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Course 10 – Kototo Walking Course | 言問コース

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The The Kototo Walking Course | 言問コース starts at the Thunder Gate at Asakusa and strolls up the Sumida river to shrines that house the Seven Gods of Prosperity.From KaminariMon (Thunder Gate) to the Seven Gods of Prosperity


7.5 km in Total Length


Stroll around Sensoji Town

Higashiueno 5-chome – Nakamise

Temples gathered around Asakusa Street after the great fire of 1657. Therefore, this area was called Shinteramachi during the Edo period. If you see a giant cook’s face on top of a building, below it is Kappabashi Dougu Street, where you can find all kinds of restaurant utensils. Once you finally pass through the street of tools, you will find a row of shops selling Buddhist altars and accessories. The first section of the Kototo Walking Course extends all the way to Kaminarimon aka the Thunder Gate.

Shrine festival and walk along the ink bank

Nakamise – Sakurabashi

Pass through Kaminarimon and pass through the lively Nakamise Street. Sensoji Temple dates back to the Edo period, during the reign of Emperor Suiko (628). Of course, it is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Okuyama on the west side of the main hall was a different world that became a mecca for spectacle and street performances during the Edo period. That “worldly” energy has been inherited in the Sixth Ward Industrial District. Asakusa Shrine behind the precincts is also known as Sansha-sama. The Sanja Festival in May is one of the festivals that represents Edo, along with Kanda, Sanno, and Fukagawa. It goes around Sumidai, Sumida Park, and reaches the X-shaped Sakura Bridge.

Sumida River Seven Lucky Gods walk

Kotoibashi – Kanegafuchi Station

The Sumida River is newly attracting attention as a waterfront. Cross the Kotoibashi Bridge and visit Mukojima. Sumida Park along the river is famous for its cherry blossom viewing. In addition, the Sumida River Seven Lucky Gods tour along the Sumida River was an elegant New Year’s event for the common people of the Edo period.


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I have lived and worked with my family in Japan since 2005. For many years I have been interested in the very practical and creative side of Japanese culture. In my free time I travel around, enjoy hiking in the countryside and cities, and just generally seeing and doing new things. This blog is primarily a way for me to focus my energies and record and teach others about what I have learned by experience constructively. I am interested in urban development, and sustainable micro-economics, especially home-economics, and practical things everyday families can do to survive and thrive through these changing times.

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