Welcome to TOKYO
Welcome to TOKYO
Welcome to TOKYO
Tokyo is, without doubt,
a city of superlatives.
The most populous metropolis on earth is the financial heart of Asia and home to the most exciting nightlife scene on the continent. Only in Tokyo do five-star hotels sit next to ancient hot-spring baths, and only here can you relax in a Meiji Period (1868-1912) teahouse before shopping for the latest electronics. Tokyo's position as the gateway to Asia means that the riches of the Orient - from Buddhist temples to martial arts festivals - are a part of local life. But the city's international character also guarantees world-class standards in accommodation, dining and fashion. Tokyo and its people have a lot to be excited about us they look to the future.

Under the motto "Towards the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020!" Japan's capital has its sights set on hosting the world's most prestigious sporting event. Meanwhile, the recent completion of Tokyo's tallest skyscraper and the debut of a prominent international marathon ensure that the city remains Asia's most compelling destination. And of course, the same exotic spirit that has enchanted visitors for 150 years remains a part of every Tokyo neighborhood. So welcome, and enjoy your stay.

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Tokyo is a city with unparalleled diversity and attractions. The city mixes fantastic ancient traditions handed down over the years with advanced technology creating new values in the face of constant change.

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Where unique traditions and advanced culture coexist and come together

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TRADITIONAL ARTS
Traditional Japanese entertainments retain their power to amaze and delight
*Kimono
First created in the 17th century, ukiyo-ewoodblock prints are the most renowned examples of Japanese fine art. The prints often depict village life and nature scenes. At the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Harajuku, visitors can enjoy kiyo-e  rints from the Tokugawa Period (1603-1867) through the 20th century.
CUISINE
With an emphasis on freshness and an attention to seasonal ingredients, Japanese cuisine offers something for everyone
*Tempura
This traditional dish features seafood, vegetables and other delicacies that are breaded and fried to a light, golden finish. Some favorite items include shrimp, squid, and sweet potato. Tempura is often eaten with grated radish and a vinegary sauce calledponzu.
*Sushi
Perhaps Japan's best-loved food, sushi can be eaten as a snack or as a part of a sumptuous feast. Most sushi restaurants offer a side variety of styles, but almost all of them have shrimp, eel, egg, and several varieties of tuna.
TOKYO's traditional crafts
OME's traditional crafts
OME's traditional crafts
Ai-zome (indigo dyeing) Kosoen is a few Studios maintaining the traditional method of al-zome(indigo dyeing) in Japan. There is to be able to try the dyeing process yourself. At first, you will imagine the design of the cloth. Next, you will soak and rub the cloth in the liquid. Then you will wash and rinse out it in the water. You will repeat this process third or fourth times. Finally, to achieve the cloth, you will hang it to dry. Also, there is to be able to purchase excellent products by the craftmen. Kosoen is located in Ome City, western Tokyo.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Kosoen
Address
8-200 Nagabuchi, Ome-shi Tokyo
Tel / Fax
0428-24-8121/0428-22-4069
Website (URL)
http://www.kosoen.com/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Ai-zome (Indigo dyeing)
Fee
handkerchief 1,600yen~
AKIRUNO's traditional crafts
AKIRUNO's traditional crafts
Gundo-gami is handmade Japanese paper produced by a traditional process handed on from before Edo period. It named after where the paper was born: Gundo, Akiruno city, Tokyo. People once took a leave from producing Gundo-gami with the introduction of mechanical papermaking process, but now here Akiruno Furusato-kobo undertakes the conservation of the tradition and conveys it to the next generation. Here you can try papermaking, and purchase various paper crafts such as a postcard.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Akiruno Furusato-kobo
Address
671 Otsu, Akiruno, Tokyo
Tel / Fax
042-596-6000
Website (URL)
http://akiruno-furusatokobo.a.la9.jp
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
You can make Japanese paper hanshi (plain paper, 24cm×33cm), and various crafts like postcards, business cards and/or handy fan with your own paper.
Fee
Whole-day program: 4,500 yen (including materials).
