Shitamachi literally means lower town where commoner lived in the Edo era. Shitamachi is one of a few places where old atmosphere remains in this modernized Tokyo.
First, we run through an old town which still remains between high-rise condominiums. Then, visit a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple. Both of them are not famous among foreign tourists but they have something worth visiting. Only locals know what the charms of them are. If we are lucky, we will see some Sumo wrestlers walking around near the Sumo stadium. This tour ends at Tokyo Sky Tree which has just opened on the May 22, 2012. You can find some nice souvenirs at the Soramachi shopping mall for sure.
Meeting at Kachidoki <MAP> (9:30am)
Old village of Tsukudajima
Fukagawa-fudo Buddhist Temple
Tomioka-hachimangu Shinto Shrine
Kiyosumi Japanese Garden
Lunch break (around 12:00pm)
Ryogoku Sumo Stadium
Tokyo Sky Tree
End at Tokyo Sky Tree Soramachi(3:30pm or 4:00pm)
Note: Tokyo Sky Tree Observatory entry is NOT included. (Waiting line for buying the ticket seems one hour or less as of October 2012)
The Rainy day tour
- We conduct the tour by using public transportation on rainy days. Also we are going to visit some alternative places
Departure: Tusedays and on request (Please check the calendar)
Availability: 10 persons each day
Duration: About 6 hours
Price: 10000 yen /person
Included: Rental bike, English speaking guide, helmet (on request), drinks, snacks, Kiyosumi garden admission and insurance.