Down Kanda River then Up Zempukuji River

I had a long run this morning.  From Inokashira Pond, ran down Kanda River until it met Zenpukuji River.  I then followed it upstream all the way to its start.

This is where Kanda River crosses Inokashira-dori Street.

Kannana-dori Street also crosses Kanda River.

This is where Kanda River merges with Zenpukuji River.


A water intake facility in case of too much water.

There was a cute figures along the trail.

The river turns many times.

There is another overflow water reservoir system under construction.

Gingko nuts fell on the ground.

Close-up of the nuts.

Boys on bikes going homes from soccer practice.

A straight part of the river.

I enoyed the faint sweet smell of fragrant orange tea olive flowers as I ran.

There were many runners today.

The start of the river - by Zenpukuji Park.


Lake Tama Cycling Road Run

On the last day of Silver Week Holidays, I went for my longest run since my last half marathon in May.

Inokashira Dori crossing Itsukaichi Kaido.

The entrance of Lake Tama Cycling Road.

The road has pedestrian side where I could run.

One part was raised like a river bank.

There are some intersections where I had to wait for the traffic lights.



There were beautiful flowers along the way.

The the distance from the entrance is clearly marked.

A field of some agricultural products.

Back in Kichijoji on Inokashira Dori.


Inuyama Castle and Kiso River

Yesterday, I visited a lovely city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture.  I was very lucky to completely avoid the typhoon that came through the area the day before.  The weather was beautiful - as if nothing had happened on the day I was there.

This Torii line is the route to Inuyama Castle.

The castle entrance.

Tenshu building - it is not so big.

Tenshu is built on top of the stone foundation.

The interior structure of the base of the building.

Very steep steps must be climbed to get to the top (this photo is looking down).

Former storage room for weapons.

Samurai armors.

The first three heads of Naruse Clan that ruled this area after 1617.

The view from the top towards Nagoya.

Kiso River flows right by the castle.

The castle seen from a boat on the river.

Famous Cormorant Fishing demonstration.


Utatsuyama + Around the Castle Run in Kanazawa

Yesterday late afternoon, I was lucky to be able to run in the beautiful city of Kanazawa.  Although the time was limited, I could visit some interesting sites.

First, I ran to Utatsuyama area, then came back into the city around the castle.

Asano River must be crossed to get to Utatsuyama.

The famous Iris Garden - must be beautiful in May.

Entrance to the Three Shrines.

The map showing them.

Atago Shrine - one of many that worships Atago Gongen.

Utatsu Shrine (left) and Toyokuni Shrine.

Close from the castle is Gokoku Shrine.

A statue of Father and Son.

The moat by the castle walls on the south side.

The oat on the north side.

The castle building and the main entrance.

Beautiful Kimono were displayed at the lobby of my hotel.