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JR Shin-Koiwa north entrance. On the left is the escalator to Skydeck Tatsumi.May 11, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station north entrance (kitaguchi).May 11, 2022
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On the south side of JR Shin-Koiwa Station, inside a shopping arcade named Lumière. 新小岩ルミエール商店街 May 11, 2022
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On the south side of JR Shin-Koiwa Station is a shopping arcade named Lumière with 140 stores. It extends across both Katsushika and Edogawa Wards. 新小岩ルミエール商店街 May 11, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station south entrance straight ahead. Koban police box on the right. A new station building will soon appear.May 11, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station south side as seen from the platform.May 11, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station south side as seen from the platform. This view will soon be gone when the new station building under construction is completed. The Lumière shopping arcade is visible.May 11, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station south side as seen from the platform. May 11, 2022
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In Yugawara, Fudo Falls is a serene and quiet waterfall 15 meters high. Flanked by small Shinto shrines. From JR Yugawara Station, take a bus for "Oku-Yugawara" or "Fudo-daki" and get off at "Fudo-daki." 20-min. ride.May 05, 2022
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Old map of Tonami Tulip Park. There are also other areas with tulips. From Tonami Station, 15-min. walk. Free shuttle buses also available.May 04, 2022
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Lots of exotic tulips.May 04, 2022
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Flaming Parrot tulips.May 04, 2022
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Purple tulips at Tonami Tulip Fair.May 04, 2022
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Standard red tulips.May 04, 2022
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The tulip is the official flower for both Tonami and Toyama Prefecture.May 04, 2022
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When I was there, a few models posed among the tulips. They also have a Miss Tulip Contest.May 04, 2022
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The first Tonami Tulip Fair was held in 1952 to commemorate the formation of Tonami Town upon the merger of adjacent villages. The fair moved to this park in 1964. Emperor Hirohito and empress Nagako visited in 1958. May 04, 2022
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Tonami Tulip Park has 3 million tulips and 300 varieties. They occupy 7,000 sq. meters, equivalent to three pro baseball fields.May 04, 2022
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Tonami Tulip Fair is held annually from late April to May 5 at Tonami Tulip Park open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Admission charged. This view is from the Tulip Tower. 砺波チューリップ公園May 04, 2022
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On May 5, Children's Day, admission is free for jr. high and younger children. The tulip design pattern changes every year. These photos were taken some years ago.May 04, 2022
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Monchicchi Park is near Naka River.Apr 21, 2022
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Park rules.Apr 21, 2022
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Back entrance.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Park's Chibikko Hiroba, a small playground for infants.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi-chan rockerApr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi-chan rockerApr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi rockerApr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi playground for infants and preschoolers.Apr 21, 2022
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Another section of Monchicchi Park is Chibikko Hiroba, a small playground for infants. ちびっこ広場Apr 21, 2022
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Park restrooms decorated with Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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Playground equipment with a Monchicchi silhouette on the ground.Apr 21, 2022
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Playground equipment for older kids.Apr 21, 2022
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Sekiguchi Doll House displayed many celluloid dolls. The company got its start in 1918 making celluloid toy dolls.Apr 21, 2022
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The building was a storehouse for celluloid doll materials before it became a doll museum. Since celluloid is flammable, the storehouse was made of stone bricks.Apr 21, 2022
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Sekiguchi Doll House was located here before it was torn down to make way for this park. This monument is made of the stone bricks from the Doll House. The original Doll House sign is here.Apr 21, 2022
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Sekiguchi Doll House monument. Sekiguchi Doll House was a small museum of vintage celluloid dolls produced by Sekiguchi. Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi on the cobblestones.Apr 21, 2022
