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Updated: April 2, 2018
Hugging the banks of the Edogawa River, Taishakuten-Sando and the surrounding area is a pocket of Tokyo that time has forgotten, full of retro flair and old-world charm.
Left untouched by the air raids of World War II, the 200-meter-long path which leads from Keisei Shibamata Station to the Shibamata Taishakuten temple is one of the city's best places to experience what Tokyo looked like before the modern era. The street retains a pleasantly nostalgic atmosphere, with artisan's workshops, wooden houses and old-fashioned shops snuggled close together.
Taishakuten-Sando was the setting for one of Japan's most popular film series "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" (It’s Tough Being a Man), which ran from 1969 until 1995. You will see plenty of older Japanese visitors taking pictures with the statue of Tora-san—the movie's comic hero—near the entrance to the street. After taking a snapshot or two, slowly meander towards the temple while munching on salty-sweet dango rice dumplings or old-school treats from the dagashiya candy shops.
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