“Kiyosumi-Shirakawa” Enjoy coffee and art in a historical town

“Kiyosumi-Shirakawa” Enjoy coffee and art in a historical town

Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station is jointly operated by the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Toei Oedo Line, located in Koto ward. You can easily reach to a major business area such as Nihonbashi or Otemachi station, and it has been one of a popular area to live.

Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is known as an “Art town” since there are many art galleries and museums including ”Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo” (currently closed for renovation). Besides, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa was in the news when “Blue Bottle Coffee” from United States, opened their first roastery and cafe in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Following such movement, several cafes and roasteries increased in this area, which brought a new brand to Kiyosumi-Shirakawa as a “Coffee town”.

Kiyosumi-Shirakawa used to be a logistics hub, especially for trading of salt. The river had been renovated to ferry in materials, and many storage houses had lined by the river. Most of the buildings were burned down during the Great earthquake and war, however you can see the superbly detailed replica models in the “Fukagawa Edo Museum” which you can see and feel how the town looked like and how locals had lived during the past ages.

For people who want to enjoy this area further, it might be a better choice to take a local cycling tour. There are some tours for foreign people: such as "TRECK TRECK"( You can enjoy historical spots where Hokusai Katsushika, a famous Ukiyoe painter loved, or local spots such as popular craft factories, unique food shops, winery or shrines. Once you join it, it should be easier to make an image to live in this area.

Living in a riverside town with many parks and green. How about trying such life in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa?