Walking along the Nikko Kaido | Discover Koshigaya Bailin Park! | Koshigaya – Kasukabe

It has been a year and a half since I last walked along the Nikko Kaido Highway to Minamikoshigaya, although I thought it was only a short while ago. The months go by so fast. I wonder when I’ll get to Nikko, walking at such a pace.

Koshigaya-juku

南越谷駅

Minamikoshigaya Station

When I got off at Minamikoshigaya Station and came to the intersection of Nikko Kaido and Musashino Line, I saw a relief of the Awa Odori dance at the lighting.

阿波踊りのレリーフ

Relief of Awa Odori Dance

It seems that Mr. Nakauchi Shunzo, the founder of the Polus Group headquartered in Koshigaya City, is from Tokushima Prefecture and started the Awa Odori dance in 1985.

越谷駅付近の日光街道

Nikko Kaido near Koshigaya Station

The Nikko Kaido near Koshigaya Station is a one-lane road with wide sidewalks that are easy to walk on, probably to make room for widening the roadway.

昔風の診療所の建物

Old-fashioned clinic building

There was an old-fashioned clinic building. The wood tone and the paint are indescribable.
There was a one-story clinic like this near my parents’ house, and the doctor there often made house calls. I remember that he would come in with a so-called doctor’s bag, give me a shot, and wash his hands in a metal basin after the examination.
I don’t hear much about house calls nowadays, but I wonder if some places offer them?

越谷市中町付近

Near Nakamachi, Koshigaya City

In the area of Nakamachi near the Moto-Arakawa River, old houses and warehouses appear one after another, reminding us that this was a highway.

大沢橋の照明

Lighting at Osawa Bridge

We crossed the Moto-Arakawa River at Osawa Bridge. The bridge is a historic one, and it has a magnificent light like a gas lamp.

東武伊勢崎線

Tobu Isezaki Line

Eventually, I turned left and crossed over the Isezaki line, where I found a security guard standing on the road.
The security was as strict as when I passed by Prime Minister Abe’s house the other day, so I wondered if someone important was living there, and when I checked, it seemed that the Saitama Kamoba of the Imperial Household Agency was on my left.

It seems that the duck farm is a place where ducks are captured unharmed when guests from inside and outside come. Incidentally, there is also a Shinhama Kamoba northwest of Ichikawa Shiohama Station in Chiba.

I found a path that would take me to the north side of the duck farm, so I decided to go there.

越谷梅林公園

Koshigaya Bairin Park

There, I found Koshigaya Bailin Park.
It’s a continuation of the land from the Kamoba. The other side of the big tree in the back.
The plum trees hadn’t bloomed at all yet.

ロウバイ

wintersweet

The only thing in bloom was the wintersweet.

陸橋入口交差点

Intersection of the overpass entrance

Merge onto Route 4 at the intersection of the overpass entrance.

粕壁宿

新方川

Niigata River

After crossing the Niigata River, we enter Kasukabe City.

水素の貯蔵装置?

Hydrogen storage device?

I found an unfamiliar structure at an Eneos gas station!
It says “Hydrogen Station”, so is it a hydrogen storage unit? Or is it a protective wall in case of emergency? Anyway, it means that hydrogen cars are starting to spread.

大きな家と屋敷森

Big house and mansion forest

As I approached Ichinowari Station, large houses and forests of mansions began to appear.
It was as if we were walking along an old highway.

一ノ割駅の標識

Sign of Ichinowari Station

I wanted to go as far as Kasukabe today, but I was worried about the sunset, so unfortunately, I decided to go as far as Ichinowari station.
I forgot to take a picture of it, but there was a fun shopping street leading up to the station.

一ノ割駅

Ichinowari Station

This is Ichinowari Station.

Walking data

Course: JR Musashino line Minamikoshigaya station -> Nikko Kaido (Koshigaya – Kasukabe) -> Tobu Isesaki line Ichinowari station
Distance: 12.5km
Time: 3h1m

 

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