Tokyo Solamachi is a shopping complex that makes up part of the Tokyo Skytree Town, and boasts over 300 shops and eateries featuring a wealth of goods and tastes from around Japan.
Even for those unimpressed by the typical tourist shops, Tokyo Solamachi brings together a collection of unique outlets worth exploring. Select the perfect pair of chopsticks at Ginza Natsuno, paper products from 360-year-old Kyukyodo, or plastic food samples from Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya. Character goods, such as Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty, are perfect for fans of kawaii culture; Tabio and Beams offer Japan-made clothing, such as split-toe socks and local denim products. For those who simply want a slice of Japan to remember their trip, the selection at Nihon-Ichi often fits the bill.
Food options abound in the Solamachi complex, with a handful of rather well-known eateries stationing an outpost here. Slurp up the savory goodness of a bowl of Rokurinsha’s signature ramen, or dine on delicious yet affordable seafood from noted Hokkaido sushi-go-round Toriten. Need a pick-me-up? Get your caffeine kick at Gion Tsujiri, which has been selling Uji green tea and sweets in the Tokyo region since 1860. Visitors who don’t mind splashing out a bit more for a meal can enjoy the sky-high dining options on levels 30-31 of the Tokyo Skytree – cuisines on offer range from Korean barbecue to French to upscale teppanyaki joints.
Tokyo Solamachi is just one part of the sprawling Tokyo Skytree Town complex, and an entire day could be devoted to exploring the many diversions on offer. Aside from the obvious – the towering Tokyo Skytree – visitors can also enjoy the Sumida Aquarium and a recently-opened museum dedicated to the postal system in Japan. The Tenku Planetarium is also an option, though travelers should be aware that shows are offered in Japanese only. For visitors needing a step back from the crowds, Tokyo Sky Town’s abundance of green spaces and shady terraces make it the perfect place to simply relax.
The Tokyo Solamachi complex is located within steps of Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree line, and a short walk from Oshiage Station on the Toei Asakusa Line. It can also be reached in a 15 minute walk from the popular Asakusa tourist district on the opposite side of the river.
NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO is conveniently located in the midst of electric town Akihabara, also known as the capital of manga and anime. In addition, this neighborhood has an abundance of tech shops, maid cafes and a variety of restaurants. With just a 6 minute walk away from Akihabara station, it provides easy access to explore other areas nearby such as Ueno and Asakusa. This hotel embodies the rich cultures of music, art and food. Nohga’s concept of music is derived from Akihabara’s local history, starting as a district of radio and wireless component merchants in the late 1920s. The artistic and luxurious space throughout the hotel is achieved by featuring art and amenities designed in collaboration with craftsmen from around Japan. As for the food menu, it’s seasonal fresh ingredients are sourced domestically. The glasses and dinnerware served are collaborations with stores in the surrounding area. All 120 non-smoking guest rooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, in-room safety box, mini fridge, USB plugs, free Wi-Fi, a high-quality bluetooth speaker and flatscreen TV with original music and film. The lounge area and a compact 24-hour gym can be found near the reception on the second floor. Services include laundry (from 2,750JPY) and a 24-hour front desk with a check in time of 3PM and check-out time at 11AM For sightseeing you can rent a Tokyobike for the day (2,000 JPY/day) to explore the vicinity.
PIZZERIA & BAR NOHGA is an all day dining restaurant interpreting a fusion of “Spanish Italian” cuisine and has a kitchen to table design. There is a casual bar area and restaurant where you can take a peek inside the open kitchen whilst enjoying your meal. Visit the cafe for a range of coffees and teas along with an offering of tapas snacks and seasonal desserts. The cafe also offers an assorted dessert and all-you-can-drink cafe set. Breakfast takes on the art of sharing, where a range of platters are combined with focaccia and your choice of eggs cooked your way. Coming for lunch? Choose from a selection of pizzas, pastas and salads. Each lunch menu is accompanied with homemade soup, iced tea and focaccia. Dinner time offers a range of exquisite tapas and pizzas that can also be shared. Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00, Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Cafe 14:30 - 18:00, Dinner: 18:00 - 23:00 with last order at 10pm.
Opened in March 2018, the Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi is the series' latest permanent character cafe in Tokyo. The cafe and adjacent Pokemon Center DX store were launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first store back in 1997. The Pokemon Cafe operates on a reservation-only basis, timeslots can only be reserved up to a month in advance. The cafe serves up Pokemon-inspired dishes and drinks, making it a must-visit for fans on their Tokyo Pokemon pilgrimage. Pokemon Cafe Nihonbashi also sells exclusive cafe-only merchandise, as well as limited random coasters and placemats that are given to customers who order specific food items. The menu changes every month or so, depending on the season and game or event the store is currently promoting.
The Toyosu Market is a wholesale market in Tokyo, located in the Toyosu area of the Kōtō ward. There are two buildings for seafood and one for fruits and vegetables. Tourists can observe the market on a second-floor viewing deck. There are restaurants with fresh seafood and produce from the market and shops (Uogashi Yokocho). It is built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. It replaces the historic Tsukiji fish market.Auction tours, events, merchandise sales, and restaurants can be used by general consumers and tourists. [Wikipedia]
Senso-ji Temple is a popular spot for omikuji, or fortunes. These auspicious sheets are offered in a multitude of languages, enticing both Japanese and foreigners alike to see how their luck plays out. If the number you draw is less than lucky, don’t worry – simply tie up the offending fortune on the nearby wires and allow your bad karma to be spirited away. The temple also shares its grounds with the Asakusa Shrine, dedicated to the three men credited with the temple’s founding. Considered one of the oldest original buildings in Tokyo, the shrine plays host to the exuberant Sanja Matsuri every May. Another popular building (and photo spot) is the five-story pagoda A number of other festivals take place at Senso-ji throughout the year. The Kinryu-no-mai (Dragon Dance) can be enjoyed on March 18th and October 18th, when a large golden dragon on poles is paraded through the streets. Visitors on April 14th can witness the Sagi-no-mai (White Heron Dance), which features a parade of participants in both Heian-era outfits and heron costumes. In late autumn, the temple’s atmosphere grows even more exuberant during its end of the year rake fairs. Buyers come to purchase one of the many colorfully adorned tools in the hopes of raking in good fortune in the coming year. It is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, Senso-ji Temple – also known as Asakusa Kannon – can trace its roots back to the early 600s. In 628, two fishermen on the nearby Sumida River repeatedly brought up a golden statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy along with their usual catch. Finally deciding not to throw the statue back to the depths of the river once more, they instead brought it to their village headman, who convinced them to build a temple in its honor. Senso-ji Temple was finished in the year 645 and quickly became a pilgrimage site. Its popularity endured over the centuries and even continues in the present day, with most visitors making this one of their first stops in Tokyo. The road leading up to the temple, known as the Nakamise-dori or “street of inner shops”, peddles everything from lacquered chopsticks and ukiyo-e prints to cheap keychains and colorful trinkets. Cake-like ningyoyaki¸sweet treats that are served hot off the iron grill, are a popular purchase, as are warming cups of amazake in the winter months.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館) is a historical museum located at 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo in the Ryogoku district. The museum opened in March 1993 to preserve Edo's cultural heritage, and features city models of Edo and Tokyo between 1590 and 1964. It was the first museum built dedicated to the history of Tokyo. (Wikipedia)
Tokyo's primary sumo hall at Ryogoku Kokugikan (両国国技館 Ryōgoku Kokugikan) was completed in 1985. It seats over 10,000 spectators and hosts 3 of the annual sumo tournaments (in January, May and September) in the Grand Tournament Schedule.