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Minato City Volunteer Guided Walking Tour

As a new endeavor, Minato City is organizing guided walking tours of local shopping areas in English for foreign residents who are new to Japan and want to know more about the city. Previous tours were held on September 15, 24 and October 6. Residents from Australia, Austria, India, Italy, Korea and other countries participated in the tours. This month we report on the tour in Azabujuban, held on September 24.

Historical overview

The tour began with an overview of the history of Azabujuban. Azabu literally means "hemp cloth," and the name is said to derive from the fact that the area was historically a major hemp cultivation point. Volunteer guides explained that since Azabujuban was a temple town leading to the Zenpuku-ji Temple, the area has been filled with various stores for centuries, making it a lively and bustling shopping area.

The tour participants were introduced to Juban Inari Shrine and Zenpuku-ji Temple at the beginning and end of the tour, where they learned differences between shrines and temples.

Traditional confectionery and popular shops

Azabujuban boasts numerous stores that were established in the area over a hundred years ago, as well as various fashionable and unique boutiques. The tour visited 11 of these stores, which were carefully selected by Minato City Volunteer Guide with the aim to introduce their long history.

Azabujuban is especially famous for its confectionery stores. The tour included a visit to a local taiyaki, or a fish-shaped pastry, store. Participants observed the traditional method of baking taiyaki and found out that the store master bakes an average of 1,000 pastries each day. They also discovered that the taiyaki is in shape of a sea bream, which is considered a special fish in Japan.

The tour also visited several unique stores in the area. One of them was a tenugui, hand towel, shop. Tenugui has been used in Japanese history as not only towels, but bandages, diapers, shoelaces and even maternity belts.

The tour was a delightful experience for all participants, who said that they learned and discovered many new things about the city. "I live and work here, but I don't have time to explore much," said one participant from Austria, who has lived in Japan for four years. "Today I discovered many new places." Another participant from Australia said she returned to many of the stores visited during the tour to purchase souvenirs for her friends and family back home. Please join us the next time.

Upcoming guided tours

Date: Please refer to the website below
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Azabujuban station
Reservation Deadline: 5 p.m. on the day before each tour
Capacity: 10 for each tour on a first-come, first-served basis
Reservation method: Fill in the application form on the Minato Travel and Tourism Association's official website at http://www.minato-kanko.com/volunteer-tour-guide (External link)

Note

A participant can bring up to three guests for each tour.


Supervising Section

Tourism Policy Subsection

Minato Call - City Information Service

Tel: 03-5472-3710

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