Kinshicho Superguide

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Name: Kinshicho

Kind: Town

Location: 35°41’48.26″ N 139°48’52.14″ E

Station: Kinshicho Station (Z13), Hanzomon Line, JR Chuo Line or Sobu-Chuo Line

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Worth it? Well worth a short trip

Updated 10/1/2020

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About a mile south of Tokyo Sky Tree in east central Tokyo is the town of Kinshicho. A small town centered around the JR Kinshicho rail station, Kinshicho offers a variety of department stores, movie theaters, grocery stores, a large outdoor park, and various other restaurants and shops. The town is compact enough to see in less than a day, and is worth a short day trip. It’s also close enough to walk to from Sky Tree to the north.

Getting there

Take the Hanzomon Metro line to Kinshicho Station (Z13), or take the JR Chuo Line or Sobu-Chuo Line to Kinshicho Station and exit. There are exits on the street on the northwest side and in the basements of some of the large department stores. There is also a street-level exit on the west side of Kinshi Park at the northeast end of the town. The main JR Station sits below and underground beneath the TERMINA department store.

Area Layout

The town is roughly laid out in a grid or square less than .5 miles across. The station is in the center, with the TERMINA department store to the southwest, PARCO store complex to the southeast, AraK!T complex to the northwest and Kinshi Park to the north east (center right in this photo). To the east about a mile is the sister city of Kameido also with a JR station. On this map, Sky Tree is vivisble just a the top of the photo. The JR line tracks are visible in the lower center of the photo – just north of the main square.

TERMINA, PARCO, OIOI Department Stores

The central town area contains 3 main complexes as well as other side streets and shops. The main complexes are TERMINA, PARCO, and OIOI (pronounced “Marui”) department stores (depato in Japanese). The main east-west route at this intersection is Rt. 465. If you head west down Rt. 465, you’ll come to the fabulous Edo-Tokyo Museum, and the Hokusai Museum, both of which are located in the Ryogoku area, which also has a huge Sumo stadium.

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TERMINA

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PARCO

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OIOI (Marui) across the street from the JR Kinshicho Station.

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TERMINA also has a nice food court basement called FOOD GARDEN.

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In the basement of the PARCO is a SEIYU discount grocery store. There’s also a Metro subway entrance here. SEIYU has some great midnight grocery sales where you can find food cheap.

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This box of butter cookies is only around $.80 cents.

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In the basement of OIOI is this great Japan Meat which also has midnight sales.

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Just down the street is the Veggie House restaurant.

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Just to the south of the main area.

Japan Post Office

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Also in the PARCO bldg. is a very nice Japan Post office.

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Tokyo Sky Tree visible from Kinshicho streets.

Kinshi Park + OLINAS Core

On the northeast part of the town is a large park called Kinshi Park, which is popular with families. The park features a spectacular view of Tokyo Sky Tree. Just to the north of the park is a large mixed-use center called OLINAS Core. There is also a free parking lot at OLINAS Core but only if you purchase over 15,00¥ worth of merch from any single shop. Interesting shops include a YAMADA Denki (electronics), a Seria 100¥ shop, a NITORI furniture shop, a Taito Game Station, and a TOHO Cinema. There is also a large baseball field, tennis courts, and gymnasium.

Kinshi Park. OLINAS Core is the glass bldg. shown here on the north end. Tokyo Sky Tree is about a mile to the north.

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Kinshi Park looking south. OLINAS Core is on the left, out of view. The station is straight ahead.

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Kinshicho Station on the Hanzomon Line. Also note the Yamato Transport office with the yellow-green sign on the right. The tall bldg. is the LOTTE City Hotel, which has spectacular views of Tokyo Sky Tree.

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OLINAS Core

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Inside OLINAS Core

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Also inside OLINAS Core is a Baskin Robbins (which is known in Japan simply as 31), featuring the one-of-a-kind Pikachu Thunderbolt Fruit Mix ice cream.

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As a footnote, diagonally opposite Kinshi Park is a very nice multi-level Doutour coffee shop which has a variety of quick decent food cheap.

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Doutour lettuce hotdog + coffee: less than $5.

ArcaK!T + Park

To the northwest of the station is another shopping complex called ArcaK!T which has a multitude of shops + cafés as well as a very nice organic Life Grocery. There’s also a small concrete park here.

Food

There is plenty of food around Kinshicho. All the depatos have multiple floors of great restaurants, cafés, steak and noodle places – just about aything you want. Lots of great grocery stores too.

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Another Doutour – in the basement of the PARCO.

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Just to the left of JR Kinshicho Station is Café Le Monde. Just to the left of the café is a long shopping street.

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Most of the department stores have fabulous food basements (deepchika) where you can get all kinds of specialty foods, snacks, desserts, and gifts.

