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Mizumoto Park: The biggest park in Tokyo

Feel like getting lost among poplar trees, but don’t want to go to all the way Hokkaido? Head for Mizumoto Park (水元公園) in Katsushika Ward and enjoy lush greenery and bird songs to your heart’s content! With an area of 921,539.98 square meters, it is a perfect place for a family outing where you can barbecue, picnic, fish, play outdoor games, do some bird watching, fly kites or just ramble around.

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Mizumoto Park was opened to the public in 1965 and was designated an Edogawa Waterway Metropolitan Natural Park in 1975.

As for me, I like water more than anything else in the world. Maybe this is the reason why I like to look at the Edo River, and stay near Mizumoto Bird Sanctuary or the pond.

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Koaiaime pond was dug in order to control flooding of the old Tone River. It was also used as a reservoir for Katsushika town and Edo city.

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Iris is a symbolic flower of Katsushika Ward.

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You can’t find another spot in Tokyo with such an abundance of Japanese irises no matter how hard you try. An Iris festival is held when they are in full bloom in June.

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In addition, more than 500 cherry blossom trees make Mizumoto Park a popular spot in Sakura season.

Information

Mizumoto Park
Address: Tokyo Prefecture, Katsushika Ward, Mizumoto-Koen 3-2
Information on camping and barbeques: (03) 3627-5201
Access: 2.5 km from Kanamachi station by bus and 7 min. walk. Temporary bus is available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (from March to November).
Open: 24 hours.
Admission fee: free.
Distance from airport: About 31 km from Haneda Airport, 65 km from Narita Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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