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Get adventurous and go on an exploration outside of the central Shinjuku area. There are lots of great places along the Odakyu Lines that locals love but that still haven't been much discovered. For example, the 380-year-old temple Gotokuji, which is overrun with beckoning cats, can be reached with a 15-minute ride from Shinjuku followed by a 10-minute walk, and a museum dedicated to Fujiko・F・Fujio, the collaborative name of the manga artists behind the world-famous "Doraemon," is about 20 minutes from Shinjuku. And if you go just a bit further, you can eat delectable fresh seafood at Odawara Fishing Port.

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Gotokuji

15 minutes from Shinjuku on the Local train

Calling all cat lovers to Gotokuji!

Gotokuji is said to be the birthplace of the Japanese maneki-neko (beckoning cat). The temple is filled with these adorable figurines and a giant maneki-neko even greets people as they come out of the ticket gate. The business district in town is also filled with the cats, placed to invite passers-by into their stores. The air here is filled with an atmosphere of times gone by. Take a stroll through town with the cats and find some great local products and fun places to visit!

  • Gotokuji
    Gotokuji
    According to a legend, the auspicious temple Gotokuji is where the custom of the maneki-neko (beckoning cat) got started. In the seventeenth century, Ii Naotaka, the second lord of the Hikone Domain, was passing by the gate to the temple grounds when a pet cat waved at him to come closer. No sooner had he come to the gate then the skies broke out in thunder and lightning, and the lord was saved from the torrential rain by the overhang of the gate. The beckoning cat has since become a symbol of good fortune and a way to draw people into stores. And Gotokuji, with its beckoning cats, has become a well-known place to visit.
  • Setagaya Hachiman-gu shrine
    Setagaya Hachiman-gu shrine
    Every year, a sumo tournament is held here. It is traditionally said that the wrestling bouts determine whether the next year would bring a bountiful harvest or famine.
  • Gotokuji Shopping District
    Gotokuji Shopping District
    To this day, the maneki-neko (beckoning cat) is the symbol of this town. You will find them around the station, decorating storefronts and even street signs. And they make you feel welcome, true to their beckoning nature. The area has become so well known that people from abroad also often visit.
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Shimo-Kitazawa

7 minutes from Shinjuku on the Rapid Express train

Shimo-Kitazawa, home to Tokyo’s subcultures

This is a popular area filled with hip stores selling all sorts of goods, small theaters, and clubs offering live music. Shimo-Kitazawa is well known for being deep at the heart of music and other subculture trends. Make sure to check out the back streets, too, which are lined with used clothing stores selling high-quality fashion and restaurants that are all the rage.

  • Shimo-Kitazawa Shopping District
    Shimo-Kitazawa Shopping District
    This shopping district has many shops with an original flair. Many of them are an important part of the fabric of life here, and there are also many temples in the area. An aspect of the area that should not be overlooked is the new cafés that have appeared and the so-called shutter gallery made up of artistic murals decorating storefront shutters. The district association pays for the painting supplies and training, and the youth association puts on the paint base so that art students and designers can volunteer to make works of art as a way to practice their skills.
  • Used Clothes and Vintage Shops
    Used Clothes and Vintage Shops
    Shimo-Kitazawa is one of the best used clothing districts in Japan, and the vintage shops are too numerous to mention. Whether it’s low prices or something you can’t find anywhere else, there’s a shop for every taste in fashion. Enjoy shopping while out for a stroll!
  • Honda Theater
    Honda Theater
    The Honda Theater is home to a famous troupe and actors. Said to be one of the characteristic theaters of Shimo-Kitazawa, the Honda Theater opened in 1982 and its presence is one of the reasons the area is known as “Theater Town.” An exhibition area for lithography is located in the underground parking area. Known as “Hoshi no Tegata,” it features the handprints and autographs of entertainers.http://www.honda-geki.com/ (Japanese)
  • Suzunari Playhouse
    Suzunari Playhouse
    This historical playhouse retains its atmosphere of the Showa era, which occupied most of the twentieth century. The theater is located in Shimo-Kitazawa, the center of Tokyo’s “Theater Town,” and has 230 seats. Among the variety of playhouses large and small in Shimo-Kitazawa, some have seats so close to the stage, you can hear the breathing of the actors. And when walking in the area, you may very well catch glimpses of actors walking on the streets along with everyone else.http://www.honda-geki.com/suzunari2.html (Japanese)
  • Kitazawa Hachiman-jinja shrine
    Kitazawa Hachiman-jinja shrine
    This shrine is located about a 15-minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station. It was constructed to house a tutelary deity that, in order to protect the northern end of Setagaya, underwent spiritual division and transfer by the Kira clan that ruled the area.

