October 21, 2017

Tokyo, Japan 2016 | Day 8: Ultraman Town & Gotokuji

When I booked for my Airbnb in Tokyo, I didn't know that the neighbourhood that I was going to is also known as the Ultraman Town. The place is called Soshigaya Okura (祖師ヶ谷大蔵). My host told me that the studio that produced Ultraman used to be in this neighbourhood but now they have moved away. Even so, there are lots of Ultraman elements around the area which brings back so much childhood memories! Misato hasn't explored this part of Tokyo before so we decided to meet up at the station that day and see how many Ultraman related stuff we can find~

As soon as you exit the station, turn right and you will see Ultraman right beside the station exit.

The lamp post at the main street are Ultraman inspired!

Along the street there are even Ultraman banners flying above. The main street is pretty crowded with locals and there are a lot of tiny shops and cafes to explore.

We went off the main street to one of the alleys and entered this place which has a restaurant that operates at dinner time.

I stopped by this store and bought lots of snacks as souvenirs. I did so much shopping that I have to return to my homestay to unload before I go on exploring Tokyo for the rest of the day.

Ultraman themed cafe. If you're a huge fan I guess you can pay a visit for the fun haha!

Such a cute grooming salon! I love the exterior design of the shop ♥

At the end of the street, you can spot another Ultraman flying high above! There are lots of stuff to explore around the shopping area of the neighbourhood and it actually took us a while to find this. I won't say where it is so if you're really curious you can go an explore Soshigaya-Okura if you happen to have time while travelling in Tokyo :)

Afterwards we planned to visit Gotokuji temple (豪徳寺) which is famous for its Maneki Neko. It's along the same train line towards Shinjuku station and before we head over, we stopped by a restaurant at the train station to grab a quick lunch. I got soba noodles with tempura, it's so good and so cheap! Definitely check out stores around train station as they are sometimes cheaper to dine in.

There's quite a distance to walk from Gotokuji station to the temple but we managed to get there navigating through the neighbourhood with the help of Google Maps. It was late autumn and the place was so beautiful! We got to talk to the person in charge of taking care of the temple and he told us that if we had came a week earlier it would've been even more beautiful. Gotokuji temple itself is really gorgeous and gives me the feel of Kyoto. It's quiet and peaceful here too, not as touristy as famous places like Sensoji temple or Meiji Jingu. It's my favourite temple throughout my trip!

The temple is famous for its Maneki Neko and claims to have the most here (?) They were flooding everywhere, it's just so crazy hahahaha XD

Hi Misato! :D

Behind her are tombstones lol.

So happy to be here!

The sun was setting soon but I'm glad we got to take photos before the sky turns dark. I really love the vibe here and how beautiful the autumn leaves are ♥ I even took some leaves from the temple back home as memories :D

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