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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

Let's go to see Ume and Kawazu Sakura by bicycle!

江戸川土手上新浜野鳥の楽園旧中川土手上遠壽院古木梅
Japanese people search for some flowers telling them spring is coming. Ume is one of the flowers they love. Kafu Nagai, a famous writer in early 1900, wrote in his diary 'Danchotei Nichijo' that he searched for Ume blossoms blooming in Chiba prefecture in February. Some ume blossoms bloom in January, but most are in late February. Ume blossoms are little bit small and plain but they smell sweet, it smells like spring winds. And Kawazu Sakura blossoms start blooming in the same time. They look like spring themselves. In this page, a course go to some noted spots for seeing ume and Kawazu Sakura blossoms in Ichikawashi and Edogawaku by bicycle in a day is introduced. The total distance to go around is about 40 kilo-meters, it is good for to ride a day. Why don't you ride on your bicycle to go through Ichikawashi and Edogawaku with spring winds?

The noted spots are listed below.
Ume & Kawazu Sakura Distance
Nakayama Hokekyoji 0.00
Nakayama Okunoin 0.57
Shirahata Tenjinsha 3.62
Junsaiike Pond Green Zone 7.72
Satomi Koen Park 8.59
Edogawa River (near Ichikawa Minami) 11.20
Edogawa River (near Myoden Station) 16.15
Niihama Yacho no Rakuen (Niihama for Wild Birds) 20.43
Furukawa Water Park 26.20
Shinkawa (both side of Shinkawa Bridge) 26.38
Ukita Higashi Koen Park 26.99
Nagisa Koen Park 30.66
Komatsugawa Senbon Sakura Koen Park 38.39
Kyu-nakagawa River (near Hirai Station) 40.35


The order of this list is only my idea since I live in Nakayama area. Therefore, it is free for you where you start. Please keep road etiquette and your health while going on cycling.

Anyway, this site is 'Walk in Nakayama Shimousa', then, it begins from Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple.
中山法華経寺仁王門前のヒカンザクラ中山法華経寺仁王門と河津桜
智泉院に咲く河津桜青空に咲く遠壽院古木梅
遠壽院古木梅中山法華経寺五重塔と紅梅と河津桜
青空と法華堂前しだれ桜中山法華経寺四足門としだれ梅
中山法華経寺祖師堂と紅梅中山法華経寺祖師堂と白梅
本行院の白梅本行院に咲く白梅
中山法華経寺本院のひな飾り中山のおひな祭り

There is pink Hikansakura blossoms blooming in front of Niomon Gate of Hokekyoji Temple. Chisenin Temple standing by the gate has a beautiful Kawazu Sakura and Ume trees in it. Onjuin Temple standing along aproach road has a white big ume tree called Koboku Ume and there are some Kawazu Sakura blooming along the road. By the Great Buddha called Nakayama Daibustsu, a red ume tree and a Kawazu Sakura have beautiful blossoms on them. In front of Hokkedo in Hokekyoji, there are a white, a red, and a pink ume tree blooming their beautiful blossoms on them. And Hongyoin Temple has two white and a red ume tree in it. They fully bloom almost around the days holding Nakayama Hina Festival from middle of February to early March. If you go Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple in this season, you might spend almost all day in it to these blossoms and Hinas.
Now you go out of the parking at Hokekyoji and turn to the left and go up a slope road and follow a stone signpost (a picture in below).
中山奥ノ院への道標

Passing by the signpost and going up the slope road, then you turn to the right at the next cross. You find Nakayama Okunoin Temple.
中山奥ノ院案内板中山奥ノ院
中山奥ノ院に咲く梅の花々1中山奥ノ院に咲く梅の花々2
中山奥ノ院に咲く梅の花々3中山奥ノ院の中山のおひな祭り

Nakayama Okunoin Temple is famous for Ume blossoms, so there are many white and red blossoms blooming on their blanches. Okunoin Temple is one of the spots belonging to Nakayama Hina Festival.
Now, you go out of Okunoin Temple, you go back to the cross and go across it and go straight a road in residential areas. You go on the narrow road, you find a marble signboard where Nakayama Hokekyoji is, so you reach at Kiorosu Kaido Avenue.
木下街道脇に建てられた大本山法華経寺の道標