    A community institution beloved by the locals, the shrine has giant koi windsocks flying on the grounds. Their well-known Reitaisai festival is held on the first weekend of September each year. The festival program includes a variety of events such as the wadaiko (Japanese drum), ohayashi (traditional music ensemble), Edo kagura (ritualistic dancing and singing), classical gagaku music and miko dancing.
  • The Awa Odori Dance of Shimo-Kitazawa
    The Awa Odori Dance of Shimo-Kitazawa
    When the Obon season of August comes around each year, awa odori dancing breaks out at the Shimo-Kitazawa Ichiban-gai shopping district at the North Exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station.
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Noborito

17 minutes from Shinjuku on the Rapid Express train

Enjoy plentiful nature and cultural experiences

Cultural institutions that are the pride of Japan to the world are concentrated in this corner of Kawasaki that still retains must nature. Famous manga artist Fujiko・F・Fujio lived here for many years, and artist Okamoto Taro was born here. Experience world-class culture in museums with vast collections of works by these globally famous artists. They are located in Ikuta Ryokuchi Park that is also home to a natural history museum, institutions with cultural assets and much more. Cultural pop monuments greet visitors at the station and along the way to the park.

  • Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City
    Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City
    Works by Fujiko・F・Fujio, the world-famous creator of “Doraemon,” are on display here. Also enjoy the shops and cafés with creations worthy of such works.http://fujiko-museum.com/english/
    Tickets are available for purchase in the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center
    Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center
  • Japan Open-air Folk House Museum of Kawasaki
    Japan Open-air Folk House Museum of Kawasaki
    This open-air museum is located within the pleasant boundaries of Ikuta Ryokuchi Park. There are currently 22 buildings that have been relocated here, including old folk houses, a kabuki stage and a water mill. Although most are folk houses from 2 or 3 hundred years ago, a special highlight is four in the gassho architectural style, each with distinctive features. Along the garden paths are Jizo (Kshitigarbha) bodhisattva statues, Bato-Kanon (Hayagriva) signposts and other such stonework. Such features help create an atmosphere of earlier centuries for the garden overall and you may just forget that you are in the modern world! http://english.nihonminkaen.jp/
  • Dentou-Kougeikan (Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop) – West Gate of the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum
    Dentou-Kougeikan (Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop) – West Gate of the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum
    Experience traditional aizome (indigo dyeing) for yourself (a fee applies).
    Advance reservations are recommended. Telephone number: 044-900-1101 http://english.nihonminkaen.jp/visual_visit/dentou-kougeikan/
  • Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum
    Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum
    Located in Ikuta Ryokuchi Park, this museum has lots of exhibits focusing on the theme of nature in Kawasaki. And don’t miss the popular planetarium with its world-class projection system! If you want to go on the weekend, make sure you arrive early as the tickets often sell out before noon.
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  • Taro Okamoto Museum of Art
    Taro Okamoto Museum of Art
    This museum has 1,779 pieces in its collection that are on display. They were donated to Kawasaki City by Okamoto Taro, a renowned artist. The museum creates a new exhibit four times a year themed on Okamoto Taro. http://www.taro-okamoto.or.jp/en/
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Odakyu Tama Center

35 minutes from Shinjuku on the Rapid Express train

Meet Hello Kitty!

