Eastern Tokyo covers the wards of Adachi (足立), Katsushika (葛飾), Edogawa (江戸川), Kōtō (江東) and Arakawa (荒川). Neighboring Sumida (墨田) is covered in its own article.
Eastern Tokyo is largely residential and industrial, with few tourist attractions of note. Most sights are concentrated in Sumida's Ryogoku neighborhood.
- Kiyosumi Garden (清澄庭園), 3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Kōtō-ku (4 min from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Ōedo and Hanzōmon lines. From Exit A3, cross the main street. Turn left to the next small street, then right along the wall to the entrance), ☎ +81 03-3641-5892, . 9AM-5PM. Not the most famous of Tokyo's gardens, but is quite lovely and uncrowded. Originally created in the Edo period, it took its present form during the Meiji Era, under the ownership of the founder of Mitsubishi. ¥150.
- Fukagawa Edo Museum (深川江戸資料館), 1-3-28 Shirakawa, Kōtō-ku (10 min from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Ōedo and Hanzōmon lines. From Exit A3, turn left. At the next traffic light, turn left again. The museum is ahead on the left, past the entrance to a temple), ☎ +81 03-3630-8625 (fax: +81 03-3820-4379), . Fresh from a recent renovation, this intimate museum features a wonderfully recreated Tempo-period (1830-1843) neighbourhood - complete with homes, shops, narrow alleyways, and even the local rubbish dump. Wander about, peering in windows and entering buildings furnished with household goods and Edo-period bric-a-brac. Light and sound effects create the illusion of a whole day passing from day to night in the space of a few minutes. Pair it up with a visit to the huge Edo-Tokyo Museum in nearby Sumida ward, just a couple of stops away on the Toei Ōedo subway line. ¥300 adult.
- Shibamata (柴又), in Katsushika-ku, features Taishakuten Temple (帝釈天) with its cozy shopping street that rivals Asakusa in liveliness while being much more authentic, lacking the overseas-tourist kitsch. The district's biggest claim to fame is being the setting for "Otoko wa tsurai yo", Japan's longest-running movie series, and the hero of the series, Tora-san, can been seen every block of the way from the life-size statue in front of the train station to caricatures and movie posters in every shop. Down by the river past the temple there is a museum dedicated to the movie series, as well as a hand-rowed boat that carries passengers between the shores (Y100 one way fare), the last of its kind in Tokyo.
"Monja-yaki" (もんじゃ焼き) is a Kanto-area specialty, similar to okonomiyaki. Once people used to make words with ingredients on the hot plate for fun before eating because "Monja-yaki" means "word ware". Monja-yaki's basic batter is made of water, flour and soy sauce. Ingredients can include cabbage, grated yam, crushed tempura, cuttlefish, shrimp, slices of meat, and so on. Although Tsukishima is Tokyo's best-known neighborhood for monjayaki, it's popular here as well.
- Menkouboutenshou, 5-3-1 Horikiri, Katsushika-ku (1 minute from Horikiri-shoubuen Station), ☎ +81 03-5680-3328. 11:45AM-2AM.
- Ageha, 2-2-10 Shin-kiba, Kōtō-ku (5 min from Shin-Kiba stn on Rinkai/Metro Yurakucho), . Tokyo's largest club featuring world-class DJs and a distinctive crowd of Japanese youth. Due to its remote location, Ageha offers a free shuttle from Shibuya which takes about 40 minutes.
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