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Nakayama is between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Shinkawa | a canal built in Edo period

cherry trees along Shinkawaa fire lookout standing beside Shinkawa the whole view of ShinkawaShinkawa Sakurakan a wooden bridge on Shinkawaa rest room along Shinkawa
Shinkawa River is a canal connecting Arakawa and Nakagawa to Edogawa River. It was called Funaborigawa River. Soon After Ieyasu Tokugawa moved to Edo in 1590, he dag Onagigawa and Funaborigawa to build a waterway to Edogawa River to bring salt made in Gyotoku to Edo. This canal had become a main artery that brought thousands of products from northern part of Japan to Edo during Edo period. About 60 ferries had passed through it every day. There are many temples existing in Funabori, Ichinoe and Kasai that could tell it prosperity at that time. Moreover, there had been many pear gardens producing 'Shinkawa Nashi' in the south side of Shinkawa River from late Edo period to Taisho Era and the pears were very popular among people in Edo. It was written on a signboard in Sinkawaguchi Jidokoen Parrk in the east end of the canal, and the stone monument of Shinkawa Nashi is preserved in Jokoji Temple near Imai.
Visitors could enjoy seeing thousands of cherry trees and some wooden Edo style buildings along Shinkawa River. Why don't you visit the river?

Shinkawa River

Shinkawa River is a historical asset by Edogawaku registered in Febraury 12 of 1986

By the late Sengoku period, a waterway from Edogawa River had passed through Furukawa River then it had entered Shinkawa at Sankaku to go west.
Soon after Ieyasu Tokugawa moved to Edo in 1590, he ordered building a new waterway connecting to Gyotoku including the waterway above, then building Dosan Bori Canal and Onagigawa River and it was completed.
In 1629, a new waterway had dug in the east of Shinkawabashi Brigde now standing and connected the western part of the canal, therefore the canal is now called Shinkawa River. After that, Shinkawa became the waterway to bring salt produced in Gyotoku to Edo. At that time, the area was very prosperous, there were many shops dealing with soy sauce and miso and many restaurants opened along the river.
Shinkawa River had been developed as an important waterway connecting to Edogawa and Tonegawa River for thousands of ships and ferries to bring various kinds of products and people from the eastern part of Japan to Edo.
However, the both eastern and western lock gate was closed in early Showa era and the ships and ferries were disappeared after the construction of Arakawa Drainage Canal had completed.
Moreover, tall bank protections along Shinkawa River built since the ground around these areas had sank by dipping up too much subterranean water during the high growth phase of Japna in the middle of the 20th century, so people had lost any intrest in the river.
From 1993, the banks of Shinkawa River have been rebuilt as strong as an earthquake-resistance measure, some water parks have been built and thousands of cherry trees along it have been planted. Now it has become as an oasis in the urban area in Tokyo and residents enjoy visiting.

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A Walk Along Shinkawa River

thousands of cherry trees along Shinkawa

Thousands of Cherry Trees along Shinkawa River

In spring, thousands of sakura along it beautifully bloom.
a fire lookout and cherry blossoms

Shinkawa Nishi Suimon Hiroba Plaza

A fire lookout and an old lock gate are the symbols.

The Map For Walking Along Shinkawa River

Shinkawa River (Funaborigawa River)

  • Shinkawa River 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 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 Funabori Sta.
  • From Iwamotocho Station at Akihabara, take Toei Shijuku line bound to Motoyawata and get off Funabori Sta.
  • Take 5 minute walk 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 disease.

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.