Short-time program: 1,080yen (including materials) for two pieces of hanshi or six pieces of postcard.
The rate varies depends on the thing you'd like to make.
AKISHIMA's traditional crafts
AKISHIMA's traditional crafts
Eiko Katayama is "Aizome artist. -ae, Using the pure water of Akishima helps her achieve even more impressive deep "Japan blue color. Her work is very unique, and recently you can find the products such as scurf which could be used on a daily basis.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Aindigo-Art
Address
2-3-17 Miyazawacho,Akishima City,Tokyo
Tel / Fax
042-546-1047
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Aizome
Fee
From ¥1,200~
Traditional Crafts Event
Name of the event
Akishima walking event(concerning natural water source)
Outline of the event
You can experience Aizen,which is included in this course.
Place
Akishima
Day and Time
Annually in March
Contacts
Akishima Town Planning Association
ITABASHI's traditional crafts
ITABASHI's traditional crafts
In 2004, the "Itabashi Traditional Arts and Crafts Preservation Society" was founded with twenty-two members engaged in traditional arts and crafts in Itabashi. It hands down traditional arts and crafts products manufactured using traditional technology and techniques to the people of Itabashi. Some members of the Itabashi Traditional Arts and Crafts Preservation Society are also registered as Intangible Cultural Assets by Itabashi City.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Edo Komon Kobayashi Sengei
Address
7-40-5 Takashimadaira, Itabashi, Tokyo
Tel / Fax
03-3939-2861
Fee
Experience: up to 6 people (Cost: 3000yen)
Workshop viewing: approx. 25 people
An English-language website exists.
Traditional Crafts Event
Name of the event
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
“Experience! Discover! Artisans!”
Outline of the event
Demonstration and hands-on experience
Place
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Day and Time
October 13 (Sat), 14 (Sun)
Contacts
TEL: 042-388-3300
NAKANO's traditional crafts
NAKANO's traditional crafts
There is what is referred to as the sum doll' in the doll wearing a kimono in Japan own hairstyle. Craftsmen that make the 「sum doll」 live in Nakano. Become beautiful kimono of various patterns by skilled craftsmen, are craftsmen took over the tradition of Edo culture Tokyo handwriting Yuzen" in the Nakano. There are a lot of Japanese Traditional craft other than these.
Traditional Crafts Event
Name of the event
Traditional craft Exhibition in NAKANO
Outline of the event
You can also be a challenge to Japan art.
Craftsman will tell.
Place
Nakano Industry Promotion Center ※May become a different venue
Day and Time
Each year the first Friday of June, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 to 17:00
Contacts
Nakano ward office
Urban tourism and regional activation
Web site to introduce traditional craft
http://www.visit.city-tokyo-nakano.jp/category/playing/traditional/24354
SHINJUKU's traditional crafts
SHINJUKU's traditional crafts
One of the local industries of Shinjuku City is Fabric dyeing, e.g. Edo Komon(Tokyo Fine Patterned Dyeing, Edo Sarasa(Printed Silk Calico) and Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Some-no-Sato “Futaba-en”
Address
2-3-6 Kami-ochiai, Shinjuku-ku / 5minutes walk from Nakai station(Seibu Shinjuku Line, Toei Oedo Line), 10minutes walk from Ochiai station (Metro)
Tel / Fax
03-3368-8133
Website (URL)
http://www.futaba-en.jp/en/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Dyeing lesson(Advance reservation required)
Fee
2,500yen
Traditional Crafts Museum
Museum Name
Tokyo-Somemonogatari-Museum(The Tokyo dyeing museum)
Address
3-6-14Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku / 2minutes walk from Omokagebashi Station(Toden Arakawa Line), 15minutes walk from Takadanobaba Station.
Tel / Fax
03-3987-0701
Admission fees
Free. Activities and lectures are paid service.
