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Northwestern wards of Tokyo

Nerima (練馬), Itabashi (板橋), and Kita (北) are a trio of suburban wards in north and northwestern Tokyo, bordering Saitama and outer Tokyo's Tama region. All three lie well beyond the central Yamanote line – nearby Ikebukuro is as close as it gets.

Get in[edit]

Nerima is accessible on the Toei Oedo subway line from many points in the city, and on the Seibu Ikebukuro and Seibu Shinjuku (going to stations in the Southern part of Nerima-ku) Railway lines from Ikebukuro and Seibu Shinjuku stations respectively. The Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line branches in two at Kotake-Mukaihara station with some trains going on to Wako-shi in Saitama Prefecture then continuing along the Tobu Tojo line and others continuing to Nerima then running through to the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

Itabashi is best covered by the Toei Mita line and a small portion of the Tobu Tojo line. Itabashi Station on the JR Saikyo line is at the far southeastern corner of the ward, barely in Itabashi at all.

JR East serves Kita. The Keihin Tohoku JR Line stops at Tabata, Kami Nakazato, Oiji, Higashi-Jujo, and Akabane stations, while the Saikyo JR Line stops at Itabashi, Jujo, Akabane, Kita Akabane, and Ukima Funado stations.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Shakujii Park (石神井公園), 1-26-1 Shakujiidai, Nerima-ku, 03-3996-3950, [1]. A large park around Samboji Pond and extensive aquatic plants including water lilies and irises in early summer, as well as numerous birds such as pintails, teals, mallards, and other ducks. There are historical places as well such as the Shakujii Castle Ruins from the 1400s. The park is at its best in cherry blossom season and in November for the autumn leaves. Free.  edit
  • Akasuimon (赤水門), 5-41 Shimo, Kita-ku (Namboku subway line to Akabane-Iwabuchi; wander north through small streets), [2]. The Red Floodgate may be of little interest to the casual tourist, but involves a pleasant walk in a riverside park. Tokyo is low-lying, and depends on floodgates and levees to avoid inundation. The historic red flood gate is no longer used, replaced by the larger (but less attractive) blue gates to the east.  edit
  • Nerima Otori Shrine (酉の市), 5-18-14 Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku (Nerima), 03-3948-2960, [3]. 9AM–5PM. While the shrine is nothing to get excited about, every November this place goes wild with its Market of the Rooster. It is a Japanese traditional festival that has continued since the Edo Period and held in November on the day of the rooster by Otori Shrine in Nerima. There are many kinds of booths selling Chinese food, grilled chicken, apricot candy, big cotton candy and so on. Free.  edit
  • United Cinema Toshimaen (ユナイテッドシネマ豊島園), 4-15-20 Nerima, Nerima-ku, 03-5912-9400. 2 min from Toshimaen Stn. This cinema has 9 screens and special seats that have more beautiful sound than normal seats. It can accommodate about 2372 people. There are some shops where you can buy foods, for example, popcorn and ice cream, drinks and movie related products. ¥1800.  edit
  • Itabashi Petting Zoo (板橋こども動物園), 3−50−1 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, 03-3963-8003, [4]. 10AM–4:30PM, Closed Mon. Especially made for families with small kids, this zoo has lots of sheep and goats looking for personal human attention, as well as pony rides, chipmunks, turtles, guinea pigs, deer, flamingoes, and rabbits. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Toshimaen (としまえん), 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku (At Toshimaen Stn on the Oedo Line; also served by a tiny spur of the Seibu Ikebukuro Line: board a train bound for Toshimaen, or change trains at Nerima), 03-3990-8800), [5]. Hours vary, see web site; most often 10AM-4PM or 6PM, closed most Tue and Wed. An amusement park aimed at children with a merry-go-round, small roller coasters, and other carnival-type rides, as well as seven swimming pools with water slides. ¥1000, ¥500 children, plus ¥400 per ride; a free pass for all the rides is ¥3800 for adults and ¥2800 for children. Water park is also ¥3800 for adults and ¥2800 for children.  edit
  • Niwa-no-yu (庭の湯), 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku, 03-3990-4126), [6]. 10AM–11PM. A large, upscale sento public bath adjacent to Toshimaen which features indoor and outdoor baths, Roman steam rooms, Finnish saunas, a large indoor pool (bring your bathing suit), and an upstairs area with food, drinks, massages, and relaxation chairs (food, drinks, and massages cost extra). Children not permitted. ¥2250 before 9PM, ¥1260 after.  edit
  • Hikarigaoka Park (光が丘公園), 4-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku (north of Hikarigaoka Stn, Oedo Line), 03-3977-7638, [7]. One of the larger parks in Tokyo. It was originally left over land from a U.S. military base. The park has extensive open, grassy areas for picnics, frisbee and the like. There is also a large public pool, and a gym, a bird-watching center, a small water play area, tennis courts, archery, a baseball diamond and other facilities. A number of festivals and flea markets and special events are often held in the park (or near it) year round as well.  edit
  • Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro (前野原温泉 さやの湯処), 3-41-1 Maenocho, Itabashi-ku, 03-5916-3826, [8]. 10AM–1AM. A day use hot spring with alkaline water in both indoor and outdoor baths, plus steam and dry saunas. ¥890 w/d ¥1120 w/e, towel rental ¥320.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Jujo-Ginza, Kita Ward
  • Jujo-Ginza, Kami-jujo 2-chome, Kita-ku (Jujo Stn on the Saikyo Line, across from the west entrance), [9]. This covered shopping street is as good a way as any to see how every-day people shop and what they buy.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The Japanese radish, It is called Nerima radish (練馬大根 Nerima Daikon). It is long with a length about 1 meter, and well known among the locals. You can buy it at supermarkets in Nerima city.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cartagena, 4F, 7-1-1 Shakujii-cho, Nerima-ku (beside the first railroad crossing west of Shakujii-koen Stn), 03-5372-0103. Sun-Thu 7PM-midnight, Fri-Sat all night. A cozy and friendly spot where you can dance and drink. It is probably the first Latin bar in Nerima. The owner is a lady who once lived in Colombia; she speaks English and Spanish. There is a salsa event on weekends. ¥500~.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Few options. Consider the more plentiful choices near Ikebukuro, or in Bunkyo for closer access to Kita.

Routes through Tokyo/North
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