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Course 11 – Shinagawa Ikegami Walking Course | 品川池上コース

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A Walk Along Historic Temple and Tokaido Post Towns

9.5 km in Total Length

Shinagawa Post Station Walk

Shinagawa Station – Hamagawa Bridge

Departing from Shinagawa Station, we left the hustle and bustle of Daiichi Keihin and entered the old Tokaido Highway. The long and narrow shopping street is a remnant of a former post town that stretches for 2 kilometers from north to south. Along the road, there are Shinagawa Shrine, Tokaiji Temple, Shinagawaji Temple, Kaikoji Temple, and other temples. The distance from Nihonbashi to Shinagawa is 2 ri (about 8 km). These temples and shrines were just the right distance for a leisurely stroll from the downtown area, and became popular recreational spots for Edo citizens.

Stroll Around Magome Writers’ Village

Hamakawa Bridge – Ryuko Memorial Hall

Leave the old Tokaido at the end of the Tachiai River and cross the Tokaido Line. After passing through Omori Shell Mound, famous for the discovery made by Dr. Morse, we entered the shopping street in front of Omori Station. This area is on the edge of a plateau with small hills on the inland side. Magome Writers’ Village is an area on the plateau that goes up the hill to the Ota Ward Folk Museum and Ryuko Memorial Museum. After the earthquake, many literary figures, including Shiro Ozaki and Chiyo Uno, Yasunari Kawabata, Saisei Muro, and Shugoro Yamamoto, moved to this area.

Walk around Honmonji Temple

Ryuko Memorial Hall – Ikegami Station

From the Ryushi Memorial Hall, which preserves and exhibits the works of Japanese painter Ryushi Kawabata, we head to Ikegami Honmonji Temple, the place where Nichiren Shonin passed away. Honmonji Temple was founded in the Kamakura period. The vast temple grounds are lined with halls and pagodas, including a five-storied pagoda that is said to be the oldest and largest in the Kanto region. There are many graves of famous people such as Shinyu Kano, Kiyomasa Kato, Rohan Koda, Rikidozan, and Raizo Ichikawa. Ikegami Station is just around the corner from here.

Oi Nagisa Forest Walk

Minami Oi 1-chome – Ryutsu Center Station

Leave the old Tokaido at Tachiaigawa and head for the waterfront. If you pass along the north side of Oi Racecourse and cross the Keihin Canal, Oi Pier Central Seaside Park will be right in front of you. On the east side is the “Sports Forest” with a baseball field, tennis courts, track and field stadium, etc., and on the west side is the “Nagisa Forest” for waterside recreation such as bird watching and fishing. If you go south along the Keihin Canal, you will see Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park.

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I have lived and worked with my family in Japan since 2005. For many years I have been interested in the very practical and creative side of Japanese culture. In my free time I travel around, enjoy hiking in the countryside and cities, and just generally seeing and doing new things. This blog is primarily a way for me to focus my energies and record and teach others about what I have learned by experience constructively. I am interested in urban development, and sustainable micro-economics, especially home-economics, and practical things everyday families can do to survive and thrive through these changing times.

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