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Kamanofuchi Park – Ome City

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on September 25, 2014

Last weekend I visited one of my favorite “parks” in Tokyo, the lovely little Kamanofuchi Park in Ome City on the extreme western part of Tokyo. The park is centered around a natural bend in the Tama river and you have to descend quite a bit from the street level to get down to the river valley bottom. The park is located an easy walk from Ome Station (the last stop on the Chuo Line) and if you navigate the streets on the way there well you will enjoy quite a nice walk through this little town. The amount of green in and around Tokyo never ceases to astonish me, it is easy to see that we live in a humid subtropical climate even though Ome City is probably more into the temperate zone!

The park also has a transplanted example of vernacular housing、the Kyu-Miyazaki House, a small building originally constructed in the early 19th century but brought here in 1977. The only way to preserve a building like this is to keep a fire lit at least once a day, and to this end local volunteers light a fire in the irori (hearth) daily. The dry smoke of the fire preserves the timbers and dries out the thatched roof. It also has the added bonus of keeping the house completely insect free, not even mosquitoes want to spend any time in there when the smoke comes out! The house is packed with fantastic almost unique farm tools and household items, just a few minutes looking at those gave me several “oh so that is how they made it!” sort of experiences. Great fun for a person like me. I heard that the house used to belong to a samurai family which is totally believable since many samurai around Japan, despite being of the ruling aristocratic class were much poorer than actual farmers or merchants who could focus on developing their farms and more profitable skills.

If you already live in Western Tokyo (like for example in Fussa, Hachioji etc.) and want to try somewhere new to enjoy the outdoors I can recommend visiting Ome City! More photos to come.

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  1. Timi said, on October 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Again a place I could imagine living at 😀 and the last picture is a big like as well, simple but feels alive 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on October 6, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Thanks! I would not mind living here either. And it is just an hour on the train from central Tokyo…!

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  2. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

    it’s great to see there is still a traditional japanese housing to be found in a developed city. i would love to visit Ome city one day, to enjoy the park and visit this old house.

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    • tokyobling said, on October 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

      It is a great place. Far from the city center, but still close enough to enjoy!

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