Located at the end of a stylish brick-laid walkway, the Tama Center building is so colorful, it seems to be from a different country. Fluttering flags and information boards are decorated with cute pop culture characters. The excitement you get just from walking through town, that’s Tama Center. A variety of facilities have been brought together here for fun, including Sanrio Puroland, where you can meet Hello Kitty and other familiar characters, and venues for exploring art and nature. And the beautiful lights that decorate the center each winter are a popular mainstay of the season.

  • Sanrio Puroland
    Sanrio Puroland
    Kids and adults alike will be thrilled watching the show in this theme park with popular Sanrio characters, including the internationally famous Hello Kitty. Located indoors, the theme park can be enjoyed without worries about the weather. And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop where you can find Sanrio goods not available anywhere else, and the restaurant where you can eat while enjoying the show. https://en.puroland.jp/
  • Tama Central Park
    Tama Central Park
    The flowers that bloom through each season of the year are a point of pride of this park, and it is the perfect way to spent a leisurely day. In summer, kids run about and play on the grassy lawn around the fountain.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center
    Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center
    Take a look at the earthenware and types of clothing people wore in ancient Japan. The exhibition space includes special exhibits designed each year and a permanent collections area. One of the features that delights adults and children alike is the Jomon Village, a re-creation of what a Tama Hills settlement might have been like during the Jomon period. https://www.tef.or.jp/maibun/en_jomon.jsp
  • Tama Center Illumination
    Tama Center Illumination
    Each winter, including during the Christmas season, Parthenon Boulevard is lit up with some 400,000 lights from Tama Center Station to Tama Central Park. The splendid decorations are a fixture as one of the great event events near Tama Center Station.
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odawara

60 minutes from Shinjuku on the Romancecar

A Historical Castle Town

After flourishing as a castle town during the Sengoku (Warring States) period, Odawara was one of the most prominent shukuba (post towns) on the Tokaido, a major thoroughfare for Eastern Japan. The traffic that came through added to the development of local traditions and culture. Odawara Castle radiates in beautiful white as a symbol of the town. The many sites where you can get a sense of the history include historical ruins and shops that have been in business for centuries. If you go a little further out, you can visit Odawara Fishing Port, where you can find restaurants serving fresh fish and gift shops.

  • Odawara Castle
    Odawara Castle
    The most representative historical site of the area, this castle was said to be impregnable. You can even go inside and climb up to the main keep. http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/odawaracastle/ (Japanese)
  • Odawara Fishing Port
    Odawara Fishing Port
    A 1-minute walk from JR Hayakawa Station, one station away from Odawara Station, this town has the hustle and bustle of a busy fishing port early in the morning. There are many places where you can find fresh fish to eat!
  • Odawara Hojo Godai Festival
    Odawara Hojo Godai Festival
    Held on May 3, this is the largest Hojo Godai Festival in Odawara. Some 1,700 people in total participate in this parade, including those in the firearm corps, the school wind instrument band, baton team and more. http://www.odawara-kankou.com/houjyou/ (Japanese)

Event Calendar

Shimokitazawa Tengu Matsuri (festival)

Shimokitazawa Tengu Matsuri (festival)

This festival that has been handed down for generations to celebrate the changing of seasons is held at a temple in Shimo-kitazawa where the Tengu is worshipped. The Great Tengu and Scarecrow Tengu march through the Shimo-Kitazawa shopping district while tossing roasted sacred soybeans for good luck. On the evening before the big festival, the Scarecrow Tengu and Buddhist hermits and others, make the rounds at the restaurants and bars in Shimokitazawa.

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

The word “Jewellumination” is a blend of “jewel” and “illumination.” It is one of the largest light displays in Tokyo with 5.5 million LED lights.

Shimokitazawa Tengu Matsuri (festival)

Shimokitazawa Tengu Matsuri (festival)

This festival that has been handed down for generations to celebrate the changing of seasons is held at a temple in Shimo-kitazawa where the Tengu is worshipped. The Great Tengu and Scarecrow Tengu march through the Shimo-Kitazawa shopping district while tossing roasted sacred soybeans for good luck. On the evening before the big festival, the Scarecrow Tengu and Buddhist hermits and others, make the rounds at the restaurants and bars in Shimokitazawa.

Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival

Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival

A harbinger of spring, the 360 early-blossoming cherry blossom trees are particularly spectacular at night. Do know of anywhere near Tokyo where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in full bloom a whole month before the cherry blossom viewing season begins? At Nishihira (or Nishihirabatake) Park in Matsuda Town, Kanagawa, the kawazu zakura come into full bloom in February and March. Starting around the end of February, the cherry blossom trees are lit up in the evening, and the combination of the kawazu zakura seeming to float in the night air with the night scene below has a mystical flavor. At the Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you can buy famous local products and people of all ages come to enjoy the many events held, including the tea ceremony and other Japanese cultural functions.

Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri

Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri

The Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri festival got its start as an event sponsored by the town women’s association at the Ajisai Park Dance Hall in 2003. In 2005, the event moved to the Seto Yashiki (Mansion), where it has been held as one of the venues annual events ever since.

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

The word “Jewellumination” is a blend of “jewel” and “illumination.” It is one of the largest light displays in Tokyo with 5.5 million LED lights.

Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival

Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival

A harbinger of spring, the 360 early-blossoming cherry blossom trees are particularly spectacular at night. Do know of anywhere near Tokyo where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in full bloom a whole month before the cherry blossom viewing season begins? At Nishihira (or Nishihirabatake) Park in Matsuda Town, Kanagawa, the kawazu zakura come into full bloom in February and March. Starting around the end of February, the cherry blossom trees are lit up in the evening, and the combination of the kawazu zakura seeming to float in the night air with the night scene below has a mystical flavor. At the Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you can buy famous local products and people of all ages come to enjoy the many events held, including the tea ceremony and other Japanese cultural functions.

Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

The folk houses in the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum will be illuminated twice a year, in spring and in autumn, extending opening hours. You can enjoy dreamlike view of the houses in the dark with seasonal flowers, spring cherry blossoms and autumn maple leaves. We offer the visitors the paper lanterns to lit at their feet (to be cancelled in case of rainy weather). You can view the demonstration of night works, listen to the folk stories, and warm yourself sitting around a sunken hearth.

  • Address
    7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Duration
    Spring: Late March—early April. Fall: Late November. It is the two-day event from Saturday to Sunday. 9:30—20:30 (the times of individual programs may vary)
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Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri

Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri

The Seto Yashiki Hina-Matsuri festival got its start as an event sponsored by the town women’s association at the Ajisai Park Dance Hall in 2003. In 2005, the event moved to the Seto Yashiki (Mansion), where it has been held as one of the venues annual events ever since.

Sagamiko Yamanami Illumination

Sagamiko Yamanami Illumination

The fountain and lakeside areas at Sagamiko Park are bathed in beautiful illumination. The reflections in the lake water are mesmerizing. Held each December.

  • Address
    Prefectural Sagamiko Park Near Sagamiko Station
  • Duration
    December
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Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

The word “Jewellumination” is a blend of “jewel” and “illumination.” It is one of the largest light displays in Tokyo with 5.5 million LED lights.

Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

The folk houses in the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum will be illuminated twice a year, in spring and in autumn, extending opening hours. You can enjoy dreamlike view of the houses in the dark with seasonal flowers, spring cherry blossoms and autumn maple leaves. We offer the visitors the paper lanterns to lit at their feet (to be cancelled in case of rainy weather). You can view the demonstration of night works, listen to the folk stories, and warm yourself sitting around a sunken hearth.

  • Address
    7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Duration
    Spring: Late March—early April. Fall: Late November. It is the two-day event from Saturday to Sunday. 9:30—20:30 (the times of individual programs may vary)
  • URL
Soshigaya Shinko-kai Cherry Blossom Festival

Soshigaya Shinko-kai Cherry Blossom Festival

A cherry blossom festival is held each year on Ultra North Street which is lined with Ultra Seven-styled streetlamps to the north of Ultraman Shopping District.

