Introducing heart-moving stories about Tokyo
you can’t find in tourist travel guides in
multiple languages and through videos!
Tokyo, a city full of skyscrapers and running in the frontlines of the times.
Amazing food, the latest fashion trends...the list of things to enjoy is endless, but did you know that there are so many historical secrets and heart-warming stories hidden in the city that you can’t find in typical tourist travel guides?
We’ve dug up these hidden gems and bring them back to life with the help of koudanshi, rakugo actors, and experienced voice actors to narrate the stories for us.
Through the short videos made from delightful illustrations, we welcome you to enjoy these “Tokyo Stories” as you get to know the city!
The Last Revenge in Japan
In 1880, Japan was amidst the era of the Meiji Reforms. In the Akizuki-domain mansion which was located in present day Ginza 6th avenue, a young man called Rokuro Usui takes vengeance upon his opponent. This became the last samurai act of taking vengeance in Japanese history. 12 years earlier, it was still the Edo period. The story begins in the Akizuki domain of Kyushu. Rokuro was the son of a samurai for the Akizuki domain.Rokuro’s parents were murdered by a political opponent of the clan when he was only 10 years old. His parents were murdered, his sister badly injured, and little 10-year old Rokuro pledged in his heart that he would one day take revenge…
The remains of the Edo Castle at the Imperial Palace
Furisode Fire That Burned Down the Castle Tower of the Edo Castle
On January 26th, 1655, the 17 year old daughter of a merchant passed away. Her parents pitied her loss and covered her coffin with a furisode kimono for the funeral, and offered the kimono to the temple afterwards. But the temple ended up selling this kimono to a thrift store. The following year, another 17 year old girl passed away, and of all coincidences, this kimono was once again offered to Honmyoji Temple…
A Surprising Relationship Between Ryoma Sakamoto and Nikolai-do
The famous Nikolai-do in Kanda. Did you know there is a surprising relationship between this Nikolai-dou and Ryoma Sakamoto? It was during the Edo period. Takuma Sawabe, a samurai of the Tosa domain, found a golden watch on the street, and sold it to the pawn shop, and was drinking with the money he earned. After the clan found out about his actions from the pawnshop, Takuma was ordered to commit an honor suicide, known as seppuku. Then Ryoma appeared on the scene...
Links with Google Maps
The app links with Google Maps, allowing users to easily and comfortably find their way around on a familiar map.
Ready to use, with an intuitive interface!
Once the user enters the menu page, they will discover that it is easy to navigate upon first glance.
The app is designed to be used intuitively.
If you select the “recommended route” icon, a page displaying all the routes, each with illustrations, depicting each will appear. If you select “search on map,” the nearby tourist spots will be displayed.
10 Recommended Routes by Tokyo Hidden Stories
It has become a very popular activity to walk around and discover historical sites in Tokyo. There are so many exciting hidden stories about the history of Tokyo. We have selected 10 routes that introduce such histories all around Tokyo.
Getting an idea of the route at first glance
From Here to the World:
Tokyo 30 Stories
A featured selection of 30 stories from the 100 available.
These stories all represent the essence of Tokyo. Stories of vengeance, tragic love, humor that sometimes bring tears to the eyes, are scattered around like hidden gems.
These are stories of Tokyo that we hope to share not only with Japanese people, but with all the visitors from around the world!
- Eiichi Shibusawa: The Father of Japanese Capitalism
- Rokuro Usui: The Last Revenge in Japan
- The Terminal Station That Protected Tokyo
- The Most Famous Revenge in History: The Attack of Akoroshi
- The Marathon World Record of Shiso Kanaguri, Founder of the Hakone Ekiden
- Gotokuji: The Temple of Maneki-neko
- Fushimiyagura and Ieyasu’s Act of Love
- Eiji Sawamura: The Great Pitcher Killed by War
- Save the Lives in Edo! -The Koishikawa Hospital-
- The Last Samurai Familiar with the West, Takeaki Enomoto
- Chobei Hanzuiin: The Man Who Did Not Succumb to the Vassals
- The Girl with the Red Shoes
- The Decision of Tatewaki Ishide That Saved the Prisoners from the Fire
- Inari Shrine Worshipped by the Brave General
- Kanei Sanbajutsu: The Man Who Earned a Promotion by Running Up a Stone Staircase on Horseback
- A Folktale of the Carpenter and the Cat
- Tadataka Ino: The Man Who Mapped Japan on Foot from the Age of 55
- Kaitai Shinsho: Translation of the Medical Book
- Furisode Fire: Kimono of a Young Girl Who Passed Away That Burned Down Edo
- Why There is No Castle Tower on the Edo Castle
- The Snow Woman Folklore
- Echizen Ooka's Sympathetic and Warm-hearted Judicial Decision
- The Tallest Building in Japan -A Combination of the Latest Technology and Traditional Techniques-
- The Curious Case of John Manjiro
- To Live is to Survive: The Decision of Ujizane Imagawa to Save the Family
- The Last Swordsman’s Skill -Kenkichi Sakakibara-