Friday, January 1, 2016

Kappabashi Kitchen Town

Sensoji Temple
Browsing the city of Tokyo starting from the farthest point of my destination is the Asakusa area which will continue with a circular route leading to the Tsukiji Market, Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku end up back. Because we will get around using Toei Subway Line and Tokyo Metro Line, it was decided to purchase Common One-day Ticket for Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway.

This ticket gives unlimited access and Metro Subway use during the day. So if you want to use it optimally make sure all is on track destinations that can be reached by Metro or Subway. One advantage of buying a ticket is to avoid this kind of business to buy tickets at vending Machine which sometimes can be troublesome. Understandably at some railway station price board whose names are written Japanese remarkable destinations like the photo below. This board was troublesome especially as not all vending machines provide the "Search Station By Name".

If it can board this model, usually I guess only the price or buy a ticket at the lowest price. Later when they arrived at the destination station, just go to the Fare Adjustment engines like photos below. This machine will help us know how many shortcomings ticket. Just enter the ticket has been purchased, the next will come out of information costs that must be paid. Having paid will come out a new ticket that can be inserted when we came out of the gate.

Asakusa is one of the old city center in Tokyo with Sensoji Temple as the central attractions. Sensoji is a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century For centuries Asakusa role as an entertainment center in Tokyo. In the Edo period this area is the center of Kabuki theater and the Red Light District that continued in the 1800s and 1900s when modern performances like cinema took over. But most of these areas destroyed during a World War II leaves Sensoji Temple which eventually rebuilt and became Highlights of this area.

Kaminarimon Gate
From the above should be noted that we will move from the Subway to the Metro so make sure that we are on the right gateway and platform. Please note that the station Shinjuku is a broad and large with thousands of people passing by every day. At the time of first arrived there, I was confused too see so many people walking signboard and relentless fast. So much to be absorbed but so little that can be questioned because most of them do not speak English.

I can not write here how to find the correct platforms because everything will arise itself as a part of intuition. Trust me, after getting lost a few times and all day train ride, we will surely know how to ride the train right at Japan :). In essence if we want to ride the train make sure the type of carriage, whether including Metro (Tokyo Metro Line), Subway (Toei Line) or JR. Then find the right gate by a symbol or the first letter of each line. Once the new gates are looking to meet the right platform.

Get off at the station Tawaramachi I started the show walking tour of Asakusa that include: Kappabashi Dori (Kappabashi Kitchen Town) - Sensoji Temple - Nakamise Street - Kaminarimon Gate - Asakusa Station. Tawaramachi station I chose because of its location adjacent to Kappabashi Dori.

Kappabashi Dori
a. Kappabashi Dori (Kappabashi Kitchen Town)

From the station Tawaramachi straight road until arriving at the intersection Kappabashi Dori characterized by head chef giant statue installed on the roof of the store Denkama Pottery Shop

Kappabashi Dori length of approximately one kilometer is met by 150 shops that sell a variety of household goods and restaurants, ranging from food supplies, kitchen equipment, dining furniture to uniform the chef at the restaurant. Reportedly nearly 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo to buy equipment here, so this place is called "The World Largest Cookware Market".

But what makes these stores becomes interesting is they sell are also examples of three-dimensional plastic food very similar to the original. Starting from a small sample in the form of a key chain to a large sample in the form of a set lunch all here. Glad also look example - an example of that food. Unfortunately the price is quite expensive, the fruit ranges from 600 yen key chains, refrigerator sticker prices vary between 450-700 yen.

The art of creating a three-dimensional samples of food is so evolved because it has become the habit of a restaurant or store food in Japan for displaying display the food they sell so that consumers have a complete picture of the kind of food that will be bought. Most of the shops here are open from 9 am to 5 pm and closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Satisfied to see this place, we walked straight up to the intersection Kappabashi We then turn right and go right until you find directions to Sensoji Temple.

b. Sensoji Temple

The road that we go straight besides apparently penetrated Sensoji temple. So if someone else went to Sensoji starting from Kaminarimon Gate then Nakamise Street, we walked the opposite of Sensoji new first exit towards Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate Station. As the oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji become the most visited temples. There are two gates, Gate Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) located in the outer area. The gate is marked by a giant paper lanterns were painted red and black color symbolizes lightning and clouds.

Nakamise Street
Passing through the Kaminarimon Gate, shopping lovers will be spoiled with a row of shops along approximately 200 meters of road Nakamise Street that many sell souvenirs like yukata, kimono and traditional Japanese food such as Osenbei (rice crackers) and Ningyoyaki (red bean cake). Rows of stores actually been around since the 18th century that people began to be allowed to sell near the temple and sell various items to the pilgrims arriving.

From Nakamise street which came in the second gate Hozomon Gate (Treasure House Gate) which is a miniature version of Kaminarimon Gate and into the beginning if we want mengeskplore Sensoji. In the complex there are extensive enough parks and Hall (small houses) are actually fun to be enjoyed slowly.