi Park on your right and beyond the park is the near-futuristic building of THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM LinkIcon . After appreciating masterpieces of Katushika Hokusai, go straight to north and turn left at Futaba elementary school. Here you can see TOKYO SKYTREE beyond the elementary school ground.  Passing Yokoamicho Park with three-storied pagoda on the right, you will soon get to Kyu-Yasuda Garden LinkIcon .Walk around and enjoy the small but beautiful Daimyo Garden. Cross Kokugikan Street and get off the bank of Sumida River. The promenade built along the river is the “Sumida River Terrace” where people enjoy leisurely riverside walk. Seasonal features and historic paintings of Sumida district are painted on the embankment wall and fence of the promenade. Viewing the river on the left side, pass Kuramaebashi Bridge and cross the next bridge, Umyabashi Bridge. We will have a break at LEAVES COFFEE APARTMENT LinkIcon , a coffee stand at the foot of the bridge. Go straight for about 300 meters and turn right for Kokusai Street at Kotobuki-Sanchome intersection. Let’s satisfy our appetite at Pelican Café LinkIcon , owned by the popular bakery “Pelican”. Go back to Kokusai Street, turn right at Kuramae intersection and go into the alley right next to the park and you will find DANDELION CHOCOLATE FACTORY & CAFÉ KURAMAE LinkIcon .
After the short break with the hot chocolate, we will go further into the town of Kuramae. Toy wholesalers and small factories are scattered in the area. Located in a corner of the town, there stand an eye-catching modern glass building,Kakimori LinkIcon , a stationary shop with a long history. you can pick your favorite parts and make your own notebook here. On the way from Kakimori to Toei-Asakusa Line, KuramaeStation, we will drop by at Jiyuucho LinkIcon  where you can send a letter to yourself in the future. Cross Kokusai Street at Kuramae-nichome intersection, and we are at the goal, Toei Asakusa Line, Kuramae Station LinkIcon .
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Ryogoku Station, West exit

From West Exit of Ryogoku Station for JR SOBU Line 

Previous name of JR Ryogoku Station was Ryogoku-bashi and was busy hub terminal for the trains for Boso area in Chiba. When Sobu Line was opened between Tokyo and Kinshicho in 1972, it has completed its role as the terminal station. The modern style former station building built in 1929 is now EDO NOREN restaurant mall with various Japanese-style restaurants where you can experience Edo food culture. Toei Oedo Line, Ryogoku Station is a little far from JR Ryogoku Station,so you can’t transfer to JR lines at this station.

The full view of the station. The building with three arch windows and a clock is the former station.

As the town of Sumo, the station name is written in Sumo characters.

Edo NOREN entrance with chic Japanese style decoration. Inside is designed like a merchant’s home with an open ceiling.

Ryogoku Kokugikan is in front. Sumo wrestlers are often seen at the station.

Ryogoku Station to THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM

To the right from Ryogoku Station, West Exit, massive building of Edo Tokyo Museum is seen.

In front of Edo Tokyo Museum is a refreshing promenade along a grove of trees.

The Statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu stands along the path.

LinkIcon THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM

Meet the world-famous artist representing Sumida

Internationally renowned and respected artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760~1849), was born and had spent most of his life in Sumida district. There are many masterpieces of Hokusai featuring Sumida River and landscapes of Sumida. Works of Hokusai and his disciples are introduced in details and the transition of Hokusai’s work style is traced. You will enjoy learning from multiple angles with high definition monitors for appreciating his works and watching videos of working process at his studio. It shows you how Hoakusai is linked with Sumida district and his eccentric life full of episodes. There is also an exhibition floor for collection of Hokusai’s works.

Turn right at this intersection.

Unique architecture with big slits on gently curved mirrored exterior wall is striking. Phot:Yosuke Owashi

You can enter the building from the slit area from all sides.

Entrance of the permanent exhibition “AURORA”. “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” welcomes you.

Zoom-up images of the works can be seen with touch panel. Sketches as examples of paintings of “Hokusai Manga” are also introduced on the touch panel.

Replica model of Hokusai’s studio (also a residence) where he worked with his daughter, Oei. It is said that he has moved more than 90 times and most of them were in Sumida district.

THE SUMIDA HOKUSAI MUSEUM

Address

2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku

Tel

03-6658-8936

Closed

Monday(Next weekday if Mon. is holiday)

Hours

9:30-17:30(Last Admission 17:00)

Access

5-minute walk from the Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit
9-munite walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit

Website

https://hokusai-museum.jp/?lang=en

LinkIcon Kyu Yasuda Garden

Beautiful Daimyo Garden using the rise and fall of the tide from Sumida River

It is said that this garden was created during the Genroku period (1688~1703) as the Daimyo garden. Later this garden with the central pond was redeveloped as the tidal stroll garden which we can enjoy the change of scenery caused by the tide of Sumida River.
In Meiji period, after it became the residence of a former domain lord, Ikeda, it became the position of Yasuda Zenjiro, founder of the Yasuda Financial Group. It was granted to Tokyo City in 1922. It is now managed by Sumida Ward. Birds and carps are seen in the Shinji-ike pond with a island. It is fascinating to see the modern buildings line up beyond the well-maintained Japanese garden.Currently, the pond is no longer fed up with water from the Sumida River but it pumps up the water to recreat the tide.

There are three entrances to Kyu-Yasuda Garden. You can stroll around the garden freely. Admission free.

Modern buildings and TOKYO SKYTREE towering beyond the Shinji-ike. (Sumida Tourism Association)

There is a quaint bridge and stone lanterns and monuments line up along the promenade. (Sumida Tourism Association)

Let’s get off to the Sumida River Terrace from the exit at side of the Japanese Sword Museum.

Kyu Yasuda Garden

Address

1-12-1, Yokoami, Sumida-ku

Tel

03-5608-6291(Sumida Ward Tourisut Association)
03-5608-6661(Sumida Ward Roads and Park Division)

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

Oct.~Mar.9:00-18:00, Apr.~Sep.9:00-19:30

Admission

Free

Access

5-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station West Exit 

Website

http://visit-sumida.jp.e.ux.hp.transer.com/spot/6085

(Sumida Ward Tourisut Association)

Crossing Sumida River to Kuramae

Walking on the Sumida River Terrae.

Crossing Umayabashi Bridge to Kuramae.

LinkIcon LEAVES COFFEE APARTMENT

World quality coffee beans roasted and dripped with first class method

Coffee stand owned by LEAVES COFFEE ROASTER in Honjo at the Sumida ward side of the Sumida River. Highly selected beans from all over the world are roasted to make the best of its flavor. Highest quality coffee carefully hand dripped is served. The staff will make your favorite blend with the selected beans and their original- blend beans explaining the characteristics of the beans. Take a zip, and you will know the difference!

It is at the foot of the Umayabashi on the Kuramae side.

Six different types of coffee beans including rare and originally blended beans are prepared every day. Staff will explain precisely about characteristics of each bean. You can also buy coffee beans.

Kota Tanaka, the staff of the shop, carefully drips each coffee bean to make best of its kind. He will make a blend on the request of the customer.

Today’s choice is an original blend, “Synergy”. Natural from Ethiopia, Geisha from Columbia and Anaerobic from Brazil are blended. ¥620 for a cup and ¥1300/100g for beans

Take out only. There is a cozy resting place in front of the shop.

After three o’clock, tables on the second floor are available.

LEAVES COFFEE APARTMENT

Address

2-2-10 Komagata Taito-ku

Closed

Monday(Next weekday if Mon. is holiday)

Hours

10:00-18:00
*the time may be shortened for prevention of coronavirus infection

Access

1-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Kuramae Station A7 Exit

Website

https://leavescoffee.jp/

LinkIcon Pelican CAFÉ

Specialty menu of the bakery with a long history - light brown charcoal toasted bread.

“Pan no Pelican” is a bakery opened in 1942 in Asakusa-Tawaramchi. They only bake two types, white bread and bread rolls. Recipe has been the same since the opening and many people come long way for their daily bread. For the Pelican bread lovers, they have opened a café in 2017. Charcoal toasted bread and fruit sandwiches are their popular menus. Coffee that goes well with each menu is tasty. Soup and salad are also in the menu items for a balanced diet meal. They also offer a variety of take out menus.

Café with a cute red shade just like the one at the bakery shop. It is located on Kokusai Street.

The shop name “Pelican” is the nickname from school days of the second-generation owner.

Fancy and stylish café is the favorite place for ladies.

3cm thick charcoal toasted bread ¥360 and drink set ¥650 with butter and specially made jam.

Ham cutlet sandwich ¥750. Deep fried thick sliced Asakusa ham cutlet with downtown-style salty-sweet sauce. Mayonnaise is also home made.

To bring out the deliciousness of the bread, it is toasted over the custom-made charcoal grill. The baker went through a training to handle charcoals.

Pelican CAFÉ

Address

3-9-11 Kotobuki Taito-ku

Tel

03-6231-7636

Closed

Sunday, National Holiday

Hours

9:00-18:00(17:00 L.O.)

Access

5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Kuramae Station
5-munite walk from Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station
5-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station

Website

https://pelicancafe.jp/

LinkIcon DANDELION CHOCOLATE FACTORY & CAFÉ KURAMAE

Pioneering Craft Chocolate company originated from San Francisco

Dandelion Chocolate is San Francisco based “Bean to Bar'' manufacturing company founded in 2010. Factory&Cafe Kuramae was launched in Feb. 2016, which is the first overseas project outside of the US. They are making craft chocolate from scratch, which means that they are sourcing the beans from dedicated producers everywhere in the world(more than 10 origins!), sorting, roasting, melanging, tempering, and foiling/wrapping. Factory&Cafe Kuramae is filled with the sweet smell and fermented scent from their elaborate chocolates and cacao beans. Using only two ingredients, single origin cacao and organic cane sugar. You can discover the very diversified flavors and tastes from their selection, which is quite inspiring. They also provide interesting events and workshops. 

An old warehouse was renovated into a shop. It fits the atmosphere of Kuramae.

The whole process of making chocolate from the beans can be observed.

