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How to enjoy Kabutocho and Kayabacho
How to enjoy Kabutocho and Kayabacho

2022.09.20

How to enjoy Kabutocho and Kayabacho

VOL.01 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

What kind of experiences and flow of time await you when you step into Kabutocho? Depending on the time of day, the ways in which you can enjoy the town changes greatly. The context in which the city flows at that time of day will also differ. With this in mind, our editorial staff wants to share their recommendations on how to enjoy Kabutocho from morning to noon.

8:00 am

KNAG offers everything from breakfast to dinner in an open and comfortable space. Created by Mr. Yasutsugu Ishiwata, who has developed Marked, a grocery store in the center of Sumida-ku Honjo and Shibuya, the store opened in December 2021 with the idea of “creating a community in the city through cafes. KNAG, derived from the Danish word meaning “coat hanger,” is a place where anyone can relax and take a breather. If you arrive in Kabutocho early in the morning, order the popular seaweed salt butter toast set (350 yen) while catching up on your emails. Seated near the large window, you can enjoy a freshly brewed hot café latte that is served in a colorful mug. Some people are on their way to work, some are jogging, and others are slowly pushing their baby strollers. Each morning seems to be unique in its own way, making it the perfect place to reflect on the day ahead.

KNAG 1F KABUTO ONE 7−1 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026

10:00 am

A short walk toward Kayabacho will bring you to IMANO FRUIT FACTORY, a fruit store surrounded by office buildings. This long-established store opened in 1952, soon after the end of World War II, as “IMANO FRUIT STORE”. The store’s sandwiches were a popular item amongst the increasing number of businessmen who worked in the nearby finance companies. In 2003, the store was renamed IMANO FRUIT FACTORY and began to offer fruit sandwiches, smoothies made with seasonal fruits, and cakes that changed to reflect the times. While the special fruit sandwiches sound tempting, we recommend going for a walk around town while sipping on a light seasonal fruit smoothie.

IMANO FRUIT FACTORY 1-4-7 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0025

11:00 am

On the weekends, people sometimes gather at the entrance of K5. The hotel regularly hosts pop-ups in collaboration with stores selling plants, flowers, and other goods. On this day, the “POP-UP STORE” by Cnot flower. & Canako Inoue opened selling original textiles and flowers. These temporary stores provide an opportunity to meet creators from a wide variety of expressive mediums. You can buy cut flowers and flowerpots, or browse through the many other goods on offer. Enjoy a casual, slow-paced shop, free from crowds. We hope that these small encounters give people an opportunity to incorporate plants and flowers into their daily life.

K5 3-5 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0026

12:00 pm

Nihonbashi Kabutocho is also known for its many spots where one can improve their luck. One such example is the “akaishi” (red stone) located on the first floor of KABUTO ONE. Known as “Sado no Akaishi” (red stone of Sado Island), it is said to have been cherished by Eiichi Shibusawa throughout his life as a stone of good fortune. You can experience the history of Kabutocho projected on the digital art piece “The Heart” as you feel the tactile sensation of the “Sado no Akaishi”.

KABUTO ONE 7−1 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026

1:00 pm

Book Lounge Kable, located on the third floor of KABUTO ONE, is a new type of library and lounge surrounded by plants, dining, and books ranging from subjects such as money and finance through to daily living. It is a flexible lounge used for reading, working, and sometimes for events. (※An admission fee will be charged for non-lunch use.)
Dive into your work or pick up a book on finance and discover something you didn’t know you enjoyed. If you’re hungry, there’s also a delicious lunch menu available. The quiet book lounges where each afternoon can be enjoyed are a secret favorite in the city.

Book Lounge Kable 3F KABUTO ONE 7−1 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026

Kabuto-cho has been called the “town of the beginning of things” since the Meiji era (1868-1912), and if you visit at the beginning of the day, you may find that something fun and exciting happens.

Text : Kohei Okura

Photo : Naoto Date, Tomohiro Mazawa