Summer in Japan is festival (matsuri) season, which means fireworks, dancing, street food, and plenty of colorful yukatas!
Ikegami Honmonji Oeshiki Festival is one of Tokyo’s most famous and memorable festivals, with a history dating back more than 730 years. The festival celebrates the anniversary of the death of famous Buddhist teacher and saint Nichiren. Oeshiki celebrations to honor Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren school of Buddhism, occur around Japan in mid-October, but the [...]
Just a short distance from Haneda Airport, visitors to Japan can get their first taste of traditional culture at the Haneda-jinja Shrine. Haneda-jinja Shrine can trace its history back eight hundred years to the Kamakura Period. In the Edo Era (1603-1868), the Tokugawa shoguns who resided in central Tokyo used to make pilgrimages to the [...]
A traditional onsen established in 1937. There are two baths containing kuroyu at different temperatures. Enjoy food, drink, and karaoke in the large hall on the second floor. Getting there 10 min walk from Keikyu Kamata Station on the Keikyu Line. More information 2-23-2, Kamata-honcho, Ota Ward [...]
Enjoy the open-air bath handcrafted by the owner. It is available for women from the 1st-15th and for men from the 16th until the end of each month. Mt.Fuji is painted on the wall of the indoor bath. More information 6-5-17, Nishikamata, Ota Ward 15:00-23:30
Enjoy different types of bath switched daily for male or female customers. Tenjinyu offers a black silica bath with negative ions and an infrared ray effect, an open-air bath, and an electric bath. More information 1-7-23, Minamikamata, Ota ward Weekdays 14:00-24:00 Saturdays and holidays 12:00-24:00 Sundays 9:00-24:00 [...]
Ditch the usual guidebooks and get off the beaten tourist trail with an exploration of Tokyo’s discovered Ota Ward. The following sites represent the best and most unique aspects of this corner of the city. Even better – they're all just a short distance from Tokyo’s rising air hub of Haneda Airport. 1. Ota [...]
The quiet grounds of Nitta-jinja Shrine belie a long and colorful history. The shrine dates back over 650 years to the Namboku Period (which spanned much of the 14th century), when factions from the northern and southern halves of Japan were engaged in constant conflict. One of the warriors, a samurai named Nitta Yoshioki, was [...]