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Updated: September 14, 2023

Explore Tokyo’s Katsushika-City and its rich relationship with the environment

Located in eastern Tokyo, Mizumoto Park is the largest waterfront park in the 23 wards of Tokyo. Full of great activities such as a pleasant bike tour for families and friends, it's an essential stop when visiting this part of the city.

General Tips

  • Get off at Kanamachi Station
  • Exploring the park by bike is much easier than walking
  • Remember that bicycle rental is only available from March until November, on weekends and national holidays (and weekdays in the middle of long holidays)
  • Take some binoculars and a camera when you go to the bird sanctuary

Map Legend

  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus
  • Bike


Experience eastern Tokyo in its prime

Kanamachi Station

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 (coffee shops) 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 its 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.

Walking20 mins


The gateway to Mizumoto Park

Fountain Square

Mizumoto Park is huge. It's actually the largest riverside park in Tokyo. It contains gardens and mini-parks within the 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-Ohashi 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 certainly comes alive during the balmy summer days which envelop Tokyo.

Bike2 mins


Ideal spot for photography

Mizumoto-Ohashi Bridge

Colored in sky blue, Mizumoto-Ohashi 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 metasequoia 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, which you can't miss from anywhere in the park, and acts a kind of center point or landmark for the park itself.

Bike2 mins


One of the best water lily ponds in Tokyo

Suirenike Pond

Suirenike Pond literally translates as "water lily pond." It has wonderful water lilies, and is a paradise for those interested in plants and botany. It's a charming site and, again, is ideal for taking some nature photography.

Bike2 mins


A stunning display of nature

Hanashobu Japanese Iris Garden

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 is Tokyo's largest concentration of Japanese irises, and a nature lover's dream come true. It covers about 9,000 square meters and spans 16 fields, making it a truly stunning sight. In June, the park holds the extremely popular Japanese Iris Festival, with approximately 14,000 flowers.

Bike6 mins


Metasequoia Forest

The Metasequoia Forest, home to about 1,500 metasequoia trees, is one of the most famous places in Mizumoto Park for its autumn foliage. The best time to see the autumn leaves is in early December.

Bike3 mins


A refuge for wildlife and visitors

Bird Sanctuary

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, blue herons, and kingfishers. According to the park authorities the bird sanctuary hosts up to 100 species of wild birds. It's a sanctuary not just for birds, but also for humans too. The tranquility, sense of peacefulness and serenity are 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 in or visiting Tokyo. You can rent a bicycle on weekends and national holidays, which is 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 offers.

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