Take a stroll in Sugamo and meet Japanese grandmas

Just two stops from Ikebukuro on the JR Yamanote Line, shopping center at Sugamo Station is referred to as “grandmas’ Harajuku”. With Japanese traditional sweets served by long-established confectioners and a wide selection of fashion and accessories, Sugamo is as popular as Harajuku, the home of Kawaii fashion. Today, Ms. Reika and Tei did enjoy walking around Sugamo to experience heart-warming contact with people.


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“Grandmas’ Harajuku” plays Cupid?

Always bustling Sugamojizou-dori Shopping Center increasingly attracts young visitors. If you visit the popular spot “Sugamon no Oshiri” at the entrance of the avenue and touch the bottom of the mascot character “Sugamon”, your love might blossom.


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Savor Japanese traditional sweets served by long-established confectioners

Ganso Shiodaifuku Mizuno
3-33-3 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://shiodaifuku.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Sugamo offers a wide selection of Japanese sweets made by artisans for many years. With its perfect sweetness and subtle savoriness, Mizuno’s “shiodaifuku”, salted rice cake is one of the specialty in Sugamo attracting crowd of people lining up.

Gomafukudo, Sugamo Store
3-19-13 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.terakoyahonpo.jp/fs/senbei/c/product06 (Japanese)

Specialty shop offering sesame ground in mortars. With its fragrance of roasted sesame fascinating people, the shop presents a variety of sesame products for cooking as well as sweets.

Sugamo/Kintaro-ame
3-18-16 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

At the sweet drop shop with a sixty-year history, over fifty kinds of colorful drops as well as standard kintaro-ame are available. Ms. Reika and Tei have found their favorites.

Oimoyasan Koshin, Sugamo Main Store
3-38-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.oimoyasan.com/ (Japanese)

Founded 140 years ago by a wholesaler, the sweet potato shop presents longtime hot-selling sweets, such as the candied sweet potato with its secret recipe and sweet potato cakes.


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A variety of popular shops and restaurants

“The Japan’s best red underpants”, Maruji “Akapants-kan”
4-22-7 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.sugamo-maruji.jp/ (Japanese)

Red underpants are known to prevent illness and bring us luck. The special shop offers a wide selection of red products appealing to not only nation-wide but world-wide shoppers.

Terakoya Sosaku Chirimen Fuyusha, Sugamo store
Oya Bldg. 1F, 3-20-14 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://yaplog.jp/3535sugamo/ (Japanese)

Japanese accessories such as chopsticks, towels and wallets are perfect for souvenirs. The stone statue of Jizo, Sugamo’s lovely icon is also a can’t-miss.

Sugamo Tokiwa Shokudo (Sugamo store)
3-14-20 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Select as you like among Japanese traditional dishes including raw, boiled or grilled fish, and make your own plate adding rice and miso soup. The restaurant is always full of fans.


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Interact with the wise old owls of the woods

Owl Cafe, Fukuro no Ouchi
Maison de Camellia 1F, 3-18-13 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.296home.jp/ (Japanese)

Twenty four owls from palm-size to large type over two kilogram welcome guests at “Fukuro no Ouchi”. You can touch or even place them on your arms. Owl shaped cakes are also must-eats.


Take a classic style street car to Zoshigaya


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Uniquely designed shrine with non-intersecting corridors

Sugamo Ohdai Kannondo (Ohdai Sazaedo)
3-20-1 Nishisugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://ohdai-sazaedo.jp/ (Japanese)

At the top of the uniquely designed shrine where corridors to and from do not intersect, the statue of the Kannon is enshrined. You can visit the facility located in Taisho University at your disposal.


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Birthplace of Someiyoshino, Japan’s best-known cherry blossoms

Designated as the sample tree to announce the first bloom of cherry blossoms and loved nationwide, Someiyoshino was born in Sugamo in 19th century through breeding by a plantsman in Somei-mura (currently Sugamo and Komagome area). Even today, in spring, you can enjoy beautiful Someiyoshino blossom around Sugamo such as in Somei cemetery or along the tree-lined street near the station.


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Crystal clear hot spring gushed out from 1,800m underground.

Tokyo Somei Onsen SAKURA
5-4-24 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.sakura-2005.com/ (Japanese)

Gushed out from 1,800m underground, the natural hot spring offers crystal clear water which is hard-to-find in Tokyo. At the quiet, retreat-like atmosphere, you can spend relaxed and comfortable time. Unwind yourself after an outing in Sugamo.


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