Tokyo Neighborhood: Train “Spotting” at Ochanomizu

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Ochanomizu is another neighborhood at the vast kingdom of Tokyo that is worth exploring and the most popular spot if you ask me is nonetheless the Hijiribashi bridge.

Don’t be surprise to find many people standing at the bridge area, seriously and patiently waiting for something to happen. Upon closer look, you will notice that majority of them are holding a camera.
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A fame spot for camera geek, but who can’t blame them, I mean us? Standing at the bridge, you will see in one frame everything that is often associated with Tokyo- very clean river (Kanda River), series of bridges and high rise buildings from afar, and if you are lucky, capture the confluence of trains (Chuo Line, Sobu Line, Marunouchi Line)as its speeds away along the tracks.
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From every angle, the view of Ochanomizu at Hijiribashi somehow reminds me of the special effect exhibit, the one that features miniature Tokyo that Godzilla recklessly destroy.
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Ochanomizu has a rich history starting from its name. “Ocha-no-mizu” which literally translates to “tea water” is dissected by the Kanda River, which according to history is a source of water used to make shogun’s tea during the Edo period.
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It is also home to one of the few Confucian Temple in the country. Yushima Seido was built in 1630 and originally located at Ueno, the temple was moved by the Tokugawa Shogunate to Ochanomizu to serve as a school of Confucianism and spread the teachings of Neo-Confucianist scholar Hayashi Razan.
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At the same neighborhood, the main cathedral of Japanese Orthodox Church can be found. This one is hardly miss, since the dome architecture is a standout among the other box-typebuilding. The church is commonly known as Nicholai-do in Japanese or Holy Resurrection Cathedral in English.
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If the nearby neighborhood of Jimbocho is known for books, the Ochanomizu is the go to place for musical instruments, second hand guitars in particular.
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Regardless if you are a photography enthusiast or guitar aficionado, the neighborhood of Ochanomizu is a worthy walk for those who find great satisfaction on discovering the many amazing neighborhood of Tokyo.

9 thoughts on “Tokyo Neighborhood: Train “Spotting” at Ochanomizu

  1. Ah, that looks like a great neighborhood! Beautiful down by the river. I can see why so many people have their cameras out.

    Great photographs, as always. : )

  2. Stupendous post ,the pictures and the article are fantastic.Jalal Michael

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