“Kiyosumi-shirakawa” have gained attentions as an art town which remains Edo-feelings all over.
This area was called Hukagawa, and lived by many artists in Edo era.
You’ll be excited when you walk around the area because this area has often come out in the Japanese historical drama. This time, take a walk into “Edo”, you can get to in 5 minutes from Kiyosumi-shirakawa station!
Kiyosumi Garden, Japanese Garden made for Daimyo
In Tokyo, there’re many lots which were once a house of Daimyo, feudal lord. Kiyosumi-shirakawa also had a house of Daimyo in “Kiyosumi Garden”.
This circuit style garden has large pond with neatly arranged tree.
It’s amazing view trees beautifully reflected on the pond.
It also has a Japanese style building by the pond decorating the garden being more nostalgic.
You can easily walk on foot path around the pond but if you want to enjoy more, why don’t you try “Iso-watari”, footpath in the pond made by stones! You can walk above the pond leaping stones over.
It’s fun but not dangerous since the stones set in the pond are big enough and tough.
Speaking of stones, there’re many stones collected from through out Japan all over the garden.
You’ll see that each stone has character of the place where it came from.
South end of the garden, a slab with a Haiku, written by Japanese well-known Haiku artist Basho Matsuo in Edo era, cut on it sit there.
Basho has lived in Hukagawa.
It’s also known as the garden in which you can watch wild birds and even tortoise!
Watching tortoise swimming in the pond or sitting on the stone gets you feel easy.
They welcome us with their cute appearances.
Full size of Edo-diorama at Hukagawa Edo Museum
The main spot to see in the area is “Hukagawa Edo Museum”.
This museum has a full size of realistic town in Edo era!
Going down the stairs and you’ll see the literally “Town” (Saga, Hukagawa) including row house, vegetable shop, and inn for sailors in front of you.
They’re truly reproduced in detail, so you would feel like being in the real town of Edo.
Though they’re so small and narrow, they’re made as a real size in Edo era.
One of the reasons why they’re so narrow is that people lived in Edo era were smaller than we are now. And in those days, they directly sit on the Tatami mat without using chairs.
This meaning they don’t need extra space to live. In addition, furnitures people use were all handmade of craftsmen so people cherished them and maybe use them throughout the life.
Those simple lives would make their house narrow.
The tomb of Bunzaemon Kinokuniya, wealthy merchant succeeded by orange mandarin
While strolling around Hukagawa, we’ll encounter some monuments and tombs of well-known persons.
They even sit the corner of residential area, so you would accidentally find them.
The tombs of Bunzaemon Kinokuniya is located on the “Jotokuin Temple”.
For Jotokuin Temple, just go down Kiyosumi street head for south and turn left after walking about 200 m from the station.
You’ll see the tomb from even outside of the temple.
The magnetic one, seen in center of the picture above, is a monument, not a tomb. Tomb is an old, small one seen in the left side of picture.
Bunzaemon has succeeded by bringing orange mandarin to Edo from Kishu, Kinki region in Japan, by the ship.
After he succeeded in selling oranges, he begun handling timbers and got tremendous fortune.
He is a legend that he has become rich all by himself.
The big Guardian Deity of Children sit on Reiganji Temple
It takes only 3 minutes on foot to go to “Reiganji Temple“.
There’re big size of Guardian Deity of Children, called “Zizo” sit on.
It’s so tall giving that usual Zizo is seized under our backs.
Here, you have to look up to see his face.
It was made in 1717 as the 5th Zizo of 6th Zizo in Edo.
There’s a tomb of Sadanobu Matsuraida, leader of the Kansei reforms in Edo era in the left side of the main hall.
“Shirakawa” from “Kiyosumi-shirakawa” came from the fact that Sadanobu Matsuraida was a Daimyo of “Mutsu-shirakawa”.
This temple was established by Reigan-shonin in 1624 as a temple of Jodo-Sect.
It was originally located around Arakawa area, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, but was moved here due to measures of fire protection.
Acala, Fudo-son have come here together with Reiganji
This Fudo-son lets you attain spiritual enlightenment.
Japan boasts many kinds of temples and shrines, and when you touch old style of them, you would also feel touch to Japan.
This Fudo-son is in front of Reiganji, and was moved here together with it.
History of Honjo-Hukagawa
“Honjo-Hukagawa” is a large area of eastward along Sumida River and was part of current Chiba region in the early Edo period.
In the course of development of Edo, it was put into part of Edo due to lack of lots in Edo area.
The part of reason why they need more lots is that population has increased. But main reason is that the town of Edo have gotten trough a lot of disasters.
It was crowded with so many wooden buildings that if one of them catch fire, it would spread the town.
Then Shogunate, or government have decided to take a measure to move temples and houses of Daimyo to out of Edo. Reimyoji Temple is among those.
Walking around Hukagawa is like a time traveling through Edo era.
This town inspires us with lives in Edo era.
While you’re in Tokyo, hanging around the place which remains feelings of old Tokyo such as Hukagawa would be a memorable for you allowing you familiarize to Edo.