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

February 4, 2018 Brain Ambrose

Itabashi (板橋区, Itabashi-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it calls itself Itabashi City. Itabashi has sister-city relations with Burlington, Ontario, in Canada; Shijingshan District of Beijing in the People's Republic of China; and Bologna in Italy.
Restaurants in Itabashi

1. Itabashi Fireworks

4 Funado, Itabashi 174-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Itabashi Fireworks

11,000 fireworks light up the night on the Arakawa River during the Itabashi Hanabitaikai. With the Todabashi bridge in the background, the popular summer display attracts a number of visitors eager to see the bright lights and brilliant displays. Many guests don summer yukata, and go early to reserve their viewing spots.

Reviewed By Lee H

If you happen to be in Tokyo over summer, you must grab the chance to view one of the many fireworks display happening over several sites in Tokyo. And wear a summer yukata to one! The one I went to was at Itabashi, and as expected, it was crowded with locals and visitors. Although there is an area for non-ticket holders, generally, the view was better from the allocated seats for ticket holders. The fireworks were magnificient, creative, and more colorful than most fireworks I have ever seen. Not a moment wasted!

2. Jorenji Temple (Tokyo Daibutsu)

5-28 Akatsuka, Itabashi 175-0092, Tokyo Prefecture +81 80-5063-1120
Excellent
17%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 69 reviews

Jorenji Temple (Tokyo Daibutsu)

Reviewed By Oliver1646 - Portland, Oregon

This statue is about the same size as its more famous kin, the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Both are seated outdoors, but the Tokyo one is surrounded by trees which partially block the view during the leafy season. The temple grounds are very agreeable. There seem to be a lot of Thai visitors.The authorities apparently have not decided whether the Tokyo Great Buddha is an important tourist site, or not. The signs leading from the Mita line station at Nishitakashimadaira clearly mark some junctions and absent entirely from others. if you follow the signs to the Botanical Garden and do not go more than two blocks past the 7-Eleven you will be right there.

3. Happy Road Oyama Shotengai

49-1 Oyamacho, Itabashi 173-0023, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3973-0055
Excellent
5%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 52 reviews

Happy Road Oyama Shotengai

Reviewed By mwh007

From takoyaki to Italian restaurants, from 100 yen shops to bedding stores, this shopping arcade is bustling with lively customers and festivals year round, rain or shine!

4. Higashiitabashi Park Children's Zoo

3-50-1 Itabashi, Itabashi 173-0004, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3963-8003
Excellent
18%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
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4 based on 37 reviews

Higashiitabashi Park Children's Zoo

Reviewed By AsiaMorgan - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

I also saw a few seniors who loved it, too. Then, there is a larger area with goats and sheep running freely which you can feed and pet as long as you like. And then there are pony rides. And, all of this is for free. Beside the zoo is a nice neighborhood playground, which adds to the ambiance with locals bringing their kids. Some tips: 1 - do yourself a favor, take a cab when you get out of the train station - this is very difficult to find on your own the first time (it only takes a few minutes in a cab but there are a lot of twists and turns); and 2 - if you're sensitive to the way animals are treated in zoos, don't come here; this is not a bad zoo at all, but it just doesn't have the comforts the likes of world-class zoos. So, in sum, this is a nice trip from the city for folks who want an easy family adventure without all the crowds and big ticket prices.

5. Johoku Chuo Park

1 Sakuragawa, Itabashi 179-0084, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3931-3650
Excellent
28%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
24%
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4 based on 25 reviews

Johoku Chuo Park

Reviewed By Tatsuhiko S - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

You can go on a picnic here and do a running and movement. There is a big Dogrun, so it's possible to see various dogs.

6. Shakuji River Green Road

28 Honcho, Itabashi 173-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Shakuji River Green Road

Reviewed By houari_id - Kawagoe, Japan

On some reasons, I rarely seen this place is included in the list of top sakura viewing place in Tokyo. The paths on the bank of Shakuji river, especially from just below the Oji Shrine near Oji station up to Nerima city has outstanding views of cherry blossom (sakura) trees. The narrow river has steep bank where the sakura branches dangle to the water surface, makes it a wonderful scenery during sakura viewing season. If you have enough time (and energy), it is recommended to walk along the bank from Oji station to Naka-itabashi station. It's around 8 km, but you can take many pauses in nearby Gardens along the way. Especially in sakura season, there are lots of food stalls organized by local area. And don't forget to bring your camera!

7. Mitsugi Park

4-59-1 Maeno-cho, Itabashi 174-0063, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
10%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
42%
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3.5 based on 28 reviews

Mitsugi Park

Reviewed By Cindylsc - Malaysia

Walked past this park and it is so nice to take photos.. the Sakura trees are everywhere .. near the lake and is really localized feel...

8. Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo

2-1-7 Akatsuka Shimmachi, Itabashi 175-0093, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3930-4636
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo

Try Kendo, the Way of the Sword, which evolved from samurai sword fighting during the Edo era. Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo is one of the few traditional dojos left in Tokyo where you can experience what it is like to practice in an authentic dojo, and try on the kendo armour for an unforgettable time. Lessons available in English, Chinese and Cantonese.

Reviewed By mechameg - England, United Kingdom

Really intensive class and if you're really into martial arts you'll get a proper lesson. Everyone is really friendly and you learn so much about Japanese culture! Thank you everyone! すごくインテンシブなクラスでした。本当に武道とか特に剣道に興味があったら、しっかり習われますよ。皆さんは親切な人がいて、日本の文化もたくさん習えます。ありがとうございました!

9. Shimura Ichirizuka

1-12 Shimura, Itabashi 174-0056, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
9%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
52%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 33 reviews

Shimura Ichirizuka

都営三田線志村坂上駅より徒歩1分

Reviewed By 待兼山 - Osaka Prefecture, Japan

都営三田線の志村坂上駅の地上出入口あたりにあります。中山道ぞいに向かい合って2つ並んでいます。小さな森のようになっていて、遠くからも目立ちます。江戸時代、日本橋を起点といて、一里ごとに二基づつ築かれたもの。現存する一里塚は全国的にも希で、都内では、北区西ヶ原と志村の二ヶ所のみで、大変貴重な遺跡です。

10. Akatsuka Botanical Gardens

5-17-14 Akatsuka, Itabashi 175-0092, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3975-9127
Excellent
18%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Akatsuka Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By tabibito007 - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Akatsuka Botanical Gardens is adjacent to Jōrenji Temple that houses the Tokyo Daibutsu. After you exit the temple turn right and it's in front, just after you pass the baseball batting range.
This garden came into existence in 1981. It is not that big, just 1 hectare or 10,000㎡. It has over 600 species of trees, flowers, wild plants & medicinal plants. Definitely a welcome site after coming in from the concrete jungle.
The sights, sounds and smell depends on when or what season you visit the garden. As for me I made the mistake of going at the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the sweltering Japanese summers ! It was nice to be surrounded with a lot of greenery and colorful, dainty butterflies flitting around and dragonflies - the masters of flight, putting on quite an aerial show, but the heat & occasional mosquitoes were a pain in the wrong place. I enjoyed myself though. As an added bonus I was lucky to see the wonderful exhibition of a Photography Club at the premises. The pictures depicted Mother Nature in all her splendour !

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