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Updated: October 5, 2021
Located in eastern Tokyo, Mizumoto Park is the capital's largest waterfront park. Full of great activities such as a great Tokyo bike tour for families and friends, it's an essential stop when visiting this part of the city.
Kanamachi, situated in the capital's Kastushika-ku, is a form of immersion into old-school Tokyo. The atmosphere and people here are markedly different from central Tokyo and it's a great opportunity to see another area of the city where life seems slower and more relaxed, people are more direct and the kissaten and local stores come alive with a different kind of vibrancy. You can take a Keisei bus from Kanamachi Station to your next destination, the huge and beautiful Mizumoto Park where you can take a great bicycle tour. Alternatively, it's about a 20 minute walk from the ticket gates. Built along the Koaidame flood control basin, Mizumoto Park was originally known as the Metropolitan Edogawa Suigo Park until changing name in 1965. A number of canals drawn from the Koaidame flood control basin run through the park, creating beautiful riverside town scenery. Poplars, metasequoias, Japanese alders and other trees that grow well near water have been planted in the park. Many aquatic plants such as Japanese irises, water lilies, and calla lilies can also be found in the park grounds.
Mizumoto Park is huge. It's actually the largest riverside park in Tokyo. It contains gardens, and mini-parks within the park grounds and is ideal for families, couples or anyone with an interest in nature or relaxation. Fountain Square is located not far from the entrance and next to the impressive Mizumoto Bridge. It's a pleasant place to stop, especially in autumn as the leaves change color and burn with bright orange and red hues. It's a large square which, in, some ways, is reminiscent of European-style fountains and which which certainly comes alive during the balmy summer days which envelope Tokyo.
Colored in sky blue, Mizumoto Bridge is a large structure which connects different parts of the park. As you walk over it, take in the majestic views of Mizumoto Park. It's a perfect spot from which to take photographs. You'll be able to see a panoramic view of the park, the redwood trees, the Oba River which runs through it and the legions of people who fish on the banks of the river. It's a sizeable bridge, one which you can't miss, from anywhere in the park and acts a kind of center point or landmark for the park itself.
Hasuike literally translates as "lotus pond." For those interested in plants and botany in general will be in paradise as Mizumoto Park plays host to a range of iris gardens in addition to the lovely lotus pond. It's a charming site and, again, is ideal for taking some nature photography.
With over 100 different varieties of Japanese irises on display, Hanashobu garden is a must see when visiting Mizumoto park. Beautiful, delicate and brimming with life, it's any nature lover's dream come true. In June, the park holds the extremely popular Japanese Iris Festival, which, with approximately 14,000 blossoms and is Tokyo's largest concentration of Japanese irises. It also covers a whopping 9,000 m2 and spans 16 fields making it a truly stunning sight.
For any ornithophile, Mizumoto Park's bird sanctuary is an absolute blessing. Carefully placed inside a wooded area and overlooking a pond, visitors can see wild turtles, little grebes, herons, kingfishers and Indian spot-billed ducks. According to the park authorities the bird sanctuary hosts up to 100 wild birds. It's a sanctuary for birds but also, simultaneously, acts as a sanctuary for humans. The tranquility, sense of peacefulness and serenity is one very rare in one of the world's largest cities.
Mizumoto Park is a tranquil and beautiful getaway and ideal for a day trip in eastern Tokyo. With a direct train (Chiyoda/Joban Line) from central Tokyo it's easily accessible and worth a visit when living or visiting Tokyo. You can rent bicycles too on weekends and national holidays and it's a pleasant way to experience the full spectrum of the park and its facilities. If you enjoy walking then it's also great; expect to burn some calories. Mizumoto Park also has a barbecue plaza which is nice for families, friends and colleagues to get together and enjoy the space that the park affords.