Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rose Festival on the Toyo Rapid Line


EMU Tokyo Metro 05 series arrives at Yachiyo-Midorigaoka Station on the Toyo Rapid Line

It is rose flower season in Tokyo. We can see the beautiful blossoms here and there. They are fully blown in public parks, private gardens, and unexpectedly, on exterior walls of office buildings as well.

One of the reputable rose gardens in the Tokyo metropolitan area is Keisei Rose Garden in Yachiyo City, Chiba Prefecture. Along with Yatsu Rose Garden (see my blog on November 26th, 2011), Keisei Rose Garden is referred to as one-half of the twin jewels of rose gardens in Chiba Prefecture.

I visited this beautiful garden last weekend with my family. It was in peak blooming season. Visitors could see 1000s of different kinds of roses among the 7,000 on display there. We enjoyed the colorful blossoms, and smelled the sweet flavors of the full blown flowers. A rose festival was being held in the garden and a local high school jazz band gave us a brilliant performance (see the following photo). The garden was filled with not only colors and smells of the roses, but also sounds of the student performers.

To get to this flower lovers' paradise, the Toyo Rapid Line is convenient (see the top picture). Connecting Nishi-Funabashi and Toyo-Katsutadai, the total operating length is 16.2km. Most of the trains are directly operated into the subway, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. Using the rapid train, it takes around 40 minutes from Ootemachi, a city center of Tokyo, to Yachiyo-Midorigaoka, the nearest station to the rose garden. The railway station and the garden are connected by paths and pedestrian malls.

Jazz performance by Tomisato High School Band in Keisei Rose Garden on the Toyo Rapid Line