Hello lovelies! I hope you had a great weekend.
I feel like EVERYONE is in Japan right now! My feed is full and full of my favourite blogger and youtuber enjoying their little adventures in Japan and that makes me miss this country so much. I find myself sinking into memories, scrolling through my photos from last summer and dreaming of a new trip to Japan in the near future!
While living in Tokyo, I wanted to explore as much as possible and find areas which are not that well known, at least as a tourist! One day, I read about a place called Shibamata, a neighborhood in the east of Tokyo which has a incredibly old-town vibe to it. I actually walked from my flat to that area, which was a two hours trip (I know, that sounds crazy, but it’s my favourite way of exploring a city and since everything is new and exciting, I don’t get very tired).
I loved the little alleys and cute shops, offering souvenirs, streetfood and snacks. After being in center Tokyo for a longer period of time, Shibamata was the nicest way to calm down and explore a little bit more of the old-Tokyo time. The area reminded me so much of Takayama.
The highlight of Shibamata was definitely the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple. I was amazed by the quietness in the temple while walking barefoot on the wooden floors, admiring the peaceful little japanese garden right behind the temple.
Since this area is very famous for their delicious dango, I had to try at least one flavour, so I went for the Sakura flavoured one in the end. It was so good and a nice little treat after walking four hours!
If you ever find yourself in Tokyo, Shibamata is definitely worth exploring. Non of my medical student friends who I met in Japan had heard of this place, so I assumed it is a little bit of an unknown one. One of the things I love about Tokyo is how many facets the city has – from super modern, crazy Akihabara to quiet, peaceful and traditional Shibamata!
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