Kudanshita

Name: Kudanshita

Kind: Town/City

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°41’44.37″ N 139°45’05.56″ E

Stations: Kudanshita StationTozai Line, Hanzomon Line, Chuo-Sobu Line for Tsudanuma, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line for Nagatsuta and Chūō-Rinkan

Worth it? If you’re in the area.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑

Updated 9/12/2021

©2021 tenmintokyo.com

Kudanshita is a small area of Tokyo sandwiched in between Tokyo Dome City on the north, and Kitanomaru Park on the south.

Oddly, the name Kudanshita means 9 Levels Hill.

There’s not a huge amount to do in the area.

The most important sights nearby are the controversial Yasukuni Shrine to the west, and the Imperial Palace grounds to the south.

There is also a large science museum called simply The Science Museum.

You can also enjoy the long walks north to Tokyo Dome, or southeast to the heart of Tokyo in Otemachi and Marunouchi.

Access

To get to Kudanshita, take the Metro Tozai Line or Hanzomon Line to Kudanshita Station (T07/Z06). You can also easily walk fro Tokyo Dome City, Jimbocho to the east, or Ichigaya to the west.

Also check out our post about all the stops along the Hanzomon Line.

If you’re in the area, stop in and have a walk around.

LINKS

Kudanshita Station – Wikipedia

Kudanshita Station

Wikizero – Kudanshita Station

Tozai Line

Hanzomon Line

Kudanshita

Kudanshita Station – Wikipedia

Kudanshita Area Guide | Tokyo Cheapo

Yatagarasu (八咫烏); The Alcoholic Ramen, Kudanshita, Tokyo — Ramen Guide Japan

APA Hotel Tokyo-Kudanshita

https://www.apahotel.com/en/hotel/syutoken/tokyo/tokyo-kudanshita/

Yasukuni Shrine | Tokyo Cheapo

Mitama Festival Yasukuni

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Hanzomon Line Posts

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Ichigaya

Name: Ichigaya

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°41’32.29″ N 139°44’06.06″ E

Station: JR Ichigaya Station, Metro Ichigaya Station

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? If you’re in the area.

Updated 7/26/2021

©2021 tenmintokyo.com

Access

Take the JR Chuo Line or the Metro Namboku, or Yurakucho Line to Ichigaya Station. Interestingly, the JR platform sits right on the bank of the river.

Ichigaya is a small, non-descript town on the east side of Tokyo. Its name means Market Valley. It’s a less-well maintained area and is seen by some in Tokyo as a lower-class area. But it’s worth a look around on a nice day – and it’s close to central Tokyo.

Ichigaya is at the very west end of Yasukuni-Dori. Just to the northeast is the controversial, but very interesting Yasukuni Shrine.

Ichigaya Fish Center

Perhaps the most well-known attraction in Ichigaya is the Ichigaya Fish Center – where many Tokyoites spend weekends or holidays fishing in the center’s small ponds. It’s a popular spot for families with small children.

Ichigaya Bridge

There is also a popular bridge in Ichigaya which has some nice cherry blossom-viewing areas in the spring.

Sotobori Park

Just at the south end of Ichigaya jammed in next to the river is Sotobori Park – a small park with a sitting area, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and a commercial fitness gym at the south end.

Universities

Ichigaya is also home to Chuo University + Hosei University, the later of which was recently remodeled – and which is more popular with international students.

While in the area you can also drop in at Iidabashi just to the north and check it out – which is also worth a look. Also just to the south down the main street is Yotsuya – which is well worth a quick walk. Yotsuya is home to Sophia University, and is just north of the interesting Akasaka. You can also jump off from Yotsuya to the west to Shinjuku fairly easily, although it is approx. 8 miles away. You can take the subway from Yotsuya Station on the corner to Shinjuku easily.

There is also a brand new First Cabin Ichigaya capsule hotel built in 2020. Highly recommended.

