The Kamata area is a district of Ota Ward in the southeast of Tokyo. Although Kamata is not largely known, even by many local Tokyoites, it is a place where you can experience the old soul of the city.
If you are looking for a bit of Tokyo nostalgia, Kamata is the place to be.
The area of Kamata has two main train hubs. Kamata Station is served by the JR Keihin Tohoku Line and the Tokyu Tamagawa and Ikegami Line that runs through the suburbs of Metropolitan Tokyo. Keikyu Kamata Station is another major station for the Keikyu Main Line, which connects Shinagawa with Yokohama to the south and provides easy access to and from Haneda Airport in around ten minutes.
Ota City Tourist Information Center
When visiting Kamata, The Ota City Tourist Information Center housed inside the Keikyu Kamata Station is a great starting point. The staff in the tourist center are very helpful and can recommend sightseeing itineraries and provide maps of the area. In addition you can take part in the many cultural activities they offer at the center including flower arrangement and dressing in a kimono.
Where to Eat
Kamata is known for its food, and one of the popular dishes in the area is gyoza, but not just any gyoza, ‘winged gyoza’. The name comes from the shape of the gyoza that resemble wings.
Nihao, a Chinese restaurant serving winged gyoza is located about two or three minutes from Keikyu Kamata Station. If you are looking for an affordable and quick lunch, the winged gyoza from Nihao is recommended. In addition to the winged gyoza, there are other staple Chinese dishes such as the highly Xiaolongbao (steamed bun dumplings) and Chahan (fried rice).
Location: 4-24-14 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open Daily from 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Vegetarian food can be hard to come by in Tokyo especially when you venture out of the central areas. However, for those who are vegetarian, visiting Kamata will not leave you starved. Hidamari Cafe, located between Keikyu Kamata Station and Kamata Station, offers organic vegetarian set meals for lunch and dinner. The meal comes with rice and soup, and you can choose your main along with two or three side dishes.
Location: Kamata Kopo #2, 4-31-1 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Tuesday – Saturdays from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM (lunch) and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Holidays, and sometimes irregular
Shopping & Nightlife
Sun Road Sunrise Kamata Shoutengai (Shopping Street)
A shotengai is a Japanese style commercial shopping street where mostly independent retailers offer daily necessities and services. Sun Road Sunrise Kamata Shoutengai can be found outside the west exit of Kamata Station. It is the perfect place for picking up local items or unique souvenirs. As these streets are often covered, you can take refuge and still enjoy the day in the rain.
Parallel to Sun Road is Bourbon Road the nightlife of Kamata. Here you can find several izakayas (Japanese pubs), standing bars. The atmosphere has a feeling of Tokyo in during the Showa Period offering intimate opportunities to interact with the locals over drinks.
The food options on Bourbon Road are plenty, such as yakitori, yakiniku, oden, even pizza and thai food.
Relax and Unwind
After a day out and about you cannot leave Kamata without stepping into one of the many sento (public baths) some with natural hot spring healing waters. The Ota Ward has the highest number of remaining public baths in the whole of Tokyo and for around JPY 460 you should take a moment to relax and unwind.
Fuku no Yu
Newly renovated in 2016, Fuku no Yu is located less than ten minutes from Kamata Station. Fuku no Yu is a unique public bath where you can enjoy a oven cooked pizza and alcohol (Pizza offered from 5pm on weekends and holidays until sold out) . The baths are minimal and clean, one tile sitting bath and one stone bath providing just what you need to finish off the evening.
Location: 1-12-15 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open from 2:00 PM – 12:30 AM / Closed on Thursdays
Another popular public bath in the area is Kaiseiyu, with a natural, mineral-rich, black-water hot spring known as kuroyu with healing properties that will help rejuvenate your skin and leave you feeling refreshed after a long day. Kaiseiyu dates back to 1929, but was renovated in 2011, and features an aquarium displayed right in front of the baths, so you can watch the fish swim around while you bathe.
Location: 5-10-5 Nishikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open from 3:00 PM – 12:30 AM / Closed on Fridays