Near Haneda Airport! Tokyo Travel and Food Guide for Kawasaki, Shinagawa, and Ota

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The Haneda Airport area is filled with many charms, including the newest hot spots and places to get a taste of daily life in Tokyo. This article introduces must-visit locations in the Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki areas near Haneda Airport.

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Three Areas Near Haneda Airport

Your much anticipated Tokyo trip begins when your flight touches down at Haneda Airport. This article features our recommended spots in three areas near Haneda Airport: Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki.

There are several accessible places to stop by during the beginning of your Tokyo trip or towards the end if you have spare time. These include newly opened shopping complexes next to Haneda Airport, Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, Kawasaki Daishi, and more!

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Ota City: The Gateway to the Skies of Tokyo
Shinagawa City: Home to Affordable Areas!
Kawasaki City: Great for Shopping, Hotels, and Tokyo Sightseeing

Ota City: The Gateway to the Skies of Tokyo

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

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Haneda Airport, the gateway to Tokyo, is located in Ota City. Ota has the largest land area out of Tokyo’s 23 cities with a population of 730,000 people.

Ota is divided into various areas. Kamata is the transportation center serviced by trains along the JR Line, Tokyu Line, and Keikyu Line. Denenchofu is a peaceful residential neighborhood, while one of the most famous industrial districts is near Tokyo Bay, with small-scale town factories supporting the Japanese economy.

Haneda Innovation City: Located by the Airport! Creating and Promoting New Industries

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

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HANEDA INNOVATION CITY, adjacent to Haneda Airport, partially opened ahead of its grand opening in July 2020. This is a large-scale complex promoting Japan’s manufacturing technology and each region's charms with pillars in two industries: advanced technology and culture. It is directly connected to Tenkubashi Station, which is only one stop from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station along the Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Railway or the Tokyo Monorail.

The complex is home to restaurants where visitors can try dishes from various regions in Japan. There's also a robot restaurant, business hotel, concert hall, and convention hall. During events, you can experience advanced technology and Japanese culture firsthand.

The Footbath Skydeck is an area with an unobstructed view of Haneda Airport. Enjoy a free footbath while gazing at airplanes taking off and landing in Haneda Airport with the runway shining at night.

There are plans to add an advanced medical research center, a luxury hotel, and additional facilities in the future. The complex is scheduled to have its grand opening in autumn 2023.

Higashi-Yukigaya 3-Chome Hill: Have You Seen It Before in a TV Series?

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

Ota has numerous hilly roads scattered throughout the ward. These hilly roads have fascinated many visitors.

Higashi-Yukigaya 3-Chome Hill, located in the Yukigaya area, is a familiar filming location for television shows and commercials. Walk through the shopping district, which has retained its Showa (1926-1989) atmosphere, from Ishikawadai Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line. Then walk along the road parallel to Yukigaya Hachiman Shrine for ten minutes to reach this hill. If you’re a fan of Japanese television series, you may have seen this view before.

Television shows and movies often film this group of high-rise buildings in the distance to capture the Tokyo skyscape. However, those high-rise buildings aren’t located in Tokyo but in Kawasaki—the neighboring prefecture in Kanagawa!

Shinagawa City: Home to Affordable Areas!

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

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Shinagawa City, which is also one of Tokyo's 23 cities, borders Meguro and Minato City. This is why the area and station names are complicated and likely to be mixed up regarding train stations. For example, you should remember that “Shinagawa Station is in Minato City, and Meguro Station is in Shinagawa City.”

Shinagawa is synonymous with being a high-class area near Meguro Station. However, there are several affordable places that are fun and interesting to go sightseeing.

Shinagawa is home to several local shopping streets that are popular with locals. In addition to Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, which is featured in this article, visitors should check out Musashi-Koyama Shopping Street and Kitashinagawa Shopping Street. It's typical for areas with shopping streets or districts to top “The Most Desirable Neighborhoods to Live in" rankings. If you want to see the daily of Japanese people, why not plan a visit to Shinagawa?

Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street: Fun Location for a Stroll About Town!

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, measuring 1.3 kilometers in length, is the longest shopping street in Tokyo's Shinagawa City.

This spot can be conveniently accessed from Togoshi Station along the Toei Asakusa Line or Togoshi-Ginza Station along the Tokyu Ikegami Line.

