Located in the heart of Tokyo, Iidabashi is a charming neighborhood that mixes the old with the new. This area is a hidden gem, full of cultural spots, green parks, and a lively food scene. You can enjoy a peaceful walk by the Kanda River, visit historic shrines and temples, or simply soak in the local atmosphere.

Iidabashi is also a great place for food lovers, with many restaurants offering a range of delicious options from traditional Japanese dishes to international cuisine. Whether you want a casual meal or a fancy dining experience, you’ll find it here. Plus, there are plenty of places to stay, from high-end hotels to budget-friendly options, making Iidabashi an ideal base for exploring Tokyo. Join us as we explore the best things to do, top restaurants, and recommended accommodations in Iidabashi.

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A Quick Primer to Iidabashi

Iidabashi area guide What is Iidabashi

Iidabashi in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, was named “Iidamachi” by Tokugawa Ieyasu. It has witnessed the transition of Tokyo’s history since the Edo period. Today, Iidabashi is a bustling student and office district. It is well-served by JR, Tokyo Metro, and Toei Subway lines, making it easily accessible from major areas such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Marunouchi, all within about 10 minutes.

While Iidabashi itself does not have a strong tourist image, it is adjacent to popular sightseeing areas such as Edogawa, Korakuen Garden, and Kagurazaka, making it a great place to visit en route.

Iidabashi is dotted with famous shrines and temples such as the Tokyo Daijingu Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine, which give the area a sense of history. Nearby Kagurazaka was home to cultural figures such as Momiji Ozaki and Kyoka Izumi, and traces of them can still be seen today. Iidabashi is a well-balanced town that combines history and culture in a modern city, with the charm of Edogawa adding to its appeal.

Things to Do in Iidabashi

Hyogo Yokocho Alley 兵庫横丁

Hyogo Yokocho is an old street with long-established restaurants and inns. You can find back alleys that are reminiscent of the ancient city. The cobblestone road creates a charming atmosphere. In Kagurazaka, it is interesting to discover new things by strolling through narrow alleys without a set purpose.

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Nezu Shrine 根津神社

Iidabashi area guide Nezu Shrine
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Nezu Shrine is one of Japan’s oldest shrines, surrounded by luscious greenery and beautiful natural settings. The contrast between the trees and the tunnel of torii gates is picturesque and reflects Japanese culture in all its age and beauty. Nearly all of Nezu Shrine’s structures date back to 1706 and are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

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Yasukuni Shrine 靖国神社

Iidabashi area guide Yasukuni Shrine
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Originally called Shokonsha and established during the Meiji era (1869), Yasukuni Shrine was renamed a decade later. Currently, more than 2,466,000 divinities are enshrined here, said to be the souls of those who sacrificed their lives for Japan since 1853. These souls, regardless of their social ranking, are considered equal and worshipped as venerable divinities of Yasukuni.

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AKOMEYA TOKYO in la kagū

This shop offers a wide range of original products, including traditional Japanese houseware, clothing, and food. There is also a farmer’s market with vegetables and flowers, making it a pretty and authentic place to visit. The restaurant here serves healthy and organic options, with the Kaiseki meal being a popular choice.

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Tokyo Daijingu 東京大神宮

Iidabashi area guide Tokyo Daijingu
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Tokyo Daijingu houses various deities, including the ancestral deity of the Imperial Family and the guardian deity of agriculture, industry, clothing, food, and housing. Many people visit this shrine to seek good fortune and luck for a happy marriage. Check the shrine’s website for annual events to see if any overlap with your time in Japan.

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TeNQ Space Museum 宇宙ミュージアム

This museum offers a unique experience of the universe from various perspectives. Enjoy high-quality projections around a theatre with an 11-metre diameter, allowing you to “surround” and “look into” space videos. Most exhibitions are displayed in both Japanese and English, so overseas visitors can fully enjoy the content.

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Tokyo Dome 

Iidabashi area guide Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome is an integrated sports and lifestyle complex famous for baseball matches and music concerts. There’s also a shopping complex, game centre, and amusement park within the area. There are many tasty restaurants to choose from, making it easy to satisfy your hunger. The dome is located between many stations from different train lines, making it very accessible. Be cautious during baseball matches as the area will be flooded with fans!

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Printing Museum 印刷博物館

Iidabashi area guide Printing Museum
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The Printing Museum aims to show the cultural, social, and historical aspects of printing rather than just the technology behind it. Many videos and descriptions are in both English and Japanese, allowing for an in-depth learning experience about the relationship between printing and mankind. It is a good place to escape the city’s busy bustle and take a relaxing walk around the museum.

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Akagi Shrine 赤城神社

Iidabashi area guide Akagi Shrine
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Akagi Shrine is visited by many women as one of its deities, Akagi Hime-no-Mikoto, grants women’s wishes. Established in the 1300s and located at the foothills of Mount Akagi, it is a quiet and intimate place to appreciate the modern architectural design of the shrine.

