Have you heard about Edogawa Ward in Tokyo? As one of the 23 wards of Tokyo, Edogawa boasts various unique neighbourhoods and areas, offering different attractions and sights to explore. For a comprehensive guide to Edogawa Ward, including its distinct areas, top attractions, history, accommodation options, and more, check out this ultimate Edogawa Ward guide.

A Quick Primer to Edogawa Ward

Edogawa area guide Edogawa What is Edogawa

Edogawa-ku is the easternmost of Tokyo’s 23 wards. It is almost always treated as if it were in Chiba Prefecture, but in terms of access from central Tokyo via the Sobu Line, the Keiyo Line, or the Tozai Subway Line, it is no different from the residents of Chiba Prefecture. 

The convenience of being able to reach Tokyo Station or Akihabara in less than 15 minutes one way has led to a remarkable rapid increase in population in recent years.

Most of Edogawa Ward is an area that developed during the period of high economic growth after World War II. In particular, the Toei Shinjuku Line, Tozai Subway Line, and Keiyo Line, in addition to the Sobu Line, were all built between the 1960s and the end of the 20th century, transforming the outlying areas of Tokyo, which had previously been nothing but vast farmlands and villages, into new residential areas with wide roads and apartment buildings.

A symbolic scene of this transformation can be seen in the large apartment complexes around Nishi-Kasai Station, where many Indian families who moved to the area after the 2000s are now living, turning the area into Little India. 

The number of cheap Chinese restaurants run by the Chinese has been increasing in recent years, and many working families are moving to this area because of its proximity to the city centre and lower rent compared to the “Yamanote” area to the west.

Living in Edogawa Ward

Edogawa area guide Living in Edogawa

Within the Edogawa Ward, the environment is quite different between the areas along the Sobu Line, which were urbanised early on, and the southern part of the ward, which used to be nothing but farming villages and reclaimed land before the train line came through. 

Especially in towns along the Toei Shinjuku Line and Tozai Line, the majority of new residents live in condominiums and apartment complexes rather than in the original towns.

However, if you look around, you will find some old-fashioned bars that have been in business for a long time, and their regular customers are generally gruff old men, which suggests that the town is still based in the downtown area.

Like Adachi and Katsushika, Edogawa Ward is often counted as one of the “three poor wards on the east side of Tokyo,” but this image is not necessarily wrong. The exception is Nishi-Kasai, where there are many elite Indian households engaged in IT-related occupations, and the percentage of middle- and high-income earners is reasonably high, but the majority of the ward is made up of municipal housing and wooden apartments that serve as receptacles for the lower class, and the quality of residents is extremely poor. 

Kasai, Edogawa-ku, is the birthplace of the semi-gang group “Furaragon,” formed by descendants of Chinese orphans left behind. There are also a large number of reserve yakuza and yankee gangs. 

History of Edogawa Ward

Edogawa area guide History of Edogawa

The Kasai area, which is currently booming as a waterfront area, was a prosperous fishing village in the Muromachi period, famous for its Edo-style seafood and nori seaweed. In 1947, 1949, and 1958, the area was hit by large typhoons in rapid succession and suffered tremendous damage.

The Hirai and Komatsugawa areas suffered from many hardships during the Pacific War, with approximately 10,000 houses in the area destroyed by fire.

Edogawa Ward was created in 1932 through the merger of three towns and four villages.

Since the 1950s, the district has steadily recovered with the construction of the Kasai coastal levee, the completion of the Keiyo Road, and the opening of the Shin-Nakagawa Spillway.

On the other hand, there was an aircraft noise problem in 1971 and a movement against the passage of the Shinkansen bullet train in the ward the following year.

In 1976, the current Edogawa-ku Fireworks Festival was held, bringing the district into the national limelight.

The name of the ward was taken from the name of the Edogawa River, which has long been familiar to the local community.

Areas of Edogawa Ward

Along the JR Sobu Line and Keisei Main Line

Hirai 平井

Edogawa area guide Hirai
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Hirai is located on the front side of the Arakawa River, even though it is in Edogawa Ward. Historically, it has suffered from flood damage and is also known by the name “Sakai”. The town boasts a big-name member of the Liberal Democratic Party and Shimamura Gakki. At the south exit, there are remnants of a red-light district. 

Shinkoiwa 新小岩

Edogawa area guide Shinkoiwa
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The area around the station is in Katsushika Ward, but beyond the Shinkoiwa Lumiere shopping district at the south exit is in Edogawa Ward. This postwar red-light district is still a haven for snack bars.

Koiwa 小岩

Edogawa area guide Koiwa
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The easternmost point of the Sobu Line in Tokyo. The shopping street radiating from the front of the station is a treasure trove of super-cheap clothing stores and second-hand stores. 

Koiwa is a town with a high recycling awareness. The area has become a petit Kabukicho, a town of Chinese, South Korean, and Southeast Asians and yakuza gangsters centred on Chuo-dori Street. There are also many Thai massage parlours.

Keisei Koiwa京成小岩

Edogawa area guide Keisei Koiwa
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The northernmost station in Edogawa Ward. A little further down the shopping street in front of the station is Kamakura, Katsushika-ku. 

