Monday, May 16, 2011

Kasai Seaside Park

Kasai Rinkai Park-HDR
The good weather is back in Tokyo and there is no better way to spend a holiday that to visit a park. The Kasai Seaside Park in Edogawa is a popular destination that normally attracts large crowds, but as of the largest parks in Japan, with 81 million square meters, the crowds are tolerable (with the exception perhaps of the cherry blossom viewing season).

Seaside Edogawa Hotel
The park is divided into several zones, the central zone with the “Promenade to the Sea” main street running from the Kasai seaside station to the “Cristal view” observatory. The Northwest part is the grass area with the 117m tall “Diamond and Flower” Ferris Wheel, currently the largest in Japan, the wheel has one most beautiful light shows, that is not currently in display due to electricity power saving measures. The seaside-edogawa river hotel is also in this area.

Tokyo Sea Life Park
To the east of the park the Aquarium Tokyo sea Life park, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi is one of the most popular Aquariums holding the record of most visitor in Japan.

Next to the aquarium is a bird sanctuary with fresh water and seawater ponds and birds watching observatories.

The Cristal view observatory offers a view of the sea breeze square, and the two artificial beaches, the waterbus station is at the east side of the square.

The park is perhaps too big to be enjoyed on one visit, but it is definitively worth several visits.



AdelaideBen said...

Looks like it's a great place to visit (especially with the family).

Edogawa isn't that far from Urayasu city where they had such extensive damage from the earthquake. How are things going over there now?... from what I read, repairing the damage in that part of "reclaimed" Tokyo will be a long term thing.

Still shouldn't dwell on such things in such a clearly beautiful park, with a very nice view of the sea (though surprised not to see a steady stream of ships coming into Toyko Port).

island4jp said...

Urayaso is almost back to normal, although some areas are still lacking water services, and some houses are structurally undamaged, but tilted an and angle as the soil under the foundations moved in different directions. But in general The pace of recovery is amazingly fast.

AdelaideBen said...

Good to hear. I'm amazed at how quickly things can happen in Japan (for good or bad). Still, I'm sure the people that live around there are more than happy to have things getting back to normal.