Tokyo by tokyobike - <i>Part I</i>

Tokyo by tokyobike - Part I

Embodying the relaxed style of our hometown of Yanaka, tokyobike is based on the simple concept of comfort over speed where the journey is just as important as the destination. Enjoy this evolving compilation of our favorite places, created to help you explore Tokyo at your own pace.

tokyobike Rentals Yanaka
tokyobike Rentals Yanaka is a concept shop that serves as a gateway to the east side of Tokyo. Located on the former site of the 300-year-old sake purveyor Isego, the shop is a great place to start the day with quality coffee and countless ideas for the day ahead. After you are caffeinated, grab a bicycle and get explorying.
4-2-39 Yanaka Taito-ku Tokyo

Providing a comfortable setting for a casual meal, the cafe starts the day with a seasonal breakfast set, serves sweets and light dishes through the afternoon, and rolls out an internationally-inspired menu after dark. The adjacent art space and guest-curated playlists provide the sights and sounds to complement your meal, while events and performances often permeate throughout the building.
3-10-25 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

As the world of hotels continues to evolve, hanare presents an endearing concept: rather than a single building, the whole town can be your hotel. Founded by Hagiso, the dispersed hotel makes use of a network of local places in the Yanaka area. The short journeys from place to place provide a chance to explore the neighbourhood, while the friendly concierge can provide local insights to guide you along the way. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in Yanaka, hanare is the perfect place to get a taste of everyday life.
3-10-25 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Colorful and functional creations await at KONCENT, the Kuramae-based design shop where everyday items are mixed with an ample dose of fun. At the heart of the extensive lineup are the shop’s original H Design goods, which are produced in Japan in partnership with designers ranging from university students to industry veterans.
2-4-5 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Sandwich boards adorned with chalk drawings of cheese on toast and other home-style dishes mark the otherwise unassuming entrance to Camera, an eatery and shop on Kuramae’s Kokusai Dori. Joining a number of friends with shops and ateliers in the area, Kosuke and Miwako Tamura decided to create a small space to showcase their respective talents: Kosuke produces bags, wallets and other leather goods, while Miwako bakes sweet and savoury treats.
4-21-8 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Nakamura Tea Life Store
Tucked away down a quiet backstreet in Kuramae, Nakamura Tea Life Store presents organic green tea from a fourth-generation tea grower based in Shizuoka. Filled with the aroma of freshly brewed tea, the shop’s pared-back interior is a mix of aged timber, well-worn tea chests and homely touches. With an atmosphere that feels a world away from the urban bustle, Nakamura Tea Life Store provides a friendly introduction to the world of Japanese tea.
4-20-4 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Ex. Flower Shop & Laboratory
Located a quick trip across the river from Kuramae, Ex Flower Shop & Laboratory shares a high-ceilinged industrial space with a local cafe in Higashi Komagata. Visible from the adjacent street, the shop’s counter is laden with countless vases of fresh flowers, while their dried counterparts fill open drawers and sit bundled together in loosely wrapped bouquets.
1-1-9 Higashi-Komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Adding a touch of nature to the streets of Kuramae, Maito is an atelier and shop specialising in naturally dyed goods. Based on simple, understated designs, the shop’s original clothing and accessories showcase rich colours drawn from sources ranging from cherry blossoms to chestnuts, mulberries and indigo.
4-14-12 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Surrounded by greenery on a quiet corner in Torigoe, Syuro is home to designer Masuko Unayama’s original creations and a curated selection of interior goods and antiques. Ranging from stoneware plates and leather goods to skincare products and kitchen canisters, Syuro’s products are sparsely arranged beneath the high ceilings of the minimal space.
1-16-5 Torigoe, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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Bakery Miura
Having arrived in Sendagi via Zushi and Kawasaki, Bakery Miura has established a loyal following among locals since opening in September 2017. Owner-baker Norihiko Tobita makes authentic everyday bread with a dedication to organic Japanese produce that is good for both his customers and the environment.
2-2-15 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Beer Pub Ishii
The origins of Beer Pub Ishii date back to the mid-1990s, when owner Tomoyuki Ishii’s first encounter with British pub culture inspired him to create a neighbourhood pub of his own. Almost two decades in the making, the compact gastro pub specialises in Japanese craft beers and has become an informal hub for the local Yanaka community.
3-45-8 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

