The amazing Haneda Airport would almost suffice as a destination in and of itself in Ota City Ward if it weren't for so many other fascinating sites. Here is an introduction to some of the many landmarks and historical spots in Ota and how to reach them.
Magome Writers Village
Magome Writers Village is a unique feature to the city's literary history and heritage. Many of the nation's top writers moved here in the 1900s to take advantage of the supportive community and environment, giving the city a smooth blend of sophistication and style. The village is part of a walking trail commemorating this cultural influence.
Midway between JR Omori Station on the Keihin Tohoku Line and Nishi-Magome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.
Sumo wrestling found a home in the city with the establishment of the Onoe-beya wrestling stable in 2006. Currently active with about 15 wrestlers, the stable offers sumo fans the opportunity to visit and watch their wrestlers as they undergo the often brutal training regime of a sumo wrestler.
A 7-minute walk from Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line.
With rooftop views of Mt. Fuji, Ota Market offers a very different experience to its more famed cousin in Toyosu. The early morning fish, fruit, vegetable and flower auctions are natural features here with the flower market one of the largest in the country. As a nod to overseas visitors, English-language guides are offered at the entrance.
A 20-minute walk from Ryutsu Center Station on the Tokyo Monorail Line.
Built in 1931, the Rokugo Watergate is an old, yet still active sluice gate that opens out into the Tama River. The unique look of its retro design reflects its history. Now a part of the local landscape, the area affords visitors some lovely views over the river while the banks offer excellent walking and cycling trails.
A 14-minute walk from Zoshiki Station on the Keikyu Main Line.