A guide to local favorites in Monzennakacho (Monnaka)
- By Yukari Sakamoto
- Photos by Irwin Wong
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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