Having a three-hour fun in Haneda Airport area
If you “arrive too early” or “have time before the next flight” at Haneda Airport; or before you hurry to your next destination, why not experience Japanese culture in the Ota-ku area without the hassle? If, for example, you have three hours before you get on your connecting flight, you can explore the history of a prestigious temple, experience Japanese food and a hot spring!
At Ota-ku, they have launched “HANEDA⇔OTA Enjoy Program,” also known as “Haneota,” issuing a brochure on sightseeing spots in the Haneda Airport area and setting up “Ota City Tourist Information Center” at Keikyu Kamata Station. Not only can you get information on tourist attractions, but you can also experience folding origami for free, a casual kimono wearing experience, and more. Here, using “Haneota” as a guide, we will show you two model courses where you can enjoy yourself in the Haneda Airport area.
Ota City Tourist Information Center
Walking around in the Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple area — Touring historical sites course
From Haneda Airport, you can take the Keikyu Shuttle Bus and go to JR Kamata Station, and walk for 5 minutes to get to Tokyu Line Kamata Station. From there, use the Tokyu Ikegami Line and on the second stop, which is Ikegami Station, walk for 10 minutes, and you will reach Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple, where you can feel the atmosphere of little Kyoto. Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple is the place where the high priest Nichiren died in the Kamakura period of 1282. After Nichiren's death, the feudal lord of the area, Ikegami Munenaka donated the approximately 231,000 square meters of the temple grounds matching the number of words in the Buddhist scripture and Lotus Sutra. Nichiren's leading disciple, Nichiro built the foundation of the temple.
There are many great places to see, such as the various cultural assets and historic landmarks like the main hall with a solemn atmosphere and the Five-Storied Pagoda, which is designated as Japan's important property cultural asset, and also Shotoen, a beautiful Japanese-style garden.
If you'd like to enjoy a meal while looking a beautiful Japanese garden, “Garden Restaurant Ningyocho Imahan Ikegami Honmon-ji store” is highly recommended. “Nigyocho Imahan” was established in 1895 as a Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu, Japanese food specialty restaurant. The view of the garden from the window that changes from season to season will surely make your meal even more delicious.
An example of Gyu Hitsumabushi (chopped beef on rice) lunch
An example of a mini Sukiyaki lunch
A specialty of Ikegami is the “Kuzumochi (cakes made from arrowroot starch).” Ikegami is said to be the birthplace of Kuzumochi, made from high quality fermented starch. There are currently three shops, each with a different taste, allowing you to enjoy the various tastes of Kuzumochi. This day, I went to “Ikegami Ikedaya.” The Kuzumochi I had was served in a large bowl, and I was able to pour on dark molasses as much as I wanted. The jelly-like texture of the Kuzumochi, the fragrance of Kinako (soybean flour) made from 100% soy beans, and the thick, syrupy dark molasses go great together.
Fascinating Ota gourmet and natural hot spring course
If you want to refresh yourself after a long flight, great food and a hot spring should do the trick. Among Tokyo's 23 wards, Ota-ku has the most public baths and hot spring facilities. Now we will show you a course of gourmet food and hot spring.
First, we went to “Tenpura Tenmi,” a 5-minute walk from JR and Tokyu Kamata Station. You can enjoy freshly-fried Tempura such as tender shrimp, seasonal fish and shellfish, and vegetables. For lunch, you can eat Teishoku (set lunch) or Donburi (rice with food on top), and for dinner, you can choose a course menu which allows you to eat Tempura deep-fried before your eyes, and savor sake. Enjoy the great skill of the chef that draws out the original goodness of the ingredient by making crispy, light, and fragrant Tempura.
An example of a course dinner
Next, we went to “Hasunuma Onsen (hot spring),” 3-minute walk from "Tenpura Tenmi," and near Tokyu Ikegami Line Hasunuma Station. They had reopened in December, 2017 after renovation, while leaving the beautiful mural on tiled walls and thick beams intact. In a modernized atmosphere while keeping a Taisho-Roman style, you will enjoy soaking in “Kuro-yu,” a type of natural hot spring with an unusual spring quality in the world, and a popular “tansan-sui (carbonated spring)” that should ease your tired body. We've heard that taking souvenir photos in front of the painting of Mt. Fuji in the lobby is popular.
Dogo Onsen was used as a motif when they made the large rock for the spout, which was installed when the bath was remodeled.
Useful guides to enjoy onsen (hot springs)
“Nihao Honten (main store)” that is a 2-minute walking distance from Keikyu Kamata Station, is about 20 minutes away from Hasunuma Onsen if you take a leisurely walk. Nihao Honten is the inventor of the “hanetsuki-gyoza (pan-fried dumpling with crispy layer).” Not only can you enjoy the crispy thin layer on the dumplings, but you will also savor the juicy meat and natural sweetness of vegetables that fill your mouth, surely making you smile. Once you start eating, you can't stop. Since they are close to Keikyu Kamata Station, you can get easy access going back to Haneda Airport.
“Ota City Tourist Information Center”
●Wing Kitchen Keikyu Kamata M2F, 4-50-11, Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
“Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple, Nichiren-shu Daihonzan”
●1-1-1, Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
“Garden Restaurant Ningyocho Imahan Ikegami Honmon-ji store”
● (within Ikegami Honmon-ji premise) Roho-Kaikan 1st floor, 1-2-1, Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
●Open Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays 11:00-16:00（LO 15:30）,
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11:00-16:00 / 17:00-21:00（LO 20:00）
*for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, reservations required at least one day ahead for 17:00-21:00 visit
●Closed on Wednesdays
(English page is available at the URL above)
●4-24-1, Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
●7-32-3, Nishikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
●11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00 (LO 21:30)
Dinner for Sundays and holidays 17:00-21:30 (LO 21:00)
●Closed on Mondays
●6-16-11, Nishikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
●15:00-1:00 AM (next day)
●Closed on Tuesdays
“Chinese Home Cooking Nihao Honten”
●4-24-14, Kamata, Ota-ku, Toko
*The above information was last updated February 8, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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