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The 10 Best Things to Do and See in Koto, Tokyo

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 8 June 2017
Koto Ward is east of central Tokyo and includes parts of Odaiba. Discover the top sights in the ward.
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Venus Fort

The Venus Fort in Odaiba is one of the region’s primary shopping centers. It’s designed to look like an ancient Roman town, complete with cobbled streets, a faux sunset, and a fountain.

1-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Sky Wheel (Daikanrasha)

The Tokyo Sky Wheel, or Daikanrasha, is a landmark of Odaiba. The Ferris wheel is part of Palette Town, a mall close to Venus Fort. It was once the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

1-3-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Promenade Odaiba

Odaiba’s West and Center Promenades are connected public squares and parks where visitors can stretch their legs and take in the views. Outdoor events held at Odaiba are often hosted at the West Promenade.

1-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo’s Miraikan, also known as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, is a science museum. It is famous for its real-time weather pattern tracker, a globe known as the Geo-Cosmos, and its seismology meters measuring seismic energy throughout Japan.

2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden was built over one hundred years ago according to classical Japanese design principles. The garden includes a pond, water features, and pavilions along with a traditional teahouse.

3-10 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Basho Memorial Hall

The Basho Museum or Basho Memorial Hall is dedicated to the Japanese father of haiku poetry. Literary workshops and seminars are regularly held here. Behind the museum, the Basho-an Historic Viewing Garden allows visitors impressive views of the Sumida River and the large statue of Basho erected there.

1-6-3 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Japan

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Fukagawa Fudo

Fukagawa Fudo is a large Buddhist temple in Tomioka. Fire rituals (goma) are held in the Main Hall every two hours from 9 AM to 5 PM. It’s also home to a hall where all 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are represented.

1-18-17 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Tomioka Hachiman Shrine

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is the largest shrine in Tokyo dedicated to Hachiman, the tutelary deity of warriors and the protector of Japan and its people. It is also considered an important shrine in the world of sumo, since the precursor of the sport was founded here in 1684.

1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is an Edo-themed water park in Odaiba. Visitors are given yukata to wear and transported back to old Tokyo, where they can relax in the onsen, gossip by the wading pools or tuck in at a matsuri (festival)-themed dining hall.

2-6-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Yumenoshima is an island district that was once a landfill. It now houses a public park and botanical gardens, sports facilities, and a marina. It’s planned to host the archery competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Yumenoshima, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan