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[Tokyo] Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat (千鳥ヶ淵): The Cherry Blossom Paradise

A Tranquil Spot Known for Its Historical Significance and Cherry Blossom Splendor

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, there’s a tranquil spot that’ll transport you back in time. The Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way is a 700-meter promenade that’s steeped in history and natural beauty. Stroll along the picturesque Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat, originally built to protect water reserves for the construction of Edo Castle, and imagine yourself transported to the Edo period.

But the real magic happens during spring when the cherry blossom trees burst into bloom, transforming the promenade into a pink paradise. Rent a boat and row through the moat, surrounded by delicate pink petals for an unforgettable experience. Boat rentals are available from March to November, with prices starting at 500 yen during the off-season and 800 yen during the cherry blossom season.

Don’t miss out on the chance to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Chidori-ga-fuchi. Witness the enchanting Chiyoda Sakura Festival, where the cherry blossoms are illuminated at night, creating a magical atmosphere. As you stroll along the 700-meter-long walkway, take in the beauty of the moat’s surroundings and marvel at its historical significance.

The Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat was once part of the defense system of Edo Castle, the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years. It was also witness to the Meiji Restoration, which marked the end of feudalism and ushered in modernization. But it’s not just its historical significance that draws visitors in; it’s also a popular spot for locals and tourists to take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Getting to Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat is easy. Take a train to Kudanshita Station or Hanzomon Station and walk for about five minutes to the pathway along the moat. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Kudanue or Kitanomaru Park stops, which are nearby. The moat is open all year round, but the rowboat rental is only available from March to November.

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