Opening day and times
10:00–12:00, 13:00-16:00
Closed day
Sat., Sun., Holiday
Traditional Crafts Event
Name of the event
Some-no-Komichi(Fabric Dyeing Festival)
Outline of the event
・River Gallery(Dyed Kimono Textiles hung over the river)
・Street Gallery(Shopping Street Decorated by Noren)
Place
Nakai and Ochiai area(Shinjuku-ku)
Day and Time
From the end of February to beginning of March(3days)
Contacts
Executive committee of Some no Komichi
OTA's traditional crafts
OTA's traditional crafts
Omori Nori Museum This is the only museum in Japan that is themed around seaweed. the Omori which is localeted in Ota city, Tokyo, was one of major production areas for Seaweed(Nori) in the old days and also very famous, The exhibition of Nori industry and event in which visitors can experience Nori production are offered. Also it is possible to take hands on approach to learning more about seaweed, including experiencing how it is made. Seaweed can purchased as a gift to take away.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities & Traditional Crafts Museum
Museum Name
Omori Nori(Seaweed) Museum
Address
2-2 Heiwa no Mori Koen, Ota City Tokyo Approx 15 minutes walk from Heiwajima Station on the Keikyu main line.
Tel / Fax
03-5471-0333 / 03-5471-0347
Website (URL)
Each year the first Friday of June, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 to 17:00
Contacts
http://www.o-2.jp/navi/index.cgi?c=zoom&cate_1=1&pk=110
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Experience how it is made through November to April Exhibition of Nori industry and history
Fee
Experience fee: free
Admission fees
Free
Opening day and times
Open: 9:00 to 17:00(9:00 to 19:00 from June to August)
Closed day
Closed: The third Monday every month, New Year's holidays.
TAITO's traditional crafts
TAITO's traditional crafts
Taito City is one of the most famous places in Japan for its large share of the traditional craft industry. Many craftsmen who manufacture various traditional-handicrafts articles are playing an active part.
Traditional Crafts Museum
Museum Name
Taito City Edo shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum - Gallery Takumi -
Address
22-13, Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Transportation
5min.walk from Asakusa Sta[Tsukuba express] 15min.walk from Asakusa Sta[Toei Asakusa/Ginza Subway Line]
Tel / Fax
03-3842-1990 / 03-3842-1990
Website (URL)
http://www.taito-culture.jp/craft/craft_museum/english/page_01.html
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
・Exhibition
Some 350 works of Traditional Crafts, collected from some 45 kinds of art, are on display
・Demonstrations
Every Saturday and Sunday, some artists of Traditional Crafts demonstrate, right before your eyes, how they create their works.
Fee
Free Admisson
Opening day and times
Opens Every Day 10:00am-8:00pm
SUMIDA's traditional crafts
SUMIDA's traditional crafts
Amid the merchant culture of old Edo, Sumida thrived as a center of traditional crafts. Many workshops survive even today and continue to make original crafts. Visitors can make their trip to Sumida unforgettable by creating their own crafts. Learn at the hands of real artisans and create your own, one-of-a-kind souvenir of your trip.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Kataoka Byobu
Address
1 Chome-31-6 Mukōjima, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 131-0033
Tel / Fax
03-3622-4470 / 03-3622-0294
Website (URL)
http://www.byoubu.co.jp/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
This is the only folding screen (byobu ) specialty store in Tokyo. You paste cloth or paper onto the wooden screen and create a beautiful picture. Byobu are traditional Japanese furnishings which can be used as room dividers, wind barriers or simply for decoration. They are popular internationally in interior design.
Fee
1000 yen
Shop and Facility Name
Atelier Sogeikan
Address
3-8-2 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0003
Tel / Fax
03-3622-2381
Website (URL)
http://www.byoubu.co.jp/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
This studio mainly makes Japanese lanterns with handwritten brush calligraphy. You can enjoy just looking at all the lanterns and fans of various shapes and different lettering styles displayed in the studio. You can try your hand at writing Edomoji , a special kind of lettering, on a fan.
