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Denenchofu Seseragi Park and Hall

Kengo Kuma revives the rural atmosphere of an urban village.

By Alma Reyes

In southwestern Tokyo, Denenchofu in Ota Ward is generally perceived as an upper-class neighborhood. Yet, in the Edo period, it was home to the Uenumabe and Shimonumabe villages that lived on wheat and rice production. A few farmlands can still be seen today.

Just next to Tamagawa station along the Tokyu-Toyoko line is Denenchofu Seseragi Park, a sprawling, multileveled forested land landscaped with abundant trees, floral blooms, a small waterfall and two large ponds connected to hot springs.

Denenchofu Seseragi Park

Photo by: PIXTA/うえぽん The park is perched on the river terrains stretching over 30 kilometers, offering different angles of the picturesque grounds

As the Kokubunji cliff sits along the Tamagawa river, the park is perched on the river terrains stretching over 30 kilometers, offering different angles of the picturesque grounds. You can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and gorgeous maple leaves in autumn. Climbing up and down the stone steps leads you to a rich oasis where you can find a wooden hut by the pond and creek. Another wooden gazebo is installed on the eastern side, encircled by tall trees, bushes and seasonal flowers. A multipurpose square by the east gate is where children can be seen cycling, skateboarding and playing. Sometimes, the park hosts outdoor exhibitions.

Denenchofu Seseragi Hall

Denenchofu Seseragi Park

Photo by: PIXTA/ tenjou The multifunctional hall provides cultural and social activities for residents and a haven for relaxing with nature.

The special highlight of this park is the Denenchofu Seseragi Hall designed by world-acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma. Opened in 2020, the multifunctional hall provides cultural and social activities for residents and a haven for relaxing with nature. Facilities include meeting and hands-on learning rooms; resting lounges (including tatami mat rooms); the Seseragi Bunko library that lends books, magazines, and picture books for free; and a children’s and nursing room.

The cozy Caffé di Ruscello on the ground floor serves varied bread, cakes and a lunch menu, which you can savor while facing the spacious lawn and woodland.

Kuma, who grew up in Denenchofu until elementary school, envisioned reviving the rural feel of green-patched grounds and rolling hills of verdant trees within a residential area as the future of public architecture. The flow of people in urban cities would shift towards walking a great deal through pockets of nature. Kuma used vintage wood for the structure, evoking the mood of a living room. The roof’s cross-section is divided into wooden strips, emphasizing the high ceiling and elongated space. A 120-meter-long engawa (exterior passageway attached to a structure) faces the cliff, perfectly blending with the natural setting.

Things To Know

HOURS

Denenchofu Seseragi Park: Daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and free of charge. 

Denenchofu Seseragi Hall: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. except the second Thursday of every month (or the following day if it is a public holiday) and from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3. 

Caffé di Ruscello: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Lunch 11:30 a. m. to 2 p.m.); Same holidays as the hall

How To Get There

Address

By train

15 minutes from Shibuya station by Tokyu Toyoko line to Tamagawa station, and walk one minute 

Where To Stay

Flexstay Inn Tamagawa
  • 1-837 Shimmarukohigashi, Kawasaki-shi Nakahara-ku, Kanagawa, 211-0004 Japan
  • ¥9,500 - ¥24,000
  • 4.43/5 (246 reviews)
  • 1.4 km
Hotel Seiyoken
  • 3-10 Kosugimachi, Kawasaki-shi Nakahara-ku, Kanagawa, 211-0063 Japan
  • ¥5,800 - ¥47,200
  • 4.08/5 (998 reviews)
  • 2.2 km
Kawasaki Daiichi Hotel Musashi Shinjo
  • 5-2-3 Shinjo, Kawasaki-shi Nakahara-ku, Kanagawa, 211-0044 Japan
  • ¥7,900 - ¥7,900
  • 4/5 (1,917 reviews)
  • 3.7 km
Tokyo Inn
  • 2-31-6 Kitamagome, Ota-ku, Tokyo, 143-0021 Japan
  • ¥7,030 - ¥41,000
  • 3.43/5 (3,170 reviews)
  • 3.9 km
Flexstay Inn Nakanobu
  • 4-27-8 Futaba, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 142-0043 Japan
  • ¥5,250 - ¥26,000
  • 4.2 km

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