Culture

/Culture

Hasunuma Onsen

Activity, Culture|

Despite reports to the contrary, Japan’s bathhouse culture is alive and thriving. Ota Ward, the largest of Tokyo’s 23 wards, counts 45 bathhouses scattered amongst in various neighborhoods, many of which draw their water from a natural hot spring source at the bottom of nearby Tokyo Bay. Hasunuma Onsen is one of the district’s many [...]

Natural Hot Springs Heiwajima

Activity, Culture|

While Ota Ward is well-known for its numerous bath houses, Natural Hot Springs Heiwajima takes the typical onsen experience to the next level. Over 150 tons of natural spring water are piped daily from two kilometers beneath Tokyo Bay into the large onsen complex. Visitors can avail themselves of a variety of bathing options, from [...]

Magome Writers’ Village (Magome Bunshimura)

Culture|

In the early 1900s, the area of Magome in Ota Ward attracted a number of Japan’s top writers and artists. Novelists, sculptors and calligraphers all moved to the quiet countryside outside the capital to practice their crafts in a supportive community. Today, their cultural contributions are remembered in a comprehensive walking trail around the area [...]

Ikegami Temple Town

Culture|

The founding of Ikegami Honmonji in 1276 by the Buddhist monk and scholar Nichiren led to the growth of a small town in the surrounding environs to support the visitors of the temple. As Honmonji grew in popularity as a pilgrimage destination, the shops at the base of the complex began catering to travelers with [...]

Ikegami Honmonji Temple

Culture|

The Ikegami Honmonji temple complex sits on a hill in central Ota Ward, a ten-minute stroll from Ikegami Station. The temple dates from the end of the 13th century, when famed Buddhist devotee Nichiren Shonin constructed the religious site at the request of local feudal lord and faithful follower Ikegami Munenaka. While much of the [...]