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Butter Pancake @ PARCO

In the PARCO department store is a nice pancake shop called simply Butter which serves stacks of a dozen pancakes with fruit, whipped cream, and other goodies:

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Crazy stacks of a dozen pancakes with fruit, butter, syrup, whipped cream, ice cream @ Butter in PARCO. Get ready to walk that 15 miles to walk it off.

Rakeru @ OIOI Kinshicho

Also in the OIOI bldg. is Rakeru. While not particularly high-end, this quaint western-style restaurant serves a variety of pancake plates with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream, and other toppings. Prices range from $6-$18. Not a bad little shop. There are loads of other nice restaurants on this floor also.

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Thai Restaurant Keawjai

Thai Restaurant Keawjai

About 2 blocks west of the town center on Rt. 465 is the really awesome Thai Restaurant Keawjai. It’s right down from the corner around 35°41’45.61″ N 139°48’42.56″ E. Head west on 465 then turn north (right) up a side street. It’s on the left. It’s 1 block south of the ArcaK!T complex. From the street you will have a clear view of Tokyo Sky Tree to the north.

There is also a nice AEON supermarket in Kinshicho not too far away.

East to Kameido

If you head east down Rt. 465 and cross the Jokojikken River at the Matsushiro Bridge, you’ll come to Kinshicho‘s sister city Kameido. We have another post on Kameido. It’s a smaller town and there’s not as much to do, but it’s less than a mile from Kinshicho so if you have time it’s worth a short hike. There is a station there but it’s only served by the Tobu Kameido Line and Chūō-Sōbu Line. There is no Metro stop. The 3 biggest features of Kameido are the atré shopping plaza, the huge Don Quijote 100¥ shop, and huge Mister Donut right across from each other.

Heading west on Rt. 465. Kameido is just ahead.

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On the way you’ll pass numerous apartment buildings, and pass through this tunnel. This photo is facing back west towards Kinshicho.

Harley Davidson Kameido

On the way you’ll also pass a very nice Harley dealer.

That’s it for now. Enjoy Kinshicho!

LINKS

https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinshich%C5%8D_Station

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/kinshicho/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_hanzomon/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobu_Kameido_Line

https://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo/tokyo-area-guides/kinshicho

https://tokyocheapo.com/locations/east-tokyo/kinshicho/

https://kinshicho.parco.jp/en/

https://www.termina.info.e.zi.hp.transer.com/

https://www.olinas.jp/english/

https://www.google.com/search?q=Kinshicho

http://rakeru.jp/

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/attractions/kinshi-park

https://www.31ice.co.jp/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/RestaurantsNear-g1066459-d7274865-oa120-Toho_Cinemas_Kinshicho_Rakutenchi-Sumida_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www15.j-server.com/LUCSUMIDA/ns/tl.cgi/https%3a//www.city.sumida.lg.jp/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=utf-8&XJSID=0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kameido_Station

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Kameido

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Name: Kameido

Kind: Town

Location: 35°41’51.07″ N 139°49’35.46″ E

Station: Kameido Station, Chūō-Sōbu Line or Tobu Kameido Line

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Worth it? For a quick trip

Updated 10/1/2020

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Be sure to see our guide to Kameido‘s sister city – Kinshicho to the west.

Kameido (Ka-meh-ee-do) is a small town in east-central Tokyo. About a mile to the west is another popular town called Kinshicho. Kameido is smaller and there’s less to do but it’s still worth a quick stop + look.

Area Layout

Kameido centers around its train station on the Chūō-Sōbu Line and Tobu Kameido Line. To the northeast is the atré shopping mall + center square, and a large Don Quijote and Mister Donut. On the south side of the station there is a huge square-shaped pedestrian walkway next to the Don Quijote. There are also a variety of shops + restaurants under the train tracks.

Attractions

There’s not a lot to do in Kameido since it’s a very small town, but it’s still worth a look. It’s a bit of an older slightly run-down town that could use a redevelopment, but it’s so small the Tokyo Metro Gov’t hasn’t made that a priority. There’s a big atré shopping mall with various shops right next to the station. There are also a lot of nice restuarants underneath the train tracks.

South of the tracks on one corner there’s a huge Don Quijote 100¥ shop worth a stop. Right across to the east is a huge (and we mean huge) Mr. Donut with every kind of donut you can imagine. The Japanese have an abbreviation word for Mr. Donut: Misado.

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Restaurants underneath Kameido Station.

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Don Quijote Kameido. Note the walkway.

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Mr. Donut: Misado.

Atré Kameido

To the northeast (right) of the station is a large atré shopping center worth a look. They also have a Tully’s Coffee which has charge ports for your devices. There’s also groceries here. There’s a complete Atre Kameido Floor guide.

