Nagareyama Honcho is the area next to the Edogawa River that flows to the west of the city. It is dotted with buildings that tell the city’s history – houses and businesses built in traditional Japanese storehouses, and stores that were established more than 100 years ago. The old Japanese houses are now art galleries, cafes and restaurants that are making their own, new history.Kirie-andon lanterns
Kirie-andon lanterns are a combination of kirie artwork, made using a Japanese paper-cutting technique, and traditional andon lanterns. These lanterns are hand-made by a pair of well-known local residents, and there are over 100 of them scattered across the Nagareyama Honcho area. At night, their soft glow amplifies the Edo-period atmosphere that still lingers in the Honcho area’s streets.Shiro-mirin
Nagareyama is the birthplace of shiro-mirin, or white mirin, a type of sweet rice wine that was originally consumed as a sweet alcoholic beverage but is now widely used as an essential condiment in Japanese cooking. In Nagareyama, you can find various dishes, desserts, and confectionery that are made using locally-produced shiro-mirin.The Edogawa River
Nagareyama flourished during the Edo period through the transportation of shiro-mirin and other goods to the old capital of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) via the Edogawa River. Today, it’s a beautiful place where locals love to go for walks or bicycle rides.The Kokosil Nagareyama Honcho app
This app has voice-guided walking routes as well as information on restaurants, cafés, souvenir stores and more! The app supports both Japanese and English. Make sure you download the app below if you’re planning to visit the Honcho area!