Summer in Ota City
While summer in Japan is often a sweltering affair, there are still plenty of places you can go to either escape or enjoy the weather.
Omori Furusato Seaside Park
You don’t have to head for the southern islands to find a stretch of white sand perfect for a picnic. The riverside beach at Omori Furusato Park may not permit swimming, but you can build sandcastles, kick back with a book, or even dip a toe or ten in the water.
Omori Furusato Hamabe Park
White sand beaches and easy strolling paths are just two of the top features of this bayside park not far from the Heiwajima train station. The park borders Tokyo Bay, a historically important nori (seaweed)..
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Stroll around the lake, take a paddleboat out on the waters, or enjoy a picnic in the shade of the leafy cherry trees. There’s no shortage of things to do at this sprawling park just steps from Senzoku-ike Station. You can even flesh out your picnic offerings from one of the many nearby cafes or bakeries.
Senzoku-ike is located in Northern Ota City, six stops from Ikegami Station. The area is named after the famous Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin who washed his feet here on his way to Ikegami Temple. Senzoku..
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Zoshiki or Mihara Shotengai
When the heat of the day gets to be too much, head for one of Ota’s traditional shopping arcades, or shotengai. These commercial streets are a throwback to Tokyo in the mid-twentieth century, when small eateries, old-fashioned coffee and mom-and-pop stores dominated the Ota’s shopping scene. Today, you can often find trendy coffee shops and new eateries tucked in amongst the food markets and other merchandise.
Zoshiki Shopping District
The Zoshiki Shopping District leads from Zoshiki Station through a workaday shitamachi neighborhood in southern Ota City. Though lined with local businesses, it’s perhaps best known by tourists as..
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In years past, one of the most important roads in Japan was the Old Tokaido, a 320-mile byway that linked the Imperial city of Kyoto with the shogun’s city of Edo (present-day Tokyo). While cars and..
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Heiwajima Boat Races
Catch the summer action in Heiwajima’s watery stadium with unique motorboat races. Cheer on your favorite competitors and perhaps even place a bet or two. Sit in the “cheap seat” for the lively crowds and the chance to catch a bit of cooling spray from the boats as they race by. The nearby Big Fun Heiwajima complex offers air-conditioned fun with a bowling alley and movie theater.
Heiwajima Boat Races
Spice up your time in Tokyo with a day at the races. The boat races, that is. Ota City is home to one of Japan’s few boat racing stadiums, where groups of six boats at a time compete in a watery arena..
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Ota City Fireworks Festival
As night falls and the temperature lowers, settle in on the banks of the Tama River for a fireworks festival. Not as well-known as similar events such as the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, the Tamagawa Fireworks Festival promises fewer crowds while still delivering impressive pyrotechnics. Grab a seat under the night sky amongst the locals and congratulate yourself on a summer day well spent in Ota City.
The Fireworks Festival is held every year on August 15th as an anniversary of the end of the war, to commemorate the declaration of peace in Ota City. It has been canceled to prevent the spread of the..
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