#2990

Tama River Rafting

A day on the water

Flowing from high in the mountains of Yamanashi the Tama River makes its way to the ocean after traversing a nearly 140 kilometer long trail. The last several kilometers of the river is the dividing line between Tokyo and Kanagawa. The river is dammed along the way, forming Lake Okutama, a major source of Tokyo's drinking water.

Many people enjoy a variety of sports, or hiking, or just walking along the river. One of the best places for walking is a section of the river just west of Tokyo. It can be reached by taking the JR Chuo line to Tachikawa and then changing to the Ome line to Sawai station. It's a short walk down to the river from Sawai.

Start your walk by turning right and make your way all the way to the "tsuri-bori" - the concrete pond where you can toss in a line and catch a few trout - for a price, of course. If you prefer real fishing there are plenty of spots along the river where anglers cast their lines for those elusive trout. Remember though, if you want to fish in the river, you need a license which can be purchased at a few places near the river. Cross the road bridge over to the tsuri-bori and do your return walk on the other side where you'll get a bit more of a hiking feeling as you'll have to make your way over a few roots and rocks and a bit of up and down. Be sure to wear shoes with a decent grip.

Check this video to see a few fly fishermen and fisherwomen at "work."
http://youtu.be/CisAMdHaw0g

If you're not the fishing type don't despair. There are plenty of other activities. Like rafting. As you walk towards the tsuri-bori you'll pass a sign for rafting and bouldering safety cushions rentals. Climb the steps and check on tours and prices.

See this short video - looks like fun, doesn't it?!
http://youtu.be/IAESu39dGmA

Don't want to be on the water? Okay, then how about Tree Cruising. These guys at the company, One Nature, will have you swinging from the trees, enjoying the breeze, and a cup of tea while you gaze out over those rafters, kayakers, and fisher people catching (or not catching) all those trout. Cost: 7,000 yen. Reserve by calling 0428-74-9235 or check them out at http://www.tree-cruising.jp (Japanese only, but Google Translate or Bing can take care of that, at least enough so you'll "get it").

Meanwhile, here's a short video of some cruisers.
http://youtu.be/WTNL-4SM4-o

What - still nothing that catches your fancy? Okay, how about something solid. Solid, like in rocks. Like in BIG rocks. Have you ever given bouldering a try? It looks like great preparation for its cousin, rock climbing, so why not give it a try. Remember those bouldering cushions mentioned above? Don't forget to rent those. That ground is might hard when you come tumbling off the boulder.

And, yep, you guessed it - another video to show you how it is done.
http://youtu.be/JLhScDHX1f4

But, if none of those activities is your thing then there's always the walk, and stopping anywhere along the river to enjoy that picnic lunch you brought along (or bought at any convenience store) as you twiddle your toes in the water. And, if you're not a picnicking type there are several restaurants along the river where you can enjoy a variety of nicely prepared foods and drinks.

Whatever you choose to do a day along the Tama River is a fun way to spend a warm and sunny day.

Joe Peters image

Joe Peters

United States

Joe Peters's other advice

Sites and Sounds of Japan - the Used Goods Truck images

Sites and Sounds of Japan - the Used Goods Truck

Oct. 13, 2014http://youtu.be/jJvXx1eqI7QAs you wander around Tokyo you may see some little trucks driving very slowly along the street with a very loud announcement, and perhaps a bit of musi…

Leave the tourists behind in Asagaya images

Leave the tourists behind in Asagaya

Most tourists to Tokyo hit the high spots of Asakusa, Ginza, Tokyo Tower, and see the Imperial Palace grounds.If you want to leave the tourist spots behind and get a taste of the real Tokyo thoug…

Chubby Guys With Blank Eyes images

Chubby Guys With Blank Eyes

At the shrines, and in many shops, you’ll see these roly-poly dolls with blank eyes (if they are for sale) or one eye painted black (if they are on display and owned by the shop).These rotund dol…

Who'll Stop the Rain images

Who'll Stop the Rain

If you come to Japan during the rainy season (June / July) you'll likely see these little dolls hanging in the windows of homes, especially those homes where children are living.No, these are lit…

Real Coffee images

Real Coffee

There are plenty of places to get a cup of coffee in Japan. Every convenience store, a Starbucks or Tullys on every corner it seems, and numerous tea and coffee shops and restaurants.But, when yo…

Australian Curry Amidst the Green images

Australian Curry Amidst the Green

Many visitors to Japan just stay in the cities with a few day trips to places like Kamakura (great place to visit), or Hakone, or a shopping tour to one of the many outlet malls (Gotanda is a poplula…

You might also like

Visit the "Castles" of Past Daimyo, Feudal Lords in Japan images

Visit the "Castles" of Past Daimyo, Feudal Lords in Japan

If you are interested in learning about the Edo Period, I recommend visiting one of the many daimyo yashiki (feudal lord mansions) that can still be found in many parts of Tokyo. During the Edo Perio…

GenS image

GenS

Kamogawa Riverside in Kyoto images

Kamogawa Riverside in Kyoto

The Kamo River (鴨川 Kamo-gawa, literally means duck river) is running through Kyoto Prefecture. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. There are pathways running alongs…

EmiOnishi image

EmiOnishi

Cremia: the ice cream I can't stop raving about images

Cremia: the ice cream I can't stop raving about

You can't argue with most of the soft-serve ice cream in Japan, but you can certainly complain about the way cones taste like straw and air, in comparison to the custardy ice cream inside. Which is w…

Flory image

Flory

How about Do-shi Village Camping sites? images

How about Do-shi Village Camping sites?

There are several good camp spots I can recommend to you, which are located in the direction to West from the central part of Tokyo, or at the western edge of Kanto Plain as I live in the western par…

Masa image

Masa

Beautiful Kyoto images

Beautiful Kyoto

Kyoto is a beautiful city where you discover small temples and shrines around the corner. One step inside and you are in another world, free from the noise of the city, stressless, peaceful. All it …

Claire image

Claire

Journey on the Tokaido Goju San Tsugi (53-station Highway) images

Journey on the Tokaido Goju San Tsugi (53-station Highway)

Recently, I took a casual walk to a very famous Tokyo locale known as “Nihonbashi”. It is to the North of JR Tokyo station. It was a nice 10-plus minute walk from the station and as I walked carefull…

AustinA image

AustinA