Take a sigh of relief because you’re in Nerima. Venture just 20-30 minutes away from central Tokyo by train into the tranquil streets of this local neighborhood and you’ll experience a slice-of-life side of the city made for a day of urban exploration.
The residential area located in the northwestern metropolis surely can’t compare to the babes in the limelight of central Tokyo like Shibuya and Shinjuku. Yet Nerima’s allure lies in what isn’t: crowded, cramped or flashy. The majority of local spots I’ll introduce are not found in the Tokyo guidebooks or even other travel sites and are perfect for a Saturday soul search or Sunday-Funday.
Background and Sightseeing
Out of Tokyo’s 23 wards, Nerima is the fifth largest by square kilometers. Despite that, its only popular areas are Oizumi and Hikarigaoka — yes, you’ve guessed it right, most people don’t think of Nerima as a place to visit unless they actually live there or know someone who does. However, this is certainly not because Nerima lacks gems, but probably because it has been too quiet and modest. Until now at least.
Nerima’s biggest claim to fame is that Japanese animation production was born here. Indeed, Nerima-based production headquarters were pioneers: Toei Animation made Japan’s first anime feature film, "The Tale of the White Serpent" (白蛇伝, Hakujaden), and in 1958 Mushi Production made Japan’s first anime series for TV, the massively popular "Astro Boy" (鉄腕アトム, Tetsuwan Atomu). Now, fans go to Oizumi-gakuen station’s Oizumi Anime Gate — a classic-anime hall of fame, and rumor has it that even Doraemon, Japan’s beloved character from the future, holds a residence in Nerima.
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