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Now You Can Be a Local, Too! A Tour of the Best of Otsuka!

Now You Can Be a Local, Too! A Tour of the Best of Otsuka!

An OMO walk to the must-see number one spots in Otsuka!

Refresh the Body and Soul! Otsuka, the Birthplace of “Radio Calisthenics”

Sleeping in while on vacation is such an unnecessary waste of time. I decided to enjoy Otsuka to its fullest and dropped by “Otsuka Park” first thing in the morning. For those with insider knowledge, this is the renowned birthplace of “Radio Calisthenics”. Now let’s see, there’s supposed to be a bronze statue commemorating this somewhere around the park… Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a statue this sprightly looking before! The early start to the morning didn’t stop other fellow participants flocking to the park as well. Before I knew it, over 50 people had gathered around me. This is the typical Otsuka morning I came to experience – locals coming together for a morning stretch and mingle. Now you can be a fellow Otsuka local, too!

Load Up on Luck! A Must-Visit Super Power Spot!

Next up, I headed on over to visit the most loved of all places the locals keep coming back to – “Tenso Shrine”. This shrine is located in the corner of the shopping district and is said to offer various blessings. Upon my arrival my eyes were captivated by the sight of a pair of 600-year-old gingko trees. These two sacred trees are also known as, “The Grand Gingko Trees of Marriage”, owing to their longevity together. Some people specifically visit the shrine to pray for a long and happy marriage. I have no doubt that the oldest residents of Otsuka are these two trees, standing the test of time like a happily married couple. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by tapping into the life force of this power spot and charging up your good fortune!

Otsuka is a Part of Tokyo, After All! A Shot for the Holiday Highlight Reel.

After boosting up my Otsuka rep, I knew I had to go somewhere photogenic to snap the perfect shot so I could brag about it to all of my friends! My next destination was a place in Otsuka with the best view, “Utsusemi Bridge” or “Cicada Shell Bridge”, so named for the cicada shells found on the surrounding trees. The sorrowful name really tugs at my heart strings! I’m sure you’ll see Otsuka in all its retro glory on this bridge – from the trains rattling through Otsuka Station on the Yamanote Line, to the sight of the Skytree towering above in all its glory. The view of all the symbols of Tokyo from here is sure to go into my Tokyo diary when I get home.

Otsuka Park

Otsuka Park

  • Add : 4-49 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Open/Close : 4-49 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

The famous birthplace of Radio Calisthenics! Admire the cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall here while you’re at it.

Tenso Shrine

Tenso Shrine

  • Add : 3-49-1 Minami-Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Long-loved by locals is this guardian of Otsuka. You can also pay a visit to the unique “Child-rearing Guardian Dog”, which can be found feeding its pups.

Utsusemi Bridge

Utsusemi Bridge

  • Add : 3 Kita-Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Named by Emperor Meiji?! See if you can spot Otsuka’s own “skytree” – the smokestack of the Toshima Incineration Plant.