Thursday, May 10, 2018


On the last day of Golden Week, we went to check out the Kita-Shinagawa area.

When I think of Tokyo, I think of skyscrapers and neon, sensory overload.

Kind of like Osaka but more crowded...we are slowly finding “the not so crowded” areas, like where the old Tokaido road is located, one of the main roads that lead to Nihonbashi, the center of Tokyo.

This is also where they park the yakatabune (large low boats that are used to sightsee the area especially at night).

It was neat seeing old alongside of modern.

Along the old Tokaido Road (which is now a shopping arcade) is Kaido Coffee.

We stopped in to check our maps and also to get some coffee.

A bit pricey but I enjoyed the coffee and atmosphere.

Another thing we’ve been noticing is that every area has their own shopping arcades.

Unlike Osaka, these shopping arcades do not have rooftops or covering and are thriving!

Some shopping arcades in Osaka that we’ve seen were barely hanging on.

There are many rivers that lead out towards the ocean so there are many bridges too.

This one was near Ebara Shrine.

We didn't walk the whole old Tokaido road, but will eventually do so.

Since it was lunch time, we went to nearby Tennozu Isle, where Satoshi works, and stumbled on this baseball field.

And I've posted about this before...they play two games both on the same field...dangerous yeah?!

There weren't too many shops open on Tennozu Isle because of Golden Week and because it is mainly an office area, luckily Salvatore Cuomo was...they actually have many shops around Japan and we've had our anniversary dinner there many moons ago.

we shared this Bismark pizza, topped with creamy mozzarella, an oozy egg, ham & asparagus.

And this Amatriciana.

Love the food here, and we also won some free food with their scratch off card game, so we'll definitely be back.

More bridges...

They are incorporating these British-looking taxis for the Olympics in 2020, so you'll see more and more of these in the future.

Random, but this camouflage tree was cool too.

It was nice to check out areas close to where we are.

Hope you enjoyed our adventures during Golden Week.

Kaido Coffee
2-3-7 Kitashinagawa
Shinagawa, Tokyo
Phone: 03.6433.0906
Closed Tuesdays
Hours: 10:30-17:00 (Mondays), 10:30-20:00 (Wednesdays-Fridays), 10:00-19:00 (Saturdays-Sundays)

Salvatore Cuomo
2-2-4 Higashi Shinagawa, Tennozu First Tower
Shinagawa, Tokyo
Phone: 03.5462.9765
Hours: Mondays-Fridays 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00, Saturdays-Sundays 11:30-23:00


Anonymous said...

so interesting! especially about the old Tokaido Road. I better look this Tokyo section up, sounds so different from the sections I walked: the portion from Tsumago and Magome (I think that was what it was called), then a section around the the Hakone area. Wait was that Nakasendo Trail?
Maybe the shopping streets were crowded because of Golden Week?
So glad that you are posting places around your area, or even finding "different" places other than in the touristy places that we go.

K and S said...

I think it is Magome-Tsumago trail V, we have this to check out. Not sure but I think Nakasendo Trail goes through Shiga prefecture...

Take care.

Rowena said...

okay I gotta ask because it was a shock 😮 to see it, but at Cuomo's they serve the amatriciana with a pair of tongs? please elaborate.

KirkK said...

We always find it amazing that a few blocks away from busy streets and skyscrapers, there are peaceful little neighborhoods in Tokyo.

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alibaba37 said...

I have loved your Golden Week adventures!! I'm looking forward to all your adventures as you settle in to your new neighborhood.

K and S said...

It was easy to serve with the tongs Rowena, except for the sauce part...most Italian places I know serve spaghetti with a fork & spoon to serve.

so different Kirk :)

glad you enjoyed it Jalna :)

am glad you enjoyed these posts alibaba37!

Take care everyone.

K said...

Mmm, that pizza looks so creamy on top!

K and S said...

K, the cheese was almost buttery!

Take care.