Nippori

  

Nippori Station is a train station located in the Nippori area of Arakawa Ward of Tokyo. It is a major interchange station serving the JR Yamanote, Joban, and Keihin-Tohoku Lines; the Keisi Electric Railway Main Line; and the Toei Nippori-Toneri Liner.

 

Nippori Station has 12 platforms – 1 and 2 are elevated Keisi platforms; 3 and 4 are Joban Rapid Service platforms; 9 and 12 are for Keihin-Tohoku Line; and 10 and 11 serve Yamanote Line. Tracks 5-8 have no platforms as they are for the Takasaki Line and the Utsunomiya Line, which do not stop at the station.

 

 

Nippori , which literally means “place where the sun sets”, is a quiet and unassuming area where one can still enjoy the charms of old Tokyo. The streets, houses, halls and buildings of the Edo period still remain in Nippori. Some halls have been designated as memorial halls of famous people from the past, while some buildings are now museums. There is also a small temple and a cemetery.

 

Nippori Textile Town

 

Nippori is also known as the center of fabric stores. Its famous Nippori Textile Town is located just a short walk from Nippori Station. There are signs from the exit of Station that lead to Nippori Textile Town. Nippori Textile Town is actually a mile long street with over 100 fabric stores on both sides of it. This “town”, which opened during the Taisho era (1912-1926), has both retail stores and wholesale stores that sell to retailers. A large variety of fabrics, ranging from silks to leather, and specialized sewing equipments like sewing machines, threads, ribbons, buttons, etc. can easily be found here at very reasonable prices. Whatever the day or time, Nippori Textile Town is always crowded with fabric and sewing enthusiasts.

 

The most popular store of the place is Tomato , a large 6 stories tall store that sells the widest selection of practically everything fabric and fabric-related. Each floor has a different type of fabric - one has 100 yen per meter fabrics, one silks, the others cottons, linens, synthetics, furnishings, quilt fabrics and so on. There are various types of sewing trimmings and accessories as well.

 

Fujimizaka

 

Fujimizaka, which literally means Fuji View Slope, is the only remaining historical slope in Tokyo from where Mt. Fuji can be viewed. From all the other places the views have been blocked by high rise buildings.

 

Fujimizaka is located a 5 minute walk from Nippori Station. On a sunny day, you can get a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from the top of the slope. The best times are in mid-November and January-end at dusk when the views are breathtaking.

 

As construction in the area is growing, there is the danger of the view being blocked from this only remaining slope as well. In order to prevent this from happening, a Citizens Alliance to Save the Fuji-View, or CASF, has been formed. The intention of this organization is to protect this only remaining scenic heritage of Tokyo by restricting construction in the area.
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