located in the Kuramae and Kotobuki
neighborhoods of Taito Ward of Tokyo
and is served by the Toei Asakusa
and Oedo Subway Lines. Kuramae Station
has two platforms on the Asakusa
the two tracks between them – one
for passengers going to Nihombashi
and Nishi-Magome Stations, and the
other for those bound for Oshiage
Station. The platform serving Oedo
Line is an island platform with
one track serving passengers bound
for Iidabashi and Tochomae Stations,
and the other for those going to
Ryogoku and Daimon Stations.
which means "front
of the warehouses", is basically
a wholesalers' town with many bulk
shops, most of which deal in toys,
games, fireworks and carp streamers.
During the Edo period, Kuramae had
stables for warriors' horses, besides
for rice that was harvested on the
Shogun's farms. Kuramae was also
home to the original sumo stadium
before it was shifted to Ryogoku
in 1985. Today the Kuramae
Water Treatment Center stands at
the site. The area also has several
small shrines and temples, the most
important being Torigoe-jinja.
is one of the oldest shrines of
Tokyo dating back to 651. The shrine
was originally built on a small
island in shallow sea, but later
in 1620, the shoguns filled the
land and it became part of Edo.
Torigoe-jinja is mainly known for
its festival that attracts tens
of thousands of visitors every year.
Celebrated at the beginning of June
each year, Yomatsuri
for its sengan-mikoshi ,
or portable shrine. This 4 ton shrine
(which is the heaviest in Tokyo)
is carried by over two hundred men
in a procession around the town.
Dancers and children carrying flags
head the procession. Other people
surround and follow the shrine carrying
paper lanterns. Still others gather
and line the streets to experience
the mystical atmosphere.
is located 5 minutes from Kuramae