A Relaxing Walk in Numabukuro

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Hello everyone!!! We are “team Bears” from the Global Japanese Studies department, Meiji University.
How are you going to spend your vacation this summer? Today, we will suggest you a tour (recommended walking route), including sacred and relaxing spots in Numabukuro!!!  

【START】 1. The Numabukuro station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line

Let’s start walking!!

Let’s start walking from the Numabukuro station! This area still has the atmosphere of a traditional old neighborhood.

2. The Nakano Numabukuro Hikawa Shrine

Just 2-mins walk from the north exit of the Numabukuro station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, the large Trii gate welcomes you!! This is the Nakano Numabukuro Hikawa Shrine.

The big Torii gate will serve as a landmark when you visit the shrine.

Susanoo-no-mikoto, a god who is said to be beneficial for warding off evil and plague in Japanese mythology, is enshrined here.  Inside the shrine, there is “Sanbon Negaimatsu“, a sacred pine tree, which have been believed to bring happiness.   Moreover, it is known to be beneficial for safe delivery and children’s growth when you touch “Komainu” (stone guardian dog) three times. 

Climb up the stairs, you can see the main building of the Shinto shrine. This is really wonderful.

3. The Hyaku Kannon Meiji Temple

Walking north-west from the Hikawa Shrine, you can find the Hyaku Kannon Meiji Temple. 

Although not so far from the Numabukuro station, here is very quiet place.

In the temple, there are approximately 180 Kannon (the goddess of mercy) carved into rock. 
The Hyaku Kannon Meiji Temple was certified as a tourism resource of the Nakano ward in 2014. 

There are a lot of Kannon statues. Visitors will be overwhelmed by this view.

※ Actually, photography is prohibited at this temple. We got special permission to take a photo.

4. “Ichinoyu”, sento (public bath)

After visiting sacred places, let’s go to sento (public bath) to relax!
Heading to the Numabukro station from the Hyaku Kannon Meiji Temple, you can find Ichinoyu. Some regular customers form a line and wait the opening time even on weekdays.

The big “一の湯” character serves as a landmark to guide you.

 Entering the entrance, you can find the splendid gate that looks like an old Japanese castle. You will be surprised by this gate!

The hafu (gable) creates a dignified look.

Going through the door, there are Otoko-yu (men’s bath) and Onna-yu (women’s bath). The dressing room is really big. In the corner of the room, there is a space that regular customers keep their bath equipments. 

A row of colorful bath equipments

 There are massage chairs and comic books in the dressing room besides the shelf. These services are introduced  as the owner of Ichinoyu regards the dressing room as the place of communication. The owner treasures human relationships.

Entering the bathroom, you can find the elaborate tile art!

What an elaborate tile art!  

 Three Japanese cranes and the Mt. Fuji are designed on the wall. Especially, Mt. Fuji strides over the men’s and women’s bath. For this reason, the wall art of Mt. Fuji is called “Matagi Fuji” (=”Striding Fuji”)

After washing your body, how about taking a rock open-air bath?
※There is no open-air bath in women’s bath.

You will be relaxed by quiet atmosphere.

You can be relaxed physically and mentally at Ichinoyu!!

【GOAL】5. Back to the Numabukuro station on the Seibu Shinjyuku Line

The walking route we suggest ends at the Numabukuro station. How do you find this tour?
All spots we introduced in this  article have more charming points!  If you feel tired, we hope you actually visit the Numabukro area and walk around to find more!