You turn to the left and find Ichikawashi Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall, and you turn to the right at a traffic signal before the museum and go into Adel Street. 市川市東山魁夷記念館前の信号アーデル通りの道標

You go straight on Adel Street and go down the slope road and pass by Yakatabashi bridge across Mamagawa River and cross road on a two-lanes road from Motoyawata Station, then you turn to the right at next cross of a narrow street from Keisei Yawata Station, you find a signboard of Shirahata Tenjinsha (a picture below) on a telephone pole.
市川市東山魁夷記念館前の信号アーデル通りの道標

You follow the signboard, then you turn to the left.
白幡天神社のピンクの梅の花白幡天神社の紅白梅
白幡天神社も咲く白梅勝海舟の書いた白幡天神社の扁額
白幡天神社に置かれた永井荷風の歌碑白幡天神社に置かれた幸田露伴の碑

Shirahata Tenjinsha has many Ume trees since it is Tenjin itself. Visitors enjoy seeing Ume blossoms in early spring. The hengaku plate hanging on the entrance of the main hall of the shrine was written by Kaishu Katsu. There is a stone tablet that has a few lines of letters from Kafu Nagai's diary 'Danchotei Nichijo' as it sometimes appears on it. And it has a stone tablet of Rohan Koda in it.
Anyway, you back to the road at the signboard on the telephone pole, you turn to the left and go on the narrow road, and you pass by a traffic signal, you could see a Kotsu Koen Park (for children training how to ride on their bicycle on the road) on your right, and you go across a bridge on Mamagawa River, so you find a meeting point of Mamagawa and Kokubungawa River there, then you go along Kokubungawa River. Now you could see a high school on your right and Tokyo Gaikan Express Way on your left. You go across the express way at 'Kokubun 1' traffic signal, and go along the way to the next signal of 'Ichikawa Kita IC Minami'. You turn to the left at the signal, you could find a signboard of Kokubunji Temple (a picture below) on the telephone pole on a narrow path, and you go up the path, you find a signboard of Kokubunji Temple on the wall of the temple.
国分一丁目信号市川北IC南信号
下総国分寺の道標国分山国分寺の壁の案内板

You go to the left, you find the gate of the temple.
国分寺の河津桜1国分山国分寺の河津桜2

There is a Kawazu Sakura tree on the left of the red niomon gate of the temple.
When you go to the left after leaving the temple, you find several signboards to go to the remains of Shimousa Kokubunniji. Please follow them until you reach at it.
国分尼寺跡道標1国分寺瓦窯跡
国分尼寺跡道標2国分尼寺跡道標3

After you find the remains, you follow the direction of letters '西部公民館 350m'.
国分尼寺跡前道標1国分尼寺跡前道標2

When you start at the remains, you find a clock tower on your right. It is a school. So, you go on the road before the school, then you find another school on your left, you reach at a cross, then, you turn to the left. You go on the road and go down the slope, and you find Junsaiike Green Zone on the right.
ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花1ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花2
ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花3ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花4
ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花5ジュンサイ池緑地公園を彩る梅の花6

You could find some Ume blossoms from the road, so the Ume garden is opened near the entrance. And some Ume trees bloom by the ponds.
Now you go out of the Ume garden, you turn to the right and go up the slope road, then turn to the left at Junsaiike Ryokuchi Iriguchi (a left picture below), you find a traffic signal of 'Konodai Hospital' (a right picture below).
ジュンサイ池緑地入口信号国府台病院前信号

And you turn to the right, you find Satomi Park.
里見公園の河津桜1里見公園の河津桜2
里見公園の河津桜3里見公園の河津桜4
里見公園の梅園1里見公園の梅園2
里見公園の梅園3里見公園の梅園4

