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Sawanoi River Walk

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on May 22, 2015

Summer is fast approaching and while outdoor temperatures are still tolerable even outdoors here in Tokyo, the days will soon be upon us when a lot of people will be stuck day and night to their air conditioners. The only thing I can recommend in those cases is to spend a little time and effort and try to get out of Tokyo. It is often forgotten that even Tokyo mostly consists of mountains and forests, so there is a lot of greenery around if you have the energy to find it. One of my favorites is taking the Ome line out to Sawanoi in Tokyo’s far western Town and walk along the beautiful Tama River. This far upstream it is still quite small, rapid and much cleaner than downstream, although the modern river is many hundreds of times cleaner than it was just 50-60 years ago. Today a lot of wildlife has returned to the river, enough even to support fishing of carp, trout, salmi, redfin and ayu. Not fished but still quite common in the river you may find turtles, crabs and crayfish. There was even a case a few years ago of a seal making its way up to the river, although never this far up!

In the summer the trees provide good shade, the slight breeze is usually cooled down over the broad river and there are plenty of spots where you can get down and put your feet in the cold water to cool down. Go early in the morning, bring a picknick or eat at one of the local places, and get some green in your life to substitute for all the Tokyo grey!

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  1. Andrea Gabriella Garcia Castro said, on May 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    It is really beautiful

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  2. oldziak said, on May 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I entered your blog today for the first time and I’m really impressed. Very interesting with beautiful pics and I got to know a lot about Tokyo’s hidden spots. Keep going and I’ll keep reading!

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  3. Mikku said, on May 23, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I plan to head out here this summer!

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  4. rudyhou said, on June 26, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    i imagine this would be a refreshing area to stroll in summer.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

      It always is. The running water makes even the hottest days bearable.

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