Koto City is a town where the two contrasting charms of 'tradition' and the 'future' live together in harmony. It comprises an area that has been developed around rivers and that allows people to feel the presence of history, while simultaneously offers shopping and entertainment spots that cause people to feel that the future is near. While you can conveniently move around areas in the city by JR, subways and buses, we recommend you to 'walk around town' in each area. While walking, you are sure to encounter exciting discoveries on your way, such as various historic spots, shrines and fantastic landscapes from which you can glimpse the ocean.

1.Fukagawa Edo Shiryo-kan Museum

Fukagawa Edo Shiryo-kan Museum

Detailed reproduction of community landscape of the Edo period

In the open ceiling space from the basement to the second floor of the building, town streets of the Fukagawa area and ordinary people's lifestyles in the Edo period are reproduced. The museum's display includes two tenement houses, a greengrocer's shop, a rice store, a fire watch tower, a choki-bune (a narrow and small boat used as a river taxi) which floats in the canal and various daily commodities in the houses. Each exhibit has been made down to detail. Moreover, a day of Fukagawa is summarized in about 15 minutes and is performed with sound and lighting effects.

Address:
Shirakawa 1-3-28, Koto City
TEL:
03-3630-8625
URL:
http://www.kcf.or.jp/fukagawa/
Access:
Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line ’Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station’ From A3 Exit, 3 minutes on foot. From B2 Exit (dedicated exit of Hanzomon Line), 3 minutes on foot.

2.Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Tomioka Hachiman-gu

Famous for its 'Fukagawa Hachiman Festival', it is a shrine filled with Edo atmosphere.

The shrine is famous for the 'Fukagawa Hachiman Festival', which is considered as one of the three largest festivals of old Edo. At the main festival (with the celebration of an accompanying community festival), which is held once every three years, some 50 mikoshi (portable shrine) palanquins march in procession in the town, which is called Mikoshi-rengo-togyo. The sight of the festival, which is also known as the 'Mizukake water festival' since spectators throw water on the bearers, is very brave and spirit-stirring. The mikoshi procession is followed by a contingent of seductive Tatsumi Geisha performing Tekomai (a festival dance) and by stylish Tobigashira-shu (a group of head-fireman) performing Kiyari (a labourer's chant), which serve to liven up the festival with the aura of old Edo. Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine is the birthplace of Kanjin-zumō (fund-raising sumo held in aid of a temple or a shrine), thus it has a deep relationship with professional sumo wrestling. Placed within the Shrine's precincts are 'Yokozuna Rikishi-hi (the grand champion sumo wrestler stone)' and 'Ozeki Rikishi-hi (the head-wrestler stone)'.

Address:
Tomioka 1-20-3, Koto City
TEL:
03-3642-1315
URL:
http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp
Access:
Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line 'Monzen-nakacho Station'. From No. 1 Exit, 3 minutes on foot.

3.Fukagawa Fudoudou

Fukagawa Fudoudou

Goma ceremony, the practice of burning one's worldly passions by the holy fire of Fudo-son, is extremely powerful.

Fukagawa Fudo-dou is the Tokyo Branch Temple of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple in Narita, Chiba prefecture. It is originated from Dekaicho, the direct viewing of the statue of the principal deity that was taken out and displayed, in Eitai-ji Temple (a different structure from the current Eitai-ji Temple), which has often taken place since 1703. The present main hall of the temple (new main hall) was established in September 2012. Its walls are covered with the words of the very impressive mantra for the Fudo-Myo (the Sanskrit letters bonji). You are sure to be overwhelmed by the power of the Goma ceremony, which is held at regular times (9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 o'clock) every day, so don't miss the ritual.

Address:
Tomioka 1-17-13, Koto City
TEL:
03-3641-8288
URL:
http://www.fukagawafudou.gr.jp
Access:
Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line 'Monzen-nakacho Station'. From No. 1 Exit, 2 minutes on foot.

4.Kiyosumi Garden Park

Kiyosumi Garden Park

The garden, which is designated as the first of Tokyo's scenic spots*, offers a great view coloured by the beauty of four seasons.