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In this corner, fitness equipment for stretching your body.Apr 21, 2022
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Main part of Monchicchi Park. Good place to run around, play with radio-controlled cars, or use playground equipment. This is also the emergency evacuation zone.Apr 21, 2022
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Opened on April 9, 2016 with a ceremony attended by many local dignitaries, Moncchichi Park is in a quiet residential neighborhood in Nishi Shin-Koiwa near Naka River.Medium-size park (4,580 sq. meters) with a graveled ground, cobblestones, and playground equipment. Apr 21, 2022
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Entrance to the main area of Monchicchi Park. As an emergency evacuation zone, this area has a storehouse storing emergency provisions, manholes for makeshift toilets, wash basins, rainwater tank, and a few benches which can be converted into wood-burning stoves.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi angel has its own corner of the park. 天使のモンチッチApr 21, 2022
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Unique Monchicchi angel made of ceramics. Plaque reads, "May your wish come true. Wishing you happiness and smiles!" Maybe this is an object for prayers.Apr 21, 2022
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Water will spew out in summer.Apr 21, 2022
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Water fountain Monchicchi. This Monchicchi tower will spew water in summer.Apr 21, 2022
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Also see my Monchicchi blog post.Apr 21, 2022
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This is Gutchi from the Kuta-kuta monkey series in 1973 which evolved into Moncchichi. It was when Sekiguchi was transitioning from a plastic doll maker to stuffed animals, a totally different product requiring a different set of skills.Apr 21, 2022
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On the left is Mademoiselle Jeje from 1973. Her thumb-sucking was also incorporated in Monchicchi. In the middle are clown dolls for music boxes in 1984.Apr 21, 2022
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Poppo-chan from 1969.Apr 21, 2022
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Little Butch from 1977.Apr 21, 2022
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Bronze statues of old Sekiguchi dolls complete with background info.Apr 21, 2022
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These new Monchicchi/Sekiguchi statues were donated by Sekiguchi Co. chairman Sekiguchi Koichi.Apr 21, 2022
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The new Monchicchi Zone is adorned with Sekiguchi doll statues.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi bench.Apr 21, 2022
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A few Monchicchi above and on a bench.Apr 21, 2022
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Boy Monchicchi on the roof.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Park layout. Upper left is the new Monchicchi Zone and lower right is the new Chibikko Hiroba for infants.Apr 21, 2022
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Two panels show the wide variety of Monchicchi costumes. Like Barbie dolls, Moncchichi come in an incredible variety of versions and costumes.Apr 21, 2022
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How Monchicchi was born.Apr 21, 2022
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History of Sekiguchi Corporation, inventor of Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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There's also baby Monchicchi named Bebichhichi-kun (boy on the left) and Bebichhichi-chan (girl).Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Mini Museum exhibit panel explaining about Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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The exterior of the panels has stained glass-like artwork.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Mini Museum is a small open-air pavilion with a video monitor and display panels.Apr 21, 2022
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In the rear is the new Monchicchi Mini Museum.Apr 21, 2022
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Back of the Monchicchi welcome monument is another selfie spot.Apr 21, 2022
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Moncchichi-chan now a mom.Apr 21, 2022
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Moncchichi-kun now a dad.Apr 21, 2022
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The original Moncchichi pair were fraternal twins, but were magically reinvented into a married couple. On October 30, 2004, they had fraternal twin babies (boy and girl) named “Bebichhichi” (ベビチッチ).Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Zone's centerpiece monument great for selfies. Meet the Monchicchi family. On January 26, 2004, the boy and girl Moncchichi got married on Moncchichi’s 30th anniversary. Apr 21, 2022
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Girl Monchicchi-chan greets you.Apr 21, 2022
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Boy Monchicchi-kun greets you.Apr 21, 2022
