A guided tour highlights eco-friendly towns

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Located in Western Tokyo, Tama is known as an attractive area blessed with beautiful mountains, rivers and a rich history.

Founded by 15 locals, Tama Brand Internationalization Promotion has introduced various walking tours of the area for both international and domestic tourists.

With unique topics such as nature, history and samurai of Tama area, the group offers the tours at least once a month. 60 to 70 percent of the participants are from foreign countries, according to Ichiro Isozaki, the group leader.

Currently, the group is offering an “eco discovery” tour Aug. 28.

“There are plenty of eco-friendly facilities located in the area,” Isozaki said. “This four-hour walking tour will give you a look at the facilities, and show you how impressive this eco-friendly area is.”

Participants will walk around attractions, such as Tamagawajosui, a 360-year-old water supply facility surrounded by beautiful trees, followed by blueberry picking at an organic farm, exploring the sophisticated sewage system and soaking into a footbath heated by burning garbage.
Isozaki and other English speaking guides will accompany the tour, so anyone can fully enjoy it without language trouble.

If you want to explore this eco-friendly area, be sure to make your reservation by Aug. 25.

“Eco Discovery” – guided tour to eco-friendly facilities in Tama area of Tokyo

Date: Aug. 28
Meeting time & place: 1:20 p.m. at the exit of Takanodai Station of Seibu Line
Fee: 2,000 yen ($20)
URL: www.tama-brand-int.tokyo (Tama Brand Internationalization Promotion)
To reserve the tour (by Aug. 25), or for more information, call Ichiro Isozaki at 042-582-8691 or email info@tama-brand-int.tokyo.

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