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Orihara Shoten offers a selection of Japanese snacks and sake for tasting.
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A guide to local favorites in Monzennakacho (Monnaka)

Orihara Shoten offers a selection of Japanese snacks and sake for tasting.
  • By Yukari Sakamoto
  • Photos by Irwin Wong
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Monzennakacho (Monnaka)
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This area, called Monnaka by locals, is known for the Fukagawa Fudodo Buddhist temple; the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, where sumo tournaments were first regularly held in Tokyo; and as a hub of cheap izakaya pubs. Lately, cafes, bakeries and shops are luring in a younger crowd, but older buildings and shops that still stand make a stroll through the neighborhood feel like stepping back in time. In that way, Monnaka offers a nice contrast of old and new Tokyo.

Meet Yukari Sakamoto

Born in Tokyo, raised in Minnesota and drawn back to the Japanese capital to be closer to relatives, Yukari is the author of “Food Sake Tokyo.” She offers tours to local markets and cooking classes out of her home. On her days off, she can be found relaxing in onsen, or hot springs.

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Monzennakacho (Monnaka)

Naritasan Fukagawa Fudodo temple
Try to time your visit to the Buddhist temple to coincide with the fire-drumming ritual offered five times each day. The ceremony is daily at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Inside the temple, which the public can enter, is a prayer corridor lined with thousands of crystal deities.
Naritasan Fukagawa Fudodo temple, Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-17-13
Kintame Pickles
Kintame serves colorful meals all based on pickles. Order the bubuchazuke lunch “set,” or combo, for the biggest variety of fermented vegetables.
Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-14-3
Orihara Shoten sake shop
Tachinomi are casual stand-and-drink bars. Orihara has a big selection of sake, fruit liqueurs and the trending Japanese gin-of-the-moment. The staff can help recommend small pours to explore the beverages of Japan.
Orihara Shoten sake shop, Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-13-11
Truffle Bakery
The brick building will stand out. A wide variety of breads are sold, including the popular egg salad truffle sandwich and the white truffle salt bread.
Truffle Bakery, Tokyo-to, Koto-ku, Monzennakacho 1-15-2
Ito Yokado hypermarket
Ito Yokado is the biggest supermarket in the heart of the city, with an impressive array of prepared foods. Cooks will definitely want to check out the kitchenware section.
Ito Yokado hypermarket, 1-chōme-5-30 Kiba, Koto City, Tōkyō-to 135-0042, Japan
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Yukari Sakamoto
Born in Tokyo, raised in Minnesota and drawn back to the Japanese capital to be closer to relatives, Yukari is the author of “Food Sake Tokyo.” She offers tours to local markets and cooking classes out of her home. On her days off, she can be found relaxing in onsen, or hot springs.
Irwin Wong
Irwin is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in the madhouse that is Tokyo. Though an Australian transplant, he has spent his entire photographic career in Japan and specializes in portraiture and documenting subcultures and ancient traditions. His favorite thing about Tokyo is how vast and unknowable it still seems, even after all this time.

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