The garden is designated as the first of Tokyo's scenic spots*. Scenic views of three islands are situated on this wide pond and the sukiya-style building is very beautiful. Pine trees and famous stones that were collected from all over Japan are artfully arranged in the garden, offering fine views throughout four seasons. It looks especially amazing during the new greenery of spring and snowscapes in the winter.
* A place that is designated as a Japanese garden with high artistic or ornamental value by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, based on its Cultural Property Protection Law (Article 2).

Address:
Kiyosumi 3-3-9, Koto City
TEL:
03-3641-5892
URL:
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index033.html
Access:
Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line 'Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station'. From A3 Exit, 3 minutes on foot.

5.Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Enshrining the God of Learning, the shrine also is famous as the best place to view wisteria and plum blossoms.

Kameido Tenjin Shrine, which enshrines Michizane Sugawara, who is known as the God of Learning, is familiar to and loved by people as 'Tenjin-sama of downtown.' There are many people who go to worship service at the shrine and at the same time enjoy the views of wisteria and plum blossoms. Especially, the beauty of the wisteria blossoms that bloom all over the precinct have been famous since the Edo period, and features as one of the 'One Hundred Famous Views of Edo', a masterpiece of Hiroshige Utagawa, a famous Ukiyo-e print artist. Meanwhile, Kameido Umeyashiki, a famous plum-blossom viewing spot, is also painted in 'One Hundred Famous Views of Edo', and it is famous as the print of which Vincent van Gogh painted a copy. The place existed northeast of the shrine until the Meiji period. The Kameido Umeyashiki tourist information centre is named after the site. The tourist information centre, located at the midpoint of the shrine and Kameido station, is also the departure/arrival place of an amphibious sightseeing bus. Various local specialities of the Kameido area are sold in the facility, thus it is highly recommended that you visit there when you go to worship service at the shrine.

Address:
Kameido 3-6-1, Koto City
URL:
http://www.kameidotenjin.or.jp/
Access:
JR Sobu Line, Tobu Kameido Line 'Kameido Station'. From North Exit, 15 minutes on foot.

6.Sunamachi Ginza Shopping District

Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai

A shopping street that is famous for the best place to enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Tokyo.

It is a famous shopping street, which is known throughout Japan and the world. About 180 various shops, including perishable foods shops, delicatessens dealing with take-out side dishes such as Oden ingredients, kimono shops and grocery stores stand side by side in a row on both sides of the street. You can fully enjoy downtown Tokyo's atmosphere by just roaming around and taking in the scene. The shopping street offers huge discounts during 'Baka-ne-ichi (Incredibly cheap price market)', which is held on the 10th of every month, so be sure not to miss it.

Address:
Kitasuna 3-5, Koto City
TEL:
03-3644-5854
URL:
http://sunagin.main.jp/
Access:
Toei Shinjuku Line 'Nishi-ojima Station'. From A4 Exit, 15 minutes on foot.

7.Kyu-Nakagawa (old Nakagawa River), Kawa no Eki (Riverside Station)

Kyu-Nakagawa (old  Nakagawa River), Kawa no Eki (Riverside Station)

It was an important barrier station of Edo. At present, it is a hub of waterfront activities in the 'City of attractive waters, Koto'.

Kawa no Eki was established in March 2013 at the junction of Kyu-Nakagawa (old Nakagawa River) and Onagigawa Canal as a new hub of waterfront activities. It has a ramp for the launching of amphibious buses that is the first of its kind in Tokyo; from up close, you can see that the bus steams ahead to take to the river water. It also has a boarding place for rowing boats as well as leisure/sightseeing facilities that are open to everyone. In the Edo period, this was the site of 'Nakagawa Bansho', a barrier station for ships that carried goods to Edo. Thus, there is the 'Nakagawa Funabansho Museum (Barge/Ship Guard Station)' in the neighbourhood. The museum displays materials and documents, including a diorama, which explain the water transportation system in the Kanto and Edo area as well as the history and culture of Koto City. You should not miss the chance to purchase a copy of an Ukiyo-e print of Nakagawa Bansho drawn by Hiroshige Utagawa.

