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Okutama – Hikawa and Tamagawa Meeting

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on October 3, 2015

Not far from Okutama Station in Tokyo’s westernmost Nishitama-Gun (Nishitama County), the furtherest west you can go in Tokyo by train, is a lovely little spot in the river where the mighty Tamagawa (well, not up here, but later on the river will become huge) is joined by the tiny Hikawa. I love these placid little rivers where you can actually go down and enjoy the waters and the polished river rocks. A hanging bridge allows you to cross easily from the tiny town on the north bank. There is not much to see or do here but if you are overdosing on concrete and the urban jungle of Tokyo, welcome out to the proper forests of Okutama!

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Okutama Station

Posted in Places by tokyobling on October 25, 2013

Okutama station, the terminus of the Ome line is the highest elevated station in Tokyo, at 343m above the sea it is just a few meters short of the height of Tokyo Tower. It is the main station of Tokyo’s western most town, Okutamamachi. With an area more than half of The Tokyo 23 wards area it is also the largest town, city or ward in terms of size. In terms of population, at just above 6000 people it is barely one tenth of some Tokyo wards. The town also contains the tallest mountain of Tokyo, the westernmost and the northernmost points of Tokyo, bordering both Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures. The station is tiny, with a little shop selling local specialities (including some mouth watering fresh wasabi plants) and not much more. In front of the station there is a bus station for those who want to go even further west. The main industry of the town itself it the lime stone mine and quarry, manufacturing various slaked lime and crushed stone products for industry and agriculture.

Arriving at the station, it is really hard to convince oneself that it’s just an hour and a half from central Tokyo and the massive Shinjuku station, which sees 2000 to 3000 times as many passengers as little Okutama station in a day. It feels very much like you are in some fantastically tiny village in the remotest parts of Hokkaido or Tohoku. Now that I have blogged from the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost parts of Tokyo I really have to get down to the southernmost point, Ogasawara Islands.

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