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Fukagawa area

FukagawaFukagawa map Fukagawa is the area on the east side of Sumida River, and is located about 3 km just east of Tokyo station.

Originally here was a wetland near the mouth of Sumida River, and had been reclaimed in the early 17th century.
Then Tomioka Hachiman shrine was built in this area, and this town had developed.

In 1657 Edo city suffer from a conflagration, so the consolidating area of lumbers from all over the country was opened here for the reconstruction of the city.

Not samurai but townspeople were lived in this area, because here was a peripheral area of central Tokyo.
So vigorous urban culture developed.
Now Fukagawa area still have the mood of popular culture.

Additionally "Fukagawa-don", the simple and traditional dish in this area, is popular, so we can find the restaurants.

Fukagawa Fudoson temple /1/

Fukagawa Fudoson templeIt is a Buddhist temple for Shingon sect, a major school of Japanese Buddhism, and is the branch temple of Narita-san Shinshoji temple, the popular temple in Chiba Prefecture.
It is located about 200 meters east of Monzen-nakacho station of the subway.
This temple was built in 1882, and has enshrined the statue of Fudo-myoou which is one of the Buddhist statues and slays devils.
On the 1st, 15th and 28th of each month, the fairs are held around the temple.

Tomioka Hachiman shrine /2/

Tomioka Hachiman shrineIt is a Shinto shrine next to Fukagawa Fudoson temple.
It was founded in 1627, when this area had been reclaiming.
Shogun of Edo government had protected this shrine sufficiently and it became the popular shrine for the people in this area.
First Sumo tournament in Tokyo was held here in 1684, then it has been led to the current Grand Sumo Tournament.
So there are several monuments about sumo, and the new Yokozuna wrestler, promoted to the highest rank of grand champion, dedicates the ceremony of entering the ring to this shrine.
And around August 15th every year, Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, one of the major festivals in Tokyo, is held.
Many believers of this shrine wind through the town carrying the mikoshi (portable shrine) on their shoulders, and the number of mikoshi is over 120.

Kiyosumi Gardens /3/

Kiyosumi GardensIt is a Japanese garden located about 0.8 km north of Fukagawa Fudoson temple, and is near Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station of the subway.
It is said that this garden was built in the early 18th century.
And in 1880, Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi homegrown conglomerates, bought this land and rebuilt the garden.
When Great Kanto Earthquake occured in 1923, this site became an evacuation space and many people's lives were saved.
Next year, Mr. Iwasaki donated the half of this site to Tokyo city, then it was opened to the public as a park. And in 1973 other site was also bought by the metropolitan government, so the current park was completed.

In this garden, there are many beautiful stones which were collected from all over the country.
Additionally there are many tortoises in the pond.

Fukagawa Edo Museum /4/

Fukagawa Edo MuseumIt is a museum reproducing the Fukagawa town in the Edo period, and is located about 100 meters east of Kiyosumi Gardens.
Full-scale houses are created and the livingware and tools are set on the right place.
We can feel the mood of the life in the period.

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How to get to here

By subway

  • Monzen-nakacho station (Tozai, Ooedo Lines).
  • Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (Hanzomon, Ooedo Lines).

Approach of Fukagawa Fudoson temple
Main hall of Fukagawa Fudoson temple
Tomioka Hachiman shrine
A monument of Yokozuna in Tomioka Hachiman shrine
Kiyosumi Gardens
Stones in Kiyosumi Gardens
Fukagawa Edo Museum
Fukagawa Edo Museum

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