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History and traditions have been preserved in this section of town with an old downtown atmosphere that has quirky charms.

Otsuka had rice paddies and vegetable fields, as well as livestock farms, but it became much more prosperous than Ikebukuro as the transportation network improved with the extension of the tram line in 1913. It suffered considerable damage during the Second World War, but because it was the only section of Tokyo where a tram line remained, its shopping districts prospered greatly. The area is filled with excitement during the Otsuka Awa Odori (Dance Festival) every year in August.

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Older people from around Japan flock to Sugamo, which is popular among senior citizens for its welcoming atmosphere. Its level of appeal among younger people has also risen in recent years. The Nakasendo (a major travel route in the Edo period) passes through this area. In next door Komagome, there is the Nikko Onari Kaido (an important route established during the Edo period), which helped form the town's history and traditions.

Stores line the shopping street from Sugamo Station to Shinsho Temple via Kogan Temple, known as "Togenuki (Thorn-Plucking) Jizo," and the fairs held on the fourth of each month are very popular occasions among senior citizens. The neighborhood has many old and famous temples, making it perfect for a temple tour.

The Komagome area was formerly well known for the cultivation of Yoshino cherry trees and for horticulture. The Yoshino cherry tree is a variety of cherry tree that is famous worldwide. Rikugien Garden has been designated as a place of particular scenic beauty.

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