There is an astonishing 350 stores lining this shopping street! If there’s something you need in daily life, then you can find it here! The options range from shops selling the perfect snacks on the go to cafes, grocery stores, cosmetic shops, and interior design shops.

The residential neighborhood in Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street is a popular place to live in Tokyo because of its convenience. Many overseas visitors have been visiting Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street in recent years to experience the real life of Tokyo residents.

Do you like touring traditional shopping streets in Japan? Or want a peek into a Japanese person’s daily life? Then please try visiting Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street at least once. You are sure to discover something that you won’t find anywhere else!

Higashikoji Restaurant Street: A Refreshing Take on Showa Retro in Oimachi!

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

Higashikoji Restaurant Street is a spot lined with rows of retro restaurants. It's also where you can get a taste of the Showa atmosphere. It is on the East Exit side of Oimachi Station, where the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Tokyu Oimachi Line operate.

The street has maintained its traditional town scenery. Visitors will feel like they’ve slipped back to the Showa Period (1926-1989) here. You’ll almost forget that you’re in modern-day Tokyo.

This narrow alleyway, which can barely fit two adults before becoming blocked up, is lined with dozens of shops, including izakaya (Japanese pubs), Western-style restaurants, and sushi shops. These eateries offer dishes and cuisines loved by locals.

You may encounter communication difficulties with shop staff if you do not understand Japanese. However, an experience in these places is invaluable for enjoying local flavors, so please give it a try!

Kawasaki City: Great for Shopping, Hotels, and Tokyo Sightseeing

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

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Kawasaki City has the second highest population in Kanagawa Prefecture. Moreover, it’s the only city other than the prefectural capital with a population exceeding one million.

Kawasaki prospered as the location of Kawasaki-juku (celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2023), a post station lined with lodgings during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and Kawasaki Daishi. Today, the city has not lost any of its vibrancy. Rather, it is home to several large-scale commercial complexes and residential neighborhoods near Kawasaki Station, serviced by the JR Line and Keikyu Line.

Thanks to its convenient access to Tokyo, the population in Kawasaki has continued to increase over the years! It is commonly chosen as a base for sightseeing in Tokyo.

Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple: Famous for the First Visit of the Year

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

Kawasaki Daishi (formal title: Kongozan Kinjoin Heikenji Temple), known nationally as Yakuyoke Daishi, is a temple of the historical Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism (*1) and one of Kanto’s three head temples (*2). To access Kawasaki Daishi, take the train from Keikyu-Kawasaki Station on the Keikyu Daishi Line and alight at Kawasaki-Daishi Station. You will arrive at the temple in about eight minutes on foot.

Japan has an important custom called hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine or temple at the start of the new year. Kawasaki Daishi is especially famous for this custom, with over three million people visiting the temple during the first three days of the new year. Moreover, visitors flock here from various parts of the country.

We recommend taking a walk through Nakamise Shopping Street when visiting Kawasaki Daishi. There is an abundant selection of local foods and souvenirs, including sweets, yakuyoke manju (steamed buns with filling that protect against misfortune), and a traditional Japanese sweet called monaka (rice cake wafers with azuki bean filling).

When visiting Kawasaki, venture further out to Kawasaki Daishi and experience the atmosphere of a Japanese temple!

*1 Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism: a Buddhist sect in Japan.
*2 Kanto’s Three Head Temples: the three head temples of the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism in the Kanto region.

La Cittadella: An Entertainment Complex near Kawasaki Station!

Start Your Tokyo Trip with Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki! Sightseeing and Food Guide

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La Cittadella is a commercial complex where visitors can enjoy a world designed as an “Italian town located on a hill.” It is located five minutes on foot from Kawasaki Station.

Opened in 2002, this spot has fashion stores, a movie theater, restaurants, bars, a live music hall, a wedding chapel, and much more!

Step onto the complex grounds to feel an atmosphere bursting with mystique, almost like wandering into an Italian town.

Traveling to Tokyo? Explore the Haneda Airport Area!

The three areas featured in this article—Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki—are charming for their close location to Haneda Airport, alongside a selection of accommodations, restaurants, and a well-developed transportation system! Visitors can have a fulfilling time in these areas, whether traveling for sightseeing or business.

Visit the three areas of Ota, Shinagawa, and Kawasaki to travel around famous sightseeing spots and get a taste of daily life in Tokyo!

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Written by Jacky Chen
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