A detox journey dedicated to each individual. Cleansing the heart with lots of laughs, all within 500 steps of OMO5 property.
Our first destination was a soba restaurant, where we had a nice, mellow drink.
Otsuka is full of hole-in-the-wall joints that you’ll never find if you just stick to your guidebook! The first stop we selected was, of all places, a soba restaurant. Surrounded by restaurant regulars, we started with a soba shochu diluted with the water leftover from boiling the soba noodles!
The proprietress of “Chojuan” is a motherly presence who hosts soba-related events in the area. I’m sure she’d be a blast to chat with, especially with a little help from some of the soba shochu. What could be better than immersing yourself in Otsuka, and letting the proprietress’s kind smile and hot food warm both your body and heart?
Otsuka has a Power Spot!
“Tokyo Rouge” is like a singing, dancing goddess. What does that mean? No way to know unless you go in person. Just standing there will have you feeling blessed!
Catch the French Can-Can show at “Shisui deux” for a really great time. Jumping headfirst into this flashy, fascinating world is the best part of Otsuka! While you’re there, try some of the boiled potatoes prepared by master Yamagata chefs.
Let’s see, we’ve got Tokyo, Otsuka, France, and Yamagata? Where the heck am I?
This place is steeped in the local culture. If you want to experience Otsuka hospitality, come here.
Across the streetcar track, we found a poster for an Enka singer and an amateur paper lantern that read “Mom’s House.” Talk about a place that demands courage to enter! Seeking adventure, we barged into the shop, and were met with a raucous, welcoming laugh from Mom herself. Before we realized it, we were talking, joking, and bursting with laughter. Clearly, I had become completely immersed Otsuka, because it felt like I’d been here forever.
- Add : 3-32-7 Minamiotsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo
- TEL : +81-33-983-2633
- Open/Close : weekday: 11:00 a.m–2:30 p.m / 5:00 p.m–9:00 p.m (JST) Sat.: 11:00 a.m–9:00 p.m (JST) *First Saturday only
- Closed : Sat, Sun, public holiday
The soba is excellent too, of course! Whether you want a light snack or a huge meal, their menu has something for you.
- Add : 1-60-20 Minamiotsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo
- TEL : +81-33-945-9136
- Open/Close : 11:00 p.m–3:30 p.m / L.O. 2:30 p.m (JST) 5:30 p.m–12:00 a.m / L.O. 11:30 p.m (JST)
- Closed : -
And don't miss out on the tasty food! Their creative cuisines make for a great casual lunch as well.
- Add : 3-36-8 Minamiotsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo
- TEL : +81-35-391-1948
- Open/Close : 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. / L.O. 2:30 p.m. (JST) 5:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m. / L.O11:30 p.m. (JST)
- Closed : Sun.
They’ll even make dishes to order like you’re asking your mom to make you something. Nothing’s off-limits, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable!