If you like Japanese movies, you would have seen the scenes of this town on the screen.
Kastushika Shibamata is a sight seeing place where you can go in an hour from heart of Tokyo.
It has been associated with “Taishakuten Temple”, and also “Tora-san”, main character of Japanese movie series “Otoko wa tsuraiyo”, called “It`s tough being a man” in English. But they`re not enough to tell about this old downtown.
Behind Taishakuten, Yamamoto-tei Garden, shopping street and any other popular places, is full of attractiveness few people know.
So stroll around Shibamata and find another highlights of Tokyo!
Imagine what is Tora-san looking at
There is a bronze statue of “Tora-san” you can see after crossing the gate of Keisei Kanemachi Line Shibamata station.
Whether, like him, the statue is looking back his old home or had a broken heart.
Citizens here have loved this statue as if it were real Tora-san.
Katsushika Shibamata is a prestigious temple town which has been written in old scripture in 8th century.
“Kyoeizan Daikyoji Temple” has been respected in the town, people call the temple “Shibamata Taishakuten” or “Taishaku-sama” with love.
This area has many long-running stalls.
You can grab a bite local cheap food like a “Imagawayaki”, Japanese muffin containing cream or bean jam, and “Yakisoba” or chow mein, at the diner opening here over 50 years.
Stroll around Shibamata looking for souvenir
In general, a tourist route here in Shibamata is as follows.
Firstly, viewing around this temple town.
Secondly, head for Taishakuten to have a pray and walk around there.
Then stop by “Yamamoto-tei”, highly acclaimed Japanese garden.
After spending pleasant time at the garden, enter “Tora-san Museum” and “Yoji Yamamoto Museum” next to the garden.
Finally, walk along the approach to Taishakuten and get something nice at souvenir shop.
They have a heaps of kind of souvenir and foods but note that the special foods here are mugwort flavor rice dumpling, called “Kusa-dango” and rice cracker, “Senbei.”
Long time ago, around rear exits of stores, storemen gave a full bag of broken Senbei for only children at an extremely low price.
Residence here have seen such heart-warming scenes.
As the technique have advanced, Senbei are not often broken now, though.
Still now however, there`re Senbei stalls in which hand-grilled Senbei are sold.
They`re about 50-100 yen per each one.
They`re bit pricy, but you `ll understand why they`re so as soon as taste them!
Kyoeizan Daikyoji Niten-mon Gate, entrance of “Taishaku-sama”
In front from he approach, you can see Niten-mon Gate, enshrines “Zojo-ten” and ”Komoku-ten” , two gods.
It also be tied with Mt. Fuji that`s why Taishaku-sama has a sedentary statue of Kannon, which is said that originally sit on the top of Mt.Fuji.
There`re many people pray in front of the frontal big hall.
It`s not a main hall, but have a benefit for prayers.
You have to pay admission fee to enter “Suikeien ” and other gardens but every visitors are allowed to enter the hall free of charge.
The corridor which connects Garden with Taishakudo-hall with also main hall is beautifully brushed up and was once a place where the local children played out.
Even Tora-san played and slipped on the corridor in the movie of “Otoko wa tsuraiyo.”
Visiting Tora-san Museum and Yoji Yamada Museum invites you into the world of nostalgic Japanese movie
After praying and touring Taishaku-sama, visit “Yamamoto-tei Garden” and “Tora-san Museum”, along with ”Yoji Yamada Museum.”
Yamamoto-tei was a house of president who owned factory that assembled parts of camera, which is current Tora-san Museum.
In the house, there`re store house and air-raid shelter.
The entrance gate is blending styles Japanese and Western together.
It seems somehow let us have a break while viewing the garden.
Tora-san Museum entertains you with exhibitions relating the movie.
You must check “Tora-san” being on the ceiling of the entrance! And of course don’t miss “Yoji Yamada Museum” as well. They all are adjacent each other.
There`re other hidden places around Shibamata
Shibamata has more attractions in the area, and great restaurant serves river fish, local dish here.
You can have it at ”Kawajin”, Ryo-tei located near the river and was used the scene of wedding of Tora-san’s sister in the movie “Otoko wa tsuraiyo”.
You can also try delicious river fish in front of Taishakuten at “Kawachi-ya” , and at “Ebisu-ya”, old restaurant near the station.
Other than those places, it`s packed with attractions in Shibamata!
While you stroll around the area, you`d see the scenery you might have seen in the movie and encounter impressive scenes like a movie created by people and the old downtown.