A Walk On Ichinoe Sakaigawa Shinsui Koen Park
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Shinsui (water) Koen Park opend along the river is a
wonderful water park that visitors could enjoy walking on. Sakura
and pretty flowers bloom in spring, kids play in three water spaces in
summer, many kinds of colored leaves
sparklingly decorate the park in fall and narcissuses and camellias bloom
in winter. And visitors could know the history of this area since there
are the railroad of Joto Densha
(Joto Electric Train), Ichinoe Makkotei Residence, shrines and temples
along the water park.
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park is the wonderful park where you could feel
the changing seasons and could know the history. Why don't you visit the
park along Ichinoe Sakaigawa River?
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Shinsui Koen Park
The history of Ichinoe Sakaigawa
Ichinoe Sakaigawa River was named because it has flown on the boarders between Higasi Ichinoe and Nishi Ichinoe Village. (Sakaigawa means the river lay on the boarder.) The areas' names 'Higashi Ichinoe' and 'Nishi Ichinoe' was recorded on the book 'Kasai Mikuriya Chumon' published in 1398. Ichinoe Sakaigawa River is a natural river, after Nakaibori Canal was completed it connected to the canal in the middle of Edo period. The river was not only for irrigation but also for transportation. At that time, villagers lived in Higashi Ichinoe, Nishi Ichinoe, Shinbori, Shishibone and Ichinoe Shinden organized a union to clean the river. When the urbanization had rapidly improved in 1950's, sewage from residents drained into it and the water of the river was polluted. After drains was built in this area, the role as the drainage canal had finished, and it came back to as the water park.
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park in Spring and Fall
There are 3.2 kilo-meters long lined cherry trees along the river.
There are thousands of azaleas and dogwoods flowers beautifully blooming
along the river and the paths in Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park in early
Colored leaves on several kinds of trees planted on along the river chang the views every day.
Joto Densha (Joto Electric Train)
Joto Electric Train was a streetcar, the building this line from Kinshicho
to Kami Imai was registered in March 1911 and the line from Kinshibori
to Komatsugawa was built in December 1917, from Suijinmori to Ojima was
in January 1921 and from Higashi Arakawa to Imaigashi was in December 1925,
then a line was added from Komatsugawa to Nishi Arakawa in March 1926 and
a bus system connected between Higashi Arakwa and Nishi Arakawa Station.
Since 1942, Tokyo Metropolis had administrated the streetcar system and it had been named 'Toden' by the law registered the next year. In 1952, the line from Higashi Arakawa to Imaibashi was discontinued, then trolley bus system first ran from Ueno to Imai instead of the streetcars, and now bus system has run this since 1968.
The Landmarks along Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park
It is famous for having miracle power to cure eye diseases.
The garden is very beautuful with weeping cherry blossoms.
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park
- Ichinoe Sakaigawa 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 Sta 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 Sta or Funabori Sta.
- From Iwamotocho Station at Akihabara, take Toei Shijuku line bound to Motoyawata and get off Ichinoe Sta or Funabori Sta.
- Take 10 minute walk from Ichinoe Sta and Funabori Sta.
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
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.
Ichinoe Sakaigawa Water Park
The park has many sakura and seasonal flowers, visitors could enjoy all
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.