Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs

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Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs

Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs
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Komiyama
8 contributions
Visit in summer
Jul 2021
This is a long river. This flow in Tokyo. You can see beautiful scenery. The water is very clear. You can take a walk, and also go jogging there. It has many creatures. At Hachiman town it joins with Kuromegawa river. It is loved by the people in the neighborhood. But it might be in danger. We wish for your support.
Written August 15, 2021
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Rieko Y
10 contributions
Come to try the natural waterslide!!!!
Jun 2021
Very beautiful place to visit. people often come to jog or walk dogs. Kids enjoy swimming in this river and down the waterslide which is made of stone. You can see some birds there. I have seen some families picking mulberries in Spring.
Written June 30, 2021
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Frogeyes79
Carlisle, UK95 contributions
A cool place to go in very hot days
Sep 2020 • Family
A very relaxing a cool place to go in the height of summer. Definitely worth taking an inflatable and chair to sit on. Be aware that in summer this is a very busy place so not ideal if you are trying to steer clear of crowds.
Written September 26, 2020
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Brady C
Tokyo, Japan13 contributions
Best River!!
Dec 2014 • Solo
Very peaceful, nicely paved roads, perfect for jogging and walking. Different areas for picnicking and playing, and many parks! Great visit.
Written August 5, 2015
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,741 contributions
Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Japan in Tokyo
Jun 2014 • Friends
When I visited my friend in Higashikurume, she wanted to show me the beauty of Ochiai-gawa (Ochiai River) and the surrounding area. It was quite a long walk (about 3km) along the river, bamboo forest, the natural forest of large trees and upper stream. The whole area was so quiet and beautiful. We hardly met anyone. So I asked her if it was safe for us to keep going. She said Yes, as she was able to go there alone.
It took only18 minutes from Ikebukuro to Higashikurume by Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
Guide map can be downloaded from
http://www.city.higashikurume.lg.jp/_res/projects/default_project/_page_/001/000/080/gaide_map.pdf
Written May 9, 2015
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sorekat
Hong Kong, China4 contributions
Excellent chance to see a different side of Tokyo
Aug 2012 • Family
This is a great place to experience a different facet of Tokyo, which is often regarded as a fast-paced, bustling city. The Minamisawa springs are located in Higashikurume, which is about 30 minutes by train from Ikebukuro in downtown Tokyo so if you are staying in Tokyo for a while, you could come by to take a break from the downtown district.

The Ochiai River Minamisawa Springs is a quiet area, surrounded by forests on one side and residential houses on the other, so it's really interesting to see the contrast between a place like this and downtown Tokyo. Having lived in this area for five years during my childhood, it is really the peacefulness here that I think of when someone mentions Japan. There's also a shrine next to the springs, so you could take a look there if you want to see some of the cultural landmarks of the area.

The springs connect to the Ochiai River, which has paved paths for bikers and pedestrians so I definitely recommend walking (or biking) along there. It's a really nice walk as you often see ducks in the river, and kids playing in the water. There's also a bamboo forest along the way, a bit off the river, so you could stop for a visit there.... not the most common thing to have a bamboo forest in Tokyo!

The only downside would be that it is not close to Higashikurume station, so you will need to do quite a bit of walking to get there. Fortunately, you can simply follow the Ochiai River upstream and you will eventually reach the park near the springs so after you find the river, it should be an easy walk. Here's a map (Japanese, but self explanatory): www.city.higashikurume.lg.jp/kensaku/shincyaku/pdf/2010/gaide_map.pdf

There are no buses that go there, and I would not recommend taking a taxi as it is pricy and takes away the experience of enjoying the river scenery. I would also suggest buying some drinks/snacks near the station first, as there won't be much shops along the way.
Written September 1, 2012
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