Fee
1000 yen
Shop and Facility Name
Tsukada Kobo
Address
2 -11-7 Mukōjima, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 131-0033
Tel / Fax
03-3622-4579 / 03-3622-4590
Website (URL)
http://www.edokimekomi.com/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Kimekomi dolls are beautiful wooden dolls with Japanese costumes made from cloth with the edges tucked into grooves in the wood. The technique was pioneered in Kyoto and brought to Edo where it developed in a unique way.
Fee
1000 yen
Shop and Facility Name
KAMISM Lab.
Address
3-7-11 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0002
Tel / Fax
03-5637-8571 / 03-5637-8572
Website (URL)
http://kamismlab.jp/en
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
The artisans at this studio carefully create highquality washi using traditional artistic techniques such as woodblock printing and paper marbling. You can choose from three styles and make your own small sheets of washi.
Fee
1000 yen
Time needed for activities:30 minutes
KATSUSHIKA's traditional crafts
KATSUSHIKA's traditional crafts
Every thing which we see every day in the present age is brought out from system mechanized highly, and things produced in large quantities overflow socially. "Handmade "rustic "a taste" what is being lost gradually from our personal belongings. However, it is positive again that there is absolute demand "that we are troubled with if it is not this". In Katsushika City, there is still a lot of "craftsmen" in succession to the traditional skill since the Edo era, the Meiji era. We examine natural material closely carefully and inherit perception cultivated by longtime ascetic practices and tradition industrial art object which we make full use of the traditional "skill and are made towards at the present and the future.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Katsushika Traditional Crafts Building
Address
7-3-16 Tateishi,Katsushika-ku
Tel / Fax
03-5671-8288 / 03-5671-8288
Website (URL)
http://www.dentosangyokan.com/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Making small products (product change each month)
Fee
Tuition 2,000 yen (include material costs)
If you want to experience other than schedule date on the website, more than 6 person is necessary and venue usage fee will take 3,000 yen for the group other than tuition.
Traditional Crafts Museum
Museum Name
Katsushika Traditional Crafts Building
Address
7-3-16 Tateishi,Katsushika-ku.
Tel / Fax
03-5671-8288 / 03-5671-8288
Website (URL)
http://www.dentosangyokan.com/
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Edo wood sculpture, Inden, Tokyo silverware, Cut glass sculpture, Edo oshie hagoita, and others.
Fee
Free
Admission fees
Free
Opening day and times
Opening day and times
Closed day
Monday, Tuesday, Year-end through New holidays
Traditional Crafts Event
Name of the event
Katsushika City Traditional industries craftsman society festival
Outline of the event
Sale of traditional crafts by Katsushika City Traditional industries craftsman society.
Place
7-2-1 Aoto,Katsushika-ku (Techno Plaza Katsushika)
Day and Time
4th Saturday and Sunday of May
Contacts
03-3838-5587 (Person in charge of Commerce and Industry Division industry promotion)
Name of the event
Katsushika City industry fair
Outline of the event
Introduction of Katsushika City industry and sale of traditional crafts.
Place
7-2-1 Aoto,Katsushika-ku (Techno Plaza Katsushika)
Day and Time
4th Friday, Saturday and Sunday of October
Contacts
03-3838-5587 (Person in charge of Commerce and Industry Division industry promotion)
EDOGAWA's traditional crafts
EDOGAWA's traditional crafts
To this day Edogawa City has traditional industries that transmit the history ando culture of Japan Traditional craft exhibitions to introduce traditional craft products and demonstrations by traditional craft artists are held in the city.
Shops and facilities where you could participate in hand-on activities
Shop and Facility Name
Shinohara-Furin-Honpo
Address
4-2-5 Minamishinozaki,Edogawa-ku
Tel / Fax
03-3670-2512 / 03-36772552
Hands-on activities that tourists can participate in there
Experience made with a wind-bell
Fee
Wind-bell 1,700yen or 1,200yen
Traditional Crafts Museum
Museum Name
Shinkawa-Sakura hall
Address
7-15-12 Funabori,Edogawa-ku
Tel / Fax
03-3804-0314
Admission fees
Free of charge
Opening day and times
9:00–21:30
Closed day
The year-end and New Year holidays
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