Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan

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Join The Travel Tester in search for great hotspots around the world. This week, we'll visit Sakura Gi Atari in the Yanaka neighbourhood.

If you’re looking for a unique Yanaka / Ueno restaurant experience, then we have found the place for you: Sakura Gi Atari is a group of three traditional houses built in 1938 that have recently been renovated and turned into a restaurant, café, clothing shop and even a tiny beer hall…

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Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka, Tokyo

 

 

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The Entree

Surrounded by a small courtyard, the three buildings give you a peek into what live must have been like in Tokyo 70-80 years ago. We arrived a bit late in the afternoon/beginning evening and it wasn’t open for too much longer, so it was actually nice an quiet. Can you believe they originally thought about turning this piece of land into a parking lot?!

 

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The Buildings

There are a couple of different shops to visit, let’s start off at the Kayaba Bakery. This is the sister shop to the bigger Kabaya Coffee, which apparently is a famous place in the Uenosakuragi neighbourhood as it already opened back in 1938! It was closed for 2 years since 2006, but with the help of a non-profit organisation, it saw new light (with all the original details and furniture saved).

In the bakery, you can find all sorts of cute buns with different fillings, and of course we couldn’t resists taking a few for our breakfast the next morning.

 

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

 

Next door to the bakery is Salt & Olive, Oshi Olive. You can buy, eh, well salt and olives/olive oil here. They also sell international products from all over the world.

 

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Finally, we arrive at the third building: the Yanaka Beer Hall (sounds massive, but it’s tiny). Here they sell their own brewed beer, which is a pilsner with added smoked malt in it.

Upstairs in the beer hall, there is a small vintage clothing and arts shop called But I’m only 5hours Yusuke, but we didn’t know this and forgot to have a look. There is also a community space called “Minna no Zashiki”, which we also didn’t see.

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Step Back in Time at Sakura Gi Atari in Yanaka Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

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Sakura Gi Atari is a perfect pit-stop if you’re exploring the Ueno / Yanaka Tokyo area. When we were there, it was a bit too late to order food at the Beer Hall, but looking at their website, they have plenty of options if you arrive a bit earlier in the day. Enjoy!

 

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Name: Sakura Gi Atari

Address: Atari 2-15-6 Uenosakuragi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0002, Japan

It’s a 10-minute walk from the JR Nippori Station South Exit, Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (both Exit 1, Chiyoda Line of the Tokyo Metro) or a 15-minute walk from the JR Ueno Station Ueno Park gate

Phone: N/A

Opening Hours: Yanaka Beer Hall (Tue-Fri 12PM to 8:30PM / Weekends & Holidays 11AM to 8:30PM) // But I’m only 5hours Yusuke (12PM to 8PM, closed Monday) // Kayaba Bakery (9AM to 7PM, closed Monday) // Salt & Olive OshiOlive (11AM to 7PM, closed Monday)

Websitewww.uenosakuragiatari.jp

OshiOlive – www.oshiolive.jp
Kabaya Bakerywww.kayaba-bakery.com
But I’m only 5hours Yusuke – www.demo-ore.com
Yanaka Beer Hallwww.herofield.com/bbq/yanakabeerhall

Disclaimer: Everything paid from our own pocket.

 

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Restaurant Review

6 Getting There (from City Center)
9 Interior
8 Quality of Food
9 Uniqueness
9 Overall Atmosphere
8.2

2 Comments

    • Hey John, yes, we arrived a bit late to try the food unfortunately. But the beer is definitely good :D Also, the bread from the bakery we had for breakfast the next day and that was really nice! can recommend it!

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