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Furukawa Water Park|The First Water Park in Japan

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Furukawa Water Park is the first water park in Japan. This park is a noted spot of cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangeas in early summer. And in summer, many people take rests under the woods to avoid the strong sun beams and some kids play in the water in summer. Furukawa River is a main artery that connected Edogawa River to Nakagawa River to bring thousands of products and people to Edo in Edo period. Saiokuken Socho, a renga poet in Muromachi period, described this area in his essay 'Azumaji no Tsuto'. He might pass Furukawa River at that time. He got on a ferryboat at Sumidagawa River and he passed rivers with reeds in this area called Kasaisho, finally he landed at the ferry at Imai. Now there are some old temples along Furukawa Water Park that tell the history of Furukawa. In addition, the principle image of Sei Kanzeon Bosatsu is said to be carved by Gyoki, so it implies that Furukawa River has been a waterway since Nara period. By the completion of the new waterway had opened, Furukawa River was a very important waterway and Ieyasu Tokugawa went on the river to go hawking in Togane.
Furukawa Water Park is a beautiful park with long history. Why don't you visit it?

Furukawa Water Park

Furukawa River was called Funaborigawa River in long time ago. When Ieyasu Tokugawa moved to Edo in 1590, Furukawa used as an important waterway to bring salt made in Gyotoku to Edo. After that, a new canal was completely built in 1629 and the most products would pass this new one and it connect to the old canal to the west to be a main artery that brought thousands of products from the northern Kanto region and Tohoku to Edo to support its economy. And they were called Shinkawa River since then.
In Meiji Era, steam boats had run on Shinkawa River and this area became very prosperous, and Furukawa River used to bring local products to help people's life in this area. However, rail ways had been developing then the transportations by waterways were gradually declined, and improving the economy and the urbanization after the WWII made the environment of the river polluted because of sewage from residents and factories.
Under these conditions, residences in this area and the government of Edogawaku decided 'return the clear waters in Furukawa River', and they built Furukawa River in 1974 as the first water park in Japan. And they organized ‘Furukawa o Aisuru Kai (the Society of loving Furukawa)’ in June 1974, and the new history started.
Building Furukawa Water Park under the new conception of being fond of water is the first operation to regain the clear water in Japan that is highly evaluated not only domestically but also internationally and it was recorded in history.

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Flowers in Furukawa Water Park

Cherry Blossoms blooming along Furukawa Water Park

Some kinds of sakura bloom and visitors enjoy them by middle of April.
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Hydrangeas in Furukawa Water Park

Hydrangeas bloom along the river and the path in the park during the rain season in Japan.
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The Stone Guidepost To Gyotokudo at Ninoe

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The Stone Guidepost To Gyotokudo at Ninoe was registered as a tangible cultural asset by Edogawaku in March

Gyotokudo was an important highway connecting Edo to Boso in Edo period. There is no specific information when it had been built, but it was appeared on a map published in Shoho Era (1645-1648). It has been a main highway since then.
The stone guidepost is a round shaped stone with 67cm tall and 152cm around in girth. There are some Japanese letters telling '是ヨリ左リ行徳道 (Gyotokudo begins here)' on surface, and it told travelers the direction to Gyotoku. It had stood on the east side of Tukitomebashi Bridge.

March 2014
Edogawaku Board of Education

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A Walk along Furukawa Water Park

cherry trees in Myoshoji Temple

Honkakusan Myoshoji Temple

An old temple has a beautiful garden with many seasonal flowers blooming in it.
Pine trees and Torii in Ninoe Jinja

Ninoe Jinja Shrine

This shrine is very beautiful with tall pine trees and a giant zelkova tree in it.

Rengeji Temple along Furukawa Water Park

Kaishosan Rengeji Temple

The principle image is said to be carved by Gyoki.
Kumano Jinja Shrine along Edogawa River

Kumano Jinja Shrine

This shrine stands where famous and popular tasty water flows in the river.

The Map to Furukawa Water Park

Furukawa Water Park

  • Furukawa Water Park has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Sobu Express Line bound to Tokyo or Yokosuka and get off at Funabashi Sta, then transfer the line to Sobu line bound to Nakano or Mitaka ang get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe or Funabori Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Shinagawa Sta and transfer the line to Sobu Express line bound to Narita International Airport or Chiba, and transfer the line at Ichikawa Sta to Sob line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Ichinoe or Funabori Sta.
  • From Iwamotocho Station at Akihabara, take Toei Shijuku line bound to Motoyawata and get off Ichinoe or Funabori Sta.
  • Take 12 minute walk from Ichinoe Sta and 17 minute from Funabori Sta.

The Noted Spots around Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai

the observatory on Towarhall Funabori

The Observatory on Tower Hall Funabori

Visitors could enjoy seeing some special views of Tokyo.
A fire lookout on Shinkawa River

A Walk Along Shinkawa River

There are some Edo style, some wooden buildings and thousands of cherry trees along the river.

cherry blossoms along Shinkawa

Thousands of Cherry Trees along Shinkawa River

In spring, thousands of sakura along it beautifully bloom.
a fire lookout covered with sakura

Shinkawa Nishi Suimon Hiroba Plaza

There are a Edo style fire lookout and an old lock gate in the plaza.

Furukawa Water Park

Furukawa Water Park

It is the first water park in Japan and a famous spot for viewing Sakura and hydrangeas.
Honkakusan Myoshoji Temple

Honkakusan Myoshoji Temple

There are some seasonal flowers blooming in every season, sakura especially blooms beautifully.

Ninoe Jinja Shrine

Ninoe Jinja Shrine

There are several tall pine trees and a 500 years old giant zelkova tree in the shrine.
Rengeji Temple along Furukawa River

Kaishosan Rengeji Temple

The principle image is the statue of Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu carved by Gyoki.

Kumanojinja Shrine

Kumano Jinja Shrine

There is a stone tablet scribing a haiku poem written by Basho Matsuo.
Imaibashi Bridge from Edogawaku

The Remain of the Ferry at Imai

The ferryport at Imai is appeared on an essey written by Socho, a renga poet in Muromachi period.

Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park

Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park

The park has many sakura and seasonal flowers, visitors could enjoy all seasons.
Iousan Myouonji Temple

Iousan Myouonji Temple

It has the legend 'the One-eyed Crucial Carps' telling the miracle power to cure eye diseases.

Ichinoe Makkotei

Ichinoe Makkotei Residence Park

In spring, weeping cherry trees bloom, in fall, colored leaves decorate the garden.
Ichinoe Nanushi Yashiki Residence

The Residence of Ichinoe Nanushi Yashiki

The traditional Japanese style residence with a thatched roof.

Joryuji Temple in Harue

Honkosan Joryuji Temple

It is an important temple to know the history of Ichinoe area.
Daiunji Temple in Harue

Chogyosan Daiunji Temple

It has tombs of Kabuki Yakusha and it is called Yakushadera.

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.