There are also a few bus stops in the center square, but their signs are only in Japanese so you’ll need to know where you’re going ahead of time.

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Large atré shopping center just north of the station.

Shopping Street

If you head north from the square where the atré is, there main street is lined with lots of shops – worth a quick walk up + down for a look.

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Cultural Center + Museum

If you head west of the atré, there’s a small cultural center called the Kameido Cultural Center. Right next to that is a bldg. housing a small museum. Both are worth a quick look, although the museum is quite limited.

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Small museum.

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The museum is in this bldg.

To get to the museum cross the square from atré west past this Koban (police box) and head to the building with the triangular earthquake reinforcements on the front shown on the left above.

Well that’s it for Kameido – it’s a small town. So just wander around a bit and have fun exploring.

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kameido_Station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobu_Kameido_Line

https://www.kcf.or.jp/kameido/

https://www.donki.com/en/store/shop_detail.php?shop_id=67

https://www.misterdonut.jp/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Donut

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Japanese Candy

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Last updated 8/14/2020

Japan has some crazy candy. You can usually find it cheap. The best places to shop for cheap candy are in Welcia drug stores, Don Quijote discount stores (see below) and ordinary conbini such as Family Mart, Lawson, or 7-11.

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Meiji chocolates. Meiji in general is a well-respected brand in Japan.

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Chcodama.

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Strawberry Milk Candy.

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Gumdrops (Gamudoroppu in Japanese).

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Happy barf Licorice.

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Rock candy.

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Japanese equivalent of Slim Jims – pepperoni-flavored beef/pork sticks.

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Smores bar.

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A Doutour cookie. Doutour is a large restaurant/cafe chain in Japan.

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Crystal sugar rock candy.

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Small chocolate/strawberry squares.

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One of the best places to buy cheap snacks + candy in Japan is the discount store Don Quijote. Look for the crazed penguin outside. There are lots of them all over Tokyo, the one shown above is in Itabashi. There is also one near Tokyo Dome City, Ginza (shown below), and in Ikebukuro.

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Inside Don Quijote: total madness.

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Don Quijote Ginza (located at 35°40’01.63″ N 139°45’43.15″ E). It’s actually located just southwest of Ginza on the edge of Shiodome. One of the best Don Quijotes in Tokyo for snacks hands down. This one also happens to sell lots of good bicycles cheap outside on the right side. You can even get a GM/Hummer bike here for around $300.

More snacks in Don Quijote Ginza. Around $1.00 – $1.25 USD.

Another little snack from Don Quijote.

Enjoy.

LINKS

Salmon-flavored candy.

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Return to Itabashi: An 18-year journey PART 3

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Name: Itabashi

Kind: Town

Location: 35°44’45.85″ N 139°43’03.77″ E

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Also see Part 1, Part 2.

The West Side, Foot Paths, and Don Quijote

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The west side of Itabashi is a long 2-lane highway running north to east. Head south from here and you’ll end up in Ikebukuro.

If you head out to the west side of Itabashi you can get a nice neighborhood walk through residential backstreets, and along a nice brick footpath which will lead you out to a major 2-lane highway which leads south to Ikebukuro.

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Backstreets, Itabashi.

To get here from the west side square, follow the way we describe in Part 2 to the Yorkmart grocery, head south, cross the train tracks, and make an immediate right down the first street on your right:

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On the right side of this street is a long footpath which winds for several blocks, and then turns left:

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As you come to the end of this first part, be on the lookout for a turn to the left in the path shown here:

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You’ll pass this apartment complex, and the now-abandoned Ruhe Coffee Shop:

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On the way, you’ll also cross many side streets such as this:

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And more small houses such as this:

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As you pass this chomé sign, you’ll know you’re getting close:

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As you come to this part of the path, with lots of trees, you’re getting near the end. At the end of the path, there will be a big red Eneos gas station sign on the right. At this point, turn left.

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Along the way you’ll see many stop signs, which in Japan are red triangles:

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As you turn left, Don Quijote discount store will be on your left. There is also a nice bicycle shop and golf shop right next to it:

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Don Quijote discount store in Itabashi – look for the crazed penguin.

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The madness that is Don Quijote.

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In Don Quijote, you can even get a Press Sand Maker for a mere $15 USD.

Past Don Quijote, if you follow this highway and head south, you will arrive in Ikebukuro. But be careful – it’s very easy to get lost on backstreets and wind up on the other side of town in no time.

Well, that’s it for this 3-part guide to Itabashi. We hope you’ve found this guide useful – and we hope you will enjoy your trip to Itabashi.

LINKS

PDF walking map

Japanese Prefectural Tourism Promotion Corner