03Shinagawa History and Snack Tasting Walking Tour
This tour was a desire tour which took us a famous souvenir shop with a tasting, the historic sites and temples and shrines of the former Tokaido Road Shinagawa Accommodation where the atmosphere of Shinagawa remains. The tour offers to visit the Shinagawa Shrine, which has the Ana Inari Shrine, known as a power spot for money luck, and taste popular snacks "Shinagawa Maki" and "Shinagawa Mangetsu". We took a break with Japanese green tea and dorayaki (a traditional Japanese pancake-like treat) at " Ippukuto" after a short walk. I saw, walked, ate and enjoyed the charm of Shinagawa.
Shinagawa Shrine, which has a power spot for money luck
At Shinagawa Shrine, when climbing Shinagawa Fuji (Fujizuka), it is said to have the same benefits as climbing Mt. Fuji. It also makes us feel adventurous. I am interested in washing their own money with the sacred water named as " Sacred one grain ten thousand times water " in Ana Inari Shrine. After washing the money, If you spend the money in the mall in front of the temple, it will be multiplied by 10,000 times later. Some people were washing 10,000-yen bills!
Tasting confectionaries in popular souvenir shops
One of the highlights of this tour is to stop at the famous souvenir shops. "Kyoan," a Shinagawa confectioner, has "Shinagawa Mangetsu," (Lemon-flavored baked confectionery) which awarded the 2015 Shinagawa Souvenir Grand Prize. And "Akioka," which was founded in 1895, has "Shinagawa Maki" rice cracker wrapped with seaweed. Both are delicious!
Take a break with handmade dorayaki and Japanese green tea
As a resting place on the way, we have been to the cafe "Ippukuto", which offers handmade Japanese sweets and Japanese green tea. Dorayaki is a hand-made Japanese pancakes that is delicious with sweet bean paste sandwiched between the chewy dough! I also learned how to brew Japanese green tea and enjoyed the aroma and taste. I want to visit Shinagawa again with full of charm.
Shinagawaura Funamari, which was a fishing village
At the end of this tour, we headed for Shinagawaura Funamari, where the image of Fisherman Town remains. I was surprised that the area around Shinagawa-juku was known as a flourishing fishery and was a source of seaweed at that time. In the Edo era, a big whale strayed into Shinagawaura. It caused a great disturbance in Shinagawa-juku. After the whale died, people made a grave and buried the bones of the whale.