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Whenever I travel to Tokyo I make it a point to spend at least a good part of one day on a visit to Shibamata in Katsushika Ward. This lovely neighborhood tucked away in the remote northeastern corner of the city on the banks of the Edogawa River still retains some of the flavor of the Edo Period (1603-1867).

It also features two beautiful gardens. One of these is on the grounds of Daikyo-ji Temple. The other is situated nearby at one of the most beautiful traditional-style homes in the city, Yamamoto-tei.

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