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Shibamata is known as the shooting location of a very popular, typical Japanese movie "Otoko wa Tsurai yo." The promenade leading to "Taishakuten," also called "Daikyoji," is an area where small, old school shops are lined up and is recommended for shopping and snacking on finger foods. "Takagiya Roho," which was used as the model for "Kurumaya" in the movie, still exists in real life so for movie fans this spot is irresistible. Another advantage is its easy accessibility from Tokyo Skytree.
- 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika, Tokyo
- Contact No.
- 3-min walk from Shibamata Station on Keisei Kanamachi Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 5:00-20:00 (garden open for visits 9:00-16:00)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 1 hour
- Admission fee
- Free entry to garden (Suikeien), sculpture gallery general admission: 400yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Statue of Tora-san
The bronze statue of Tora-san in front of the station is the symbol of Shibamata. It was designed based on the movie's signature scene where Tora-san, upon departing for his trip, looks back towards the heroine Sakura. A comment by the director aimed at his hometown is engraved around the base of the statue, and there is also an urban legend that says your wish will come true if you stroke the statue's left foot.
Promenade to Taishakuten
The Statue of Tora-san welcomes you upon your arrival in Shibamata by train. In the promenade that spans 200 meters from the station towards Taishakuten, there is a gathering of old historic stores that create a nostalgic atmosphere. You can feel the vibes of good old Japan. The place is always lively with tourists shopping for souvenirs and eating the specialty kusa dango (sweet herb dumpling).
The promenade in front of Taishakuten has been a popular tourist spot since the Edo era, frequented by visitors who came to worship the temple. Kusa dango and sembei (rice crackers) stores line up and there are especially many historic dango stores. "Toraya," used for Tora-san's parent's house and "Takagiya Roho," used as the model for Tora-san's home, exist here in real life. Not to mention the dango are very delicious and filling.
Tora-san Memorial Hall
Tora-san's memorial hall is obviously located in Shibamata, Katsushika, where the movie was filmed. It is a world filled with exhibits related to Tora-san, such as the real sets used for the film, photo areas and dioramas. Also in the neighboring "Yoji Yamada Museum," visitors can learn about the life of famous movie director Yoji Yamada.
With its official name of Kyoeizan Daikyoji, "Shibamata Taishakuten" is a nickname for this "Daikyoji." It has been featured in many works of art and literature since back in the day as one of Tokyo's renowned spots. Today, it is known as the temple associated with the main character Tora-san in the movie "Otoko wa Tsurai yo." Feel the air of its deep history.