There are some Kawazu Sakura trees on the north of the rose garden of the park, and Ume garden is the on the right of it.
After going out of Satomi Park, you turn to the right and go down the slope road, then you turn to the left at the narrow path along Edogawa River. You go along the path and go up the bank of the river and you go down to the flood plain and go to the path on the plain. You pass through Keisei Line's, the Route 14 and JR Sobu Line's bridge and go on a few minutes, you find Kawazu Sakura blossoms on the bank.
江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜1江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜2
江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜3江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜4
江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜5江戸川土手市川南に咲く河津桜6

Kawazu Sakura Trees near Ichikawa Minami areas are very beautiful. You could see Tokyo Skytree from the bank.
Now, you continue to go on the bank along the river, you pass through the bridge of Keiyo Express Way, then you go across Gyotokubashi Bridge, and you go on the opposite side of the bank. You go down the road on the bank and go down the flood plain again. When you find Tokyo Metoro Tozai Line's Bridge, there are Kawazu Sakura blossoms blooming on the bank.
妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜1妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜2
妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜3妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜4
妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜5妙典駅付近江戸川土手上に咲く河津桜6

Kawazu Sakura trees are planted on the bank near Myoten Station.
Now, you go down the road from the bank of Edogawa both side of Tozai Line's bridge and turn to the left at the second corner and go straight on the road. Then you could see the west end of Myotenbashi Bridge (a picture below).
妙典橋西詰高架

Passing through the bridge and turning the right, you go on a road along the bridge. You go on the road several minutes, you find the traffic signal of 'Yacho Kansatsusha' (the upper left picture below), and turn to the left at the signal and go on the narrow road, you find a blue signboard of 'Gyotoku Yacho Kansatusha' (the upper right picture below).
野鳥観察舎信号新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜2
新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜1里見公園の河津桜4
新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜3新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜4
新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜5新浜野鳥の楽園に咲く河津桜6

Niihama For Wild Birds has many Kawazu Sakura Trees near both north and south gate, and a few trees of them are by the path in the park. This park is very reasonable that you could enjoy seeing Kawazu Sakura blossoms and wild birds.
Going out of the south gate of the park, you turn to the right and go on Minami Gyotoku Ekimae Street.
南行徳駅前通りの道標

Passing by Minami Gyotoku Station and going across Imaibashi Bridge, you turn to the left and go across Mizuho Ohashi Bridge, then you turn to the right at T-shaped junction, then you turn to the left at the next corner and you go down a slope road by a junior high school. You turn to the left at the next traffic signal. You could findFurukawa Water Park before. You go along a stream in the park, you could see Ninoe Myoshoji Temple on the right and Ninoe Jinja Shrine on the left. And you reach at Kannanadori Avenue, you could find the park on the opposite side of the avenue, so you go across the road and continue to go along the park. Near Shinkawa River, there are some Ume trees in the park.
古川親水公園に咲く紅梅古川親水公園に咲くピンクの梅の花

Then you reach at Shinkawabashi Bridge over Shinkawa River. There are a few Kawazu Sakura trees stand east side of the bridge and a Red Ume tree stands west.
新川に咲く河津桜1新川に咲く河津桜2
新川に咲く河津桜3新川に咲く河津桜4

Crossing over Shinkawabashi Bridge and going down the street, you turn to the right at the traffic signal of 'Kasai Chugako' and you could find green trees both side of the road, that is Ukita Higashi Koen Park.
葛西中学校前信号宇喜田東公園の梅園1
宇喜田東公園の梅園2宇喜田東公園の梅園3

Ukita Higashi Koen Park has many Ume trees.
Now you go back to the road and go across the traffic signal of 'Kasai Chugako' and go on, then you turn to the right at Kannana-dori Avenue. You go on the avenue and pass by Kasai Station and go straight several minute, you could find a big blue signboard on your left in front of a green park.
総合レクリエーション公園の看板

It is the entrance gate of Flower Garden Park in Kasa. You turn to the left there and go on the road along the park. You go across a traffic signal and continue to go along the park, you find lines of Kawazu Sakura along a slope road in between athletic grounds and a pony land. It is Nagisa Park.
なぎさ公園に咲く河津桜の花1 なぎさ公園に咲く河津桜の花2 なぎさ公園に咲く河津桜の花3 なぎさ公園に咲く河津桜の花4

