Edogawa never stops to amaze me. Although we have been here for almost four years now, there is always something new that we discover or learn about the place as well as the Japanese culture and traditions. Last weekend, my husband and I had new discoveries when we went for our first spring walk this year. We walked towards Shinkawa, a small canal that connects Edogawa River and Nakagawa River. We wanted to check if the sakura trees were already in bloom. Every year, we walk along the canal to enjoy the sakuras in bloom. Unfortunately, they are white sakuras which bloom a little later.

Edogawa Shinkawa Canal
Shinkawa Canal in Spring

 

Shinkawa Canal
Last Year's Sakuras along Shinkawa Canal

 

Getting Deeper in Edogawa

Instead of walking straight along the canal, we decided to go to Furukawa Water Park. We first came to a strip park with small stream. It was very enjoyable to walk along the stream. Some sakura trees were already in bloom which adds to the beauty of the stream. We were also fascinated with  turtles and big kois. We have already walked quite far when we noticed that it is not yet the water park which we first targeted. It is Furukawa Shinsui Park! It is a portion of the Edogawa Shinshui Parks (strip park with streams) which was built around the city for people to enjoy and relax.

Shinkawa Canal
Model Steamboats that Used to Sail Along Shinkawa Canal

 

Furukawa Shinshui Park
Enjoying the First Day of Spring

 

Furukawa Shinsui Park
They too!

 

Furukawa Shinshui Park
The Fascinating Beauty of Furukawa Shinshui Park

 

Furukawa Shinsui Park
Sakuras in Bloom

As we try to find our way to the water park, we discovered the breeding place for goldfishes. In between the houses were fish ponds for breeding the expensive gold fish. Last year, we learned that Edogawa is also famous for goldfish breeders. Last weekend, we found out the area where these breeders are!

 

Gold Fish Shop
Gold Fish Breeder's Shop in Edogawa

 

Gold Fish in Edogawa
Breeding Ponds for Gold Fishes

 

Gold Fish
Getting Ready for Spring

After a few minutes of mesmerizing with the fish ponds, we finally reached Furukawa Water Park! We were greeted with pink lanterns and some full bloom sakuras. As we explore the said park, an old emblem got my attention. It was a brief information about the waterpark and Shinkawa. From there we learned that Furukawa and Shinkawa Canals played a big role as they served as the waterways for carrying salt into Edo (Old Tokyo).

Furukawa Water Park
Lanterns for Hanami

 

Furukawa Water Park
Wisteria Pathways along Furukawa Water Park. How nice would it be with Wisteria Flowers!

 

Furukawa Water Park
Small Hanging Bridge for Kids and Kids-at-Heart
Furukawa Water Park
Shower Facilities for Those Who Wants to Enjoy the Water Park in Summer

 

Furukawa Water Park
A Serene Place to Relax and Enjoy the Nature

 

Furukawa Water Park
Everything for 100 Yen! I Wanted to Buy One But I Don't Know Where to Leave My Payment 🙁

Along the way, we also had a brief stop to several Buddhist temples. There were some families that visited the graves of their loved ones. Every year on March 17th or during Spring Equinox, Japanese families go to the graveyards to pay respect to their dead loved ones. They do this again on September 19th or during Autumn Solstice.

Furukawa Water Park
I Was A Bit Hesitant to Enter Because No One Was Inside

 

Furukawa Water Park
Mini Rock Garden with Sculptured Plants Inside the Buddhist Temple Near Furukawa Water Park

 

Furukawa Water Park
A Single Branch of Pine Serves As the Temple's Gate

 

Furukawa Water Park
A Buddhist Temple Near Furukawa Water Park

 

Furukawa Water Park
Getting Curious What To See Inside Myoshoji Temple

 

Furukawa Water Park
A Small Pagoda Welcomed Us Inside Myoshoji Temple

 

Furukawa Water Park
Sticks Engraved with Names of People Buried in the Graveyard of Myoshoji Temple

It has been a long walk.. but the view and adventure made it much easier!

Shinkawa Canal
Made A Brief Stop to Admire Shinkawa Canal Before the Sun Set