Tama River Trail offers a fun, easy way for visitors of all ages to explore Tokyo
If you’re an avid cyclist or runner in Japan, this has probably happened to you: You’re racing along the road, enjoying the feeling of the wind on your face or the pavement beneath your feet — and suddenly, a red light or wayward car forces you to come to a grinding halt, losing all your momentum in the process.
Embarking on a run or a ride without encountering the hazards of city living might be difficult, especially for anyone living in the densely-populated areas of Tokyo prefecture. Luckily, there’s the Tama River Trail — a popular cycling road offering an opportunity for athletes of all skill levels and ages to experience uninterrupted adventure.
The trail, which starts in the city of Hamura on the far edge of the prefecture and ends in Ota Ward near Haneda Airport, has no mandatory stopping points along the entirety of its 50 kilometers. As its name implies, it loosely follows the banks of the Tama River, which cuts across the southern border of Tokyo. Although primarily popular with cyclists, the trail is open to pedestrians (and their four-legged friends) as well.
The Tama River Trail officially begins at the Hamura Dam — a presence in the Tama region since the mid-1600s, with the current dam constructed in 1900. The nearby canal is a popular cherry blossom-viewing spot, and the small museum located just off the trail focuses on the history of the Hamura Dam and the surrounding area.
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