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About Shinagawa and Ota

These two cities are located in the southeastern part of Tokyo. Shinagawa City is north of Ota City, and both face Tokyo Bay.

【Shinagawa City】
Area: 22.72 sq. km. (1/27 of the area of Tokyo's 23 cities). Population: 334,470.
Shinagawa City was created in 1947 through the merger of Shinagawa and Ebara cities.

【Ota City】
Area: 59.46 sq. km. (the largest of Tokyo's 23 cities). Population: 692,974.
Ota City was created in 1947 through the merger of Omori and Kamata cities.

大田・旧東海道碑A stone marker along the Old Tokaido (Mihara-dori)

The Tokaido

The Tokaido runs from Tokyo's Nihombashi all the way to Kyoto. In past centuries, this was one of the main roads used by feudal lords to travel from their domains to Edo, as Tokyo was then known. The 53 post towns along the Tokaido, which provided refreshment and accommodations, were bustling spots in their time. Both Shinagawa and Ota are on the Tokaido, and the area around Kita-Shinagawa retains traces of old-time Shinagawa, the post town closest to Nihombashi. Along Omori's Mihara-dori shopping street in Ota City, there are shops from the period still operating today, as well as historical stone markers.

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About Shinagawa

Shinagawa City is in the southeast corner of Tokyo. During the Edo period (1603–1867), Shinagawa flourished as the post town closest to Nihombashi, the starting point for the Tokaido. A railroad came to the district in the Meiji era (1868–1912), and the area subsequently prospered as the birthplace of the Keihin industrial region. In recent years, land vacated by industrial plants has been redeveloped into new communities. Today, Shinagawa is poised to take off as a major communication center while also preserving its industrial and cultural traditions.


Katsushima Canal

Embankments stretching for two kilometers along this canal form the “Shinagawa Flower Road,” a route enlivened with flowers blooming in season.


Shinagawa Aquarium

Located inside Shinagawa Kumin Park, Shinagawa Aquarium has shows with performing seals and porpoises and features an underwater tunnel.


Nemunoki no niwa

Park created on the site of the former Shoda residence, the family home of Empress Michiko. The park's name comes from “Nemunoki no komoriuta” (Nemunoki lullaby), a poem composed by the Empress.

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About Ota

Ota City is located in the southernmost part of Tokyo. With Haneda Airport within its boundaries, it has the largest land area of Tokyo's 23 cities. Ota City has everything from verdant parks and historical resources to the vibrant entertainment areas of Kamata and Omori and is also well known for its concentration of small- and medium-size industries, making it a microcosm of Japan. Ota's appeal takes myriad forms, whether on the water, as with Tokyo Bay and the Tama River, the skies of Haneda, or on land.


Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport will begin handling scheduled international flights from autumn 2010, making it the gateway not just to Tokyo but to all of Japan.


Senzoku Pond

The word senzoku means “to wash one's feet,” so named because this is the pond where Nichiren Shonin washed his feet. This pond was a favorite spot of Katsu Kaishu whose grave is by the side of the pond, as he requested in his final testament.


Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (Ota Market)

Central market for marine products, fruits and vegetables, and flowers. This is Japan's largest fruit and vegetable market, in terms of facilities area and product volume handled.