CIBI Tokyo Store
Capturing the spirit of CIBI’s flagship in Melbourne, the CIBI concept store in Tokyo has a universal appeal: heartwarming meals, handpicked lifestyle goods and a welcoming atmosphere. Deliveries of fresh produce are swiftly turned into jams, muffins and other delights, while a selection of modern tableware and Sori Yanagi-designed cutlery provides the finishing touches to the home-style cuisine.
3-37-11 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Soba Kokoro
As a soba-loving child, Toru Asami always dreamed of running his own soba restaurant and after honing his skills at several classic establishments, he opened the doors to Soba Kokoro in late 2015. The chef can seen preparing the day’s noodles in the 80-year-old building’s front window each morning. Shortly afterwards, the aroma of the bonito broth starts to the waft down the street towards Nezu Station, unofficially signalling the start of the day’s service.
2-11-10 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Renovated and brought to life by the team behind Hagiso, TAYORI is a cosy and child-friendly destination hidden just moments away from the bustle of Yanaka Ginza. The delicatessen and cafe offers a host of regional dishes that can either be purchased over the counter, enjoyed in-store as light meals or wrapped up in bento boxes to go.
3-12-4 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Yanaka Beer Hall
An 80-year-old former residence is the unlikely location for Yanaka Beer Hall, an all-day destination for beer and snacks inside the Ueno Sakuragi Atari complex. Positioned alongside a bakery, a community space and a shop selling salt and olive oil, the Showa-era building provides a taste of the past and a unique setting in which to relax with some local beers.
2-15-6 Ueno Sakuragi, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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Milonga Nueva
Tango flows through the retro interior of Milonga Nueva, a Jimbocho kissaten with a classic atmosphere more than six decades in the making. Step inside and you’ll find charcoal-roasted coffee, sweet cakes and world beers joined by a collection of more than 500 records, which provide the soundtrack for quiet reading, casual meetings and an ample dose of people watching.
1-3 Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Positioned on a hill overlooking Sudo Park in residential Sendagi, Isego was founded in the Edo period and is a stepping stone into the world of sake. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Isego provides an insight into the unique characteristics and craftsmanship of Japanese sake makers.
3-3-13 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Higashi Mukojima Coffee
As one of the highlights of the lesser known neighbourhood of Higashi Mukojima, Higashi Mukojima Coffee offers specialty coffee and homemade sweets in a laid-back setting.
1-34-7 Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Mitsubado Shashinkiten
Founded by three passionate photography fans, Mitsubado Camera is a friendly corner shop that specialises in the sale, repair and rental of second-hand film cameras.
5-32-6 Higashi Nippori, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Inspired by the design of libraries, Postalco’s second shop consists of a refined ground floor space filled with the brand’s functional design goods. Composed but inspiring, the space proves to be the perfect setting for Postalco’s products, which include stationery in various shapes and forms, meticulously constructed rainwear and wallets developed with a traditional washi manufacturer in Tokushima.
2-2-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

The longstanding architecture bookshop Nanyodo can be found on the verge of Kanda Jimbocho, housed in a slender concrete building with a geometric facade. Spread across three floors, various bookshelves and podiums are filled with new-release magazines, monologues, guides and English-language publications, arranged in a way that entices you into the fascinating world of Japanese architecture.
1-21 Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Hidden behind an unassuming shopfront not far from Tokyo University of the Arts, Nanohana brings the flavours of Sado Island to the quiet enclave of Ueno Sakuragi.
1-10-26 Ueno-Sakuragi, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Morioka Shoten
Tucked away on a quiet street in Ginza, the historic Suzuki Building is home to one of Tokyo’s most intriguing bookshops: Morioka Shoten. Morioka’s unique approach and curation adds a sense of anticipation to each visit. Week in, week out, you never quite know what you’ll discover at Morioka Shoten.
1-28-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Kumu Tokyo
Noriko Konuma opened Kumu Tokyo in a quiet Bakurocho laneway in 2015, creating not only a shop and gallery, but a place for people to gather and make new connections. Time seems to slow down from the moment you enter the pared-back retail space, where a selection of carefully crafted items are presented in a refreshingly understated manner.
1-13-16 Higashi Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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3331 Arts Chiyoda
Ascend the stairs to the main entrance and you’ll find a building with more than a dozen galleries spread above and below ground, along with free spaces hosting residency projects, workshops, events and more.
6-11-14 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Lomography +
Don’t think, just shoot. This simple, fun-loving philosophy lies at the heart of Lomography’s Japanese flagship, which can be found tucked away inside Arts Chiyoda 3331 in Soto Kanda.
6-11-14-102 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Based in a former dressmaking workshop, the compact shop is home to a charming array of one-of-a-kind lamps, mirrors and ornaments, all of which are made by hand by artists Eriko Mano and Kyoko Yaguchi.
3-13-6 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge
Serving as a friendly and welcoming hub for both travellers and locals alike, Nui has become a lively part of the local community since opening its doors in late 2012.
2-14-13 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

The shop’s founder, Akira Ogino, has been making wagashi (Japanese confectionery) in Yanaka for almost four decades, during which time his traditional creations have become firmly entrenched in the hearts of both local residents and sweet-toothed visitors alike.
5-2-5 Yanaka,Taito-ku,Tokyo

Rainbow Kitchen
Focusing on showcasing the true flavors of locally sourced ingredients, the burger menu is highlighted by an impressive variety of cheeseburgers—single, double, bacon, chilli, shimeji mushroom and more—which are complemented by a range of bistro-style dishes.
2-28-7 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Tonkatsu Sugita
Mitsuro Sato considers himself to be an artisan, not a chef, and is dedicated to a single category of Japanese cuisine: tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet). Following in his father’s footsteps, Sato is the second-generation owner of Tonkatsu Sugita.
3-8-3 Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo

As the humble partner of the famous udon restaurant Kamachiku, this casual restaurant serves freshly made udon adorned with toppings such as potherbs and juicy beef tendons. A selection of light tempura and a long list of sake make for a luxurious meal by day or night.
1-2-14 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Housed in a renovated classical dance studio and residence with a stylish timber interior, the sweets shop offers an enticing selection of baked treats and tempting snacks, ranging from cakes to cream puffs, tarts and puddings.
3-31-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Arrive early at Saito-yu and you’re likely to find a bunch of locals waiting with sento baskets in hand, ready to partake in their daily soaking ritual. Renovated in 2015, the 80-year-old bathhouse remains a fixture of the Nippori community, providing a place for multiple generations to gather, relax and replenish.
6-59-2 Higashi Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo

Arise Coffee Roasters
With a friendly "ohayou-gozaimasu", Arise's owner Taiju Hayashi welcomes customers into his compact coffee shop and roastery in Kiyosumi Shirakawa. Poised behind the counter like the captain of a ship, Hayashi works with a casual efficiency as he drips coffee, sells single origin beans and chimes into conversations with the customers who gather inside.
1-13-8 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Route Books
Route Books is a true hidden gem. Located on a quiet laneway barely a few minutes from Ueno Station, the distinctive shop is joined by a furniture showroom, botanical shop and ateliers in a complex operated by local construction company Yukuido.
4-13-9 Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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