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Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tokyo
Population
12,059,237

Otsuka

Ikebukuro’s quiet backstreets offer a convenient respite accented with warm sake.

Otsuka station is near to Ikebukuro station, on Tokyo’s busy JR Yamanote line. Conveniently located a few minutes from the metropolis’ bustling business, shopping and entertainment hubs, Otsuka is its own relaxed version of Tokyo.

The station itself is not too big. However, the area is bustling with people every August when more than 1,000 dancers participate in the Awa Odori dance festival. Other than that, the station area is a respite to those who are hanging out in Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro

People visit Sega Ikebukuro arcade game centre on May 11, 2012 in Tokyo. Sega is a profitable company with US $4.9 billion revenue in 2011.
If you’re looking for a change of pace from the hyperactivity of Tokyo, this area is for you. Otsuka has the nostalgic feeling of downtown Edo (old Tokyo). Tucked within its back streets are small shopping arcades and old izakaya. One local bar to try is Edoichi, for some sashimi and (mostly) warm nihonshu (rice wine.)

A local Buddhist temple about a five-minute walk from the station fits right in with the nostalgic atmosphere. Built in the 1600s, Gokoku-ji is famous for being one of the only temples to survive American air raids during WWII.

After a bit of sightseeing, travelers may be ready for some food and drink. For food, there are numerous and cheap seafood, donburi (rice bowl) and yakitori restaurants. For those who want a drink, try some local joints like Speak Easy Bar, Bakushuan Otsuka for craft beer and Leandro wine bar.

Otsuka is your place for a reasonable bite to eat or a lively late-night rendezvous.

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People visit Sega Ikebukuro arcade game centre on May 11, 2012 in Tokyo. Sega is a profitable company with US $4.9 billion revenue in 2011.

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How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒170-0005 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Minamiōtsuka, 3 Chome−33 大塚駅

By train

Otsuka station is accessible via the JR Yamanote and Toden Arakawa lines.

Where To Stay

1 Bedroom Apartment Otsuka TP #002
  • 3-20-5 Minami Otsuka Tokyo-to 170-0005 Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 170-0005
  • 9.5/10
  • 0.0 km
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R&B Hotel Otsukaeki-Kitaguchi
  • Kitaotsuka2-14-2 Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 170-0004
  • 7.4/10
  • 0.1 km
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Station Condominium Otsuka
  • Toshimaku Minamiotsuka 3-34-12 171-0005
  • 8.2/10
  • 0.1 km
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Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo
  • Minamiotsuka 3-33-6 Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 170-0005
  • 9.2/10
  • 0.1 km
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