Talking about Tokyo, as a traveler, the first things come to your mind must be those famous hot spots like Ginza, Shinjuku, Akihabara, the Imperial Palace, Sky Tree, Odaiba, and Ueno Park. Actually, besides those well-known places, there are many wonderful but unknown places in Tokyo which are also worthy to go for travelers. They are called Shitamachi in Japanese. Today I will introduce you a place named Shibamata as a representative of Shitamachi in Kastushika-ku, the northeast of Tokyo. Shibamata is known as the shooting location of the famous movie Otoko wa Tsurai yo. It is the hometown of the hero of the movie Torajiro and still remain the original appearance as in the movie.

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The movie series Otoko wa Tsurai yo which has 48 movies in total which were respectively produced from 1969 to 1995, spanning 26 years. The director of the movies is Yamada Yoji who is a famous director in Japan. The hero was played by the comedian Astumi Kiyoshi and the heroine was played by the famous actress Baisho Chieko. Since Shibamata was set as the background of the moives, the place is well-known and liked by Japanese people as the hometown of Torajiro.

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Shibamata Taishakuten Temple

Take the Keisei Line in Ueno to the Takasogo Station and transfer to the Keisei Ganamachi Line to the next station Shibamata. You can check out the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple in Shibamata to see the historic buildings and feel the Japanese traditional culture. It is especially bustling when there is a temple fair on Koshin day. And in the Santo Shopping Street which was built in 1912 year, you can not only buy the traditional Japanese snacks and crafts but also walking around to feel a Japanese traditional street style. There is a bronze statue of Torajiro in front of the station, and you can also go to the Kastushika Shibamata Torajiro Museum to see the exhibitions about the movies if you are interested. Besides, you can also try to ride a Yagiri No Watashi at Edo river nearby which is a ferry that has been taking passengers across the Edo river for nearly 400 years. It is the only ferry remained from Edo period in Tokyo.

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An old store named Takagi


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