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5 Best Shopping and gourmet Spots in YANESEN

2018.02.14

“YANASEN” that took the initials of the three areas of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi. In addition to a geographical advantage which is located walking distance from the popular location Ueno, it is attractive that sophisticated shops and new spots are increased and coexisting with Tokyo's good old times' atmosphere. “Yanaka Ginza shopping street” where a just 5-minute walk from Nippori Station and often appeared in films and TV dramas, is the shopping area where you can feel downtown's laid-back atmosphere and nostalgia. Now it has become famous as a place for “eating around.” Let's stroll through the town mixed with past and present where wooden buildings from before the war are scattered.

5 Best Shopping and gourmet Spots in YANESEN
“Yuyake Dandan,” a magnificent view spot for the sunset. A nostalgic landscape overlooking the Yanaka Ginza shopping street.

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)
The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

2 HAGISO(images provided by HAGISO)

“HAGISO” is located at the corner a little away from the shopping area of Yanaka where friendly downtown atmosphere still remains. The wooden apartment “HAGISO” built in 1955 was remodeled by students from Tokyo University of the Art, and used as an atelier and a share house since 2004. Mr. Akiyoshi Miyazaki, one of the students of faculty of architecture of Tokyo University of the Art, who are in charge of planning and operating of the facility had also lived there since 2006. But a chief priest of the temple next door who is also the owner of HAGISO decided to dismantle after the 2011 East Japan great earthquake. Before being dismantled, it had a group exhibition “Hagiennare 2012” that various artists participated, and it was a great success. Then the value of the facility was reconsidered and the dismantlement plan was reformed into a “minimum cultural complex facility HAGISO” with cafés and galleries in March 2013. An accommodation facility “hanare” was opened as a second project in 2015, and an everyday-dish-restaurant / coffee shop “TAYORI,” a sister store of HAGI CAFÉ, opened in June 2017.

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

3 HAGI CAFE(image provided by HAGISO)

Cafe (HAGI CAFE), gallery (HAGI ART), rental space (HAGI ROOM) on the first floor. The hotel reception & lounge (hanare) on the 2nd floor.

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

4 Reception of “hanare” on the 2nd fl. of “HAGISO” (image provided by HAGISO)

A hotel guest can have breakfast at “HAGI CAFÉ” on the 1st fl. of “HAGISO.” In addition to the breakfast, a ticket for a public bath is included in the accommodation fee.

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

5 “hanare,” renovated a 50-year apartment is located about 100m from “HAGISO.” It has 5 guest rooms.

The smallest cultural complex “HAGISO” that 60-year old wooden apartment renovated (Taito-ku)

6 Guest room with simple and cozy atmosphere

They let “HAGISO” functionalize as a reception, and hotel guests stay at “hanare” located just near-by. They also let visitors go and eat at neighborhood eateries, recommend them a public bath for bathing, local shops for souvenirs, a bike shop for a rental bicycle, etc. To liken the town to the big hotel facility, the hotel guests and visitors can enjoy and feel the daily lives of whole town of Yanaka.

Feel the artisanship up close - “Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Bunkyo-ku)

Feel the artisanship up close - “Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Bunkyo-ku)
Artisanship can be seen up close at “Sendagi store,” and you can experience Japanese traditional candy work at “Yanaka store,” Currently operating in 2 stores. Above image is Sengoki store.

Feel the artisanship up close - “Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Bunkyo-ku)  2
“Amezaiku Yoshihara” is Japan's first Japanese traditional candy specialty store. They have been continuing to preserve the craftsmanship that has been handed down. At Yanaka store, you can experience a traditional candy work, and it is extremely popular with foreign tourists. ※advanced reservation required. (images provided by Amezaiku Yoshihara)

Feel the artisanship up close - “Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Bunkyo-ku)  3
Feel the artisanship up close - “Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Bunkyo-ku)  4
At Sendagi store, a skilled “candy maker” demonstrates making candies upon your order. (images provided by Amezaiku Yoshihara)

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)
It is unusual as a public bath, open from 11:00 on weekdays and from 8:00 on weekends. Feng Shui's theory is adopted for coloring. The space with the drawings of Mt. Fuji and the goddess Benzaiten make you feel getting benefit.

