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The recommended route for a walk to familiarize yourself with Japanese traditions and culture

Takes 2-3 hours

Spots and established shops where visitors can be exposed to crafts, traditions and culture that have been passed down from as far back as the Edo period are scattered throughout Nihombashi and Ningyocho. This page provides a brief overview. Of course, there are many attractive spots and shops in addition to the following.
Perfect for shopping or just browsing, the spots on this walking course allow you to fully enjoy Japanese traditions and culture.

01. Chidoriya tenugui hand towel shop

01. Chidoriya tenugui hand towel shop

This is a specialty shop that offers approx 1,800 types of tenugui hand towels. The towels are carefully and individually made by artisans. Wash the towel after each use and the cloth will naturally become airy and soft. This means the longer you use the towels, the more comfortable they become, instead of growing worn and deteriorated. Choose your favorite tenugui and let it become more comfortable.
Address: 1-7-6 Nihombashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 11:00-19:00 Irregular holidays Access from hotel: 9 minutes

3 minutes from Chidoriya tenugui hand towel shop
02. Shoyeido Incense Co.

02. Shoyeido Incense Co.

Founded in Kyoto more than 300 years ago, Shoyeido is an established incense shop. Incense is used widely in the lives of Japanese people. It is used not only for religious purposes, such as at Buddhist temples, but also for tea ceremonies, in traditional Japanese rooms and in daily life. Incense sachets for clothing pockets and closets allow you to enjoy the fragrance without using fire. Recently, sachets made to fit card cases, such as for business cards, have also become popular.
Address: 2-12-2 Nihombashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed on: Sundays, national holidays
Access from hotel: 9 minutes
http://www.shoyeido.co.jp/

5 minutes from Shoyeido Incense Co.
03. Ubukeya

03. Ubukeya

Ubukeya is a cutlery shop. Since its foundation in 1783, this shop has specialized in the manufacturing and sale of various kinds of forged cutlery, such as kitchen knives, tailoring shears, tweezers and razors. The shop was named after accessories that can be used to shave, cut and pull out a baby's hair (ubuke in Japanese). There is a saying, "The only tools from Ubukeya that cannot cut things are tweezers, and the only thing that Ubukeya cannot cut is its ties with customers." True to these words, many customers come to this shop to repurchase items or for maintenance of items they already own. Overseas customers are not unusual visitors.
Address: 3-9-2 Nihombashi-Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
9:00-18:00
Closed on: Sundays, national holidays
*9:00-17:00 on Saturdays
Access from hotel: 12 minutes

10 minutes from Ubukeya
04. Arashio Beya

04. Arashio Beya

Arashio Beya is a sumo stable to which 12 sumo wrestlers, one gyoji (referee) and one tokoyama (hairdresser) belong. Morning training sessions can only be observed from outside the building. However, the training of sumo wrestlers, which is watched through a large glass window, is very exciting. Arashio Beya has a dog named Sankichi and cats named Moru and Mugi. Moru and Mugi have been so popular since their recent TV appearance that four photo books of the cats have been published.
Address: 2-47-2 Nihombashi-Hamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
Training hours: 6:30-10:00 Irregular holidays
*To check if a training will be held, please call the stable from 16:00 to 20:00 on the previous day. (Phone number: 03-3666-7646)
Access from hotel: 14 minutes
http://www.arashio.net/tour_e.html

17 minutes from Arashio Beya
05. Ibasen

05. Ibasen

Founded more than 400 years ago, Ibasen is an established paper fan shop. During the Edo Period, this shop served as a publisher (publishing producer) for famous ukiyo-e artists (such as Toyokuni, Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige). Ukiyo-e pictures from that period can be seen at the British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Van Gogh Museum and other overseas museums, as well as in Japan. You can admire Ukiyo-e pictures at Machikado-Tenjikan, the adjacent museum.
Address: 4-1 Nihombashi-Kobunacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
10:00-18:00
Closed on: Sundays, national holidays
*11:00-17:00 on Saturdays from April 1 to August 30
Access from hotel: 15 minutes

3 minutes from Ibasen
06. Ozu Washi

06. Ozu Washi

Founded in 1653, Ozu Washi is specialized in washi paper. It offers a wealth of washi products, including those for pictures such as Japanese-style painting, block prints and chigiri-e (collage of pieces of colored paper), calligraphy and stationary, as well as products for craftwork. The shop has admission-free exhibition spaces in the same building—Ozu Gallery, where exhibitions are held, Ozu History Museum, where valuable cultural treasures are stored, and Ozu Washi Shoran, where washi paper from all over Japan and works created using washi are exhibited. The shop also has the Handmade Washi Experience Studio, where instructors help you to experience washi papermaking and demonstrate their craft.
Address: Ozu Honkan Bldg., 3-6-2 Nihombashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
10:00-18:00
Closed on: Sundays
Access from hotel: 18 minutes

3 minutes from Ozu Washi
07. Edoya

07. Edoya

Edoya is an established brush shop, which will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018. Its first shop manager, Rihei, was the in-house hakeshi (brush craftsman) of the shogun family. The name Edoya was given by that shogun family, highlighting its prestige. Edoya offers a surprising variety of brushes for business and personal use, including tooth brushes, hair brushes, body brushes, makeup brushes, and ones for shoes, clothes and hats. Machikado-Tenjikan, the exhibition section in the shop, is also a must-see space.
Address: 2-16 Nihombashi-Odenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:
9:00-17:00
Closed on: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays
Access from hotel: 17 minutes

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