Yanesen – Yanaka in Taito-ku, Nezu and Sendagi in Bunkyo-ku. This is a fun area to walk around or bike around. There still remains traditional streetscapes. There are many old shops. And the area has many old and modern cafe, restaurants, sweet shops and bakeries.
The above photo is cafes and small shops complex called Ueno Sakuragi Atari. One of the shops is Kayaba Bakery which I wrote in the previous post. There is an old sweet shop Okano Eisen.
The right-side photo shows the traditional sweets of rice cakes. The leave which covers the pink rice cake is that of cherry tree and it’s edible. This is a typical spring sweet in Japan. The other rice cake is dredged with bean powder. This is also a spring sweet.
There is a Taiwan sweet shop in Yanaka called “Oh Gyou Chi” – well, I don’t know how I should write it down in alphabets. Oh, I found it on internet. It’s O-Gio-Chi. This is Taiwanese cafe and the name of the shop is the name of the desert they serve. It is made from fruits in Taiwan. They display “o-gio-chi” in the shop window. It looks like this.
If you go towards Ueno area from Yanaka, you will find an old coffee shop called Kayaba Coffee. Wherever you pass by this wooden traditional house, always there are several people waiting to be served.
And if you go toward Nezu, there is a cake shop of a unique architecture.
This is Le Coussinet which opens only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It used to be a liquer shop and the architecture is over 115 years old. I had an eclair which was very delicious.
For More Information
- Ueno Sakuragi Atari Address: 15-6 Ueno Sakuragi 2-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- Okano Eisen Address: 1-26 Yanaka 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- O-Gio-Chi Address: 11-8 Ueno Sakuragi 2-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- Kayaba Coffee Address: 1-29 Yanaka 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- Le Coussinet
Address: 34-24 Nezu 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo