Updated: June 05, 2018
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A Walking Tour Of Monzen Nakacho In Traditional Tokyo

We'll take you on a quick tour of Monzen Nakacho where you'll meet friendly locals, awesome cafes, bars, and shops. All of this while on our way to the beautiful temple. Travelers in Japan who are looking for a more authentic trip in Tokyo that is off the beaten tracks, this is where you should visit.

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Monzen Nakacho

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If you’re looking to escape the busy streets of Tokyo, to have a relaxing stroll in a traditional Japanese neighborhood, you should head to Monzen-Nakacho. Walking around this area, you’ll really feel as though you’re in on a beautiful secret.
Close to a popular area nicknamed “coffee town” because of its agglomeration of international roasters and delicious coffee shops, this area is not yet too crowded.
Here you will find, traditional shops, that sell secondhand kimonos, incense, and Japanese sweets. You will also find awesome cafes, and restos. And there’s even the Museum of Contemporary Art. You could easily spend the whole day here, wandering the area and discovering some incredible Japanese traditional areas.
You will encounter the charm of “shita machi”, a quaint neighborhood that still retains its authenticity.
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This street leads to the Fukagawa Fudo-do temple and is aligned by edo-style shops that will transport you to another time.

Fukagawa Fudo-Do Temple

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This temple belongs to the Shingon school of Buddhism, which is an esoteric sect. It is a very active temple where you can attend some pretty spectacular religious rituals that are held everyday in the main hall.
These fire rituals are said to replenish the power of Fudōmyō-ō , the god of justice. During these ceremonies, you can hear powerful drum beats and chanting.
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Monz Cafe

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Since the building is on the way to the shrine, the interior and exterior decoration were adapted accordingly. You can sit on the beautiful exterior benches and contemplate the neighborhood while taking a rest or chatting up your neighbors.
Here, they serve coffee from the New Zealand company, ALLPRESS Espresso, which roasts their coffee just a few minutes away.
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Orihara

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Is a fun standing bar where you can buy dagashi (showa-era candy and snacks) and you can also choose from hundreds of different sakes. You just bring the sake bottle to the cash register and you can try a variety of different sakes to compare the taste. It’s also a very communal area so it’s easy to walk in and talk with your neighbors.
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At this second-hand kimono shop, you can find beautiful kimonos at a bargain. And since it is off the beaten tracks it is less expensive than most of the touristy areas. It makes for a great souvenir to bring back for your friends and family.
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Address:

1-13-11 Tomioka, Koto, Tokyo

03-3642-3261

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While you're in the area, you should take a stroll towards "Coffee Town", it's only about a 10 minute walk!
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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