  • Address
    Soshigaya Fureai Yuhodo Promenade
  • Duration
    Early April
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Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

Illuminating Night at the Minkaen

The folk houses in the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum will be illuminated twice a year, in spring and in autumn, extending opening hours. You can enjoy dreamlike view of the houses in the dark with seasonal flowers, spring cherry blossoms and autumn maple leaves. We offer the visitors the paper lanterns to lit at their feet (to be cancelled in case of rainy weather). You can view the demonstration of night works, listen to the folk stories, and warm yourself sitting around a sunken hearth.

  • Address
    7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Duration
    Spring: Late March—early April. Fall: Late November. It is the two-day event from Saturday to Sunday. 9:30—20:30 (the times of individual programs may vary)
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Minkaen Festival

Minkaen Festival

November 3 is the lively day of the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum, and it is the day when the museum is open free. There will be some the special events: the demonstration, display and market of the traditional crafts; the fascinating workshops of experiencing the old time, especially attract children; and the rural performance at the Kabuki Stage of Funakoshi, designated as ethnocultural asset (we charge for tickets in order of arrival). You can enjoy various programs in one day at this Minkaen festival.

  • Address
    7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Duration
    November 3 (every year) 9:30—16:30 (the opening hours of each event may vary)
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Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

The word “Jewellumination” is a blend of “jewel” and “illumination.” It is one of the largest light displays in Tokyo with 5.5 million LED lights.

The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park – Public Opening

The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park – Public Opening

When you emerge from the Tama Hills woods, the secret Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park will suddenly come into view. The garden boasts 4,700 rosebushes in 530 different varieties. Enjoy the roses of the season, shining in the soft sunlight. The Rose Garden can be visited only during the spring and autumn openings.

  • Address
    The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park
  • Duration
    Mid-May, late October (Spring: May 10–27, autumn: planned for late October)
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Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri (festival)

Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri (festival)

The largest Hojo Godai Festival in Odawara. Some 1,700 people in total participate in this parade, including those in the samurai unit, the firearm corps, the school wind instrument club, the school baton team and more. It is held on March 3, a holiday.

The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park – Public Opening

The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park – Public Opening

When you emerge from the Tama Hills woods, the secret Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park will suddenly come into view. The garden boasts 4,700 rosebushes in 530 different varieties. Enjoy the roses of the season, shining in the soft sunlight. The Rose Garden can be visited only during the spring and autumn openings.

  • Address
    The Rose Garden at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park
  • Duration
    Mid-May, late October (Spring: May 10–27, autumn: planned for late October)
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Isehara Tourism Dohkan Festival

Isehara Tourism Dohkan Festival

The largest event in Isehara. This festival is named for OHTA Dohkan, who is known as the architect of Edo Castle and ended his life in Isehara during the Sengoku Period.

  • Address
    Area surrounding Isehara Station on the Odakyu Line
  • Duration
    Mid-October
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Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

The word “Jewellumination” is a blend of “jewel” and “illumination.” It is one of the largest light displays in Tokyo with 5.5 million LED lights.

Hadano Tobacco Festival

Hadano Tobacco Festival

Drawing more than 200,000 people every year, this is the largest festival in Hadano. The city once produced leaf tobacco said to be one of the three greatest varieties in Japan. To make sure the dedication that earlier generations had for tobacco is remembered and passed on to the younger generation, the Hadano Tobacco Festival is held on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of September each year.

Sagamiohno Foodfesta Mangez

Sagamiohno Foodfesta Mangez

The largest summer event in Sagami-Ono. The food and beverage stalls present wonderful local flavors that are the pride of Sagami-Ono, and there are live performances on a stage. The Sagamiohno Foodfesta Mangez is held in Sagamiono Chuo Park.

Ebina Citizen Matsuri (festival)

Ebina Citizen Matsuri (festival)

This festival is held in Ebina. In addition to various stage events in Ebina Undo Park, there are about 100 different booths set up. With only 300 meters between the launching area and the viewing area, the fireworks show is a stunning display.

Kaisei Ajisai Matsuri (festival)

Kaisei Ajisai Matsuri (festival)

Some 5,000 hydrangeas are cultivated along Rainbow Road, the “Hydrangea Village.” Against a backdrop of the natural colors of rice paddies, the hydrangeas project exceptionally beautiful colors.

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