a train station in the Kinshi district
of Sumida Ward in eastern Tokyo.
It is served by the Tokyo Metro
Hanzomon Line and the JR East Sobu
(Rapid) and Chuo-Sobu Lines.
is a busy industrial and cultural
area of Sumida. Being part of the
original shitamachi (downtown)
of Tokyo, the area has many love
hotels and hostess bars, as well
as several large business centers.
Recently Kinshicho has seen some
major developments in the area in
an attempt from the government to
make it an important international
business center. Significant among
these is Olinas, a commercial complex
situated right in front of Kinshicho
an acronym for ‘Organization of
Lifestyle, New Business, Amenity,
and Shopping', is a large scale
multi-use complex, one of the seven
metropolitan sub-centers of Tokyo.
The complex, which was opened in
April, 2006, comprises a multi-story
residential tower, a high-rise office
tower, and two shopping malls.
residential block, named Brilla
Tower Tokyo, has a beautiful glass
façade and airy interiors.
Olinas Tower, the office building,
is 32 stories high, each story comprising
of 1,800 m? of office space. A unique
feature of this building is its
entrance hall, which is built in
three levels. The two shopping complexes
are Olinas Mall and Olinas Core.
Both the Core and Mall buildings
face each other and are of 4 levels
each. The corridor between the two
is a good resting place with mosaic
benches and fountains. The stores
at the two centers include retailers
specializing in apparel, home living
and foods. There is also a cinema
complex, amusement parlors, and
over a dozen restaurants.
Park is located just 1 minute from
Kinshicho Station. The park was
originally a garden surrounding
the mansion of feudal lord Zenjiro
Yesuda. In 1976, the garden was
restored to its original looks of
the Edo era and opened to the public
as Kinshi Park. The park is beautiful
with plenty of cherry trees and
a pond in the middle. A gymnasium
with badminton and table tennis
courts, and a swimming pool are
also located within the park.
Park is also known for its Sumida
Festival , held on the
park grounds on the first weekend
of every October. Many events –
a bazaar, exhibits, music performances,
and a Miss Sumida contest - are
held during the festival, with a
different theme each year.
Ondo Bon Dance Festival
Kawachi Ondo Bon Dance Festival
is a festival held every year the
last two days of August on the grounds
behind Kinshicho Station. This very
popular festival, which attracts
over 10,000 people every year, is
celebrated to welcome ancestral
spirits who are said to return to
visit their families onthis day
– called ‘Bon'. The day is usually
celebrated with lots of dancing
to Kawachi Ondo, a tune developed
especially for the occasion. Sometimes
dancers are invited from Osaka (the
festival having been originated
there) to lead the festivities.
Dry Woodwork Museum is one of the
many small specialist museums of Sumida
ward. Exhibits include dry wood toys
and handicrafts, as well as tools
used to make them. The museum is open
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Reservation is required.