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Shimmering Sakura Along The Kanda Riverside, Waseda

Shimmering Sakura Along The Kanda Riverside, Waseda
  • MATCHA
  • Shimmering Sakura Along The Kanda Riverside, Waseda

Translated by MATCHA

Written by Miki Takeshita

Tokyo 2014.03.31 Bookmark

If you would like to see parts of Tokyo that are little known and enjoy sakura that shimmer in the sunlight, then the Kanda riverside in Waseda is the spot for you. Take the nostalgic Toei Arakawa tram line and step into a different world!

When walking through the streets of Tokyo, you will find areas that are both ultra modern and some that seem to have been frozen in time. Talking a stroll through the city is particularly recommendable during the spring, as you will find little known sakura spots throughout the city, with sights and photo opportunities you might not even imagine possible.

Although the Waseda area, where you will find Waseda University, one of the many ivy-league schools in Japan, tends to be a somewhat noisy spot, there are still plenty of peaceful places left to enjoy here.

Along the Arakawa Tram Line

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The Toei Arakawa tram line runs through many of the older regions of Tokyo. A small line, it is essential for the locals to get around with, and offers a nostalgic glance at the Tokyo of old. Although the Waseda area, where you will find Waseda University, one of the many ivy-league schools in Japan, tends to be a somewhat noisy spot, there are still plenty of peaceful places left to enjoy here.

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Waseda Station is the last stop of this tram line, so once you have exited the station, start walking towards Kandagawa river. On the left, you will see a small restaurant with its name printed in blue Japanese characters. This is Ichinose, a great shop where you can purchase imagawayaki, an anko stuffed pancake-like bun to enjoy as you walk. These buns are said to have been invented in this area during the Edo era.

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If you continue straight along, you will soon see this sight before your eyes.

Riverside Sakura Under the Sun

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Stand on this small bridge and take a look around you - everywhere you look there are pale pink sakura! It’s a breathtaking sight.

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Here and there you will find colorful lanterns that illuminate the streets at night, while the Waseda Sakura Festival, an annual event, was held on April 6th. During this festival there are many street vendors selling their wares and performances to enjoy in the Waseda area.

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The blossoms are so dense over the river it’s practically impossible to see the other side. Doesn’t it feel as though you’ve fallen into the world of an ukiyo-e, or a painting?

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The trees do their absolute best to bloom each year, and that is something to be appreciative of indeed.

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Even people just passing through, on their way to work or in a hurry...

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Just can’t help but stop and take in the sight of this river and its shimmering sakura.

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If you are looking for a quiet place to see sakura, then hop on the Toei Arakawa tram line and visit Waseda Station. You won’t regret it!

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Kandagawa Sakura Spot
Access: 1 minute walk from Waseda Station of the Toei Arakawa tram line, or 10 minute walk from Waseda Station on the Tozai line

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