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This new Monchicchi Zone has 27 Monchicchi/Sekiguchi statues all donated by the Sekiguchi Koichi, company chairman.Apr 21, 2022
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Entrance to the new Monchicchi Zone at Monchicchi Park.Apr 21, 2022
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Bulletin board notice about Monchicchi Park unveiling its new expanded areas (Monchicchi Zone and Chibikko Hiroba) on April 2, 2022.Apr 21, 2022
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The park's main area (evacuation zone) is open 24/7, but Monchicchi Zone is gated and open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during April to September and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during Oct. to March. Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Park is a local public park which also serves as an emergency evacuation zone where nearby residents can seek refuge if homes are damaged in a large earthquake, etc. The new Monchicchi Zone is on the left. モンチッチ公園Apr 21, 2022
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From the bus stop, follow the signs to the park entrance.Apr 21, 2022
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Get off here at Kami-Hiraicho stop (上平井町). Even the bus stop signs have Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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Shin-Koiwa Station's northeast Tohoku Open Space Area (Tohoku Hiroba) bus stops. Go to bus stop 12 to board the bus for Monchicchi Park. Every October, the Shin-Koiwa Station Tohoku Hiroba Festival is held here and Monchicchi also appears.Apr 21, 2022
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Shin-Koiwa Station's Tohoku Open Space Area (Tohoku Hiroba) bus stop map near Shin-Koiwa Station. Go to bus stop 12 to take the bus to Monchicchi Park. This is on the north side of the station. Other bus stops are elsewhere.Apr 21, 2022
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Floral decoration at Shin-Koiwa Station and bus stops.Apr 21, 2022
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Skydeck Tatsumi pedestrian walkway floor tiles decorated with Monchicchi. Apr 21, 2022
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Skydeck Tatsumi pedestrian walkway floor tiles decorated with Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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Skydeck Tatsumi pedestrian walkway to the bus stops is decorated with Monchicchi. スカイデッキたつみ Apr 21, 2022
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About Monchicchi and Katsushika Ward/City.Apr 21, 2022
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Skydeck Tatsumi pedestrian walkway to the Tohoku Open Space Area (Tohoku Hiroba) bus stops is decorated with Monchicchi. スカイデッキたつみApr 21, 2022
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Escalator handrail decorated with Monchicchi. Apr 21, 2022
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Escalator handrail decorated with Monchicchi. Apr 21, 2022
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Escalator handrail decorated with Monchicchi. Way to the Skydeck Tatsumi walkway to the Tohoku Open Space Area (Tohoku Hiroba) bus stops near the train station.Apr 21, 2022
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JR Shin-Koiwa Station's North Entrance (JR Sobu Line). The stairs/escalator going up to the Skydeck Tatsumi pedestrian walkway to bus stops can be seen on the left.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi manhole cover near JR Shin-Koiwa Station. Moncchichi manhole covers were installed on both sides of the station in June 2017. Apr 21, 2022
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There's a boy and girl Monchicchi usually depicted as infants sucking their thumbs.Apr 21, 2022
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Back of the Moncchichi monuments in front of Shin-Koiwa Station, not to be confused with Koiwa Station. Shin-Koiwa Station is in Katsushika Ward while adjacent Koiwa Station is in Edogawa Ward. They are two different stations easy to mix up.Apr 21, 2022
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QR code for the Monchicchi web page.Apr 21, 2022
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Map to Monchicchi Park, about a 15-min. walk or short bus ride.Apr 21, 2022
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Also at JR Shin-Koiwa Station's north entrance, a large signboard and map including directions to Monchicchi Park.Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Clock Tower in front of JR Shin-Koiwa Station's north entrance. Lights up in the evenings. Good place to meetup in Shin-Koiwa. モンチッチ時計塔Apr 21, 2022
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Monchicchi Clock Tower was installed in Oct. 2020 in front of JR Shin-Koiwa Station's north entrance. Tower has stained glass Monchicchi artwork. モンチッチ時計塔Apr 21, 2022
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These Monchicchi monuments were donated by Sekiguchi Koichi, chairman of Sekiguchi Co., Ltd. which created Monchicchi.Apr 21, 2022
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Katsushika Ward/City appointed Moncchichi as Katsushika's "PR Manager" on Dec. 2, 2012. A de facto official mascot.Apr 21, 2022
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Another Monchicchi monument with seven smaller Monchicchi. These Monchicchi monuments are a good spot to meetup with friends at Shin-Koiwa Station. モンチッチ この指とまれ像Apr 21, 2022
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Back of the Monchicchi statue. Shin-Koiwa is where Sekiguchi Corporation, the toy company which invented Moncchichi, is based. モンチッチ像Apr 21, 2022
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Shin-Koiwa has been transformed into a Moncchichi town. Go to JR Shin-Koiwa Station (JR Sobu Line) and see Moncchichi most everywhere. Outdoor sculptures, manholes, clock tower, escalator handrails, and bus station signs.モンチッチモニュメントApr 21, 2022
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Bronze Monchicchi statue in front of JR Shin-Koiwa Station's north side (kitaguchi). Plaque reads "To all Monchicchi fans: With love and appreciation, Sekiguchi Koichi" These Moncchichi monuments were unveiled here on January 26, 2022. Apr 21, 2022
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The mound has these alphabetized markers to indicate where the shells are. They form a horseshoe shape (or U shape) on the mound.Apr 08, 2022
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Small athletics field.Apr 08, 2022
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"Temple" marks the location of Guhoji Temple on the wooded hill.Apr 08, 2022
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Going down the steps from Guhoji Temple. In the distance, The Towers West skyscraper is visible. The road ahead goes all the way to JR Ichikawa Station.Apr 08, 2022
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View from The Towers West lookout deck on the 45th floor. The patch of green is the hill where Guhoji is located.Apr 08, 2022
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Mama River empties into Edogawa River. We later walked along Edogawa River toward Konodai Station on the Keisei Line.Apr 07, 2022
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Western-style buildings along Mama River. The Christian church on the right is the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ichikawa and a National Tangible Cultural Property. 日本福音ルーテル市川教会【国登録有形文化財】Apr 07, 2022
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Mama River cherry blossoms in Ichikawa, Chiba.Apr 07, 2022
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After Guhoji Temple, we walked back to Edogawa River along Mama River which had a few cherry blossoms.Apr 07, 2022
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About Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
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Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge near the steps going up to Guhoji Temple. The bridge is mentioned in some poems in the Man'yoshu. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
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Niomon Gate rear view as you exit.Apr 07, 2022
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View of Ichikawa Station area from Guhoji. The two skyscrapers are The Towers East on the left and The Towers West on the right. The higher Towers West building has a lookout deck on the 45th floor.Apr 07, 2022
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Another weeping cherry tree next to Fushihime Sakura.Apr 07, 2022
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We can see that a few branches had been cut, which means the tree was larger.Apr 07, 2022
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In Ichikawa, Chiba, Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is named "Fushihime Sakura." 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
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Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is named "Fushihime Sakura." 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
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The weeping cherry tree looks different from different angles.Apr 07, 2022
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Guhoji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple founded by Priest Gyoki in 737. It's on a small hill noted for cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.Priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai) later reconstructed and expanded the temple in 822. Tokugawa Ieyasu, before he became shogun, granted the temple ownership of its temple grounds in 1591. In 1695, Mito Komon named the temple's tea ceremony room "Henrantei" (遍覧亭). In 1888, the entire temple was destroyed by fire. The present structures were reconstructed in 1890.Apr 07, 2022
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In spring, Guhoji's 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree is famous. 伏姫桜Apr 07, 2022
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After Niomon Gate, this is the first building you see, Soshido Hall dedicated to Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren Buddhist sect. Reconstructed in 2010 on the 700th anniversary of Nichiren's death. 祖師堂 There are other temple buildings spread out on the hill.Apr 07, 2022
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Niomon Gate at the top of the steps, Guhoji's front gate. The two columns house a pair of Nio kings considered to be the protectors of the temple. 仁王門Apr 07, 2022
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Poem about Tekona.Apr 07, 2022
