Shibamata

The town known as the setting of the film series Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man) is a treasure trove of historic buildings and hints of the shitamachi middle-class spirit.

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Experience the ambience of the friendly shitamachi middle-class town

Shibamata retains the ambience of a shitamachi middle-class town straight from the film series Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man). Shibamata Taishakuten Temple houses recognizable pieces of architecture such as Taishakudo and the main hall, and attracts a lively crowd during the Kanoe-Saru Fair. A treasure trove of historic buildings, the approach doubling as a shopping street since the first year of the Taisho period (1912–26) is fun to stroll through while munching on a famous handmade kusa-dango (sweet dumpling made with mugwort) or senbei (rice cracker). Shibamata Station features a statue of the films’ main character, Tora-san, as well as the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum displaying sets and objects used during filming. Nearby at the Edogawa River is the only Yagiri-no-watashi ferry landing left in Tokyo since the Edo period (1603–1868), where visitors can still board a ferryboat today.

Board a ferryboat in service since the pre-modern Edo period

Savor matcha green tea while gazing at the garden at Yamamoto-tei

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