Walking along the Shakujii River | Discover the Kouyama Garden! | Hikawa-dai - Nerima Kounodai


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.

Seeking shade

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.


Masakubo Bridge

This is the Masakubo Bridge. There is quite a bit of traffic, both cars and people.


Cherry blossoms on the left bank of the Shakujii River

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.


Takainari Park

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.


Kouyama Garden

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.

豊島園線 No.8 鉄塔

Toshimaen Line No.8 pylon

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.

Various bridges


Doraku Bridge

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.


Nerima Ohashi Bridge

But compared to the Nerima Ohashi Bridge next to it, it’s slightly smaller.


A small waterfall under the Seibu Ikebukuro line

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.

Walking data

Course: Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Hikawa-dai Station -> Shakujii River -> Seibu Ikebukuro Line Nerima-Takanodai Station
Distance: 6.4km
Time: 1h36m