Also of note is Japan’s Ministry of Defense HQ just to the west.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e135.html

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

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

Operated by JR East Tokyo Metro Toei Subway
Line(s)JB Chūō-Sōbu Line Y Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line N Tokyo Metro Namboku Line S Toei Shinjuku Line

https://www.agoda.com/first-cabin-tkp-ichigaya_3/hotel/tokyo-jp.html?cid=1844104

https://first-cabin.jp/en/hotels/33/gallery

https://first-cabin.jp/en/hotels/33

https://www.hosei.ac.jp/english/

Chuo University

Restaurants near Ichigaya Station

Sotobori Park

Map around Sotobori Park

Sotobori Park | Tokyo Cheapo

Ichigaya Fish Center

https://www.ichigaya-fc.com/shop_guide_e_f.html

Visit Chiyoda

https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/

沿線ガイド ぴっくあっぷ | 東京都交通局

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Yasukuni Shrine

Name: Yasukuni Shrine

Kind: Shrine

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°41’38.67″ N 139°44’36.94″ E

Stations: Kudanshita Station (Tozai Line), Namboku Line, Yurakucho Line, Ichigaya Station, or JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? A must-see.

Updated 7/17/2021

©2021 tenmintokyo.com

Access

For stations, you have 2 close choices: Kudanshita Station on the Tozai Line, Namboku Line, or Yurakucho Line to the east, or Ichigaya Station to the west. Both are easily within walking distance (under 1 mile). You can also take the JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

Just to the north is another small town called Iidabashi within walking distance with its own station.

History + Controversy

The shrine is controversial and is resented by China + Korea because it commemorates war dead considered to be war criminals by those countries (don’t forget Japan invaded both China and Korea in the late 19th + early 20th centuries). Every year around the anniversary of the end of World War 2, both countries decry politicians’ visits to the shrine. In recent years the Japanese Prime Minister has avoided visiting the shrine on the WW2 anniversary.

Things to Do

The shrine grounds are not huge, but there’s a lot to do. There are historical museums, and perhaps, most interestingly, some World War 2 exhibits. Just to the north is Iidabashi, and just to the west is Ichigaya (perhaps most famous for its popular Ichigaya Fish Center). The Imperial Palace and Kitanomaru Park are just to the southeast, and Tokyo Dome City is just to the northeast.

Every July the Matama Matsuri (festival) is held in the stone park area (Marshal Admiral Tōgō Memorial Park) just to the east. With over 30,000 lighted paper lanterns, it’s impressive to say the least. A must-see.

Just to the northeast a bit further is the Otemachi area and to the southeast of that is the main financial district, Marunouchi – all within walking distance.

Ōmura Masujirō Statue + Park + Nippon Budokan

Just a few blocks to the east is a large park with a statue of Ōmura Masujirō – considered the father of the Imperial Japanese Army. The statue dates all the way back to 1868 (the year of the start of the Meiji Restoration) and survived Allied carpet bombing of World War 2.

If you’re there in the fall, the Ginko trees lining the park light up a brilliant yellow with fall colors.

Map of World War 2 carpet bombing in the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Yasukuni + the Ōmura Masujirō Statue monument narrowly escaped the bombing and are located roughly in the small dark patch between red areas on the left side of the map. Tokyo Bay is shown to the lower right.

Just a few blocks further southeast is Nippon Budokan – a large sports arena built for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Marshal Admiral Tōgō Memorial Park

Also just to the southwest a few more blocks is the Marshal Admiral Tōgō Memorial Park (officially Togo Gensui Memorial Park).

Conclusion

Yasukuni Shrine is a beautiful + impressive complex – even if it is entangled in a somewhat less than favorable history of World War 2. It’s a must-see in Tokyo, even if only for the buildings, grounds, and museums. Be sure to stop by.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/access.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Cmura_Masujir%C5%8D

As Japan marks WWII surrender, prime minister avoids controversial shrine

Japan war shrine visit angers China and South Korea

Inoue Yasuji | True View of the Courtyard of Yasukuni Shrine at Kudan Sakaue

Chinese And Koreans Call To Boycott Pokemon After Creatures Inc. Posts Visit To Yasukuni Shrine

Statue Of Omura Masujiro At Yasukuni Shrine Editorial Stock Photo

Statue of Omura Masujiro at Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo, c. 1920. | Old Tokyo

https://www.ichigaya-fc.com/

Yasukuni Shrine ~ Nippon Photography Community

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2ZCoVSVSnQ