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Zenkokuji 善國寺

Iidabashi area guide Zenkokuji
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Zenkokuji Temple, with its bright red gate, is located in the middle of Kagurazaka in Tokyo and has been busy since the Edo period (1600-1867). Known for the two tiger statues in front of the main hall, it is a popular spot today. The temple is dedicated to Bishamonten, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune and the god of wealth.

Built in 1595, the temple’s precincts are purified, and the dignified statue of Bishamonten gives you a sense of the historical atmosphere.

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Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens 小石川後楽園

Iidabashi area guide Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, one of Japan’s oldest and most popular gardens, was built during the early Edo period and named Korakuen after a poem encouraging the ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people. The garden features ponds and beautiful greenery, especially lovely during autumn and early spring.

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Kagurazaka-dori 神楽坂通り

Iidabashi area guide Kagurazaka-dori

Kagurazaka-dori starts at the bottom of Kagurazaka, turning right out of the west exit of Iidabashi Station and crossing Sotobori-dori. It goes up a slightly sloping slope, passing Bishamonten Zengokuji on the way to the top of Kagurazaka for about 400 m. Both sides of the street are lined with old and new stores.

Entering the alleys, you can still see streets reminiscent of the old Hanamachi. A stroll along Kagurazaka Street is recommended, especially combined with lunch or dinner, with sweet shops offering delights such as oshiruko (sweet red-bean soup) after your meal.

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Top Restaurants in Iidabashi

Kinozen 紀の善

When thinking about traditional Japanese sweets, Kinozen is a great place to go. Matcha is a staple here and irresistibly delicious. Matcha shaved ice and anmitsu are also very popular. It is a must-visit shop for Japanese sweets lovers.

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Canal Cafe

Canal Cafe is an Italian restaurant on the waterfront, offering casual food at a good price. It is especially beautiful during Hanami season, where you can enjoy your meal while looking at the cherry blossoms. The view of Edogawa adds to the charm of this dining spot.

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Kagurazaka Saryō 神楽坂 茶寮 本店

Kagurazaka Saryō offers delicious green tea and traditional Japanese desserts. If you are unsure of what to get, there are set menus to choose from. The hot green tea is especially nice on a chilly day. The pleasant customer service creates a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.

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CAFE & BAR 1363(ビアンカグループ

Iidabashi area guide_CAFE & BAR 1363
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Cafe & Bar 1363 is a small eatery close to many main attractions in Iidabashi. The most popular dish is the roast beef, which pairs well with yuzu sauce. The desserts are also worth trying.

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Agezuki 神楽坂とんかつ あげづき

Iidabashi area guide_Agezuki
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Agezuki is a tonkatsu restaurant with a café-like interior. It uses “Minami no Shima Pork” from Nagata Pork Farm in Miyazaki Prefecture. The pork cutlets are light pink in colour, indicating they are cooked through, with an incredible and dense flavour.

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Recommended Accommodations in Iidabashi

Sequence Suidobashi Tokyo

Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo, Sequence Suidobashi/Tokyo is 100 metres from Misaki Inari Shrine. The property features a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The hotel is close to popular attractions such as Koanji Temple, St. Francis Xavier Church, and Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo. An American breakfast is available every morning.

Hotel Metropolitan Edmont Tokyo

Located in the heart of Tokyo, just a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Iidabashi Subway Station, Hotel Metropolitan Edmont Tokyo offers comfortable rooms with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The hotel boasts six dining options and massages. Nearby Iidabashi Station offers direct access to Shinjuku, Otemachi, and Ryogoku. The hotel features a convenience store and a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage and currency exchange.

The b Suidobashi

Just a 3-minute walk from Suidobashi Subway Station, the b Suidobashi offers rooms with free internet and an attached bathroom. It features a public bath, laundry facilities, and a buffet-style breakfast. Complimentary coffee is available in the lobby. Tokyo Dome, with its amusement park and shopping mall, is just a 5-minute walk away. The hotel provides easy access to Edogawa.

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho has received the ‘2019 Certificate of Excellence’ and ‘Travellers’ Choice’ awards on TripAdvisor. Located in Chiyoda City, this hotel consistently achieves great traveller reviews and strives to improve each year to meet guests’ expectations. It is a motivating factor for the team to continue their hard work.

Discover the Hidden Gems of Iidabashi

Iidabashi has so much to offer that it would be impossible to explore everything in just a few days. From the rich history of its shrines and temples to the vibrant culinary scene and picturesque gardens, Iidabashi provides a unique blend of old and new Tokyo.

Museums like the Printing Museum and TeNQ Space Museum, alongside numerous traditional and modern restaurants, ensure there is always something fascinating to experience. Whether you are a history buff, a foodie, or just looking to unwind, Iidabashi has something special for everyone.

We hope you get to check out these museums, restaurants, and more for yourself and enjoy them as much as we do. Feel free to refer to this guide anytime for more ideas and activities to do in the greater Edogawa ward. If you have any questions or need further recommendations, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are always here to help you make the most of your visit to this charming part of Tokyo.