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Course 14 – Suginami Walking Course | 杉並コース

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Temples, temple towns, shrines, shopping streets and river walks

16.13 km in Total Length

Yakushi Heiwa Forest Walk

Arai Yakushi-mae Station – Koenji Station

Baishoin Yakuoji Temple is popularly known as Araiyakushi. Founded in 1586. The principal image, the Yakushi Nyorai statue, said to have been created by Kobo Daishi, is known as a Yakushi for raising children and a Yakushi for treating eyes, and has been worshiped since ancient times. On the 8th of every month, it is crowded with fairs. Walk around Heiwa-no-Mori Park (former site of Nakano Prison), which is a reproduction of a Yayoi period residence, and head to Waseda Street. Koenji station is very close.

A walk around the ruins of shrines and temples

Koenji Station to Nishieifuku Station

Tour the temple towns that stretch north and south of Ome Kaido, from Koenji, which is connected to the third shogun Iemitsu, to Myohoji. Ome Kaido was originally a road that was crowded with people visiting shrines and temples near Edo, as well as people going on mountain walks. The name Suginami is said to have originated from the cedar trees planted along the road. Myohoji Temple is a famous temple of the Nichiren sect, known as Horinouchi’s evil-warming soshi. A fair is held on the 3rd of every month. After passing through Wadabori Park along the Zenpukuji River, head to Omiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Omiya ruins along the way were the cemetery of a nearby Yayoi village.

Walking along the Kanda River

Nishieifuku Station – Takaido Station

From Nishi-Eifuku Station on the Inokashira Line, leave the track and head upstream of the Kanda River. This river, whose water source is Inokashira Pond, is Kanda Josui, the first water supply constructed under Edo Castle. It was called Josui until shortly after the war, to distinguish it from the downstream Kanda River, which was excavated as a moat. Cycling along the Josui cycling road to Tsukayama Park, known for the Tsukayama ruins. Water supply flows to Takaido Station on the Inokashira Line.

Walk around Karasuyama Teramachi

Takaido Station – Chitose Karasuyama Station

From Takaido Station, go down Kanpachi Dori and onto the Chuo Expressway. After walking under the elevated railway for a while, you will eventually reach the temple town of Karasuyama, which is home to 26 temples of various sizes. Most of the temples were relocated from Asakusa, Tsukiji, Azabu, and Shiba areas to the suburbs due to the earthquake and subsequent land readjustment. After passing through Senkoji Temple, where the grave of Ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro is located, and Kogenin Temple, which is famous for the arrival of ducks from Siberia (in early January), head to Chitose-karasuyama Station on the Keio Line.

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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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