Sugamo Station

Towards the "Granny's Harajuku"

Sugamo Station in northern Tokyo is located between Komagome and Otsuka Stations. It is also only 30 min walk from the Ikebukuro district and Sunshine City.

Quartier de Sugamo

Sugamo District

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And there are around 200 shops lining the street. You will find Japanese sweets, fashion items, and miscellaneous items at rather low prices, ideal for bringing back memories of your stay.

You will also find these street shops selling exclusively scarlet-colored underwear.

It may sound strange but it comes from the Japanese tradition which says that wearing red clothes would allow you to age in good health. As the district is particularly inhabited by older people, these shops have multiplied there.

Sugamo

Sugamo

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Sugamo

Sugamo

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Koganji Temple

 

A five-minute walk from the station is Kogan-ji Temple. The particularity of the temple lies in the statue of Togenuki Jizo, watching over the health of all, being there.

The temple has only been in the neighborhood since the 19th century, but a legend has settled in the collective imagination around the statue.

People line up in the temple to wash the statue with hand towels, which they then press against their ailing bodies in hopes of relief. If you have knee pain, you will have to wash the knee of the statue by making a wish and legend has it that you will be relieved.

Koganji

Koganji

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Koganji

Koganji

Guilhem Vellut

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