!EVENT! Get a Free Transportation Pass to Explore the Metropolitan Area in Japan!

Tokyo Tour 2018.01.16
An One-day Tokyo Retro Trip on the Toei Bus and Tram

Popular Among Foreigners and Train Lovers "A Retro Tokyo Trip"

  • Everyone knows the big flashy side of Tokyo, but recently the thing to check out is a more older, retro side of Tokyo. Different from the enter city of Tokyo where there are bunches of people, these areas are more calm, laid-back way of life. 
    This time we thought it would be fun to introduce a travel course that shows people another side of Tokyo! Since it's still in Tokyo, you will really experience an awesome contrast!!
  • ♡Popular nostalgic Japanese snacks♡
    ♡Popular nostalgic Japanese snacks♡
  • ♡Super cute sleepy kitty♡
    ♡Super cute sleepy kitty♡

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The Best Transportation for a Retro Tokyo Feel
"Toei Kotsu"

To make the whole thing feel more authentic, getting around on Tokyo's tram is the way to do it.
What makes it better is there is a special ticket that will ride the tram a number of times without added fees.

"Toei One-day Pass"
(都営まるごときっぷ 1 日乗車券; Toei Marugoto

  • The Toei One-day Pass, gives you unlimited use of the Toei Subway, Toei Bus, Toei Streetcar/Tram (Toden) Arakawa Line, and Nippori-Toneri. However, please be aware that there is a difference if you use the late night bus!
  • As a part of this special event, you'll get a ticket and if you use up the whole ticket, bring it back to the JCD desk in Asakusa to enter to win some super cool prizes!

in Asakusa

★2-5-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Business hours: 10:00 ~ 7:00pm
(Not open on Sundays and Mondays)

There's a limited number of 20 tickets per day that are handed out!
There's a limited number of 20 tickets per day that are handed out!

🎫Event details🎫

※Event time frame
1/16/2018 (Tues) ~ March 16 (Fri)

★How to participate
❶ Enjoy all of Tokyo's retro side and take lots
 of pictures
❷Upload pic(s) on SNS and add #tokyotoei, 
adding the location to
*Please make sure the picture privacy is set to public
❸ And you've entered!
★SNS event notice
→ All entries that entered by March 16 will have a chance to win,
from there the winner will be decided via lottery
→Prize will be mailed by EMS by the end of the month

  • 1st Place Prize: instax Polaroid camera + film +
    original Toei Subway goods/1 person

  • 2nd Place Prize: Toei's mascot Minkuru tote lunch back
    and a Fuel Cell thermos

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Where to Go Using the Toei One-day Pass
Retro Tokyo Model Course

Kusa 63 (草63) Bus Stop 

(Asakusa Park 6th District (浅草公園六区))

  • So we took the pass we got from the JAPANKURU CONCIERGE DESK and headed out from Asakusa! There's a bus that takes you to some of Asakusa's recommended spots and it's only a 3min walk from the JCD. That bus is the Kusa 63 (草63) bus.
  • Just go straight towards the main road, cross the street and you'll see the Kusa 63 (草63) Bus Stop (Asakusa Park 6th District (浅草公園六区) to your left. 
  • Regarding the usage of the distributed metropolitan ticket, you can easily get on by showing off to the driver by cutting down the number that corresponds to the day of the day to use.
  • Take the Kusa 63 Bus for about 15mins and then get off at Ozeki Yokocho (大関横丁).
  • Once you get off the bus, go the way like in the upper right picture and walk straight for about 3mins.

❷ An Interesting Daily Life Shopping Street 
Joyful Minowa Shopping Street (ジョイフル 三ノ輪)

  • It is indispensable for overseas travel, it is a local market. Of course, one of the highlights of Japan is "shopping street".
  • At Joyful Minowa you can see the everyday life of Japanese people but it's totally different from the everyday life of those in places like Shibuya. There's a lot of fun things to be seen for sure.

Next we took the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line). It's included in the full One-day Pass of course! The first station of the tram, Minowabashi Station, is conveniently a super close walk from Joyful Minowa Shopping Street. So after shopping, we just hopped right out! It was of course conveniently, but also a really good chance to see parts of Tokyo that we normally wouldn't use other forms of transportation.

❸ Residents' Favorite Day Off Spot
Arakawa Yuen (あらかわ遊園) 
(Arakawa-yuenchimae Station (荒川遊園地前))

Arakawa Yuen is an amusement park that opened up in the 50's that has rides, an animal area, fishing moat, and more. AANNNNDDD if you show them your Toei One-day Pass you can get in for free~!

❹ Cuz a Persons Gotta Eat
Cool Cafe 
(Arakawa-shakomae Station (荒川車庫前))

  • We went to a nifty looking cafe terrace seating! It didn't necessarily fit with the "retro Tokyo" theme, but it was a really nice, well-priced place to eat along the Toei Pass.
  • We got their "koji hamburger patty" and it was super juicy and came with rice and a salad.It was surprisingly cheap as well! Normally hamburger patties can be overly priced, but not here!

❺ Come on Ride the Train🎶
Toden Omoide Hiroba (Toden Memorial Square)

(Arakawa-shakomae Station (荒川車庫前))

Here you can see two different old trams, 7500 type (No. 7504) and 5500 (No. 5501 model), that used to run in Tokyo. If you go on the weekends or a holiday you can go on the trams and check them out!

  • The seats on the 7500 (No. 7504 car) have been preserved, while the white model 5500 (car No. 5501), is used an for exhibitions/model.
  • It was really fun and easy to enjoy even if we didn't understand everything that was being explained.

Just a Few More Places!

❻ Local Foooooood
Hirasawa Boiled Fish (平澤かまぼこ) 

(Oji Station (王子駅前))


Thislil shop was shown on a popular Japanese TV show, and since then has became pretty well known.
If you love seafood, you'll love this small cozy shop!

It's also a great place to get to know Japan's
 interactive drinking culture.
Eating at a small place like this definitely has its charms and
one of our favorite things about Japan.

❼ The Elderly's Harajuku
Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street (巣鴨地蔵通り商店街)

(Kōshinzuka Station(「庚申塚))

 The younger generation goes to Harajuku,
and the older goes to a place called Sugamo.
Despite what you may think, 
there is PLENTY to see and do!
For those of you who know Shimokitazawa,
it's pretty similar.

There are many stalls and stores along Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street. It's a great place to enjoy a different side of Japan's busy and culture.

❽ A Local Temple That Delivers Prayers Easily
Kishimojindo Temple (鬼子母神堂) 

(Kishimojindo-mae (鬼子母神前))

Kishimojindo is famous and a favorite of many in Tokyo
as being a temple dedicated to the devil-goddess (name Hariti), 
who is regarded as the protector of children, 
easy delivery, and happy child rearing. 

Check out the picture on the right. If you know kanji (Chinese characters), you may have noticed the demon character oni (鬼). While she is a goddess of children, her negative aspects include the belief of her terror towards irresponsible parents and unruly children. Pretty cool huh!?
This may be the one goddess that has both a good and evil side!

❾ Hidden Japanese Garden
Higo-Hosokawa Garden (肥後細川庭園) 

(Waseda (早稲田))

This lovely garden or park used to be called Shin-Edogawa Park, 
but since March 2017 the official name was changed to Higo-Hosokawa Garden.
We loved the big pond and enjoyed being able to appreciate
the rich natural scenery of the garden.

There are several rooms in the pine shrine that were restored before the war. People are able to go in and observe, we went up to the 2nd floor and was able to relax for free! 

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