A Walk Around Edo Gyotoku
Gyotoku is an area on the mouth of Edogawa River
and Tokyo Bay. Though Gyotoku is now a southern part of Ichikawa City
and a bed-town of Tokyo Metropolis
, it was the eastern gate of Edo
connecting to Nihonbashi in Edo by water transportation on Onagigawa and
Funaborigawa River. The history of Gyotoku is very long, it was very flourished
in the salt industry started in Kamakura period
, and also it was a very prosperous port town where hundreds of ships carrying
supplies and goods from Tohoku region and northern Kanto region. According
to legends, there are a thousand residence and a hundred temples in Gyotoku.
This tells that Gyotoku was one of the most flourished port towns during
. It was introduced in Meisho Edo Hyakkei (the 100 landscapes in Edo painted
by Hiroshige Utagawa
and Edo Meisho Zue
( a guide book around Edo), and also Nanso Satomi Hakkenden (the Story of Eight Dogs)
written by Bakin Takizawa
detailed the condition of Gyotoku in late Edo period. Moreover, the address
'Gyoutoku Kashi 3 chome Koami-cho Oedo' 'written on Edo Meisho Zue tells
how Gyotoku was flourished as the gate town of Edo.
There are 4 fine ways for walking on in Gyotoku area such as Gyotoku Kaido
Highway, Teramachi street, Gongenmichi road and Naritamichi road, along
these streets, there are many landmarks such as Shiobatera Hozenji Temple
famous for a Bashozuka (a stone tablet scribing a haikai poem
by Basho Matsuo
) , Tokuganji Temple famous for the deep relationship to Musashi Miyamoto
and the Tokugawa Family
, Jishoin Temple related to Kaishu Katsu and a kawaii thatched-roofed gate
in Myokoji Temple and so forth. In Edo period, the 33 Pilgrimage in Gyotoku
was a very popular trip for people living in Edo. And thousands of wild
birds fly in Niihama Yacho no Rakuen near Niihama Kamoba and Sanbanse on
the Tokyo Bay.
A walk on Gyotoku has fine courses to find history and nature very close.
Why don't you visit Gyotoku?
Noted Scenic Spots in Gyotoku
They are good courses to find the history of Gyotoku.
Gongenmichi Road was built by the founder of Edo Shogunate Ieyasu Tokugawa to go hawking.
Musashi Miyamoto and Basho Matsuo had passed the road.
There are some Japanese style houses giving Edo flavor.
It was a popular and reasonable trip for people living in Edo.
Enjoying watching wild birds and viewing cherry blossoms.