Tsukishima

Traditions take precedent in Tsukishima, a quiet island minutes away from Tokyo's fast-paced present.

When you’re in Tsukishima, take your time. An island oasis that seems miles rather than minutes away from mainland Tokyo, Tsukishima’s slow pace and long-standing traditions endure. Creaking wooden houses and cramped window displays float alongside new waterfront high-rises capitalizing on Tsukishima’s uninterrupted city views. Take a seat at Tsukishima’s table, dine on its legendary monjayaki, and embrace this simple neighborhood’s placid attitude.

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On the Map

Tsukishima is within Chūō District and bordered by Tsukiji, Minato District, and Koto District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour by car or 1 hour & 35 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 30 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 35 minutes by public transit

Floating Past: Traditions on Tokyo's Man-Made Island

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Tokyo's fast paced mindset hasn't made its way to Tsukishima yet.

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An island escape that blends traditional buildings and contemporary high-rises, Tsukishima embraces both.

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The neighborhood actively preserves its past but doesn't feel stuck there.

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It even boasts contemporary amenities without feeling beholden to current trends.

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Everywhere, time seems to move slower.

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Houses, shops, and restaurants share the frontages of its main streets.

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Sometimes, they're one and the same.

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A house is a shop is a restaurant.

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New architecture rises above Tsukishima's wooden traditions.

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Rather than competing, they complement one another.

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There are many sightseeing spots around here for example, Tsukiji fish market, Ginza, Royal Palace."

The Birthplace of Tokyo's Beloved Dish: Monjayaki

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Culinary enthusiasts travel to Tsukishima for its famous dish, monjayaki, or "monja."

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Monjayaki is a pan fried delicacy made from a thin batter comprised of finely chopped ingredients and eaten directly from the grill.

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The meal merits a visit to Tsukishima of its own accord.

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Area was very safe - most nights the five of us would return from exploring Tokyo around 11 pm via the subway."

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Visited in 2013

A Quiet Island Escape

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Tsukishima couldn't feel much more peaceful than it already does.

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Present generations practice what past generations taught in its temples, shrines, and schools.

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A placid attitude permeates throughout the island's humble streets and structures.

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On Tsukishima, it's easy to enjoy cherry blossoms in solitude.

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A View Across the Water from the Shore of Tsukishima

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Cross from the mainland to Tsukishima by boat or bridge.

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Tour boats drift about the Sumida River and contrast views of big city activity with those of Tsukishima's intimate island escapes.

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Say hello to yesterday.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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