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Tokyo/East

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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.

Understand[edit]

Eastern wards of Tokyo

Eastern Tokyo is largely residential and industrial, with few tourist attractions of note. Most sights are concentrated in Sumida's Ryogoku neighborhood.

Get in[edit]

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Kiyosumi Garden
  • Toyosu Market (豊洲市場, ''Toyosu Shijō''), 6 Chome-6-1 Toyosu, Koto-ku, 03-3520-8205. 5AM–3PM, Closed Sun plus [https://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/calendar/2021/ some Wed and irreg. days]. Formerly the Tsukiji Wholesale Market in Tsukiji, this relocated market is an enlarged and moderinzed area to see the near daily tuna auctions and huge selection of seafood bought by many Tokyo restaurants and stores. Those hoping to see the noisy, frenetic auctions close up like before however are likely to be sorely disappointed, as now you can only observe it far away from the action behind glass partitions from a 2nd floor window, or from the ground floor with advance reservations chosen through a lottery system, for just 10 minutes in groups of 40 people or less between 5:45 AM and 6:15 AM. The market is made up of 3 buildings; the 3rd is mainly for fruits and vegetables, and all the building are interconnected through elevated walkways. In addition, there are rooftop viewing platforms, numerous restaurants (some of which also moved from Tsukiji), and many stores selling cutlery, souvenirs and related goods. Free.  edit
  • Kiyosumi Garden (清澄庭園, ''Kiyosumi Teien''), 3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Kōtō-ku (4 min from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Stn. From Exit A3, cross the main street, turn left on to the next small street, then right along the wall to the entrance), 03-3641-5892, [1]. 9AM-5PM. Among the dozen or so traditional Japanese gardens in Tokyo, most aficionados put it in the Top 3 (along with Koishikawa Korakuen and Rikugien) — but is uncrowded, inexpensive, and beautiful. Originally created in the Edo period, it took its present form during the Meiji Era, under the ownership of the founder of Mitsubishi. ¥150.  edit
  • teamLab Planets (チームラボプラネッツ), 6-1-16 Toyosu, Koto-ku, [2]. 10AM–6PM, Sat-Sun 9AM–7PM, see website. Built as a companion site to teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, this exhibit differs mainly in that through much of it you are walking through water up to your knees or so, plus it is smaller and you will be finished in 60-90 minutes. Rental swimshorts are available, as well as lockers for your items. The computer generated koi fish in the water is striking to see, along with numerous other CG images. Those wanting to take pictures are strongly advised to use a wrist or neck strap — if you drop your camera or phone into the water, you can pretty much kiss it good-bye. NB: — This is a temporary exhibit running to the end of 2022. ¥3200.  edit
  • Fukagawa Edo Museum (深川江戸資料館), 1-3-28 Shirakawa, Kōtō-ku (10 min from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Stn 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), 03-3630-8625 (fax: 03-3820-4379), [3]. This intimate museum features a wonderfully recreated tempo-period (1830-1843) neighborhood - 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-ku, just a couple of stops away on the Toei Ōedo subway line. ¥300.  edit
  • Shibamata (柴又), in Katsushika-ku, 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 (¥100 one way fare), the last of its kind in Tokyo.
  • Shibamata Taishakuten (柴又帝釈天), 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, 03-3657-2886, [4]. 9AM–8PM. Tokyo doesn't have a lot of temples that come close to the level of Kyoto's, but this is one of them. Here you can see some extraordinarily detailed wood carving as well as impressive wooden structures like its main gate. No less beautiful is its Suikeien Garden, one of the best temple gardens in the area. ¥400.  edit
  • Yamamototei (山本亭), 7-19-32 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, 03-3657-8577, [5]. 9AM–5PM, Closed 3rd Tue of month. The former house from the 1920s of a camera parts factory owner, with several distinctive features combining western and traditional Japanese styles. The garden in the back is especially beautiful, and you can enjoy green tea and sweets while relaxing there. ¥100.  edit
  • Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, 1-29-16 Niihori, Edogawa-ku, 03-3670-8622 (fax: 03-3670-5884), [6]. 10AM–5PM, Closed Mon unless holiday. Showcases dozens of elaborate works of bonsai trees, around a nice pond full of koi fish. ¥800.  edit
  • Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神社), 3 Chome-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, 03-3681-0010, [7]. 6AM–5PM. This shrine was constructed in 1646, and is one of the best in Tokyo, though others like Meiji Shrine are by far a lot more famous. In February to March there are many nice plum blosoms, typical of the Tenjin shrines, but the real treat is near the end of April and early May when the wisteria blooms, bringing an amazing display of color. The high arch "moon bridge" also add a lot of character. Free.  edit
  • Gas Science Museum (ガスの科学館), 6-1-1 Toyosu, Kōtō-ku (near Toyosu Market), 03-3534-1111 (fax: 03-3534-1643), [8]. 10:30AM–5PM, Closed Mon. More interesting than it sounds, this museum focuses on natural gas and its use in history and power generation, as well as fuel cells, global warming, earthquake safety, and how combustion works. With a hot air balloon you try yourself, as well as rooftop viewing platform. Especially geared for families with kids. Free.  edit
