Big on water views, Edogawa City Ward is punctuated with scores of small public parks. However, it is the views of the surrounding rivers and bays that hold centre stage with some seriously open spaces. Here is a quick introduction to some of the natural spaces of Edogawa and how to reach them.

Kasai Rinkai Park

A huge expanse of park said to be the largest in central Tokyo, Kasai Rinkai Park is guaranteed to restore one's faith in a spacious Tokyo. Looking out over Tokyo Bay, the park's ferris wheel, aquarium, seabird sanctuary and observation building, combined with its walking trails, barbecue spots, lawns and beaches offer something for everyone.

Direct access from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station on the JR Keiyo or JR Musashino lines.

Kasai Rinkai Park (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Couple_@_Kasai_Rinkai_Park.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Masahiro Hayata / CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Kasai Rinkai Park (Photo: Masahiro Hayata / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Koiwa Shobuen Garden

Possibly one of the city's most amazing sights, the Koiwa Shobuen Garden runs along the banks of the Edogawa River and is home to stunning array of some 50,000 iris flowers. In full bloom during the middle of the year, the garden becomes an ocean of purple and pink with walking trails and rest spots for awed visitors.

A 5-minute walk from Edogawa Station on the Keisei Main Line.

Koiwa Shobuen Garden (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%E5%B0%8F%E5%B2%A9%E8%8F%96%E8%92%B2%E5%9C%92_-_panoramio_(11).jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">くろふね / CC BY 3.0</a>)
Koiwa Shobuen Garden (Photo: くろふね / CC BY 3.0)

Nagisa Park

Connecting with the hilly banks, BBQs and rose beds of neighbouring Fuji Park, Nagisa Park sits along the banks of the Kyudeo River with views into Chiba prefecture. A nice public space to spend time with the family, a children's train runs through the grounds of the park while the northern area features a pony riding area.

A 12-minute no. 21 or 24 bus ride from Kasai Station on the Tozai Line.

Nagisa Park (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sogo_recreation_park_nagisa_park_kasai_tokyo_2009.JPG" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">User:Kentin / CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Nagisa Park (Photo: User:Kentin / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Shinozaki Park

Great for its dedicated free BBQ area and as a viewing spot for the annual Edogawa Hanabi fireworks show, Shinozaki Park connects with the 6-kilometer long green space that runs along the west bank of the Edogawa River. The park's recommended walking course also takes in the many tree species that can be found here.

A 15-minute walk from Shinozaki Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line.

Shinozaki Park (Photo: <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/y_sny/archives/51953581.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Image by 真矢</a>)
Shinozaki Park (Photo: Image by 真矢)