Ryogoku is the sumo area of Tokyo, and also contains the Edo-Tokyo Museum as well as the Hosukai Museum. Far to the east, is Tokyo Sky Tree in Oshiagé.
Ramblac takes a walking tour along the route.
Name: Ojima Komatsugawa Koén
Location: 35°41’29.71″ N 139°51’07.44″ E
This is a massive park with all kinds of walking trails, bridges, lawns, and gardens.
The park design has a somewhat Soviet feel to it – very spartan, concrete, and modern, but interesting nonetheless. It’s well worth a day trip.
Higashi-Ojima Station on the Toei subway system is just to the east, right near the river.
If you are coming from Sky Tree, there are two possible trips – you can take Rt. 453 down, southeast, and the park will be to your left, but a better way from Sky Tree is to take Yotsume Dori south, stop first at Kinshi Park, then check out the area around Kinshicho Station 1 block to the south, then continue south a few blocks to Sarue-Onshi Park, check it out, then head east on Shin-Ohashi Dori (Rt. 50) all the way into Ojima Komatsugawa Park.
This might sound like a lot but it’s not really – the distances are only a few miles and if you get tired you can stop at one of the parks, or shopping malls to rest. You can also take a train to Kinshicho Station and then head east to the park. The area around Kinshicho Station is definitely a must-see.
Doutor @ Kinshi Park. Olinas Core is visible on the right up the street 1 block, facing north.
Also just a little east of Kinshicho Station is Komeida, another area worth looking at. There’s a small Don Quijote store here, and a Mr. Donut right across from it.
You can do all these on the way to the park, or just cruise through them for a look on your way. On bike the entire trip is only a few hours, on foot, a day-trip and back.
Ojima Komatsugawa Park is shown at the lower right corner next to the Arakawa River. Sky Tree is northwest – in the upper left corner, Kinshi Park is in the center left, and Sakuae Park is in the lower left. Rt. 50 runs left to right (west to east).
As you approach the park, 1 block before the entrance is a huge apartment complex with a Mr. Donut, MOS Burger, post office, and Aeon supermarket on the ground floor:
This is facing north. When you arrive here, continue east (right) for 1 block until you come to the park entrance.
Continue east on 50 and you’ll come to a big curve which veers south. This is where the park entrance is. Head up the stairs and into the park:
Next, you’ll come to a big tiled overpass. Cross over, head straight, and you’ll enter the circular path that rings the park:
Walk along the ringed path, and you’ll be in the park. Sky Tree is still visible in the distance to the northwest.
Park layout. The long tiled walkway after the entrance is shown in the upper center of the above map – just to the left of the large walkway ringing the park. Rt. 50 is just below it.
After the park, go back the way you came, hit the MOS Burger or Mr. Donut for some refreshment, then head back to your original location – or head back to Kinshicho and check out some of the shops at PARCO, Marui (OIOI), or Termina right near the station. There is also a very good SEIYU discount grocery in the basement of the PARCO complex.
As a footnote, on Rt. 50 (Shin-Ohashi Dori), between Sarue Park and Ojima Komatsugawa Koén is the futuristic capsule hotel, Moon Station Hotel located at 35°41’22.61″ N 139°49’37.57″ E. This is a mixed and women-only luxury capsule hotel with futuristic deluxe and small rooms with ambient lighting and a space-station design. Capusles are fairly cheap – ranging from $42-$78/night. Another futurisitc oddity that could only happen in Japan.