Akabane-Iwabuchi Station is located in Kita-ku (the Kita ward of Tokyo). It is the northern-most station on the Namboku Line, a South-North subway line of Tokyo Metro, which runs from Meguro Station in the south to Akabane-Iwabuchi Station in the north. From Akabane-Iwabuchi, the Namboku Line inter-operates with Saitama Rapid Railway or Saitama Kosokutetsudo, which is actually a continuation of Namboku Line. Saitama starts at Akabane-Iwabuchi Station and ends at Saitama Misono Station in Saitama.

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A few minutes walk from Akabane-Iwabuchi is the must-see Iwabuchi Sluice Gate, also known as the Red Sluice Gate because of its color. A sluice is a water channel that is controlled at its head by a gate, which slides in grooves in the sides of the channel. Sluice gates, traditionally made of wood or metal plate, are used to control water levels and flow rates in rivers and canals.

The residents of Kita often had to face hardships whenever the Arakawa River in the area surged with rain. In the year 1910, the river overflowed and there was catastrophic flood in which over a million people were displaced. It was then that the government decided to act and had a massive drainage canal built. The Iwabuchi Sluice Gate was completed in 1924 and placed at the point where the Shingashi River joins and the Sumida River starts. Painted in bright red, the Iwabuchi Sluice Gate was designed by Akira Aoyama, the only Japanese architect who took part in the construction of the Panama Canal. The gate protected the low lying area till 1982 when it was replaced by another gate. Today the Iwabuchi Sluice Gate, painted in bright red, still stands there and is one of the most compelling sights of the area.

The abundantly green and open area around the Arakawa River is a favorite sight for long walks, picnics, and fishing. A recent feature is the Arakawa Museum of Aqua which illustrates what has been gained by containing the river.

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