Shop limited and seasonal limited sweets are sold. You will be excited with their line up on your visit anytime.

Kuramae c”Chocolate Collections” are great for gifts. A set of three kinds of Kuramae-made chocolate bars. ¥4320

“Hoji-cha Hot Chocolate Mix” uses Hoji-cha (roasted green tea) from green tea specialty shop “YUGEN” in Kyoto. ¥2160.

Café on the second floor is a relaxing cozy space with.

The most popular menu, “House Hot Chocolate”. ¥580
To reduce the infection risk of COVID-19, currently the drink menu is served with a disposable paper cup.

Viewing the park outside the window and taking a break.

DANDELION CHOCOLATE  FACTORY & CAFÉ  KURAMAE

Address

4-14-6 Kuramae Taito-ku

Tel

03-5833-7270

Closed

irregular holidays

Hours

11:00-18:00

Access

3-minute walk from Toei Asakusa Line Kuramae Station

Website

https://dandelionchocolate.jp/pages/factory-cafe-kuramae

Walk around Kuramae, a town of craftsmanship

There are many small factories and shops in the neighborhood interesting for walking.

LinkIcon Kakimori

Re-discover the excitement of handwriting with original notebook and pen

“Kakimori“in Kanji (Chinese characters) means “a person writing”. This is a stationary shop pursuing for enjoyment of writing. Original notebook making is popular at this shop. You can make your only-one notebook selecting cover, paper, ring and fastener. There are a wide variety of sizes and types of paper. You can select paper from no ruled lines to schedule type. Making time is about 30 minutes and the price is from ¥900 including notebook binding fee. They also have an amazing collection of ready-made notebooks and pens. There are wide range of prices from low priced to expensive. They also carry a large selection of about 30 different fountain pens made in Japan and overseas including their originals. Looking around the wide shop makes you want to write using Kakimori’s stationaries.

It has been ten years since the establishmant of the shop. It blends with the craftsman townscape.

Concept is not only writing but “person writing happily”.

There are 60 kinds of cover for original notebook. The combinations are infinite.

here are wide varieties of types of ring and fastener, material and color for notebook making.

Shop staff will do the binding. You can decide the place to put the rings.

My only-one lovely notebook! This one is ¥2200

Abundant line-up of pencils, pens and letter sets. The floor is designed in the motif of colored pencils .

You can try writing with any fountain pen. Different kinds of papers for trial writing are prepared.

Kakimori

Address

1-6-2 Misuji Taito-ku

Tel

050-1744-8546

Closed

Monday(open on national holiday)

Hours

11:00~18:00

Access

6 min walk from Toei Asakusa Line Kuramae Station

Website

https://kakimori.com/

LinkIcon JIYUCHO

Let’s write a letter to yourself in the future a year from now.

It says “You can read, you can rest and you can think” on the chalk board at the entrance. There are some things you can do here but one of the interesting thing is to write a letter to you in a year future. Purchase a letter set. It includes a postcard to yourself, another one for someone else you want to write to, a reflection card with a question that gives you an opportunity to think over about yourself and a beverage to match your mood. If you don’t want to write a letter, you can spend your time freely using the outlet and Wi-Fi. This place was created with the concept of the owner, “Spend time feeling your own self and be honest with yourself”.

What kind of shop is it? Let’s step in and find out.

Letter set for your-self. Select one you like from five scenes such as “Go for the dream”, “Talk to yourself”, etc. Including a drink ¥1600 (tax not included).

Prices for spending the time freely. ¥800 for an hour and ¥1200 for 3 hours(Tax not included).

Color pens and various decoration items are available.

Organic sencha (green tea) of “Hakugendo” in Miyazaki prefecture. Also rose tea of “AFRIKA ROSE” and coffee of home-roasted coffee shop in Kuramae “Coffee Nova” are served.

The shop will keep your letter and send it to you a year later on your birthday or on other memorial days on your request.

Put a letter between pages to the next reader of the book and exchange the book with yours. Unique “Bonds with People Shelf”.

JIYUCHO

Address

4-11-2 Kuramae Taito-ku

Closed

Monday, Tuesday(Opening on National Holiday)

Hours

Wednesday~Fryday 12:00~19:00, Saturday, Sunday 11:00~20:00

Access

3-minute walk from Toei Asakusa Line Kuramae Station

Website

https://jiyucho.tokyo/

LinkIcon Kuramae Station.

Use A3 Exit of Toei Asakusa Line Kuramae Station

Cross Kokusai Street and hitting Edo Street (Route 6), there is the exit of Toei Asakusa Line, Kuramae Station. It’s a crossing section of big streets with heavy traffic but if you step into a side street, you will find the old good downtown scenery. Next to Kuramae is Asakusa Station where you can transfer to Tobu Line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

Kokusai Street and Edo Street cross at an acute angle at Kuramae-nichome intersection.

Kuramae Station looks like it’s located on an island between two streets.

Toei Asakusa Line Kuramae Station.There is also Kuramae Station for Toei Oedo Line. However, they are located about 450 meter apart and are not connected with any underground passageway. So don’t get confused.