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Shin-Okubo: A Multicultural Neighborhood

Shin-Okubo, which is right next to Shinjuku, is sometimes called Tokyo's "Korea Town." However, the area is a melting pot for many cultures, and with its reasonable hotels, Shin-Okubo is also attracting visitors from abroad.

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July 18, 2018

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Sawara

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Sawara is surrounded by rivers, and was an important transport hub in the Edo period. Thanks to attractions like historical riverside buildings and seasonal festivals, Sawara is always a great place to check out.

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Fukushin Gofukuten Kimono store that has been in operation since 1804. Located in a historical riverfront building officially designated as an important site by the city. Contains a small museum with historical tools and reminders of life in the Edo period.

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Toyohashi bridge (The bridge used in a Thai film) A bridge built around 300 years ago. Famous for the sound of the river water that runs underneath via a rainwater gutter. In present day, water is run once every 30 minutes for sightseers to enjoy.

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Boat tour This tour allows you to view the historical riverside buildings of Sawara by boat. Women wearing traditional farming garb serve as guides, telling riders about the history of the city.

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Nipponia Sawara This hotel has renovated several historical buildings into guestrooms, eateries and more. The interiors are decorated with a period feel to help guests feel the history and culture of the city.

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Yasaka Shrine antique market An antique market held at Yasaka Shrine on the first Sunday of every month. Rare items like katana swords, period tools, and vintage clothing are available. Also includes local food, plants, flowers and more.

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Suigo Sawara Ayame Park A park where you can enjoy spring flowers like irises and wisterias. At the end of May begins the Ayame Festival, in which the park's 1.5 million irises, made up of 400 varieties, are in bloom. Traditional weddings, which incorporate boats, can also be seen.

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Katori Jingu Shrine This shrine's brightly-colored gate, or romon, and main hall are both registered Important Cultural Properties. Also has historical treasures like a Heian-period mirror, a ceramic pair of Koseto Komainu dogs and more.

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1) Fukushin Gofukuten
Address: 505 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
2) Toyohashi bridge
Address: 1722 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
3) Boat tour
Address: 1730-3 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
4) Nipponia Sawara
Address: 1720 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
5) Yasaka Shrine antique market
Address: 3368 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken (Yasaka Shrine grounds)
6) Suigo Sawara Ayame Park
Address: 1837-2 Ogishima, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
7) Katori Jingu Shrine
Address: 1697 Katori, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken

Others

Burekimera Oyasumidokoro (soy sauce gelato stand)
Address: 1703-3 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken
Abumo Seiyu (raayu, sesame oil seller)
Address: 3398 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken

Reporter

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Thanijachinya Thananchaiyakarn

Nationality:
Thai
Occupation:
Talent/Actress
When did you first come to Japan?:
2016
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been an actress in Thailand for 10 years and recently moved to Tokyo for work. I have been interested in the Japanese entertainment industry since I was young as my stepdad is Japanese and I learned a lot about the culture from him over the years. I love how Japanese comedies and prank shows are able to make audiences laugh so hard all the time! Here in Tokyo, my goal is to challenge myself to become successful within the next few years.
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