  • Kasai Rinkai Park (葛西臨海公園, ''Kasai Rinkai Kōen''), 6-2 Rinkaicho, Edogawa-ku, 03-5696-1331, [9]. Built from reclaimed land from Tokyo Bay in 1989, this expansive park has several areas to explore including its wide lawns, flowers year round, ponds, oceanside, plus its sea life park (see below), bird watching center, and for ¥700 you can ride Japan's second biggest Ferris wheel. Free.  edit
  • Tokyo Sea Life Park (葛西臨海水族園 ''Kasai Rinkai Suizokuen''), 6-2-3 Rinkai-cho Edogawa-ku (5 min walk from JR Kasai Rinkai Koen Stn on the JR Keiyo Line.). 9:30AM-5PM (last entry 4PM) and closed Wed (or Thu if holiday). The aquarium is located in the Kasai Rinkai Park. In the huge 2200 ton tank, you can enjoy watching bluefin tuna darting swiftly around. The aquarium also exhibits sea birds including penguins, and giant kelp from California. The facility sits on the beach of Tokyo Bay and could be reached in half an hour by train from Tokyo Station. ¥700, ¥350 senior, ¥250 Student, Free under 12.  edit
  • Edogawa Natural Zoo (江戸川区自然動物園), 3-2-1 Kitakasai, Edogawa-ku, 03-3680-0777 (fax: 03-3652-1550), [10]. 10AM–4:30PM, Sat-Sun 9:30AM~, Closed Mon. Especially tailored for small kids, this zoo has numerous small animals and birds including several owls, rabbits, turtles, monkeys, prairie dogs, a giant anteater, wallabies, and more. With activities and workshops, as well as a large flower garden.  edit
  • Koiwa Shobu Garden (小岩菖蒲園), 4 Kitakoiwa, Edogawa-ku, 03-5662-0321, [11]. Located beside the Edo River, from the end of May to early July over 50,000 irises explode into color in this gorgeous 4900 sq. meter garden, donated by volunteers.  edit
  • Nishiarai Daishi Sojiji (西新井大師 總持寺), 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku (Near Daishi-mae Stn), 03-3890-2345, [12]. 9AM–4:30PM. One of Tokyo's larger temples, though not as famous. With a nice pond garden and nice spring flowers (plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, peonies, and wisteria) Free.  edit
  • Kiba Park (木場公園), 4-1 Kiba, Koto-ku, 03-5245-1770, [13]. A huge park of over 238,000 sq. m. and one of the lesser known cherry blossom spots in March. With its own botanical garden featuring lots of flowering plants. Free.  edit
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (東京都現代美術館), 4 Chome-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku (North side of Kiba Park), 03-5245-4111, [14]. 10AM–6PM Closed Mon. This museum systematically collects postwar art from a historical point of view, and strives to collect works by young artists who clearly show the current state of art, with a current collection of around 5500 works. One of the features of this museum's collection is that it focuses on works with innovative trends that have pioneered each era. With rotating exhibits, varying by theme. ¥1500 but can vary..  edit
  • Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine (富岡八幡宮), 1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, 03-3642-1315 (fax: 03-3642-5580). http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/. Known far more by the locals than the tourist mobs, this bright vermilion shrine with its sharp architectural lines is very impressive. Free.  edit
  • Mizumoto Park (水元公園), 3-2 Mizumotokoen, Katsushika-ku, 03-3607-8321, [15]. A large riverside park with a focus on natural scenery, with many flowers blooming in the warmer months including cherry blossoms, irises, water lilies, hydrangea, lotuses, spider lilies, plus numerous species of wild birds. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • KidZania Tokyo (キッザニア東京), Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu, North Port 3rd floor 33200 2-4-9 Toyosu Koto-ku (8 min walk from Toyosu Stn on the Yurakucho and Yurikamome lines), 03-3536-8405, [16]. "A land of kids, by kids, for kids" - where children can experience their favorite job and learn about the social system while having fun.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • LaLaport Toyosu (ららぽーと豊洲), 2-4-9 Toyosu Koto-ku, 057-007-7732, [17]. 10AM–8PM. A series of 3 structures along with the Annex and Bldg #3 with the usual assortment of clothing and accessory stores, home goods, etc.  edit
  • Gotō no Ame (後藤の飴), 3-15-1 Nishinippori, Arakawa-ku, 03-3821-0880. 10:30AM–7PM, Closed Wed. A traditional Japanese candy (ame) shop at the very end of Yanaka Ginza, everything sold here is made on premises and quite cheap (¥100+).  edit

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"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.

  • Takano (中国料理 タカノ), 5-3-2 Horikiri, Katsushika-ku (1 min from Horikiri-Shoubuen Stn), 03-3690-0945. 24 hrs, Closed Tue. Offers many kinds of Chinese food in a casual setting.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Ageha, 2-2-10 Shin-kiba, Kōtō-ku (5 min from Shin-Kiba Stn on Rinkai/Metro Yurakucho), 03-5534-2525, [18]. 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.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Smile Hotel - Tokyo Ayase Ekimae (スマイルホテル東京綾瀬駅前), 4-8-5 Kosuge, Katsushika-ku, 03-5680-2200. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Popular business hotel chain with rooms that are clean, decent, quiet and comfortable enough. Very reasonable rates. ¥4000~.  edit
  • Hotel East 21 Tokyo (ホテル イースト21東京), 6-3-3 Toyo, Kōtō-ku, 03-5683-5683, [19]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Aims to recreate 19th century Europe in its design while providing modern and comfortable accommodations. Located 15 minutes by train to Tokyo Stn. ¥7000~.  edit


Routes through Tokyo/East
Tokyo/TaitoKinshichō  W noframe E  IchikawaChiba


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