A Walk On Funabori, Ichonoe and Kasai
There are amazingly beautiful seasonal views along some water parks and
historic landmarks in old temples in the areas around Funabori, Ichinoe
and Kasai in Tokyo
. Though they are residential areas now, there were large dump areas that
, a renga
poet in Muromachi Period
, described the lands in those areas in his book 'Azumazi no Tsuto'. Myoshoji Temple and Myouonji Temple and many temples standing near the water parks have been believed by many people before Edo preiod
might be built on dry lands in those dump areas. Late Sengoku Period
, Ieyasu Tokugawa
moved to Edo
and he rebuilt Onagigawa and Shinkawa (Funaborigawa) River as canals to
bring salt produced in Gyotoku
to Edo. And after the completion of the great project that Tonegawa River moved to east
, thousands of ships could pass these revers to carry thousands of products and people from northern parts of Japan to Nihonbashi. Moreover, after the project, many dry lands appeared in Katsushika-gun where people had had many floods every year and the dump lands became arable lands, then, they were called 'Edo no Daidokoro (the Kitchen of Edo)'. Ieyasu used these rivers to go hawking at Togane in Chiba. And Basho Matsuo
and Ikku Jippensha
used them to go Gyotoku as the gate town to the northern provinces. The
areas around Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai had been very prosperous from
Edo period to early Showa era, therefore there are so many temples there
as they are in Teramachi Gyotoku
and it tells us how prosperous people there had been.
A walk along Shinkawa, Furukawa and Ichinoe Sakaigawa River passing through
Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai are very exciting courses for visitors who
could spend tranquil time while they see seasonal plants and waters flowing
in the rivers. Why don't you visit Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai?
The Noted Spots around Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai
Visitors could enjoy seeing some special views of Tokyo.
There are some Edo style, some wooden buildings and thousands of cherry trees along the river.
In spring, thousands of sakura along it beautifully bloom.
There are a Edo style fire lookout and an old lock gate in the plaza.
It is the first water park in Japan and a famous spot for viewing Sakura and hydrangeas.
There are some seasonal flowers blooming in every season, sakura especially
There are several tall pine trees and a 500 years old giant zelkova tree
in the shrine.
The principle image is the statue of Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu carved by Gyoki.
There is a stone tablet scribing a haiku poem written by Basho Matsuo.
The ferryport at Imai is appeared on an essey written by Socho, a renga poet in Muromachi period.
The park has many sakura and seasonal flowers, visitors could enjoy all seasons.
It has the legend 'the One-eyed Crucial Carps' telling the miracle power
to cure eye diseases.
In spring, weeping cherry trees bloom, in fall, colored leaves decorate the garden.
The traditional Japanese style residence with a thatched roof.
It is an important temple to know the history of Ichinoe area.
It has tombs of Kabuki Yakusha and it is called Yakushadera.
The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.