Address:
Kyu-Nakagawa Riverside Park, Ohshima 9-10, Koto City
TEL:
About Nigiwai (enlivened) facility: 03-3681-5100 (Suisai Terrace)
About other facilities: 03-5683-5581 (Mizube-to-midori no Jimusho, Koto City)
Access:
Toei Shinjuku Line 'Higashi-ojima Station'. From Ojima Exit, 5 minutes on foot.

8.Kyu Oishi-ke Jyutaku (Historical House of Oishi Family)

Kyu Oishi-ke Jutaku (Old Oishi Family Residence)

The oldest private residence in Koto City, which is a house that was built in the Edo period

Kyu Oishi-ke Jyutaku, which was built in the Edo period, is the oldest private residence in Koto City. It is a valuable residential house that has repeatedly overcome such disasters as the great earthquake in 1855 and retains its original structure. To preserve its cultural and historical value, it was designated as a tangible cultural property (architecture) of Koto City in March 1994 and after disassembly and research, it was moved to and rebuilt at this location in 1996. The attic, which is made on a large scale, was an emergency evacuation place for a flood disaster and used as a living place for the family for several days until the flood waters receded. Also, the Oishi family dealt with the cultivation of laver (an edible type of seaweed) in the tideland, which was spread in front of Sunamura village. Tools that were actually used for the cultivation have remained there, allowing visitors to glimpse a part of the life style of laver producers, of whom many lived in this area.

Address:
Minami-suna 5-24, Koto City (in Sendaiborigawa Park)
TEL:
03-3647-9819(Cultural Properties Group, Culture and Tourism Division, Koto City)
URL:
http://www.city.koto.lg.jp/seikatsu/shogai-gakushu/6373/6374.html
Access:
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line 'Minamisunamachi station'. From 2b Exit, 12 minutes on foot.

9.Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Spa complex)

Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Spa complex)

A theme park based on onsen hot springs that offers visitors the free choice of rental yukata robes and various amusements.

Visitors can experience a total of 13 varieties of baths including indoor baths and open-air spas using water from natural hot springs that gush up from the source 1,400 meters underground as well as an outdoor footbath. In addition, since it has a variety of excellent amusement venues, everyone from children to adults can spend the day strolling about in a yukata (traditional Japanese bath gown) that they choose from among 7 kinds of patterns, through the 'Hirokoji' and 'Happyakuyacho' shopping arcades that recreate the vibrant bustle of the Shitamachi (downtown) section of old Edo as well as stay and leisurely relax themselves after bathing in 'yasumi-dokoro (rest area)' and find relaxation and esthetics in 'Hogushi-dokoro (massage area)'.

Address:
Aomi 2-6-3, Koto City
TEL:
03-5500-1126
URL:
http://www.ooedoonsen.jp/
Access:
Yurikamome 'Telecom Center station'. From South Exit, 2 minutes on foot.

10.Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu

Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu

A large-scale entertainment facility everyone from children to adults can enjoy

It is filled with fun spots such as various brand shops of fashion and/or general goods and movie theatres. The facility also has the 'Marina Kitchen (food court)', with a wide, liberating space and a dog café, where a customer can eat in with his/her dog. In addition, it holds events such as live concerts and performances from time to time, so it is often crowded with many people. It was developed on the remains of a shipbuilding site. By utilising the surviving elements of the shipbuilding dock, such as a screw propeller and a crane, the site evokes the flavour of its robust origins. The crane is illuminated at night, offering a view that is not to be missed from a sea bus that departs from the dock. At dusk, you can also enjoy a night view of the Rainbow Bridge, the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree from there.

Address:
Toyosu 2-4-9, Koto City
TEL:
03-6910-1234
URL:
http://toyosu.lalaport.jp/en/
Access:
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line 'Toyosu Station'. From No. 2 Exit, 3 minutes on foot.Yurikamome 'Toyosu station'. From North Exit, 4 minutes on foot.