JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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Omatsuri is actually a place name. The small settlement has a lodge and restaurant.
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Bus to Taba. The bus runs from Okutama Station in Tokyo. It is the only public transportation link with the village.
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Omatsuri bus stop for Okutama.
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I was in Okutama and noticed that the bus goes on to Tabayama village in neighboring Yamanashi. I got really curious and rode the bus to Tabayama. This is central Tabayama.
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Omatsuri bus stop for Taba.
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When I walked around, my planned 20-min. stay turned into a 2-hour walking tour of this pacifying place, full of mountains and a clear river. A delightful discovery. Suigen Park
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On the side of the road near the bus stop, there is a trail going down to Tama River.
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Completely surrounded by mountains with a clear river running in the middle.
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A suspension bridge over the river.
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A few bridges span the river.
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Tama River as seen from the bridge.
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Tama River
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Tama River, looks very inviting in summer.
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Tama River, very quiet and peaceful.
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Upriver as seen from the bridge.
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Crystal clear water of Tama River
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Crystal clear water of Tama River with fall leaves.
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Trout fishing ponds for customers in warmer months.
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These photos were taken in Feb. Probably scenic in fall.
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Riverside fishing ponds
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Mountain with a patch of green.
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Path to Otaki Waterfalls 雄滝
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Bus stop. Notice the monkey crossing the road.
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Waterwheel 水車
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There were many hikers on the bus, and I wondered where they were going, so I followed them.
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Numerous monkey poop along the road.
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Waterwwheel (not working)
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Trail to waterfalls
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Pretty scenic area.
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When I was walking here, I did not know there was a waterfall.
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The area is part of the Chichibu-Tama National Park.
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Path from above.
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo's tallest mountain. That's where the hikers were headed.
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori
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Waterfalls
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Tama River
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Otaki Waterfall
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By coincidence, I found this man-made waterfall.
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An observation deck is also provided.
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View from the observation deck
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Waterfall
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Fishing pond
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Riverside picnic pavilions
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Picnic pavilion with charcoal grill (for the fish caught).
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Outdoor stage
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Tennis courts with snow.
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Fishing ponds
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Camping bungalows
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Camping bungalows along the river. For warmer months.
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Glorious Tama River
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Scarecrow
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Scarecrow
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Roadside waterwell
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Taba bus stop
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Taba bus garage
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Taba bus stop and bus garage
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Bus to Okutama, Tokyo
 
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