Monday, May 16, 2011
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).
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.
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.