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"Mamasan" is the temple's mountain name. Not the same as a mama-san operating a Japanese bar. Photo shows Mama no Tsughihashi Bridge leading to the steps going up to Guhoji Temple on a wooded hill. 真間の継橋Apr 07, 2022
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In 1501, Tekona's spirit told a priest to build a grave for her. This evolved into this temple where women pray for maternal happiness including safe childbirth and child rearing. 手児奈霊神堂Apr 07, 2022
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Near Guhoji is Tekona Reijindo, another temple. We didn't go to see this temple though. (Too tired walking.) Tekona Reijindo is dedicated to a local girl named Tekona who lived 2,000 years ago. 手児奈霊神堂Her job was to fetch water from a well. She was such a beautiful girl that every man who saw her fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. They even fought over her. Even the moon fell in love with her. She got so distraught by all the attention and fighting that she drowned herself in the well. Poor girl, she was loved to death.Apr 07, 2022
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My coffee and pastries at Yamazaki Plaza Ichikawa in the city where Yamazaki-pan was founded. This capped my good day and hike in Ichikawa.Apr 07, 2022
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Good number of seats inside Yamazaki Plaza Ichikawa, the coffee shop and bakery operated by Yamazaki Baking.Apr 07, 2022
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Yamazaki Plaza Ichikawa, a bakery operated by Yamazaki Baking in front of Ichikawa Station. Freshly baked in their own hometown, looks yummy.Apr 07, 2022
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Yamazaki Plaza Ichikawa, a coffee shop and bakery operated by Yamazaki Baking in front of Ichikawa Station. This was a good place for refreshments before heading home.Apr 07, 2022
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In front of Ichikawa Station, the building (Sun Plaza 55) on the left has a coffee shop and bakery operated by Yamazaki Baking.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking east toward Chiba. The JR Sobu Line tracks can be seen on the left going to Moto-Yawata Station.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking east toward Chiba. The tall building in the foreground is The Towers East. The JR Sobu Line tracks can be seen on the left.Apr 07, 2022
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Another side of the lookout deck.Apr 07, 2022
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High-density housing.Apr 07, 2022
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"Temple" marks the location of Guhoji Temple, famous for a 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree. See this album.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking north.Apr 07, 2022
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Guide to visible landmarks.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking further upstream on Edogawa River. Left of the river is Edogawa (Koiwa) and Katsushika (Shibamata) Wards.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking west toward Edogawa River. The JR Sobu Line (left) and Keisei Line (extreme right) over Edogawa River can be seen. The bridge in the middle is Route 14.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking west toward Edogawa River. The JR Sobu Line can be seen.Apr 07, 2022
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Looking west toward Edogawa River. On clear days, Mt. Fuji can also be seen.Apr 07, 2022
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View from I-Link Town Observatory, looking west toward Edogawa River. This deck is open 9 am to 10 pm. Closed on the first Monday of the month and during Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.Apr 07, 2022
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The 45th floor of The Towers West building is named "I-Link Town Observatory." It's a panoramic lookout deck on all four sides of the building. Free admission. This is open-air. If it's raining, there's also an indoor lookout deckApr 07, 2022
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Scale model of the skyscraper buildings next to JR Ichikawa Station. On the left is The Towers West building and on the right is The Towers East. The West building has a nice lookout deck on the 45th floor.Apr 07, 2022
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Directions at Ichikawa Station.Apr 07, 2022
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Ichikawa Tourist Information office next to Ichikawa Station. It was closed.Apr 07, 2022
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Map in front of JR Ichikawa Station showing another hiking route.Apr 07, 2022
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Turnstiles at JR Ichikawa Station.Apr 07, 2022
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JR Ichikawa Station is the first station in Chiba on the JR Sobu Line.Apr 07, 2022
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JR Ichikawa Station on the JR Sobu Line. The skyscraper is The Towers East.Apr 07, 2022
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From the Edogawa riverside, we turned left on Route 14 and walked to Ichikawa Station. Welcome to Chiba! Ichikawa is one of Chiba Prefecture's cities adjacent to Tokyo. Apr 07, 2022
