Monday, 19 July 2010

Oku-Tama hike

Today was a national holiday, and so we decided to head out of the city for a good old hike. Luckily, Chris was also up for it and very good at coming up with a plan of action. We met him at 7.45 outside our apartment and headed off to Shinjuku station for the 8.19 train to Oku-Tama, about an hour and 2o mins out of the city. It is best known as being the lake that supplies all of Tokyo's water. It has v steep, forest-covered hills around the lake and they are stunning - especially in the golden sunlight and bright blue sky that we had today. Because of the steepness, it is relatively quiet, only being tackled by serious walkers...and us. We walked up for two hours though pine tree-lined tracks, where we were kept cooler, and there was a beautiful smell of pine surrounding us all the way up. We stopped for lunch on a little ridge where we had a scrumptious spread of bread and cheese, washed down with a cup of coffee brewed on Chris' fab "stove", followed by marshmallows. It was a gorgeous day and we congratulated ourselves at the end with a can of beer and a paddle in the beautifully icy water of the Tamagawa river. Heaven!

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