Here is the story.
Whenever I go to Tokyo via Shonan Shinjuku line and the train passed by at the Kawasaki area portion of the route, I can’t help but be amazed on how beautiful the view is from afar- the open space, the bridges, the buildings and that peek of light gleaming into the river water.
The view is breathtaking as it is, particularly on early clear morning weekend where all I wanted is to see something that screams relaxation and stress-free day.
I told myself that I should dedicate a day and appreciate this wonder on a closer level like those people whom I normally see from the train window which are either cycling, running or fishing at the riverbank.
Home to many plants, birds, fishes and occasional homeless people, even if the river flows right through the city center, the over-all ambiance at the riverbank is as close to nature and a summer getaway for the metropolis inhabitants.
Though Tama River is a piece of nature in the heart of the city, it does not imply that the river did not face any controversies in the past. There are some reports claiming possible radiation contamination related to the fallout of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant while some reports mentioned that there was an increase of non-native fish species like piranha.
Not confirmed if the above controversies are true or not, but over-all, another admirable constant effort from the Japanese government in controlling the pollution and protecting the river wildlife inhabitants.
How to reach Tama riverbanks? My recommended course will be to access via Futako-Tamagawa station (Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line). You can combine your visit with a neighborhood stroll and window shopping at the newly built Futako Tamagawa Rise.
Tokyo is an expensive city to live or travel but there are places which cost zero to visit yet provide the most satisfaction and Tama River falls exactly under that category.
That view which I tried to describe at the beginning of this post is how I will always remember the one of a kind kingdom of Tokyo.