Imai no Watshi Ato | The Remains at the Ferry at Imai
Imai no Watashi (The ferry at Imai) was one of the ferries set along Edogawa
River to cross. The ferry having operated on the little north of Imaibashi
Bridge between Imai (now in Edogawaku) and Gyotoku (now in Ichikwa-shi)
and there are the remains of the ferryports on both east and west bank.
Saiokuken Socho, a renga poet in Muromachi Period, described the ferry
in his essay 'Azumaji no Tsuto', so it had long history. In Edo period,
it had another role of barrier that had checked people who would pass severely.
Actually, it is very severe to check the people at the ferry, residents
in Urayasu and Kasai who had own land in both areas could only cross the
river. And many products and people on boats from Boso, Tohoku and northern
Kanto region to Edo had passed the river. The remains of the ferry at Imai
tells the history of the waterway to Edo. Why don't you visit it?
The Remains of the Ferry at Imai
Imai no Watashi Ato / The Remains of the Ferry at Imai
There is no information when the ferry at Imai set on. In 1509, Saiokuken
Socho, a renga poet, wrote the name of the ferry 'Imai no Tsu' on his travel
note 'Azumaji no Tsuto'. It suggests that the ferry could have existed
at that time.
In Edo period, Tokugawa Bakufu had never built any bridges on rivers to protect Edo, and ferryboats had been severely managed so it became a barrier. Travelers could not take on the ferryboat at Imai. Although farmers could cross the river to cultivate their land, they had to inform their reasons to cross it to a local administrator.
After Edo Bakufu ended, people could get on the ferryboat to cross the river and residents of the areas and travelers to go to Narita had got on the boats, the operation of the ferry had continued until Imaibashi bridge was completed in 1912.
Revised March 2014
Edogawaku Board of Education
A Walk on the Remains of the Ferry at Imai and Edogawa River
Ieyasu Tokugawa used to landed there to go hawking in Togane.
There are several beautiful parks and landmarks having its long history
along the river.
The Remain of the Ferry at Imai on West Bank
- The Remain of the Ferry at Imai on West Bank 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.
- 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.
- From Iwamotocho Station at Akihabara, take Toei Shijuku line bound to Motoyawata and get off Ichinoe Sta.
- Take 11 minute walk from Ichinoe 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 Remain of the Ferry at Imai
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.