Let’s start Nakasendo walk, from Nihombashi again

The Tokaido walk has been ended. I do not feel that it was real. It took more than a year to finish, and that makes me feel it was unreal.

The other day, I ran for 10 km in the marathon race in Urayasu, and I felt a sense of accomplishment soon after I finished. The marathon contest ended only in one hour on the day, and that’s the difference between a day event and a long traveling.

I remembered the first day of Tokaido walking when we started from Nihombashi

Even without feeling of accomplishment, it was true that we walked through all 516 kilometers from Tokyo to Kyoto. Although I did not walk at a stretch for 17 days, when I told people that I walked on Tokaido, from Tokyo to Kyoto, they always asked me why I did it and they look never understand what we did.

It has been a month since we finished the Tokaido walk. My mother wanted to start the next road walk immediately after finishing Tokaido. The roadway walk became a hobby for her. She said that she wanted to to continue this hobby for her life !

By the way, while my mother walked Tokaido on weekends and holidays, between moments – she also completed the Mito highway with my father using the weekends when I wasn’t available to go out with her.

I was available this weekend, and we decided to start walking Nakasendo. The first day was about for 24km from Nihonbashi to Urawa. I remembered that I was so much tired as to give up keep walking after 10km from Nihonbashi to Shinagawa on the first day of Tokaido walking. Now it was very easy to complete 24 km course for us.

Beyond Arakawa river to enter Saitama

The Nakasendo goes through from Nihombashi to Kanda, along with the east to the west. It was very enjoyable walking around Tokyo that I knew very well. We had an early Unagi lunch in Sugamo where is so-called “Harajuku for grandma”. Some groups of grandmas were having a big size of Unaju like us. How hungry (young) they were!

A red gate of Tokyo University.
Our favorite Unagi restaurant in Sugamo

In the vicinity of Itbashi-juku, there was a small scale of a shopping area. It was an area I have never visited. Acrrosing Arakawa river to enter Saitama Prefecture, the scenery suddenly became country-side atmosphere. Arakawa river was large to cross the bridge, and residence area along Arakawa river was very quiet. Although we crossed many rivers even on Tokaido, still it gave us special feeling when we crossed the river. The Wind became stronger on the bridge, and in most case, we needed to walk alongside of car roads. The sky was wide, and it made us feel refreshed.

The first day was about 20 km to Urawa.

From Urawa, it was quick Tokyo by train. I became known that Urawa is a popular residence area for those who commute to Tokyo. From now on, we will go up to north area walking thorough Saitama area.

Entered in Fujishuku.
Today’s goal : Urawa

I write down my thoughts about the places and cultures I visited and Japan where I was born and grew up, trying to share my thoughts with my friends around the world. Now based in Tokyo.

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