Edogawa 江戸川

Edogawa area guide Edogawa Funabori
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Edogawa Ward is along the Keisei Line. The Edogawa riverbed stretches in front of the station and the Koiwa Iris Garden. On the other side of the river is Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture. Down the river is the Edogawa Hospital with its eccentric art.

Along Toei Shinjuku Line

Funabori 船堀

Edogawa area guide Funabori
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Funabori is an express stop on the Toei Shinjuku Line. The Tower Hall Funabori Observation Deck, where you can visit for free. There’s also the Edogawa Racecourse, where you will be greeted by a statue of Daimajin, a survivor of the hippie boom of the 1960s, a Krishna temple, and an Indian restaurant serving completely vegetarian food.

Ichinoe 一之江

Edogawa area guide Ichinoe
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IchinoeIt used to be a major goldfish aquaculture centre. Here, you can find an old shopping street along with the Sasaki Concern’s apartment complex. The radium hot spring recreation centre, a hidden gem.

Mizue 瑞江

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In front of the station, La Park Mizue is home to Don Quijote and a number of pachinko parlours. A former member of an idol group who built a palace in the area is a regular customer.

Shinozaki 篠崎

Edogawa area guide Shinozaki
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A town so far out of the way that it is hard to believe it is in the 23 wards of Tokyo. The Shinozaki Shinmachi shopping district, the easternmost in Tokyo, is reached by bus from the station. Along the old Edo River is a recycled paper factory. The Bonsai Museum in Shinbori is highly acclaimed by foreigners.

Nishi-Kasai 西葛西

Edogawa area guide Nishi-Kasai
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One of the best Indian communities in Japan. The Seishinmachi and Kojimacho 2-chome housing complexes are filled with Indian residents. The Arakawa River discharge channel runs within the area. 

Kasai 葛西

Edogawa area guide Kasai
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The subway museum in front of the station is popular with children, but it is the birthplace of the semi-ganglionic Chinese group, Anger Rajon. The strange festival at the easternmost thunder village of 23 wards is also famous.

Kasai Rinkai Park 葛西臨海公園

Edogawa area guide Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is next to Disneyland and Disneysea. This is a paradise in the rear end of the city which has a giant Ferris wheel, an aquarium, and an artificial sandy beach. At night, this park is a gathering place for people of all backgrounds and ages.

Things to Do in Edogawa Ward

Kasai Rinkai Park 東京都立葛西臨海公園

Edogawa area guide Kasai Rinkai Park 2
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The park is divided into five zones based on the theme of “green, water, and human interaction”. Within the park, there is the Kasai Rinkai Aquarium, world-famous for its tuna migration, and the Giant Ferris Wheel, where you can enjoy the view of Tokyo from the sky. 

There is also an observation rest house, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Tokyo Bay. The park also has BBQ plazas and lawn areas, making it a relaxing place for families and couples. Kasai Seaside Park, which is popular for playing on the seashore and for tide-pooling, can be reached by crossing a bridge inside the park.

Find out more about Kasai Rinkai Park here on Google maps.

Tokyo Sea Life Park 葛西臨海水族園

Edogawa area guide Tokyo Sea Life Park

Located in Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo Sea Life Park is a rare aquarium in the world, where visitors can see the migration of tuna. It is said to be the most popular aquarium in eastern Japan, attracting 3.55 million visitors when it opened in 1989. 

The aquarium has a glass-domed main building, a freshwater aquarium, and an outdoor area, with many attractions including a large doughnut-shaped tank in which bluefin tuna migrate. They also have one of the largest penguin exhibit areas in Japan. Many rare species are also on display, including fish from the seas around Australia and the polar regions.

Find out more about Tokyo Sea Life Park here on Google maps.

Tsurunoyu 鶴の湯

Tsurunoyu is located 5 minutes walk from Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line. A public bath where you can enjoy natural black hot spring water from its own hot spring source. 

In addition to the white and black bathtubs, there is an open-air bath, sauna, and relaxation bath. Priority seating is available in the washing area, and the kalan and showers are installed in an easy-to-use manner so that even the elderly and physically challenged can use them with ease. Soap and towels are available for purchase, so feel free to use them. There is also an open-air bath where you can relax and enjoy the natural black hot spring water while gazing at the sky.

Find out more about Tsurunoyu here on Google maps.

Edogawa Natural Zoo 江戸川区自然動物園

Edogawa area guide Edogawa Natural Zoo
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This zoo keeps and exhibits animals such as pandas, Humboldt penguins, common squirrel monkeys, and basking turtles. There is also a corner where visitors can interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, and other animals, along with an aquatic corner where freshwater and brackish water fish are exhibited.

Find out more about Edogawa Natural Zoo here on Google maps.

Heisei Garden 平成庭園

Edogawa area guide Heisei Garden
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Heisei Garden is a 15-minute walk from Nishi-Kasai Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. Planned and developed in 1950, the park consists of a nature zoo and Heisei Garden.

