10 Things to Do in Ichikawa That You Shouldn't Miss

December 27, 2017 Merry Kessler

Discover the best top things to do in Ichikawa, Japan including Hokekyoji Temple, Subway Museum, Ichikawa City Zoo, Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), Lalaport Tokyo Bay, Nakayama Horse Tracks, I-link Town Observatory, Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall, Arimino Course, Taishakuten-Sando.
Restaurants in Ichikawa

1. Hokekyoji Temple

2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa 272-0813, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-334-3433
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Hokekyoji Temple

Reviewed By Chic-backpacker

Good for walking meditation and to see the temple complex but unfortunately, it's not possible anymore to do picnic in the cherry blossoms season.
Also all Toshiba signs disturbs the view... I don't understand why to put signs to show off Toshiba is paying for some renovation.

2. Subway Museum

6-3-1 Higashikasai, Edogawa 134-0084, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3878-5011
Excellent
30%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

Subway Museum

Reviewed By DesertDweller32 - Phoenix AZ

Not sure I can recommend this place. Made a special trip out to visit this museum based on reviews. My 12- and 10-year-old had a positive attitude going in, yet that deflated midway through. Yes, there are older cars you can enter, and interactive cars as well. The simulator that has the screen plus the corresponding motion is the best. The other simulators with the screens only have an overbearing attendant that wants the "driver" to stop "just so", so he guides the "train" in for the child!!!
The model of the subway system looks amazing, but is only operational four times a day. Disappointing!! We visited right in between two times, and it was definitely not worth it to wait -- not sure why such an apparently well-constructed model needs to have such limited use!!!
Lastly, there are some explanations in English, but we felt our understanding was limited due to the lack of bilingual signage. Yes, it is Japan, but the museum could probably benefit in terms of increased tourist traffic by the addition of multilingual signage.

3. Ichikawa City Zoo

284 Omachi, Ichikawa 272-0801, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-338-1960
Excellent
29%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Ichikawa City Zoo

Reviewed By なめろう - Shinjuku, Japan

ここの動物園の売りはレッサーパンダとニホンザルのサル山、オランウータン、後はブタやヤギなどの小動物と直接ふれあうことが出来ることでしょうか。逆に管理コストが著しく高いようなゾウやライオン、トラ、キリンなどの動物はいません。

4. Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3657-2886
Excellent
30%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 379 reviews

Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

Reviewed By J&S_Singapore - Singapore

The Temple is the highlight of all visits to the town of Shibamta. Quite easily to find from the 柴又 station; one just have to walk past the lively “Nakamise” Taishakuten Sando [帝釈天参道] (but please don’t compare with Nakamise-dori of Askakusa or Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple). A rather touristy street with several tea houses and edo-styled houses selling interesting Japanese snacks and souvenirs .
At the end of the street you will come to the gates to the Buddhist Taishakuten Temple founded way back in 1629.. While it may be a major tourist destination within Tokyo itself it is well worth visiting for the amazing carvings on the temple walls, the serene and lovely garden and more… The real attractions are the exceptionally intricate wood carvings surrounding the temple, as well as the traditional garden - all of which are accessible by a well laid-out raised wooden pathway. But you have to pay entry for this. Else one can just explore the vast temple premise too.
The atmosphere is one of serenity, amid a crowd of worshippers.
Do coupled your trip here to other places of interest nearby such as Tora-san Museum, Yamamoto-tei, to make it more worthwhile.!

5. Lalaport Tokyo Bay

2-1-1 Hamacho, Funabashi 273-8530, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-433-9800
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 220 reviews

Lalaport Tokyo Bay

Reviewed By ambamb8 - Hong Kong, China

Huge mall where lots of locals go to. Got a free shuttle bus from a nearby metro station. Got a huge baby supply shop there which my wife loves so much. Tax-free shopping for tourists.

6. Nakayama Horse Tracks

1-1-1 Kosaku, Funabashi 273-0037, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-334-2222
Excellent
23%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 104 reviews

Nakayama Horse Tracks

Reviewed By Junichi38 - Takayama, Japan

It is the biggest house-racing course in this Chiba Area, and it is always crowded with usually elder Japanese men who bet their extra allowances into the BAKEN (horse-racing ticket). It is worth visiting even to simply observe the nice-looking race horses, and thrilling race, not really betting money on it.

1-10-1 Ichikawaminami | The Towers West 45F, Ichikawa 272-0033, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-322-9300
Excellent
41%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

I-link Town Observatory

Reviewed By Cyber0515 - Tokyo, Japan

都内には数多くの展望スペースがありますが、いずれも入場料が高く、観光客で混雑しがちです。一方、こちらの展望スペースは、郊外にあるためか比較的人が少なく、ゆっくり寛ぎながら景色を眺めることが出来ます。何よりも無料というのがいいですね。
空気が澄んだ冬季は、ここから東京スカイツリーと富士山を眺めることが出来ます。日没の時間にもなると、美しい夕焼けを見ようと多くの人が訪れることもあり、撮影時に一脚や三脚等の固定器具の使用は禁止です。展望スペースはガラスで囲まれていますが、密閉空間では無いため、外気を直接感じます。寒い日は防寒の準備が必要ですし、風の強い日はモノが飛ばされないように注意が必要です。
As you know, there are many Observatory in Tokyo, but the admission fees of any Observatory are high, and are crowded almost everyday. Since the it is located in the suburbs of Tokyo, you can enjoy the view relatively relaxed. Its greatest charm point is that the admission fee is free!
In the clean air days of winter, you may be able to see the composition of Tokyo Sky Tree and Mt.Fuji. Many tourists will visit there at sunset on those days. Probably, everyone would like to see the magnificent view, please compromise each other to view it. Of course, it is forbidden to bring fixtures such as tripods.
Although the Observatory is surrounded by glass, there is not complete sealed space. On cold days, it is necessary to prepare for it. On the strong windy days, please be careful not to let things be blown by the wind.

8. Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall

6-22-19 Shibamata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3657-3455
Excellent
31%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall

Reviewed By Gemini6_tadvisor - Lyon, France

This is a museum dedicated to Torasan, the main actor who played in once popular Japanese drama. It feels as if we went back in time to down town Japan of several decades ago. There is a sovenir shop, where it is possible to rent clothes and dress like Torasan for pictures.

9. Arimino Course

226-1 Omachi, Ichikawa 272-0801, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-338-2050
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Arimino Course

Reviewed By pekesuke - 東京

フィールドアスレチックが楽しめ、種類も多いいです。バーベキューができるのでお昼の心配もなし。利用料もリーゾナブルですが、駐車場は少し高いかな。子供と一緒で楽しめます。

7-6 Shimabata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

Taishakuten-Sando

Reviewed By 900nippon - Tokyo, Japan

寅さん好きにはたまらない場所でしょう。しかし何も知識がなければ小さな商店街です。草団子は美味しかったです。ちょっとした散歩にはいいと思います。 The shopping street was shorter than that of SENSOUJI or Narita-san. There are some shops appearing a movie and the movie fans must be excited. Skewered mugwort dumplings with seaweed are the famous food of this shop.

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