Tokyo Walk: A tour around Nerima City by using the Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Located in the north-west part of the Tokyo metropolis, Nerima City has good access from central Tokyo, which takes just eight minutes from Ikebukuro by the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, but it is an area with abundant nature with several large parks. Let’s walk through towns in Nerima City in a relaxing atmosphere.
Shakujii ParkThis leafy park contains two large ponds. On Shakujii-ike Pond, which is located closer to the station, you can enjoy riding in a swan-shaped boat or row boat. There is a flower field, baseball field, and outdoor stage, which are busy with families on weekends. Sampoji-ike Pond further from the station has a calm and quiet atmosphere, with a marsh plant colony, which is designated a National Natural Treasure, Ruins of Shakujii Castle, and a shrine. It takes 30 to 45 minutes to go around these ponds. As the walking path is well-maintained, so you can enjoy walking comfortably. It is also a good way to refresh yourself.
● 7 min. walk from Shakujii-koen Sta.
Shakujii Koen Furusato Museum
Adjacent to the park is a free museum. You can learn about the history, traditions, and culture of Nerima through hands-on experiences. There is a corner where an old streetscape and lifestyle is recreated. You can take photos.
Shakujii Koen Furusato Museum
Bijutsu no Mori Ryokuchi ParkThis is a fantasy art zoo, where 32 statues of artistic animals, such as “Nerimama,” a horse with a body and legs of a daikon radish, are displayed. You are allowed to touch and sit on these art pieces. So, you can find your favorite animal and take a photo with it. If you want more of the world of art, you can visit Nerima Art Museum next to the park.
The motif is “Nerima daikon,” which has been produced in Nerima for a long time. It is longer than other types of daikon (Japanese radish), so it is hard to pull it out of the ground.
Bijutsu no Mori Ryokuchi Park
● 3 min. walk from Nakamurabashi Sta.
An observation lobby on the 20th floor of Nerima City Office main buildingAn observation lobby on the 20th floor of Nerima City Office main building
This is a free observatory with a panoramic view of Nerima and as far as TOKYO SKYTREE. On a clear day, you may be able to see Mount Fuji.
Welcome from “Nerimaru,” Nerima City’s official character!
An observation lobby on the 20th floor of Nerima City Office main building
● 5 min. walk from Nerima Sta.
Heisei Tsutsuji ParkLocated close to Nerima Station, this park is small but has about 600 varieties of tsutsuji (azalea). Every year, red, white, and pink flowers of tsutsuji beautifully bloom in April and May.
Tsutsuji is the flower of Nerima City.
Heisei Tsutsuji Park
● 1 min. walk from Nerima Sta.
Nerima is the birthplace of “Japan Animation,” where a full-fledged production of anime first started in Japan. The area has many companies in the anime industry. Statues and art works of anime are placed here and there in the town.
Toei Animation MuseumA museum of Toei Animation, one of the biggest anime production companies in Japan. Production materials are displayed and a goods shop is located in the museum. In front of the museum is Toei Movie Studios, where many movies and TV dramas, including special effects films, are produced.
*Please check the official website for information on business hours.
Toei Animation Museum
● 15 min. walk from Oizumi-gakuen Sta.
Oizumi Anime GateOn the north deck of Oizumi-gakuen Station, you can see a series of life-sized monuments of anime characters. Let’s take some photos with these characters that are related to Nerima City!
Kojiya SaburoemonThis is the only miso factory in Tokyo. Everything is hand-made, starting from koji (mold spores), and a traditional method using no additives and natural brewing creates miso with a delicate taste. On the days of preparing soy beans for miso, a nice aroma of cooked soy beans spreads through the area. This factory offers various kinds of miso, including “Suzushiro no Sato,” a white miso that has been selected as part of Nerima’s recommended goods collection “Nerikore” as well as a hand-made miso set to make miso at home.
● 15 min. walk from Nakamurabashi Sta.
Koizumi FarmThe only farm with livestock within the central 23 cities of Tokyo. As of the spring 2021, 40 adult cows and 10 calves are being raised in this farm. The special ice cream available at the shop in front of the farm offers a refreshing aftertaste, just like drinking milk. Sit down on one of the benches in the farm and enjoy the ice cream while looking at cute calves.
● 10 min. walk from Oizumi-gakuten Sta.
Vieill Bakerycafe & GalleryA bakery with a gallery. Their bread is tasty when it is just out of the oven but even tastier after a while, which means the bread is matured to taste better. The bread has no sour taste, so it’s good for everyone. The naming is also unique, such as “Shiawase no Pan” (bread of happiness), a coffee-flavored bread with raisins.
Shiawase no Pan
Blown glass by artist Yoshinori Hamaguchi
Vieill Bakerycafe & Gallery
● 10 min. walk from Ekoda Sta.
*The information herein is as of May 2021.