Top 10 Things to do in Ota City
Ditch the usual guidebooks and get off the beaten tourist trail with an exploration of Tokyo’s discovered Ota City. 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 City Tourist Information Center
The best place to begin any adventure is at a well-stocked tourist information center but Ota City’s TIC goes above and beyond. Come in for the pamphlets and the friendly English-language assistance, but stay for the free cultural classes (think origami and traditional games) or traditional experiences like ikebana, tea ceremony and kimono wearing (all bookable online).
Ota City Tourist Information Center
Information and cultural activities minutes from Haneda The Ota City Tourist Information Center opened its doors in mid-December of 2015, perfectly placed to welcome passengers arriving at the u...
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2. Ikegami Honmonji Temple
Ikegami Honmonji is one of Tokyo’s oldest temples, with a few buildings dating back over four centuries. Admire the five-story pagoda, the oldest in the Kanto region, or savor a lunch of seasonal delicacies in the Garden Restaurant Sakura. In winter, the plum garden on the western side of the temple bursts into blooms of pink and white.
Ikegami Honmonji Temple
The Ikegami Honmonji temple complex sits on a hill in central Ota City, a ten-minute stroll from Ikegami Station. The temple dates from the end of the 13th century, when famed Buddhist devotee...
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3. Heiwa no Mori Koen Field Athletic Course
Unleash your inner ninja warrior at this ropes course near Heiwa no Mori Park. Test your mettle on a variety of obstacles, from climbing walls to balance beams. A separate section of the park offers water-based challenges, including barrel boats that can be paddled around the small waterway. A small free section next door caters to the under-6 crowd.
Heiwa no Mori Park Field Athletic Course
Feel like brushing up on your skills before an appearance on the popular Ninja Warrior TV show? There’s no better place to test your dexterity than on the Field Athletic Course in H...
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4. Omori Nori Museum
Back when Tokyo was just a fledgling fishing village, the inhabitants of the Omori area made their livelihoods by harvesting seaweed from the region’s rivers. This heritage is preserved at the Omori Nori Museum, where interactive exhibits and dioramas bring the heyday of the harvest era to life. Occasional classes offer visitors the opportunity to make and sample their own seaweed sheets.
Omori Nori Museum
During the Edo Period (1600–1868), the area of Omori in Ota City was known for its cultivation of nori, the crackly sheets of seaweed most commonly wrapped around plump rice balls or sushi ro...
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5. Ota Market
Central Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market may get all the press, but Ota Market promises visitors a more intimate and welcoming experience. Attend the early morning fish auction, browse the fruit and vegetable stands, or check out the blooms at the wholesale flower market. A suggested walking route is provided to all visitors and the rooftop observation deck, with its views of Mt Fuji on a clear day, should not be missed.
Almost all visitors have heard of Tokyo’s famous now-closed Tsukiji Market, but the oft-visited spot has become increasingly stricter over the years regarding who may have access to the bustl...
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6. Showa no Kurashi Museum
The tiny Showa no Kurashi Museum packs a huge historical punch with a recreation of a residence in the time of the Showa Period (1926-1989). One of the former tenants of the house now curates this carefully-tended glimpse of daily life in Japan during the early years of the 20th century. Many items in the museum can be picked up and handled, giving visitors greater insight thanks to the hands-on experience.
Showa no Kurashi Museum (Museum of Life in the Showa Era)
Tokyo may seem like all steel and skyscrapers, but a visit to the Museum of Life in the Showa Era will make you feel as if you’ve slipped back in time about 60 years. The Showa Period in J...
7. Hogaku Academy
Limber up for a lesson in taiko (Japanese drumming) at the Hogaku Academy. Join a beginner class and learn the basics of this exuberant Japanese tradition or hone your skills with the Academy’s professional instructors in a more advanced or private course. Lesson fees include drumsticks and children over the age of three are welcome to participate.
Studio Hougaku Academy
Channel your inner percussionist and try your hand at a taiko (Japanese drumming) class at Kamata’s Studio Hougaku Academy. The academy offers a range of class levels, from beginner to adv...
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8. Senzokuike Pond
Senzokuike Pond is the perfect place for a stroll in nature. The pond itself is quite beautiful and can easily be enjoyed in all seasons, though the best time to go is in April to see the area park’s cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Year-round, the park attracts migrant birds from all over. A nice leisurely stroll around the pond will bring you across a traditional-style wooden bridge where you can admire the large koi fish, past a shrine, and through a lovely tree-filled park.
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...
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9. Tamagawa Cycling Path
Stretch your legs on the riverside cycling path that straddles the border between Ota City and Kanagawa Prefecture. The path leads cyclists straight from Haneda Airport and links up with a multitude of routes, making it escape the city. In the spring, the numerous cherry blossoms that flower along the banks make this a particularly attractive route.
The Tama River stretches from the foothills of Yamanashi Prefecture to the waters of Tokyo Bay in Ota City. The final section of the river, which marks the boundary between Ota and Kawasaki in Kana...
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10. Natural Onsen Heiwajima
Soak away any stress from your adventures on a visit to Natural Onsen Heiwajima. The bath house uses natural hot spring water, piped up from deep under Tokyo Bay. Bathers are separated by gender and multiple tubs cater to many physical ailments. For those simply seeking a bit of pampering, a soak and a spa treatment (such as a massage) are the perfect antidote for any weary traveler.
Natural Hot Springs Heiwajima
While Ota City 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 dai...
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