Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals

The cycling culture in Tokyo is big, and whizzing along pretty paths on two wheels is one of the best ways of orienting yourself while taking in the sights. While navigating your way around can be hard without GPS, following the rivers means less map-checking and more sight-soaking. The Suginami Ward in West Tokyo is home to both the Zenpukuji and Kanda rivers which, joined at one end can be enjoyed on a loop around the area passing by the popular Inokashira Park en route.

Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals

Suginami is a predominantly residential area that, in spite of its proximity to central Tokyo, has the benefit of quiet streets and undiscovered spots. Bicycles can be hired from a few places around the area such as Rental Minamoto, where you can hire a bike for 1,050 yen for the day just a short walk from Ogikubo Station. Starting along the Zenpukuji River, take to the small paths that line the river laiden with trees and neighbouring parks. Like much of Tokyo, cherry blossoms pop up intermittently around Suginami as well as impressive displays of multi-coloured leaves in fall.

Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals

All that cycling is sure to have you working up an appetite so make sure to plan in food stops along the way. The Zermatt bakery prepares deliciously fresh bread that include filling sandwiches and sweet pastries. Lunch can be enjoyed somewhere along the river or at the nearby Wadabori Park which the Zenpukuji River winds all the way through.

Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals

Heading west along the meandering Zenpukuji River will eventually bring you to the Zenpukuji Park, the smallest and calmest of the parks along our route. Temporarily veering off the river path, take the little streets in the direction of southwest and in just 15 minutes you’ll make it to one of Tokyo’s most celebrated parks, Inokashira Koen, which makes another good spot for a snack break with a whole host of eateries just north of the park.

Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals

The lake at Inokashira Park transforms into the Kanda River which runs back to central Tokyo which after around 15 kilometres joins up with the Zenpukuji River near Nakano Fujimicho in Nakano Ward. From Inokashira, the river weaves up and down running alongside the Inokashira train line for much of the stretch. Although the majority of the buildings that back off the river are typical low-rise Japanese apartments, which make for interesting architecture to eye up along the way, keep an eye out for local shops and cafes along the way. While the popular parks are most certainly a good reward for cyclists, the freedom of taking your own path by bike means you’re sure to find some hidden gems along the way.

Cycle Loop Along Tokyo West Canals
Facility Name
Zempukuji
Address
Tokyo Suginami-ku Zempukuji 4-3-6
Phone
0333993936
Information Sources:
NTT DIRECTORY SERVICES
Facility Name
Inokashira Park
Address
Tokyo Musashinoshi Gotenyama 1-18-31
Phone
0422476900
Introduction
Inokashira Park is a metropolitan park that straddles the boundary between Musashino City and Mitaka City in Tokyo. Opened in 1917, it was the first park of its kind in Japan to be located in the suburbs of a major city. The Park is close to the commercial districts of Mitaka and Kichijoji, and is situated very near to a railway station; as an “oasis” of greenery within the metropolis, it receives many visitors every day, not only from the immediate neighborhood but from other areas as well. There are street vendors (selling handmade goods, etc.) and street performers, giving the Park and the surrounding area a lively atmosphere. Inokashira Park is famous for the cherry trees (of the Somei Yoshino variety) that flower near the pond inside the Park in spring; it is ranked among the Top 100 best places in Japan to view cherry blossom.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ogikubo
Address
Tokyo Suginami-ku Ogikubo 5 chome
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Toritu Zempukuji Park
Address
Tokyo Met. Suginami-ku Zempukuji 3-chome
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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