The article is about Ota-ku, located near Haneda Airport. Visit the fascinating areas below to learn about Ota’s rich history! (Article series: The Surrounding Areas of Haneda Airport, Part 2)

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Do you ever feel like your arrival and departure days in Japan are wasted simply getting from point A to B? Well, let us show you how to make the absolute most of your time here! There are two points of exit from the Tokyo area: Haneda and Narita Airports. What you may not know is that there is a great deal of fun with your name on it in their immediate vicinities! Want to explore as soon as you arrive? Or, do you want to keep busy until the last minute? Either way, we have you covered!

Part 2 will showcase Ota-ku of Tokyo. This area boasts great access to Haneda Airport, so you can easily drop by just after arriving or just before leaving Japan.

The area surrounding Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple

Keikyu Kamata Station is only a 10-min train ride on the Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport. Walk 15 mins to Kamata Station and head to Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line. You're almost there! Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple is only a 10-minute walk from the station.

【Ikegami Baien Plum Tree Garden】
A large park with around 370 red and white plum trees. The trees give off a pleasant fragrance and come into full bloom every year around mid-February. The views of blossoming trees against tea houses and ponds make for a truly beautiful landscape.
Address:1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku area

【Ikegami Baien Plum Tree Garden】
A large park with around 370 red and white plum trees. The trees give off a pleasant fragrance and come into full bloom every year around mid February. The views of blossoming trees against tea ceremony houses and ponds make for a truly beautiful landscape.

Address:2-2-13 Ikegami, Ota-ku area
Business hours:9:00-16:30 (Last admission 16:00)
Closed:Mondays (closed on the next day if Mon. is a holiday. Open every day from Feb. to Mar.), New Year’s period
Fee:Adults ¥100 (aged 16-64)

【Rengetsu Cafe】
Enjoy delicious coffee, roasted green tea pudding, and more!

This quaint little café is located in a small 2-story wood kominka, or old Japanese-style house.

Address: 2-20-11 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 10:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
Closed: No scheduled holidays

Special feature: 3 stores that offer famous ‘kuzumochi’ confections

Kuzumochi are delicately sweet ‘wagashi’ treats made by fermenting flour for over a year, and have been enjoyed since the Edo period. Served in combination with kinako (soy bean powder) and brown sugar syrup.

【Asanoya】

Address:6-2-15 Ikegami, Ota-ku area
Business hours:From 09:15 until products are sold out / Cafe area: 11:30-16:00
Closed:Mon. and Thu

【Ikegami Ikedaya】

Address:4-24-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku area
Business hours:Shop 10:00-18:00 (closes when sold out) / Cafe area 10:00-16:30 (L.O.)
Closed:Open 365 days

【Sagamiya】

Address:4-25-7 Ikegami, Ota-ku area
Business hours:Shop 9:30-18:30 (closes when sold out) / Cafe area 10:30-17:00 (L.O.)
Closed:No regular closures

Ota City Tourist Information Center

A facility with multilingual support that introduces local attractions, offers a number of cultural experiences and workshops, and also sells local handicrafts and confections.

Original Japanese fan 450 yen
Original Japanese fan 450 yen

Address:Wing Kitchen Keikyu Kamata M2F, 4-50-11 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:9:00–21:00
Closed:Open 365 days

You'll also be excited to learn that the Ota City Tourist Information Center offers a number of uniquely Japanese cultural workshops, such as tea ceremony, flower arranging, kimono wearing, calligraphy, and manga. (Reservations are required. However, the origami workshop and the Japanese language introduction workshop can be enjoyed for free without a reservation.)

Cost: Tea ceremony workshop 3,500 yen, Flower arrangement workshop 5,000 yen, Kimono experience from 3,500 yen, Calligraphy workshop 2,500 yen, Manga workshop 3,500 yen
※Make your reservations by phone or through their website
※Check the website above for more details
※No reservation required for the free origami and Japanese language introduction workshops

We highly recommend that you visit not only typical tourist areas, but also historical spots like this one!

※Note: Abbreviations of card companies that can be used.
A = American Express / D = Diners / J = JCB / M = MasterCard / V = Visa / 銀 = UnionPay