“As mentioned in our issue of Saturday, the Kobu Railway Company announce a special service between Iidamachi, Shinjuku, Kokubunji, and Hachioji for ten days, the idea being to provide additional facilities for visitors to Horinouchi and Koganei, where the cherries are said to have blossomed with unusual splendour this year. Koganei, an ancient pleasaunce of the Shoguns, is really a sight worth seeing, both sides of a limpid and rapid stream (afterwards the Yedo-gawa), being lined with cherry-trees of great age, unusual girth, and countless millions of faintly odorous blossoms.”
– The Japan Daily Mail, April 13, 1895
“Koganei, with a fine avenue of cherry-trees 2-1/2 mi. in length along the banks of the small canal that conducts the waters of the Tamagawa to Tokyo. It is reached by train to Sakai on the Hachioji line, 1 hr. from Shinjiku Junction, and 20 min. distant from the avenue.
“Ten thousand young trees were brought from Yoehino in Yamato — the most famous place for cherry-trees in Japan — and from the banks of the Sakura-gawa in Hitachi, and planted here in 1735 by command of the Shogun Yoshimune.
“The crowds that assemble daily, to revel under the shade of the pink and white blossoms about the middle of April, present a gay spectacle.”
– A Handbook for Travellers in Japan, by Basil Hall Chamberlain & W.B. Mason, 1901