This is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful rivers. It is near the Myoshoji
temple. It has cherry blossom trees all along the river that is perfect for
It is lovely for brisk summer walks, when the weather is nice, with lots of
people and cyclists. You often see ducks swimming in the river!
Initially it was two rivers that merged, however as it would overflow with
heavy rain it was reconstructed to a more downstream place. The
reference ‘Ochiai’ means river junction.
The location was famous for kimono dying factories, which lined the
riverbanks throughout the 1950s. There is a festival called the ‘Some-
no-komichi’, which is a celebration of beautifully dyed clothes.
This is a community run event and it’s to honor the location as a dyeing
town. The riverbanks are used to display these marvelous clothes,
known as the river gallery. It is quite a spectacle.
There are also road gallery’s where ‘Noren’ is displayed in front of
shops. Essentially the entire town is decorated.