One of Tokyo's 23 special wards, Katsushika City eschews the bustling crowds and consumerism of much of Tokyo. Famous for its retro atmosphere and taste for the nostalgic, Katsushika City is the perfect place for visitors to experience the classic ambience of Japan's Showa Period.
Temples & Shrines
Shibamata Taishakuten Temple
Probably the go-to temple in Katsushika, Shibamata Taishakuten Temple, a stunningly handsome building listed as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan, features incredible detail in its Lotus Sutra-inspired wood carved reliefs and is a part and parcel of the local atmosphere of Shibamata.
Four minutes from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line.
Tateishi Kumano Shrine
On first look, this local Shinto shrine doesn't seem like much but Tateishi Kumano Shrine is more than it seems. Boasting a spiritual pedigree dating back to the 10th century, the shrine's claim to fame is its respect for the ancient arts of Chinese divination and its monthly new and full moon ceremonies.
Ten minutes from Aoto Station on the Keisei Main Line or Keisei Oshiage Line.
Gardens & Parks
The largest park in the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Mizumoto Park is a haven for birds and a delight for lovers of nature. The park hosts the largest iris festival in June with over 200,000 flowers blooming while the park offers barbecue, fishing, picnicking and adventure space for the whole family.
Seven minutes from Mizumoto Koen Bus Stop on the Kesiei Bus from Kanemachi Station.
Aoto Peace Park
A local park like many others, Aoto Peace Park differs in its memorial of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The park features a statue of a young girl releasing a dove as well as remnants from the destruction in 1945. A cenotaph and a case filled with folded paper cranes complete the memorial.
Eight minutes from Aoto Station on the Kesei Main Line.
Museums & Galleries
Tora-san Memorial Museum
A blast from a much beloved Showa Period past, the Tora-san Memorial Museum pays homage to Japan's long running film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man). Featuring actual props and sets from the show, the museum recreates the old-world charm feeling that continues to appeal to so many today.
Eight minutes from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line.
Shibamata Toy Museum
Fans of the retro will salivate at the the thought of spending a lazy time exploring memories of childhood. Housed on the second floor of a cheap candy store, the labour of love that is Shibamata Toy Museum is filled to the very brim with toys from yesteryear. Be warned though, the museum is only open on weekends and public holidays.
A few minutes from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line.
Landmarks & History
Yamamoto-tei Tea House
Registered as Tangible Cultural Property by Katsushika City, Yamamoto-tei Tea House is located by the banks of the Edo River. The building was once owned by a Tokyo businessman who beautifully blended both Japanese and Western design elements. Be sure to admire the gardens while drinking some Japanese tea.
Eight minutes from Shibamata Station on the Keisei-Kanamachi Line.
Fans of the world famous manga, anime and video game series Captain Tsubasa will delight in being able to visit monuments dedicated to the ever popular character. Scattered around Yotsugi, visitors can find 9 bronze street statues plus numerous decorations and Captain Tsubasa-themed stores.
Yotsugi Station on the Kesei Oshiage Line.
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