By Jeremy Yap
Hidden within Adachi City's residential image lies some of the city's impressive places of interest. Home to one of Tokyo's most important wholesale fish markets, a top Buddhist temple and one of the capital's most expansive public parks, Adachi City is dotted with local shrines and nods to the city's past.
Temples & Shrines
Nishiarai Daishi Temple
Dating back to the ninth century, Nishiarai Daishi Temple is one of the top three Shingon Buddhist temples in Tokyo. Famous for its wart curing salt-covered statue, the temple hosts numerous festivals throughout the year and features fascinating buildings and landscaping.
Five minutes from Daish Mae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line.
Famous for its Tori no Ichi festival, Otori Shrine has a mythical foundation story, traditional Shinto rituals and festivals that are held throughout the year as well some of the most marvellous dragon woodcarvings you are likely to find in a local shrine.
Eight minute bus ride from Yatsuka Station on the Tobu Skytree Line.
Gardens & Parks
Higashi Fuchie Garden
A small but nicely designed local garden, Higashi Fuchie Teien Garden offers views of the changing seasons. A traditional tea house and rest areas feature as do the forty eight varieties of flowering plants. The garden makes fo ra nice visit when combined with the Adachi Historical Museum.
Four minutes from the Higashi Fuchie Teien bus stop on the Mutsugi-Toju bound bus from Ayase Station.
One of Tokyo's largest public spaces, Toneri Park is a huge expanse of sporting grounds with tennis courts, athletics and baseball fields as well picnic, camping, fishing and BBQ spots. Don't forget the bird sanctuary, giant ponds and children's water park.
One minute from Toneri-koen Station on the Nippori-Toneri Liner Line.
Museums & Galleries
Sekido Museum of Art
Exhibiting works collected by entrepreneur Senju Satoh, the Sekido Museum of Art includes globally sourced ceramic pieces, tea ceremony utensils, Buddhist sculptures, as well as lacquer and bronze wares. The building itself, with its unique hexagonal shape, red brick walls and copper plated roof, is extremely curious.
Three minutes from Senjuhashi Station on the Keisei Line.
Adachi Historical Museum
Located right by Higashi-Fuchie Gardens, the Adachi Historical Museum explores the history and development of Adachi City within the theme of Edo Tokyo and its eastern suburbs. Numerous scaled and life-sized models, pictures, maps and interactive exhibits make the museum an enjoyable look at local history and life in Adachi.
A few minutes by Tobu Bus from the West Exit of Ayase Station on the Chiyoda Line.
Landmarks & History
One of Tokyo's major wholesale markets, Adachi Market is much smaller than its famous cousin Toyosu. Not touristy in the slightest, the market is divided into wholesale, retail and restaurant areas. Be sure to visit on the second Saturday of odd months for 'market day' when the wholesale area becomes accessible.
Five minutes from Senjuohashi Station on the Keisei Main Line.
Senju Ohashi Bridge
One of Hiroshige Utagawa's famous ukiyo-e subjects, Senju Ohashi Bridge crosses the Sumida River, connecting the northern part of Adachi City with its southern section. Now an iron beast, the bridge was also the starting point for haiku master Matsuo Basho's journey north.
Six minutes from Senjuohashi Station on the Keisei Main Line.
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