This a beautiful place to walk along the river, near the base of Mt. Mitake in Ome. You can get here by train (see Suwai entry) but we’ve found a handy free parking lot. The river is large and energetic, […]
This a beautiful place to walk along the river, near the base of Mt. Mitake in Ome. You can get here by train (see Suwai entry) but we’ve found a handy free parking lot. The river is large and energetic, crashing across the rocks. Connected by several pedestrian bridges, a paved trail runs along both sides of the river. The trail crosses a dozen small streams that flow into the river and on the south side these streams create petite but gorgeous waterfalls. You can find, here and there, smaller eddies that are relatively safe to wade in. Parts of the path cut through tall evergreens, reminiscent of the Redwoods and undergrowth in Northern California. (Note for parents: Though paved, the path is not stroller-friendly.) On our excursion we saw people rafting down the river and others fishing with long poles. It’s not unusual to see kayakers practicing their rolls. When you descend from the parking lot you’ll see a pedestrian cable bridge. Cross it and you’ll find, Sawanoi-Ozawa Brewery, a fabulous spot to eat and drink! Order noodles and sake or beer from the booths and sit in a garden setting, overlooking the river. There is also ice cream for the kids and as always, fabulous public bathrooms with heated seats and a place to change diapers. GPS for parking lot: 35.80278, 139.19489. Google Pin for Ome Free Parking Lot.
TRAIN DIRECTIONS: You can take the train to Sawai station and walk down to the river. Alexandra Winkler & Sarah Straus, 2012