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Police motor scooter.Apr 07, 2022
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Route 14 bridge over Edogawa River. Bridges were not built over Edogawa River until after the Edo Period ended. Until then, shuttle boats were used to shuttle travelers across the river.Apr 07, 2022
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Ichikawa Sekisho marker near Yamazaki Baking.Apr 07, 2022
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Near the Ichikawa Sekisho Checkpoint is a Yamazaki Baking (山崎製パン) research and training facility ("Creation Center"). Yamazaki is the world's second largest bread-baking company. Founded in Ichikawa, Chiba in 1948.Apr 07, 2022
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Old drawing of Ichikawa Sekisho. It was operated in together with staff on the opposite side (Koiwa) of the river until it was abolished in 1869. The opposite side of the river (Koiwa) also has a signboard marking the sekisho location. 市川関所跡Apr 07, 2022
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LIke other sekisho checkpoints in Edo during the Edo Period, the Ichikawa Sekisho checked for any weapons on travelers entering Edo and any women trying to escape Edo without permission. 市川関所跡To pass through a sekisho, travelers were required to have a travel permit (like a passport) issued by their local government official.Apr 07, 2022
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This was where people crossed the river by boat and it was a busy/important artery. The Ichikawa Sekisho Checkpoint was at the border between Shimosa (Chiba) and Musashino (Tokyo) Provinces. So the Sekisho was the border control. 市川関所跡Apr 07, 2022
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Slightly south of Keisei Line's Konodai Station next to Edogawa River is the Ichikawa Sekisho Checkpoint site. This is only a marker monument (no original structures). 市川関所跡Apr 07, 2022
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Instead of going to Konodai Station on the Keisei Line, we walked further south along the Edogawa River. Keisei Line's bridge can be seen behind us.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa River has a nice walking/cycling path.Apr 07, 2022
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Manhole cover in Ichikawa, Chiba. Pine tree and river fish.Apr 07, 2022
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Manhole cover in Ichikawa, Chiba. Pine trees.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa RiverApr 07, 2022
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Straight ahead is the bridge for the Keisei Line. 江戸川沿いApr 07, 2022
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Bicycle art on Edogawa River.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa RiverApr 07, 2022
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Edogawa RiverApr 07, 2022
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This is part of the riverside walking path. On the left is a forest on a hill. The forest is also being protected.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa River has a nice riverside walking/cycling path on both sides of the river.Apr 07, 2022
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From Satomi Park, the remaining walk went along Edogawa River to the train station. Apr 07, 2022
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The Rakan-no-I well was actually depicted in this 1834 illustration, part of Illustrations of Edo's Noted Sights. 羅漢の井Apr 07, 2022
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Old well on the fringe of Satomi Park named "Rakan-no-I". 羅漢の井Apr 07, 2022
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Shien-soja (紫烟草舎).Apr 07, 2022
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About Shien-soja. It was originally located in Koiwa (Edogawa Ward, Tokyo) and moved here. (紫烟草舎).Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park also has Shien-soja (紫烟草舎), the former home of famous tanka poet named Kitahara Hakushū (1885–1942) (北原白秋). He lived in this house for only a year in 1916. Apr 07, 2022
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Nice cherry blossoms at Satomi Park, Ichikawa.Apr 07, 2022
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Flowery site of Konodai Castle in Ichikawa, Chiba. No castle buildings. 国府台城跡Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park is also noted for roses in early summer and fall. The rose is Ichikawa's official flower. Apr 07, 2022
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During World War II, Satomi Park was an Imperial Army base camp. It finally became a public park in 1959. Flower beds now cover the site of Konodai Castle.Apr 07, 2022
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Being the site of Konodai Castle, Satomi Park was also the site of the Battles of Konodai fought twice between the local Satomi Clan (ruler of Awa Province in present-day Chiba) and the invading Hojo Clan (from Odawara) in the 16th century. The Hojo won the final battle and thereby took control of present-day Chiba. The Hojo is said to have expanded and reinforced Konodai Castle.
However, when Tokugawa Ieyasu took control of Japan, he had Konodai Castle dismantled because it had a intimidating view of his own Edo Castle.
