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The Best 19 Things to Do in Shinjuku (A Stroll to Reminisce About Natsume Soseki)


The Best 19 Things to Do in Shinjuku (A Stroll to Reminisce About Natsume Soseki)


A Stroll to Reminisce About Natsume Soseki: Things to Do in Shinjuku


"The Best 19 Things to Do in Shinjuku" includes "Enjoy a Soseki Stroll in the Waseda Area Loved by Literary Giants," a tour we also offer as "Kagurazaka Walking Tour." Let's take a stroll to reminisce about Natsume Soseki in Shinjuku.


Natsume Soseki once lived in Kagurazaka, and many shrines, temples, and restaurants from his novels appear there. Recently, we started offering Geisha experience tours at Shimakin, Kagurazaka's oldest restaurant, established in 1872 (Meiji 2), which is also featured in Soseki's novels. Shimakin was Japan's fourth restaurant to open, specializing in beef hot pot. During the Edo period, eating beef was prohibited, making beef hot pot a symbol of the end of the samurai era and the advent of modernization.


The Best 19 Things to Do in Shinjuku (A Stroll to Reminisce About Natsume Soseki)

Natsume Soseki was born in Kikuicho, Shinjuku Ward. His father, a village headman, named the town after the Natsume family crest. The site where Soseki spent his last nine years has become the "Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum." It's a 7-minute walk from Waseda Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and an 11-minute walk from Kagurazaka Station.


Nearby, you'll find the Yayoi Kusama Museum, the Kigumi Museum, and Anahachimangu Shrine, closely associated with Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of the Edo period, famous for the "Takadanobaba Yabusame" horseback archery event. While visiting the "Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum," it's worth exploring nearby facilities.


The Best 19 Things to Do in Shinjuku (A Stroll to Reminisce About Natsume Soseki)

On your way from Kagurazaka Station to the "Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum," you'll pass "Sakanaya Sanshiro," a long-established fishmonger founded in 1732. It's one of Japan's oldest fishmongers, boasting a rich history. The name "Sanshiro" in Soseki's novel "Sanshiro" is said to have been inspired by Tanaka Sanshiro, who lived nearby. Still, there's also a theory it came from the nearby "Sakaya Sanshiro." Reflecting on such connections, walking the path Soseki once walked can be a fascinating experience.


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How to Access Kagurazaka


The Kagurazaka area is conveniently located within 30 minutes from any major station in Tokyo. This is because Kagurazaka is situated in the heart of Tokyo, at the center of the Yamanote Line. Please come and visit this convenient and charming Kagurazaka.





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