If you are in Tokyo, sometimes you feel you wanna do nothing and just take relax. Yes, there is nice place to go!
Senzoku Ike pond is located in Ota-ku and is a great place to spend your holiday relaxing after a busy week. Senzoku Ike Park is great to visit all year round and especially during traditional festivals and the Sakura / Cherry Blossom period. You can even try out all kinds of different food and drinks, freshly made by the food stalls there, during these events.
In Japanese, “Senzoku” means “washing the feet” （足を洗う→洗足）. It is named thus because famous priest Nichiren (1222-1282) stopped at the pond to wash his feet while on his way to Hitachi-no-yu hot springs in Hitachi (now Ibaraki Prefecture) for medical care. There is a pine tree called “Kesakake matsu,” on which he hung his robe. It’s less crowded than other popular parks around Tokyo and there are no tall buildings surrounding this park, which makes you forget you are in central Tokyo. You can also enjoy boating here. A walk around the pond is about 1.5 kilometers. If you walk along the river to the south, you can reach Ikegami Baien, a plum garden.
Senzoku ike is right in front of Senzokuike Station. It’s not so difficult to find out! Interesting? Please check it out!