We interviewed foreign tourists around Nippori! In addition to the famous Yanaka Ginza, there’s so much more to see!

We interviewed people around Nippori and the Yanaka Ginza shopping street, which is catching the attention of foreign tourists. Nippori Seni-gai shopping street is great for clothing and relaxing at the Yanaka Cemetery.

2016-05-16   Destinations, Tokyo,

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1:A family from Australia with sons who practice Judo.
2:A couple from Italy who were using a great map application
3:An Italian couple who enjoy travelling much like people living in Japan
4:Italian women who walked through everything on their travel guide
5:A couple from France. It’s his 4th visit and her 1st visit to Japan!

・Nippori Seni-gai Street ※URLhttp://tadaimajp.com/2016/05/yanaka_nippori/
・Yanaka Cemetery ※URL http://tadaimajp.com/2015/11/yanaka-cemetery/
・Yanaka Ginza ※URLhttp://tadaimajp.com/2015/01/yanakaginza/

Nippori Seni-gai Street
Nippori Seni-gai is located on the opposite side of Nippori Chuo-dori Street.

1:A family from Australia with sons who practice Judo.

A family from Australia
A family from Australia at Nippori Seni-gai

-How is travelling in Japan?
We visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture) and Nikko in 2 weeks. We walked the roads in rural areas, and the cherry blossoms were so beautiful.
It was calm and silent at night, so we could relax.
This time we used Airbnb, Ryokans, and hotels. It was so nice to stay in the Japanese style rooms. We also stayed in a hotel, but it was a bit small.

-Do you have anything else that you want to try?
We didn’t have much time to watch sumo and try Aikido. I’m pretty interested in Japanese martial arts, because our sons are practicing Judo, and Aikido is also popular in Australia. We spent most of our time for Judo and eating food. LOL

We then went through the Nippori station and met a cute couple from Italy at Tennoji Temple near Yanaka Cemetery.

Shaka Nyorai Statue

A couple from Italy who were using a great map application

A couple from Italy
A cheerful couple! The woman is a travel writer.

-Are you enjoying your stay in Japan?
We are only here for 3 days. We wanted to try Sento and tea ceremony, but didn’t have much time. We really enjoy Japanese food! This morning, we went to Tsukiji and ate sushi. It was so delicious!

-Do you have any recommendations for useful travel items?
I always use a map app called “Aircomi”. I searched for spots in Japan and marked all of them. When travelling, I refer to the spots I have marked in the App.
It has a navigation function, and you can use it without Wi-Fi.
You can also follow the google map. If you use google maps API, you can tell where you are without an internet connection.

●Google API
https://developers.google.com/maps/?hl=ja

3:An Italian couple who enjoy travelling much like people living in Japan

An Italian couple
A relaxed couple from Italy

-Why did you choose Yanaka?
My friend recommended it to me. It is indeed a great street!
I like modern Tokyo, but this place is just so calm and a really good place.

-Where are you staying right now?
We use Airbnb for a short term stay. We will be staying in a Ryokan in Kyoto, because we want to experience Japanese life style.

-What is the difference between Japan and Italy?
The housing. The cemetery we are now in is also completely different.
The lifestyle is also different. Japan is different from not only Italy, but all of the European countries. I think it’s really interesting. We are heading to Kyoto tonight, so we’ll take a look at the Tadaima Japan website for information.

4:Italian women who walked through everything on their travel guide

Italian
Italian women walking around with a guidebook, marked with post-it notes.

-Where have you been travelling?
We went to Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, and Tokyo in 2 weeks. Now we are heading to Nikko and Kamakura. We visited Yanaka, because we saw it on Lonely Planet and other guides we saw in Italy. The Italian brochure we got at the information center is also very useful.

-Have you tried Japanese food?
Yes! We love Japanese food, and we eat sushi everyday. LOL
Both Nigiri and Maki zushi are delicious! We also ate Udon and Soba.

sushi

-What types of places have you been to?
We went to see the Japanese garden and castle in Kanazawa. We also saw Geisha and bought a traditional hair accessory (Kanzashi).
We toured a lot in Kyoto and saw many temples. We also visited Gion and Arashiyama.
We of course, went to the famous Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, and Fushimi Inari Temple (http://tadaimajp.com/2015/08/fushimi-inari/). I think we did everything you can do in Kyoto.
We saw people in Kimono at the station. We didn’t buy a Kimono, because they are very expensive!

We told her about a cheap second hand Kimono shop in Nippori Seni-gai, just 5 minutes from our location. I hope they can find some beautiful Kimonos!

5:A couple from France. It’s his 4th visit and her 1st visit to Japan!

A guy from France
He loves Japanese Anime and games. His girlfriend was too shy for a photo.

-How is your trip to Japan?
We are visiting for 11 days. We went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokaido, and Osaka. Today is actually our last day and I wanted to find a quiet place to take a walk. Yanaka is the right place for it. You have interesting historical buildings and it’s very quiet here.

-What did you enjoy the most?
I really liked Gion in Kyoto. That was amazing!
The bamboo forest in Arashiyama was really beautiful, and the Ryokan I stayed in Miyajima was also nice! I went to Meiji Jingu in Tokyo, and I really liked its atmosphere. I saw a Japanese style wedding, so I felt very lucky!

  • Do you have anything else that you want to try?
    Next time I come to Japan, I want to try Kendo to experience more Japanese culture.
    I wanted to see Sumo, but didn’t have the opportunity.
    We did meet a sumo wrestler in Akihabara wearing a Kimono! We also wanted to try wearing Kimono, but it was really expensive.

(TJ staff): There are some places where you can wear a Kimono for a cheap price!

URL:http://tadaimajp.com/2016/04/ningyo-town/

Kayaba Coffee
The beloved coffee shop “Kayaba Coffee”
Senbei (Rice cookie) shop
Saga-no-ie, the handmade senbei shop

We were so happy to hear that everybody searched for information beforehand, and were enjoying themselves.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the interview!

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koume

koume

Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.