Conveniently located one station from Ikebukuro on the JR Yamanote line, Otsuka is a charming neighborhood replete with retro shopping arcades and even a proper streetcar. Newly opened in June 2018, the Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is an ideal destination to experience all that Otsuka has to offer. In addition to comfortable and affordable lodging, Hoshino Resorts also provides in-depth guided tours introducing the must-see neighborhood spots personally selected by hotel staff. We arranged a special walking tour with local guide, OMO Ranger Kurihara, accompanied by Hong Kong native Yumi.
The first stop was Bongo, a popular shop specializing in onigiri rice balls. With over 50 varieties of fillings to choose from, it’s no wonder locals form long lines at its doors come lunchtime.
The idiosyncratic shopping arcade is a rare holdover from yesteryear Japan. Yumi compares the warm and welcoming vibe to “old school Hong Kong.” Many of the storefronts have been in operation for decades. The butcher’s shop pictured above has been passed down through three generations, and the Japanese confectioner below was founded in 1937.
Hayashi Meat Shop
Address: 3-55-1 Minami-Otsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Sennari Monaka Honpo Otsuka
Address: 3-54-4 Minami-Otsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo
The Otsuka Tenso shrine provides spiritual protection for a large stretch of land ranging from Komagome to Higashi-Ikebukuro. The shrine is said to bring good luck to couples, as its grounds hold a pair of ginkgo trees that have stood side by side for approximately 600 years.
One classic Otsuka scene is this point where the Yamanote Line crosses the Toden Arakawa streetcar. Visit in spring and autumn for a chance to snap picturesque photos of the streetcar passing in front of beautiful roses.
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka strives to be more than a mere bed, choreographing an exciting metropolitan tourism experience. To that extent, the hotel offers a range of unique perks, including rooms outfitted for luxurious Japanese-style relaxation and public spaces that make you feel like part of the city’s fabric. Yumi summed it up best when she commented, “Now I want to stay in the hotel myself and make a deep dive into Otsuka’s foodie scene.” At the Hoshino Resorts, you are a part of the city: when you book a room, you’re booking an entirely new window onto Tokyo.
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka
|Address:||2-26-1 Kita-Otsuka Toshima-ku, Tokyo|
Hoshino Resorts Reservations
Reception Hours: 9:00-20:00
*The OMO Ranger neighborhood guide service is available for overnight guests at the Hoshino Resorts.