Tokyo Bike: mellow peddling in Yanaka

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Tokyo Bike: mellow peddling in Yanaka

Hop on a Tokyo Bike to explore the traditional neighbourhood of Yanaka.

The Yanaka neighbourhood is a miraculous place in Tokyo, one of the only areas to have been spared both bombings and earthquakes. Rent a 'Made in Japan' bicycle from Tokyo Bike, located in a machiya, a traditional house that has today been transformed into the hippest of bicycle stores.

Starting at the rental shop, you will go back in time by peddling along rows of traditional wooden houses, then past a typical cemetery containing no fewer than 7,000 tombs, including that of the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu. The Jomyo-in Temple shows off more than 80,000 stone statuettes in the form of Jizo, the bodhisattva of children and forgotten souls. For lunch, you can enjoy the slow-paced feel of an old coffee shop, Kayaba Coffee, dating from 1916, where you will hesitate between meat curries and egg sandwiches.

You can finish the afternoon by stopping for an artistic pause in an alternative art gallery located in an old bathhouse, hence the name Scai the Bathhouse, or by visiting the store Kamenoko Tawashi, which means 'turtle scrubbers' in Japanese, where they sell these traditional scrubbing brushes, plus t-shirts and mugs emblazoned with turtle images.

Tokyo Bike
4-2-39 Yanaka
Taito
110-0001 Tokyo
+81 (0)3 5809 0980
www.tokyobike.com

Yanaka Cemetery
7 Chome-5-24 Yanaka
Taito,
110-0001 Tokyo
+81 (0)3 3821 4456

Jomyo-in Temple
2-6-4 Ueno Sakuragi
Taito
110-0001 Tokyo
+81 (0)3 3828 2791

Kayaba Coffee
6-1-29 Yanaka
Taito
110-0001 Tokyo
+81 (0)3 3823 3545
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kayaba-Coffee-House/603003393051305

Scai The Batthouse
6 Chome-1-23 Yanaka
Taito
110-0001 Tokyo
+81 (0)3 3821 1144
www.scaithebathhouse.com/en/

Kamenoko Tawashi
2-5-14 Yanaka
Taito
110-0001 Tokyo
www.kamenoko-tawashi.co.jp