Tea houses in Sangenjaya


From the mid-Edo period, great numbers of Tokyo residents would pilgrimage to temples and shrines outside of the city, and two popular pilgrimage routes diverged here at Sangenjaya. The area once depicted by Hiroshige is now a charming, quaint and calm neighbourhood filled with chic coffee shops, bars, tea houses, restaurants and bakeries.


As a starting point for two popular pilgrimage routes, this was therefore a popular place to stop for refreshment. Sangenjaya means “three tea houses” in Japanese, and is named for the three tea houses, the Shigaraki, the Kadoya, and the Tanakaya, that were located here.