Walking along Loop Route 6|Discovering Ishimori Flour Mills’ Large Millstone! | Shiinamachi – Nakano Sakaue

I found three ventilation stations on the Metropolitan Expressway.
I took a detour to see a large millstone.

Ikebukuro

池袋駅

池袋駅

I started from Ikebukuro station.
The west exit is closer to get to Loop 6, but I found myself at the east exit.
For me, Ikebukuro station is one of those stations whose structure I haven’t fully grasped, so it can’t be helped.

駅の南側のガード

I passed through the guard on the south side of the station and came to the west exit. It was my first time to pass under this guard. There were quite a few people using it.

Ventilation station three in a row!

首都高西池袋出入口

首都高西池袋出入口

We are now on Route 6. This is the Nishi-Ikebukuro exit of the Metropolitan Expressway.
From Ohashi JCT to the city center, the road is closed to security traffic. It’s the day of his enthronement.

西武池袋線

西武池袋線

Crossing the Seibu Ikebukuro line.

On the other side of this bridge is Shiinamachi Station, the goal of the previous week, and this is where I’ ll continue.

首都高非常口出口

首都高非常口出口

In the middle of the road, like an island, I found the emergency exit for the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway!
Even if you can get out safely from the underground, it looks quite dangerous to cross this one-lane roadway. I wonder why they didn’t build the exit on the sidewalk.

中落合換気所

中落合換気所

Nakarochiai Ventilation Station

The ventilation station in Nakaochiai has been found. The last time I found the ventilation station in Kaname-cho, I was so surprised by its huge shape that I adopted it as the title of my article, but after the second time, I got used to seeing it.

西武新宿線

西武新宿線

This is the Seibu Shinjuku line. There are many points on the line.
I think they are switched by computer now, but in the past, when they were switched manually, I don’t think they made mistakes.

妙正寺川

妙正寺川

The name of this area is Naka-Ochiai or Kami-Ochiai. Ochiai means a place where rivers meet, and the name was given because the Myoshoji River and the Kanda River meet here. The actual confluence is more than a kilometer away from here.

上落合換気所

上落合換気所

This is the ventilation station in Kamiochiai. I guess because of the heavy traffic, ventilation is needed frequently. The building of the ventilation station has become quite boring.

東中野駅

東中野駅

Higashi-Nakano station has become so stylish.
I remember when I came here twice in my school days, there was nothing but a platform and it looked unrefined.

東中野換気所

東中野換気所

This is the ventilation station in Higashi-Nakano. When I first saw it, I was overwhelmed by its size, but I’ve had enough. A beautiful woman gets bored in three days, and a Buddha’s face can be seen three times. If the design was different, it would still be fun to look at, but it seems that the emphasis is on functionality.

On today’s walk, I didn’t see anything noteworthy except for the ventilation system, so I decided to take a little stroll.

Large millstone of Ishimori Flour Milling

石森製粉の石臼

石森製粉の石臼

This is a large stone mill of Ishimori Flour Milling in front of an apartment building called Stone Mill. There is a cut in the curb, which looks like a car stop.

I can’t find an explanatory board near the real thing. According to the Ishimori Flour Milling website, it is 2 meters in diameter and was actually used. But it didn’t say where it was installed, the power source, or the number of rotations.
It seems that the company is still using the millstone for milling, and the speed of rotation may be a trade secret.

中野坂上への階段

中野坂上への階段

I went home from Nakanosakaue. This stylish staircase led to the station.

Walking data

Course: JR Yamanote Line Ikebukuro Station -> Loop Route 6 (Shiinamachi – Nakano Sakaue) -> Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Nakano Sakaue
Distance: 6.5km
Time: 1h24m

 

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