March 17, 2017
Rengetsu (蓮月) is a 90 year old wooden house in Ikegami and since 2015, has been used as a cafe. 蓮 means lotus and 月 means moon as you can see in their symbol. The building of Rengetsu used to be a soba restaurant (soba is a type of Japanese noodle) called Rengetsu-an. However, the owner of Rengetsu-an decided to close the business in 2014 due to his age. The people who wanted to preserve this beautiful Japanese traditional house came up with various ideas and decided to refashion it as a cafe, and this led to the opening of the cafe in 2015.
The old wooden style of this house makes you feel the warmth of the classical style of houses at the time. It is relaxing to spend time in this place. The seats of the chairs are soft, and there are couches too, so you can easily spend time there comfortably. In addition, the waiters don’t urge people to go home once they’re there, and they create an atmosphere that welcomes customers to stay for long periods of time.
It makes you feel nostalgic and as if you were visiting your grandmother’s house. There is a magical atmosphere that makes one think that perhaps even the sootballs from My Neighbor Totoro might appear. This cafe may be able to provide a little bit of experience into Hayao Miyazaki’s world. Rengetsu was actually used as a location in a movie called Fukigen na Kako (不機嫌な過去）which was released in 2016.
The closest station to Rengetsu is Ikegami station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line. Ikegami station is two stops from Kamata station. The walking distance between Ikegami station and Rengetsu is about a 10 minute walk. Temple lovers may wish to consider stopping by at the prominent Nichirenshu temple in Ikegami, Ikegami Honmonji, before or after visiting Rengetsu.
Opening hours are from 10 am to 10 pm. Last order is 9:30 pm.
Free wifi is available.
Address 2 Chome-20-11 Ikegami, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 146-0082
Official Website http://rengetsu.net