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This is where most people enjoyed Satomi Park, under the cherry blossoms.Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park playground.Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park cherry blossoms.Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park visit date.Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park water fountain. Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park water fountain. This is another area of the park. Totally different landscape. This was the main site of Konodai Castle. 国府台城Apr 07, 2022
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Castle-like stone foundation. Satomi Park is the site of Konodai Castle. However, this stone foundation is not original.Apr 07, 2022
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Castle-like stone foundation.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa River and Tokyo Skytree as seen from Satomi Park.Apr 07, 2022
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Edogawa River.Apr 07, 2022
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Poetry Monument for So Sakon's Ichikawa poem. He was a longtime resident and honorary citizen of Ichikawa . 宗 左近Apr 07, 2022
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Poetry Monument for So Sakon's poem. 宗 左近Apr 07, 2022
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Sign on a cherry tree saying that no hanami flower-viewing picnics are not allowed here due to Covid-19.Apr 07, 2022
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Cherry blossoms in Satomi Park. Apr 07, 2022
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Cherry blossoms in Satomi Park. Apr 07, 2022
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Cherry blossoms in Satomi Park. Apr 07, 2022
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Marker indicating Ichikawa city's highest point (elevation). A whopping 30.1 meters above sea level.Apr 07, 2022
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At the top of this small hill is Ichikawa city's highest point (elevation).Apr 07, 2022
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Konodai Castle remains in Satomi Park. Embankments and rocks. 国府台城Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi ParkApr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park, near the burial mound.Apr 07, 2022
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View of Edogawa River from Satomi Park. Across the river is Koiwa and Shibamata. Tokyo Skytree can also be seen. 江戸川Apr 07, 2022
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Map of Satomi Park. The burial mound is on the upper part next to the red, dotted oval on the map. The park is next to Edogawa River.Apr 07, 2022
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About the Akedo Kofun burial mound. The diagram shows a keyhole-shaped burial mound. The stone coffins are on the top of the round hill. This burial mound has been a noted site since the Edo Period. 明戸古墳石棺Apr 07, 2022
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The Akedo Kofun burial mound stone coffins date from the 6th century. They were discovered in 1479. The dirt mound over the coffins fell away to expose the coffins which contained samurai armor, swords, etc. 明戸古墳石棺Apr 07, 2022
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Two stone coffins on Akedo Kofun burial mound. Experts believe that they contained the remains of local nobility who ruled this area in the 6th to 7th century. Chiba Prefecture has many of these stone coffins. 明戸古墳石棺Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park also has the Akedo Kofun burial mound complete with two stone coffins exposed on the mound. 明戸古墳石棺Apr 07, 2022
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Places to sit in the park.Apr 07, 2022
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Satomi Park is the site of Konodai Castle occupied by the Satomi Clan who ruled the Boso domain in present-day Chiba during the 16th century. Almost nothing remains though. 国府台城Apr 07, 2022
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Next is Satomi Park, another large park with different areas. This part is undeveloped and quiet. 里見公園Apr 07, 2022
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About Konodai Tenmangu Shrine and an event called Tsujikiri.Apr 07, 2022
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Inside Konodai Tenmangu Shrine. 国府台天満宮Apr 07, 2022
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Ceiling and bell.Apr 07, 2022
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Konodai Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to Michizane, scholar deity. Stone lanterns behind the torii date from 1863. 国府台天満宮Apr 07, 2022
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We came out of this trail which goes through into a small forest of different species of trees.Apr 07, 2022
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Lush trees and shrubs in Konodai Ryokuchi Park. 国府台緑地Apr 07, 2022
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Follow the trail to Satomi Park next.Apr 07, 2022
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Ekoin Betsuin Temple's main hall rebuilt in 2009. There's actually a cafe (Cafe Terrace Ekoin) on the 2nd floor. It belongs to the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect and is a branch of Ekoin Temple in Ryogoku, Tokyo. 回向院市川別院源光寺Apr 07, 2022
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The trail passes by a few temples like Ekoin Betsuin Temple. This is the temple gate. 回向別院Apr 07, 2022
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