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Course 8 – Yanaka Walking Course | 谷中コース

In Exploring and Socializing by Pjechorin


9.5 km in Total Length

Ueno Mountain Walk

Yushima Tenjin – Nezu Shrine

From Yushima Shrine, go around Shinobazu Pond to Ueno Park. The entire area of Ueno Mountain was originally the precincts of Kan’eiji Temple, the family temple of the Tokugawa family. The mountain, which was devastated during the Ueno War at the end of the Edo period, was revived as Japan’s first park in 1873. The Tokyo National Museum opened in 1896. Since then, many cultural facilities have gathered in this area, and the mountain has become familiar to Tokyo residents as a cultural forest.

Stroll Through the Village of Daily Living

Yanaka Cemetery to Nishi-Nippori Station

Yanaka is a temple town that retains traces of the Edo and Meiji eras. Tennoji is the setting for Koda Rohan’s “Five-storied Pagoda”. During the Edo period, there were many pilgrims, and Yanaka became a popular recreational area for the common people. Among them, the highlands of Mt. Dokan and Suwadai are famous as scenic spots, and it is said that the name Nippori was given to the area because the scenery is such that you forget when the sun sets.

Walk around Komagome Teramachi

Nezu Shrine to Komagome Station

Nezu Shrine is the birthplace of the sixth Shogun Ienobu. Nezu was a thriving town as his temple town. Take Hongo Street to Komagome. This road was used by the Shogun on his way to Nikko Toshogu Shrine. There are many shrines and temples on both sides of the street. One of the most famous is Kichijoji, which is known for the story of “Oshichi, the greengrocer”. On the west side of the street leading to Komagome Station is Rikugien, a famous Edo garden.

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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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