A recreation area on the Arakawa Riverside, known for flower viewing
Lies on the Arakawa Riverside in the northern area of Tokyo 23 wards, Toshi Nogyo-koen Park 都市農業公園 (Nogyo-koen in short) is an agricultural park where people can get familiar with nature and farming in Tokyo. In the park area, kids can grow and harvest vegetables at the fields, and visitors enjoy strolling through the flower fields filled with seasonal blooms; Nanohana(canola), Turnip, Cosmos, and Yae-zakura (Yae Sakura) cherry blossoms.
The flower garden on the riverside. In the park area, there are also a glasshouse, herb garden as well as green space.
A Good Rest Point for Cyclists
Toshi Nogyo-koen Park is not only a recreation place but also a good rest point for cyclists who want to take a break while cycling along the Arakawa River. In the park, facilities include public toilets, sitting area, picnic area, a restaurant and ice cream shop, hardly found at other places on the Arakawa Riverbank.
In fact, getting there by bicycle is the best as this park is not within easy access by train. Needless to say, the Arakawa Riverside has one of the best cycling roads in Tokyo - no traffic light, sets you free from a traffic jam.
One thing you should know is that the cycling road is on the west side of the river and the Toshi Nogyo-koen Park is on the east. If you want to reach the park from the cycling road, you need to across one of the bridges to go over the river. You can also travel by bike on the road along the east side bank, but watch out for runners and walkers.
Here is a story about Sakura at Toshi Nogyo-koen Park
In the early 1900s, A village near this park used to be a famous Sakura viewing spot. The village people asked for planting 3000 cherry blossoms in 78 different varieties when constructing the riverbank in their village. These cherry blossoms were collectively called Goshiki Sakura (5-color Sakura, expresses colorful blooms) and the village had become a major tourist destination.
In 1912, the 3000 Goshiki Sakura in 12 varieties were given to Washington D.C. for friendship between Japan and the USA, are now known as the cherry blossom on the Potomac River. The first Goshiki Sakura blossoms in the village were gone later due to the war and extensive urbanization, but the cherry trees were donated for recovery by Washinton D.C. in 1981. Those of 82 blossoms in 34 varieties have planted in the Toshi Nogyo-koen Park.
For those going there by bike in late April, taking the side-path under the expressway will be a good choice if they don’t care an uncomfortable ride. The side-path leading to the Nogyo-koen Park is all lined with cherry blossoms.
This park boasts 290 cherry blossoms in 49 different varieties.
The old farm house rebuilt in the park, open for everybody to take a rest.
Toshi Nogyo-koen Park : Tokyo Agricultural Park
Monday to Friday: 9:00AM – 17:00 (5:00PM) between September and April
Monday to Friday: 9:00AM – 18:00 (6:00PM) between May and August
* Farm house and exhibition rooms close at 16:00(4:00PM)
* Visitor center and workshop rooms close at 16:30(4:30PM)
The best is to get there by bicycle as this park is not within easy access by train. You need to take a bus from the station such as Nishiarai Station or Akabane Station. For those coming by car, there is a parking lot and the fee is 100JPY/30min per car.
From Nishiarai Station
Take a community bus Harukaze bound for Shikahama Toshi Nogyo Koen鹿浜都市農業公園.
From Akabane Eki (East Exit)
Take the Kokusai Kogyo Bus bound for Nishiarai Station via Arakawa Ohashi* 荒川大橋経由西新井駅 and get off at the bus stop Shikahama Gochome 鹿浜五丁目. 5 min walk to the park.
* Be sure to take the bus bound for Nishiarai Station via Arakawa Ohashi. There are two bus routes leading to Nishiarai Station.
Google Maps : Toshi Nogyo-koen Park (Tokyo Agricultural Park)
Toshi Nogyo-koen Park Official Website
http://www.ces-net.jp/toshino/ (Japanese website)
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