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Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way is located a 3-minute walk away from Kudanshita Station, and a 5-minute walk away from Hanzomon Station. This 700 meter long greenway stretches from Yasukuni-dori Avenue to Kitanomaru Garden in the north. About 260 cherry trees including Yoshino cherry trees, are planted along the path. From late March through to early April this green way boasts a spectacular view of the dazzling cherry trees in bloom.
address2-chome to 3-chome, Kudan-minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
business_hourThe Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier is open from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm from March 1 to November 30.
*Business hours may vary depending on time of the year.
access3-minute walk from Subway "Kudanshita Sta." Exit 2
5-minute walk from Subway "Hanzomon Sta." Exit 5
With 260 cherry trees ready to bloom, Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way is one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom spots
Thanks to the district managed "Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier" you can look up at the cherry blossoms as you drift along the surface of the moat. Ordinary ticket prices are 500 yen for 30 minutes, and 1,000 yen for an hour. During the cherry blossom season the prices are 800 yen for 30 minutes and 1,600 yen for an hour. Looking up from below as row after row of cherry trees come into bloom all at once makes the sight all the more breathtaking. During the Chiyoda Sakura Festival period the area is lit up with illuminations at night, allowing you to witness the wondrous sight of the cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the water.
Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat was originally utilized as a dam to secure a water reserve at the onset of the Edo period. It's said that they did this by damming up a stream that flowed from Kojimachi, and then when Edo Castle was being built they directed the water through the castle's central and western citadels and into the Hibiya Inlet (around present day Hibiya Park). Incidentally, the 'chidori' in Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat refers to a species of bird (the plover), and it's said that the area got its name from the many birds that would gather here in winter, as well as from the V shaped moat's alleged resemblance to the plovers.
Additionally, at the nearby Kitanomaru Garden you can experience the changing nature of the seasons as all manner of flowers come into bloom throughout the year. There are also some historical sites nearby, such as the Edo Castle Ruins and Sakurada-mon Gate, as well as some cultural institutions such as a Science Museum and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
If you're looking to spend a day fully immersed in some gorgeous natural scenery, then why not treat yourself to a walk through Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way.
"You can view Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat via live camera. *Transfer to YouTube"