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6 Things To Do in Ningyocho! Tokyo's Old-Fashioned Downtown


Ningyocho is a place where you can feel Tokyo's history. It is very exciting and interesting just to be there and feel the shitamachi (old downtown) atmosphere. Here are 10 things you should do in Nigyocho.

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Ningyocho (人形町)

Ningyocho, which literally means "doll town", has the atmosphere of the Edo period some people say. The name came from that period because back then, there were many doll makers in the area because "doll theatre" was very popular at that time. The Nihonbashi district of Tokyo still has a lot of character. So, here are the things you must do in Ningyocho!


Take either Hibiya or Toei Asakusa subway line and get off at "Ningyocho Station".

1. Feeling "shitamachi"

Shitamachi (下町) was the downtown area of Tokyo during the Edo period (1603~1868). There is still some beautiful, traditional streets and a traditional atmosphere in Ningyocho. You will feel as if you are in an old Japanese movie.

2. Shopping at Amazake Yokocho

Amazake Yokocho is a street with a great atmosphere. They are well-known for its many long-standing stores selling Japanese traditional crafts, sweets, and snacks. You can enjoy buying souvenirs or doing an eating tour.

3. Visiting shrines

There are 8 shrines within the little Ningyocho district. They are not very big, but the charming shrines have been cherished for centuries as they are said to bring good luck.
The most famous shrine is Suitengu shrine, which is known by many visitors who come here to pray for easy childbirth or for their children.

4. Visiting Okannonji temple

As well as the shrines, they have a temple called "Okannonji". It is also not a huge one, but it's a beautiful temple surrounded by the old stores.

5. Eating delicious foods

Ningyocho is actually a mecca of authentic Japanese cuisine, as they have many restaurants of long standing. There are many famous restaurants which people often line up for. You can enjoy the nostalgic interior decorations too while eating great dishes.

Here are some recommended restaurants.

Ningyocho Imahan

Ningyocho Imahan is one of the most popular restaurants. It is specialized in sukiyaki and shabu shabu cuisine. If you are a beef lover, you must try it.


Tamahide is another restaurant that has almost always a waiting line. It is the birthplace of a Japanese popular dish called "oyakodon", which is made of chicken and eggs simmered together and then topped over a bowl of rice.

6. Watching a cute puppet show in the clock

There is a huge marionette clock that performs a "puppet show" automatically every hour between noon and 7:00.


Ningyocho is such an amazing place to experience Japanese traditions in the middle of the busy city of Tokyo! You should visit and explore the town!

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