Ohashi Sato no Mori
What is The Ohashi Sato no Mori?
Built on the roof of Ohashi Ventilation Center located inside Ohashi Junction. "Natural regeneration green space Ohashi Sato no Mori". It is a place where sloped forests, grasslands, and the murmuring of streams are reproduced in the image of an era when the relationship between people and nature was rich.
Natural regeneration green space
“Ohashi Sato no Mori”
Ohashi Sato no Mori is a natural regeneration green space developed on the roof of the tunnel ventilation center located inside Ohashi Junction and modeled the original scenery around the Meguro River.
It is thought that there were a valley and terraces around the Meguro River in the early Showa era; marshy areas that included paddy fields lay in the valley, grasslands of Japanese torreya and other plants stretched out on the terraces, sloped forest and springs were found on the terrace cliffs, and the murmuring of streams was heard.
There is a slope for ventilation on the tunnel ventilation center and nature of the original scenery around the Meguro River is reproduced utilizing the slope.
Ohashi Sato no Mori and the surrounding greenery
Ohashi Junction, where Ohashi Sato no Mori is located, named "Ohashi Green Junction",
we are nurturing precious greenery in the city.
Natural regeneration green space
～Ohashi Sato no Mori～
It is a green space that contributes to the regional environmental improvement as one of the centers of the ecological network that links to regional greens and the nature of the Meguro River.
Greens in a park～Meguro Sky Garden～
Meguro Sky Garden is a park built on the roof of a highway junction building for the first time in Japan, and the loop shaped park is 400 meters around with a height of 35 meters at the highest and 7 meters at the lowest. It is a leafy park, which is hard to believe is built on a building roof.
Greens in the city～Green wall～
At Ohashi Junction, green walls have been put in place with creeping fig, which stays green all year, considering the harmony with the surrounding environment.
It grows only 30 to 50 centimeters a year and takes long to grow, but it is expected cover the walls with green over the years.
What is An Ecological Network?
An ecological network is a concept and practical activity to restore a deteriorated ecosystem and conserve biodiversity by interconnecting the growth and habitat of divided species.
Ohashi Sato no Mori connects the Yoyogi Park and the surrounding greenery with the Meguro River as the axis. It plays a role as one of the bases of the ecological network.
|Major birds||Blue rock thrush / Black-backed wagtail / Bulbul / White-eyes|
|Major insects (Land)||Common skimmers / Red dragonflies / Crickets (Haraokamekorogi (Scientific name: Loxoblemmus campestris)) / Tsuzuresasekorogi (Scientific name: Velarifictorus micado) / Grasshoppers (Hishibatta (Scientific name: Tetrix japonica)) / Locusts (Kobaneinago (Scientific name: Oxya yezoensis)) / Large brown cicadae / Seven-spotted ladybugs / Flower-flies (Scientific name: Eristalis tenax) / Ichimonjiseseri (Scientific name: Parnara guttata) / Namiageha (Scientific name: Papilio xuthus)|
|Major insects (Aquatic)||Diving beetles (Haiirogengorou) / Backswimmers / Gerris latiabdominis / Dragonfly larvae (Asian Bluetail, Lesser Emperor, Common skinners, Scarlet skimmers) / Sigara substriata|
Creatures and plants found in Ohashi Sato no Mori
Monitoring surveys have confirmed the breeding of killifish, insects, and aquatic organisms, and the arrival of many birds at local ponds.
See more for a list of other animals and plants found in Ohashino Sato no Mori
Contribution to children’s learning through a rice farming experience
We invite elementary school children in neighboring areas and hold rice farming experience (planting, cultivation, and threshing) and nature observation workshops.
We contribute to children’s multifaceted learning that includes nature learning, farming experience, and dietary education through such experience-based programs.
Recognitions to the continuous efforts
Various efforts on Ohashi Sato no Mori have also highly evaluated by external organizations.
Recognized by SEGES
Ohashi Sato no Mori was listed in Sodateru-midori of SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System) in FY 2020. We were highly evaluated to have built a green space on a unique spot, the roof of a ventilation center of Metropolitan Expressway, considering the ecosystem, and to have contributed to regional society through rice field farming experiences for local elementary school students.
- SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System) is a certification system that evaluates the excellence of green lands created by corporate organizations and their relevant daily activities and recognizes that they are excellent green land that contributes to the environment and society and are maintained well.
Registration in EDO-MIDORI Registration Green Space
On August 21, 2019, it was registered in the "EDO-MIDORI Registration Green Space (*)", a native species planting system in Tokyo. Only native species of trees are planted and excessive cutting is avoided to keep them close to their natural state for six years after maintenance. These efforts were praised to protect the ecosystem and natural environment by not using pesticides.
- "EDO-MIDORI Registration Green Space (*)": A system in which the Tokyo Metropolitan Government registers and announces green spaces with native species actively planted and work to conserve biodiversity.
Obtained JHEP Certification "AAA" (highest rank)
Ohashi Sato no Mori acquired the highest rank "AAA" in "JHEP Certification" on September 21, 2016. Using the original scenery around the Meguro River area as a model, we have restored a high-quality natural area resembled to the nature inherent to the area by limiting the types of seedlings to native species.
Native species of trees and grasslands are planted and excessive cutting is avoided to keep them close to their natural state from the time of maintenance. And we have thoroughly maintained and managed the extermination of alien species in order to raise native species. These efforts were evaluated, and it became the highest rank "AAA" certification in JHEP.
- The JHEP certification (Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program) is a quantitative evaluation of the efforts of companies by comparing the degree of contribution and impact on biodiversity before and after the project. In Japan, it is evaluated and certified by the Japan Ecosystem Association. The Japanese version of HEP developed by the US Department of the Interior as a method for quantitatively evaluating the environment in the 1970s and 1980s.
What’s Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System, SEGES?
Ohashi Sato no Mori was listed in Sodateru-midori (Excellent Stage 2) of SEGES (Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System). Sodateru-midori of SEGES evaluates the excellence of green lands created by corporate organizations and their daily social contribution activities and recognizes that they are excellent well-maintained green lands. We are the first express-way operator certified by SEGES. We were highly evaluated to have built a green space on a unique spot, the roof of a ventilation center of Metropolitan Expressway, considering the ecosystem, and to have contributed to regional society through rice field farming experiences for local elementary school students.
The space is usually closed for management but opens to public several times a year. Please visit us.