Ota City – A Great Place to Explore Traditional Japan
Tokyo is a vast metropolis, with endless modern entertainment and excitement. There is so much going on that it can be hard to decide what to do. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to spend your day in the city, then look no further than Ota City Tourist Information Center. They have dozens of activities in their office, and have more suggestions for things to do in the area.
Take a photo wearing kimono
Ota City Tourist Information Center offers kimono rental for ¥3,500 for an hour. Kimono-savvy staff will help you get dressed and look the part, and you can accessorize with paper parasols and more. If you’re looking for a truly fantastic photo opportunity, there is an option for a guided tour in kimono to a local shrine (¥4,500, 90 minutes). There’s nothing better than a beautiful shrine as a backdrop for kimono photos!
Take a stroll
The Ikegami area in Ota City is well known for its many temples, of which Ikegami Honmonji Temple is both the largest and most famous. Within the temple’s grounds is a historic Japanese-style garden with 13,000 square meters of lush greenery, as well as a tranquil pond. It was designated as a Tokyo historic site back in 1936 and holds historic significance for both the temple and the area around it. This well-groomed garden is a rare treat to explore, as it’s not open to the public year-round.＊ Please consult with the Ota City Tourist Information Center about what dates you can visit.
Take a break
As fun as taking in new sights can be, it can also be quite tiring. If you want to relax while taking in beautiful Japanese architecture at the same time, then Rengetsu Café may be just the ticket. It’s located inside what used to be a soba shop–the building itself is over 80 years old and the traditional architecture is still in place. Drop by for a coffee–or even better–a houjicha (roasted green tea) pudding.
Take a class on Japan’s traditional culture
Take some time out to deepen your understanding of Japanese culture through the art of sado (tea ceremony), where you will learn the correct way of making delicious matcha (whipped green tea), and get to taste it, too. If you want to create something you can take home with you as a souvenir, then perhaps a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) lesson would fit the bill. Your teacher will guide you through the process and you can take home your very own piece of calligraphy, with a Japanese character of your choice.
There are more of these short, fun and inspirational videos, which are great reference guides if you’re stumped for places to explore. Find them on Ota City’s YouTube channel, along with videos in Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
What are you waiting for? Why not see how you can spend a spectacular day in Ota City today?