A Piece of Nature in the Heart of the City, Tama River, Tokyo-Kanagawa, Japan

tama river

Would you believe if I tell you that the below photo was taken in the heart of a mega-city called Tokyo?
tama river

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.
tama river
tama river

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.

At 138 km long, winding down from the high mountains of Yamanashi prefecture through the cities of Tokyo and Kanagawa, Tama River is consider as one of the longest river in Japan.
tama river
tama river
tama river
tama river

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.
tama river
tama river
tama river
tama river

Best thing to do for first timer visitors like me? Sit under the bridge adorned with graffiti for some quiet time. If you have kids in tow, let them play as they please.
tama river
tama river
tama river
tama river

Summer in Japan also means BBQ party and Tama river is one of the most popular spot for such get together.
tama river
tama river
tama river

A 50 km mostly paved Tama River course path is available for running and cycling enthusiast. Other popular activities at the river? Kayaking and fielding.
tama river
tama river
tama river

There are several forums asking where in Tokyo they can find something similar to those riverbanks illustrated in anime/manga series, I think Tama River is something fans should consider visiting.
tama river
tama river
tama river

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.
tama river
tama river
tama river

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.
tama river
tama river

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.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “A Piece of Nature in the Heart of the City, Tama River, Tokyo-Kanagawa, Japan

  1. A great place to picnic with family, in an expensive city. I appreciate the town administration for keeping the area clean and user friendly. Needless to say, I enjoyed the pictures and write up immensely. Looking forward to your next post. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s