Tokyo Guide: Kinshicho
Tokyo Area Guide: Kinshicho 錦糸町
Kinshicho in Tokyo's Sumida ward is the biggest commercial area in Tokyo east of Ueno. In terms of atmosphere, Kinshicho is comparable to Tokyo's Ikebukuro area: down to earth with a more relaxed and, in places, rough-around-the-edges vibe.
The area surrounding Kinshicho station is divided into a largely shopping-oriented north, and a largely gambling- and love-hotel-oriented south. North and south are divided by Keiyo-doro Street (an extension of Yasukuni-dori Street), onto which the south side of the station faces.
Outside the north entrance of Kinshicho Station is Echo, a huge golden ring suspended between two stone pillars, by the American artist, Loren Madsen (b.1943). Designed on the theme of "music city Sumida," it depicts the history of music between the 16th and 20th centuries.
Sumida Triphony Hall
Just west of Kinshicho Station is Sumida Triphony Hall. Sumida Triphony Hall opened in 1997 and is the home of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Triphony Hall has a 1800-seat Concert Hall with pipe organ, and a 252-seat Recital Hall.
The conveniently located, mid-range Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is next to Sumida Triphony Hall - only a couple of minutes' walk from Kinshicho Station.
Termina Department Store
The Kinshicho Station building houses the Termina Department Store containing well over 100 different stores. "Termina" is 7 floors on the south side of the station, with floors 1 to 3 occupied by a branch of the Yodobashi Camera electronics megastore, the B1 floor is a supermarket and delicatessens. Next to it is "Termina 3": 6 floors of restaurants. "Termina 2" on the north side is a single ground floor of restaurants and fashion stores.
Termina hours vary by store but are generally 9:30am to 9:30 or 10pm.
Arcakit Shopping Building
On the north side of the station is the Arcakit building. Arcakit is 11 stylish floors of everything from a supermarket on the B1 floor, through to a wide range of lifestyle, health, hobby, toys, furniture, interior decoration and fashion related up to the 11th. Arcakit's restaurants are on the 10th floor. The 7th floor of Arcakit is a massive branch of the Daiso 100 yen store, with a mindboggling range of goods available.
2-1-1 Kinshicho, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0013. 10am - 9pm
Further north, about five minutes' walk from the station is the Olinas shopping complex (see below).
Marui Department Store
South of Kinshicho Station and across Keiyo Doro Road is the Marui Department Store, mainly clothing but with a 7th floor of restaurants and an 8th floor beer garden and futsal park.
3-9-10 Kotobashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
11.30am - 8.30pm (From 11am on weekends/holidays)
Olinas Shopping Complex
The Olinas shopping complex a few minutes' walk north-east of the station incorporates two shopping malls: Olinas Mall and Olinas Core. It is classy, colorful, breezy, and modern (designed by the prominent American architects, RTKL Associates). A lot of the shopping is family-orientated (typically, the Babies'R'Us store). The complex houses the Toho cinema complex, and the Tokyu Department Store. Across the road from Olinas is Kinshi Park.
4-1-2 Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0012
Most stores 10am 9/10pm. Restaurants 11am- 11pm.
Kinshicho Station; Sumida Triphony Hall
Inside Olinas shopping center; Backstreets of south Kinshicho, Tokyo
Japan Racing Association, Kinshicho
On either side of the Marui Department Store are large branches of the Japan Racing Association (JRA), a horse racing betting agency. The interior of the JRA resembles the ticket area of a railway station, and is full of generally older men milling around looking at results on screens.
Kinshicho red light district
Behind Marui and the JRA are backstreets lined with small semi-outdoor eateries, often with a TV screen, where the horse racing gamblers take meal breaks and watch the results while they eat and talk. This area is where the love hotel and hostess club district begins.
Sarue Park is a relaxing 14.5 hectare area of lawn, woods, garden, ponds and sporting and cultural facilities dating from 1932.
Sarue Park's origins are in the 1730's when it was developed as a lumberyard for lumber floated down the Yokojikken River, flowing along the park's eastern side, into Edo (old Tokyo) for the construction projects of the then-ruling Bakufu administration. Sarue Park has been in its full-sized present form since 1983.
Sarue Park is divided north-south by Shin-Ohashi-dori Street. The northern section consists mainly of playgrounds for children and tennis courts.
The southern section consists of a baseball field and Tiara Koto, a large cultural and performance facility. It also has a pond with a waterfall.
Sarue Park has over 200 sakura blossom trees. It is directly south of Kinshicho Station.