Neighborhood Travel Guide: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Tokyo

Far to the east of Tokyo, meaning east of Sumida-gawa, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is one of Tokyo’s oldest districts, an industrial center formerly seen as an alternative to the western side of Tokyo. city. – side cover. From here, the city center is easily accessible via the Hanzōmon Line and the Toei Ōedo Subway Line from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station.

How to Access the Neighborhood: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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Visit the permanent gallery to take a course on contemporary Japanese art, or see architect Yanagisawa Takahiko’s monumental building, especially the rock and water garden below. There is also a large art bookstore. Special exhibitions often include fashion and design.


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This is one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo and is rarely crowded. It started as the grounds of an 18th-century mansion (although the building is long gone); Huge rocks are imported from all over the country. Perch on a bench overlooking the central pond or stroll the trail along the perimeter.


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The canal that runs through the neighborhood, flanked by footpaths, is a peaceful place to stroll, especially in early April when the cherry trees are in full bloom.

Arise Coffee Roasters

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A place to chat with the neighbors (instead of opening a laptop), with skateboards on the wall and a selection of single-origin beers.

Fukagawa Kamasho

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Fukagawa-meshi is a dish of clams mixed with rice and is a local dish of a very typical part of Tokyo (which used to be a mudflat). Try it out at this cottage style shop.


German fashion designer Jurgen Lehl lived in Japan for decades while building the fashion house Babaghuri, known for its use of natural materials and dyes.

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