Tokyo Solamachi

Tokyo Solamachi, a new shitamachi. A place where you can get limited-edition goods as souvenirs sparkling with craftsmanship.

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The commercial complex of Tokyo Solamachi opened in May 2012 together with Tokyo Sky Tree. Its 312 shops always provide the latest information while retaining the traditional culture of shitamachi (downtown).
Business Hours
Saturday ( 10:0 AM ~ 9:0 PM )
Sunday ( 10:0 AM ~ 9:0 PM )
Weekdays ( 10:0 AM ~ 9:0 PM )

Dining AM11:00~PM11:00
Address
TOKYO Solamachi, Oshiage, Sumida-ku Tokyo 〒131-0045
Phone
(0570) 55-0102

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About

A “new shitamachi style” is the concept. There are many kinds of facilities such as a shopping area, a museum and an aquarium. Together with Tokyo Sky Tree, the number of visitors has topped 100 million since its opening 2 years ago. It has become a new Tokyo landmark.

Postal Museum Japan

A 9th-floor museum that introduces and displays goods related to the postal service and communications. Along with a stamp display that numbers 330,000 which ranks as Japan’s largest collection, there are also about 400 exhibits relating to postal service within and outside of Japan. The world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, Japan’s first stamp, the Ryuumon stamp and an Important Cultural Property of Japan, the Embossing Morse telegraph, are also among the displays.

Chiba Institute of Technology Tokyo Sky Tree Town Campus

Located on the 8th floor, you can try out things in Area 1 such as the Magic Card ON THE FLY PAPER, a tablet computer made from a piece of paper, and a simulation of a Mars explorer vessel. In Area 2, you can view a high-resolution video of the moon’s surface and feel that you are flying over it (Moon Walker). And in the 300-inch 3D Space Theater, you can watch “A 13.8 Billion Space Voyage”.

Japanese Souvenirs

Located on the 4th floor which has been designed to evoke the image of a large-scale “ohdana” (big store) that used to be seen in the Edo Era. There are plenty of shops imbued with the attractiveness of Japan selling items such as ornate hairpins and hand towels, and cosmetics made from Japanese materials like konnyaku rice bran and azuki beans.

Sumida Aquarium

Located on the 5th floor, it acquired one star (if you’re interested) in the 2013 Michelin Guide. With the theme of an ocean in Tokyo, the aquarium has been set up so that you can get real close to places such as an open rooftop pool-like tank where you can see penguins and fur seals, and the Tokyo Tank which has been re-created as the Ogasawara Sea. It takes 3 minutes on the Tokyo Sky Tree line from Asakusa without needing to transfer. Tokyo Solamachi will become the center of a new shitamachi.

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Access

Tokyo Solamachi is directly connected to Oshiage Station.

From Shinjuku Station to Oshiage Station:
Take the Chuo-Sobu Line (Local) to Kinshicho Station, change trains to the Hanzomon Line to Oshiage Station (44 minutes, ¥390)From Tokyo Station to Oshiage Station:
Take the Marunouchi Line to Otemachi Station, change trains to the Hanzomon Line to Oshiage Station (29 minutes, ¥200)

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Reviews

2 years ago
Good place to spend your time waiting for Sky Tree admission
When I went to visit the Sky Tree, I got tickets for a few hours later. Good thing was there was Tokyo Solamachi at the foot of the tower! I spend my few hours here looking around and shopping, the mall is still fairly new since it opened in 2012. The mall is very big and come with many restaurants as well. Be prepared to come across big crowds of shoppers though.
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3 years ago
Excellent for food. Excellent for shopping.
Tokyo Solamachi is huge. Features many great shops (the small Ghibli store here seemed to be popular with tourists), a beer hall, plenty of restaurants from around the world, an aquarium, and winter illuminations around Christmas. It does take a long walk to get from one side to the other, and there are multiple floors, so it is quite easy to get lost if you are bad with directions (like I am). Still, Solamachi is the place to go if you want to spend a day shopping after visiting Tokyo Skytree, and much like last year, I will be visiting Solamachi to do all of my Christmas shopping in one convenient place.
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