The Heisei Garden is a lush green Japanese garden with a pond surrounded by a pond in the Chikiyama-ikeizumi kaiyu style, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of nature in each of the four seasons. 

Visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese culture in the atmospheric Genshin-an hermitage, as well as fishing and playing on the playground equipment. The nature zoo has a variety of animals, including red pandas, prairie dogs, birds such as hornbills, turtles, and iguanas, and visitors can also interact with rabbits and guinea pigs.

Find out more about Heisei Garden here on Google maps.

Gyosen Park 行船公園

Edogawa area guide Gyosen Park
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Adjacent to the south side of Shin-Nagashima River Water Park is the fourth largest water park in terms of surface area, with a total length of approximately 750 m. 

From March 1 to November 30, visitors can enjoy camping and BBQ at the day campsite, and there are also many facilities for children to play, including a lawn area and playground equipment. Along the promenade, Jugatsuzakura cherry trees are planted, which bloom once between October and December, and again around April. Roses are also in bloom in the spring.

Find out more about Gyosen Park here on Google maps.

Akebono-yu あけぼの湯

Edogawa area guide Akebono-yu

Akebono-yu is located near Funabori Station on the Toei Subway Line. Akebono-yu is a two-story public bathhouse with a total of 12 types of baths, including a large bath, outdoor bath, and massage bath, as well as two types of saunas and other facilities. 

Visitors can enjoy the colourless, mildly alkaline natural hot spring water in the spacious bathhouse. On the first floor, there is a food and beverage corner offering a wide variety of beverages and snacks.

Find out more about Akebono-yu here on Google maps.

Recreational Park 総合レクリエーション公園

This comprehensive park stretches approximately 3 km from east to west. It features a children’s plaza with dinosaur-shaped playground equipment, a rainbow plaza with a large fountain, sports facilities, and azalea and rose gardens. Shuttle buses are available within the park.

Find out more about Recreational Park here on Google maps.

Komatsugawa Riverbed 小松川千本桜

A 5-minute walk from Higashi-Oshima Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line, this area features a row of about 1,000 cherry trees along the Arakawa River super embankment. BBQ facilities are available from March to November.

Find out more about Komatsugawa Riverbed here on Google maps.

Shunkaen Bonsai Museum 春花園BONSAI美術館

Edogawa area guide Shunkaen Bonsai Museum

Award-winning bonsai artist Kunio Kobayashi built this sukiya-style bonsai museum on a large plot of land in Edogawa. The museum features a pond with Nishikigoi and over 1,000 bonsai masterpieces. Hands-on bonsai classes are available.

Find out more about Shunkaen Bonsai Museum here on Google maps.

Nagisa Park なぎさ公園

Nagisa Park stretches about 3 km from Nishi-Kasai 6-chome to Minami-Kasai 7-chome. It features playground equipment, athletic facilities, a flower garden, and BBQ areas. Families can enjoy free pony rides. The Panorama Shuttle bus provides convenient transportation within the park.

Find out more about Nagisa Park here on Google maps.

Bird Watching Center 鳥類園ウォッチングセンター

The Bird Watching Centre is located a minute’s walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station on the JR Keiyo Line. Opened in 1994, the centre has two large ponds for wild birds and a watching centre where visitors can observe birds with binoculars. Displays provide information on nature and bird species.

Find out more about Bird Watching Center here on Google maps.

Must-Go Event in Edogawa Ward

江戸川区花火大会 Edogawa Ward Fireworks Festival

The Edogawa Ward Fireworks Festival is one of Tokyo’s most spectacular summer events, drawing crowds from all over the city. Held annually along the banks of the Edogawa River, this festival features over 14,000 fireworks that illuminate the night sky in a dazzling display of colours and patterns. Visitors can enjoy a festive atmosphere with food stalls, traditional music, and a vibrant community spirit. The riverside setting provides a perfect backdrop for this captivating event, making it a must-see for both locals and tourists in Edogawa.

Recommended Accommodation in Edogawa Ward

Hotel Lumiere Kasai

Situated a 3-minute walk from Kasai Subway Station, Hotel Lumiere Kasai offers comfortable guestrooms with free wired internet and a complimentary breakfast each morning. Each room is decorated with dark-coloured furnishings and includes a flat-screen TV, fridge, electric kettle, and tea set. Some rooms feature a kitchenette and microwave.

Guests can enjoy in-room massages, dry cleaning services, and coin launderette facilities. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Tokyo Disney Resort and a 20-minute subway ride from Tokyo Sky Tree. Airport limousine buses are available from Narita and Haneda airports at an additional charge.

Discover the Charm of Edogawa Ward

What do you think about Edogawa Ward in Tokyo? Do you enjoy learning about the history and culture of this fascinating area? With its rich history and unique attractions, Edogawa offers so much to explore. From the vibrant culinary scene to the serene parks and engaging cultural sites, there’s always something new to discover in this neighbourhood.

If you’re interested in experiencing Edogawa for yourself, be sure to refer back to this blog for all the best tips and recommendations. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay, this guide will help you make the most of your visit to this unique part of Tokyo.