On the top of the slope, you could see Edogawa River and Urayasu City in between the petals of Sakura Brossoms.
Let's go out of Nagisa Park, you go on the road along the Pony Land, then you could find a stream before, it is Sakongawa Green Road. Then you go along the small river, you go across Kannana-dori Avenue, the stream flows into a large water body surrounded many green plants, so it is Shinsakongawa Water Park. You go on a path in the park. Going down the path, you find a small bank and a stream go to north. It is Shinnagashimagawa Water Park.
新長島川親水緑道に咲く水仙の花1 新長島川親水緑道に咲く水仙の花2 新長島川親水緑道に咲く水仙の花3 新長島川親水緑道に咲く水仙の花4

There are thousands of narucissuses on the bank. There is a path on the bank, you go on the path slowly. Then you reach at Kiyosuna Ohashi-dori Avenue.
新長島川親水緑道と清砂通りの看板清砂大橋通りの看板

Then you turn to the left and go across Kiyosuna Ohashi Bridge and you turn to the right at the west end of the bridge, then you go up the bank of Arakawa River and go down to a flood plain of it, then you go to the north on the road running on the plain. After passing through the bridge of Toei Shinjuku Line and Funabori Bashi Bridge, you go up the bank and find many Sakura trees before. It is Komatsugawa Senbonsakura Koen Park.
小松川千本桜公園

There are some Kawazu Sakura Trees. On the west side of the park, Ojima Komatsugawa Koen Park, and you go through the park, you go down a flood plain of Kyunakagawa River and turn to the right and go to north on the road in the plain. There are many Kawazu Sakura Trees lined on the east bank of the river in front of JR Sobu Line's bridge.
新川に咲く河津桜1新川に咲く河津桜2
新川に咲く河津桜3新川に咲く河津桜4
You could see Tokyoskytree on the upstream of the river.

Thank you for reading this page 'Let's go to see Ume and Kawazu Sakura by bicycle!'. Now you go up the bank and turn to the left at Fureaibashi bridge on the south of the the lined Sakura trees, you could find an elementary school before. You turn to the left and turn to the right the next corner, so you go on outskirt of the school, soon you reach at a shopping street running from JR Sobu Line Hirai Station. Then you turn to the left at the street. You could find the station before.

* This cycling course is only my idea that I usually go there at once by my bicycle. In addition, I suggest as safe road that everybody could ride on. And I'm sorry for you if I miss the direction on this essay, if so, you should use some maps on your smart phone.

The Maps For Seeing Colored Leaves in Ichiawak City By Bicycle

the map in Nakayama Hokekyoji

The map in Nakayama Hokekyoji

Please click below for printing!
PDF of the Map in Nakayama Hokekyoji
the map near Nakayama Hokekyoji

The map near Nakayama Hokekyoji and Kaii Higashiyama Memorial Hall

PDF of the map near Hokekyoji and Kaii Higashiyama

the map of spots near Hachimansama

The map of the noted spots near Katsushika Hachimangu

PDF of the map of the noted spots along Mama River
the map to Satomi Park

The map near Satomi Park and Suwada Park

PDF of the map around Mamasan Guhoji and Satomi Park

the map along Edo River

The map of the noted spots along Edo River

PDF of the map of the noted spots along Edo River
the map near Niihama Yacho no Rakuen

The map of the noted spots near Niihama Yacho no Rakuen

PDF of the map of the landmarks near Niihama Yacho no Rakuen

the map along Furukawa Water Park

The map of the noted spots along Furukawa Water Park and Kasai

The Map of the landmarks along Furukawa Water Park and in Kasai

Riding on a Bicycle in Nakayama Shimousa



Ume and Kawazu Sakura

智泉院に咲く河津桜

Let's go to the noted spots for veiwing Ume and Kawazu Sakura blossoms!


Ohanami in Ichikawashi

真間山弘法寺のしだれ桜

Let's go to the noted spots for seeing Sakura blossoms in Ichikawa City by bicycle!

Under Construction!

Ohanami in Edogawaku

荒川土手小松川千本桜公園

Let's go to the noted spots for seeing Sakura blossoms in Edogawa City by bicycle! 

Under Construction!


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