Updated on March 20, 2018
A view from the Osaki Bridge,
which intersects with the Itsukaichi-kaido Avenue
In March, we start hearing news about cherry blossoms and have fun picking this year’s viewing spots.
Exit Nishi-eifuku Station and walk for 10 minutes while following guide signs. You will begin to see the torii gate at the entrance of the Omiya Hachimangu Shrine. This shrine, with a history going back some 1,000 years, is known to answer to prayers for safe birth and the healthy growth of children. It is called the “navel of Tokyo,” as it is roughly positioned in the center of the city. Feel the sacred atmosphere of the shrine precinct with all your senses, as you pass through the vermilion Kita-shinmon gate (North gate) to find the Zenpukuji River flowing before you, and across it, the greenery of Wadabori Park.
Along the Zenpukuji River, the two parks of Wadabori Park and Zenpukujigawa Ryokuchi Park stretch side by side for 4.2 kilometers. About 700 cherry trees almost 40 years old line the trail along the river. You can feel the elation of spring from anywhere on the path, but the cherry blossoms become thicker as you proceed upstream toward Zenpukujigawa Ryokuchi Park.
Take a slow walk along the bends in the river. You will notice that the landscape changes, depending on your position and angle. After enjoying your stroll, you can wrap up this little trip by going to Asagaya by bus or foot.
◎[Omiya Hachimangu Shrine] A 7-minute walk from Nishi-eifuku Station on the Keio Inokashira Line
[Zenpukujigawa Ryokuchi Park] A 15-minute walk from Nishi-eifuku Station or Hamadayama Station on the Keio Inokashira Line. A 10-minute walk from Minami-asagaya Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.
Service Center for Zenpukujigawa Ryokuchi Park Phone: 03-3313-4247
Entrance to the Minami-sando
A cherry blossom festival is held during the cherry blossom season