Today, I found a Japanese garden called Kouyama Garden. It’s a small but well-kept and beautiful garden. It is free to enter the garden.
Last time I walked to Masakubo Bridge, so I’ll get off at Hikawa-dai first.
By the way, it’s hard to understand how to transfer to the subway around Kotake Mukaihara. I wonder how people don’t make mistakes.
This is the Masakubo Bridge. There is quite a bit of traffic, both cars and people.
The Shakujii River around here has cherry trees planted on the left bank. It was hot as summer today, so I walked under the cherry blossoms in search of shade.
We soon found Takainari Park. It is a calm park with lots of greenery, probably because there is a Takainari Shrine nearby. It felt like an oasis on such a hot day. Children were playing energetically, and the elderly were relaxing.
After about a kilometer, I found a Ohashi (big bridge). It’s not that big.
Found the Kouyama Garden!
After another 700 meters or so, Toshimaen appeared, and I couldn’t walk along the river.
But why “Toshimaen” when I am in Nerima Ward?
According to the website of “Toshimaen”, it is named after the former residence of Toshima Sakon Taifu Kagemura, who ruled this area. I see.
Then, what is “Bade” in this picture of “Bade and natural hot spring”?
Originally, it is the first person singular present tense of the German verb “baden” (to bathe). But it seems to be mostly used to mean a hot spring sanatorium.
Walking along the southern edge of Toshimaen, I found the Nerima Municipal Kouyama Garden!
It’s not very big, but it looks like it has just been renovated, and the new tearooms were sparkling. The plants and trees in the garden were well cared for, and it was free of charge.
Two women in kimonos were enjoying the shade of a tree. Elegant and nice.
Kouyama Garden is open from 9:00 to 21:30 (garden walk from 9:00 to 17:00), and closed from December 29 to January 3.
When I reunited with the Shakujii River, I found a high-voltage line running along the river. Its name was the Toshimaen Line. This is the main artery that runs the screaming machines and other rides, etc.
The No. 8 pylon of the Toshimaen Line has a rather interesting shape.
While most steel towers are narrower at the top, this one is very slender. Moreover, the transmission line runs through the tower. I’ve never seen such a shape before.
The Shakujii River has many bridges. There are bridges one after another. With so many bridges, it must be hard to name them. This bridge is the Doraku (favorite amusement) Bridge. What kind of origin does it have?
Since I introduced Ohashi (large bridge) earlier, I would like to introduce Kobashi (small bridge) as well. It’s not so small.
But compared to the Nerima Ohashi Bridge next to it, it’s slightly smaller.
Underneath the Seibu-Ikebukuro line, there was a small waterfall that made me feel a little refreshed.
I was tired even though I only walked about 6km today.
Well, it was hot today, so I guess I used more stamina than usual.
Course: Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Hikawa-dai Station -> Shakujii River -> Seibu Ikebukuro Line Nerima-Takanodai Station