The City of Katsushika has something for everyone.
Welcome to Katsushika
A CLUSTER OF CRAFTSMEN
Katsushika has been a cluster for various kinds of traditional craftsmen. Historically, the mountainside of Tokyo was called "Yamanote" where samurais used to live, and the lowland side of the Tokyo was called "Shitamachi" where craftsmen and traders resided. Katsushika is one of the few remaining Shitamachi areas. You will find many workshops still making traditional crafts and products.
Katsushika is a nostalgic place for many Japanese. It preserves historical sites, such as Shibamata Taishakuten, a temple founded in 1629, and its main street. It has been preserved and acknowledged as an important cultural landscape by the government in 2018 (the first one in Tokyo). Katsushika also represents an era of "Showa", well illustrated in a series of Tora-san movies filmed in Shibamata.
The beauty and the uniqueness of Katsushika exist in the spirits of the people. You will find a wit, humor, and heartfulness in the people, which is rare to see nowadays in highly urbanized Tokyo. The traditional spirits succeded through the Edo era are still living in their daily life. Enjoy conversation at the bars and restaurants. See how the people lived in the Showa era at Tora-san Museum.
Places to see in Katsushika
Katsushika Traditional Craftwork Museum (Katsushika-Ku Dento-Sangyo Kan) is a museum of craftworks in Katsushika run by the members of the Association of Traditional Craftsmen. Various craftworks are displayed and sold.
Shibamata Taishakuten is a historic Buddhist temple in the heart of Shibamata. The original temple was established in 1629 and the current structure was built in 1929. See the magnificent carvings of the temple and the beautiful garden enclosed.See the photo gallery
Taishakuten Sando is the main street to Shibamata Taishakuten. You'll find many small shops and restaurants along the path. Try some dango (a sweet rice dumpling) at a cafe. It's also famous for the filming location of Tora-san movie series.
Yamamoto-tei is a beautiful residence, registered as a Tangible Cultural Property by the city of Katsushika, a unique blend of shoin-zukuri and Western-style architecture, and the elegant surrounding garden.
Adjacent to Yamamoto-tei, Tora-san Museum is a museum dedicated to a series of Tora-san movies filmed in Shibamata. It displays costumes, sets, screenplays, and videos. Across the street, you can learn about the director at the Yoji Yamada Museum.
Tateishi is an area surrounding Keisei Tateishi station. It has many bars and restaurant serving workers in the area, mainly for blue-colors. Tateishi has rare remainings of the old shitamachi atmosphere, where you can experience the deep side of Tokyo.
The city of Katsushika is one of the 23 metropolitan districts in Tokyo, located in the northeastern side of Tokyo adjacent to Chiba prefecture. There are various routes to visit Katsushika according to the location you are heading. The central part, Keisei Aoto Station is just 20 minutes away from Ueno Station.
It is conveniently situated between central Tokyo and Narita Airport. Visit Katsushika on the arrival or enjoy the last hours here.