Inokashira Pond was the source of the Kanda Josui Canal, and in 1917, when it was opened as the first suburban park in Japan, it was a suburban nature park with a thick forest of cedars and blooming wild grass. Today, with the urbanization of the area, the park serves as a welcome oasis. The park is also ideal for bird-watching as it is a haven for wild fowl, such as migratory birds and waterfowl. The park also has a boating area, outdoor stage, tea shop, area for competitive sports, and tennis courts. In the adjacent Inokashira Nature Garden is a zoo, aquarium, tropical bird room and sculpture museum. The park has a total of 405,000 square meters of land.
The marshy areas, ponds and brooks allow visitors to enjoy the richly natural environment of wild fowl, insects and greenery. The Nogawa River, which is fed by spring waters, is about 10 meters wide, and there are karugamo ducks, little egrets and kingfishers. With spacious lawns, visitors can stretch and relax in the plaza area. The park also includes Wanpaku-no Mori (Children’s Forest) athletic grounds, tennis courts, gateball grounds and a nature observation center. The total area of land is 401,000 square meters.
7, Mure 3-chome
Located on the plateau in the city, this park has a Japanese apricot orchard, bamboo forest and chestnut tree orchard, and serves as a nature park that is like a farmer’s yard with such life as moss and butterbur sprouts. This park is the main greenery spot on the plateau where nature remains amid urbanization.
1, Shinkawa 5-chome
Mitaka City is making progress with the Maruike-no Sato project. In the center of Maruike-no-Sato is the renewed Maruike Pond, which once had abundantly flowing water springs, the source of the Senkawa River.
17, Osawa 2-chome
With a constructed wooden road, this park has a rice field and firefly habitat made from water springs. Visitors can also enjoy a nature observation course that continues through forests on a preservation public facility for cliffside ancient tombs and the clifftop Citizens’ Farm. Along the riverbank is the Shinguruma waterwheel which was constructed in the Edo Era.
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