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)2 Two bathes interchange on a weekly basis

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)3 dressing room

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)4 “Daikokuten (the God of health) no Yu” with black and green colors

Designer’s Sento (public bath) with Japanese modern “Fuku no Yu” (Bunkyo-ku)5 Bright and calm “the Goddess Benzaiten no Yu” with red and white colors

Entrance fees are 460 yen for adult, 180 yen for student, 80 yen for child. Besides shampoo and conditioner, rental towel is also available with 100 yen. As amenities are prepared, foreign tourists can also feel free to drop in.

Useful guides to enjoy onsen (hot springs)
https://journey-of-japan.com/article/62/en

Kushiage restaurant in an important cultural property - “Hen-tei” (Bunkyo-Ku)

Kushiage restaurant in an important cultural property - “Hen-tei” (Bunkyo-Ku)
“Han-tei” with classical appearance is a historical Kushiage (deep fried skewer) restaurant that uses seasonal ingredients. Keyaki-wood three-story building which had been built in the Meiji Era was registered as a tangible cultural property in February 2010.

Kushiage restaurant in an important cultural property - “Hen-tei” (Bunkyo-Ku)2 Interior seems like a Japanese inn of good old days

Kushiage restaurant in an important cultural property - “Hen-tei” (Bunkyo-Ku)3
The lunch menu of Han-tei comes with 8 pieces of deep-fried skewers, 2 appetizers, vegetable, rice or Ochazuke and dessert. Just fried Kushiage that is full of fresh flavor is served at exquisite timing. They come with three different dipping sauces to suit each ingredient. Because fat is modest and healthy, it is popular in a wide range of people.

“Kayaba Coffee” (Taito-ku)

“Kayaba Coffee” (Taito-ku)
Using a townhouse built in 1916, the predecessor, “Kayaba Coffee Shop” was founded in 1938. It was commonly cherished as a symbol of Yanaka for many years by many local people including writers and artists. But it was closed in 2006 because of the owner's wife’s death. After three years of its closure, the wishes of patrons, local residents and fans of Kayaba Coffee reached, then the NPO “Taito Cultural & Historical Society” rented the property and revived as the current “Kayaba Coffee” in 2009. In addition, in March 2015, a sister store “Kayaba Bakery” that uses a refurbished old house was also founded. You can enjoy eating their breads while walking around the streets.

“Kayaba Coffee” (Taito-ku)2
Modern and restful interior with tasteful furniture and counter

“Kayaba Coffee” (Taito-ku)3
A set menu for morning comes with fluffy egg sandwich, salad and drink. The drink at the upper left is popular “Lucian,” which is coffee and cocoa mixed exquisitely.

“Kayaba Coffee” (Taito-ku)4
The tatami room is also used for events and gathering. It has a unique structure that a part of the floor is made of acrylic and you can see downstairs from there.

“HAGISO”
●03-5832-9808 (CAFÉ)
●3-10-25, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
●8:00-10:30 (morning operation), 12:00-21:00
●Open year-round (※possible temporary closure)
http://hagiso.jp/

“Hanare”
●03-5834-7301
●3-10-25, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
●Check in 15:00-21: 00, Check out ~ 11:00
http://hagiso.jp/
http://hanare.hagiso.jp

“Amezaiku Yoshihara” (Sendagi main store)
●03-6323-3319
●Tomoe Bldg 1F, 1-23-5, Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
●Weekdays 13:00-18:00 (demonstration sales until 17:00), Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10:00-18:00 (demonstration sales until 17:00)
※ Closed on 12/30 ~ 1/1, 10:00-16:00 on 1/2&3 (LO for demonstration until 15:30), Normal business hours 1/4
●Closed on Tuesdays (open if it’s holiday)
http://ame-yoshihara.com/

“Fuku no Yu”
●03-3823-0371
●5-41-5, Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
●Weekdays 11:00-24:00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 8:00-24:00
●Open year-round
http://www.sentou-bunkyo.com/pg65.html

“Han-tei”
●03-3828-1440
●2-12-15, Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
●Tuesdays-Sundays 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00 (Closed at 21:00 on Sundays and public holidays)
●Closed on Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, the next Tuesday is closed)
http://hantei.co.jp/

“Kayaba Coffee”
●03-3823-3545
●6-1-29, Yanaka, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
●Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:00-22:30, Mondays and Sundays 8:00-18:00
●Open year-round
http://kayaba-coffee.com/top.html

“Kayaba Bakery”
●03-5809-0789
●2-15-6, Ueno Sakuragi, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
●Tuesdays-Sundays 9:00-19:00
●Closed on Mondays
http://www.kayaba-bakery.com/

*The above information was last updated December 14, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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