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Press Release

A Tour to Learn and Be exposed to the History and Culture of Waterworks
- Bus Tour Around the Facilities of Water Service in Tokyo -
Announcement of Starting Recruitment of Participants in Autumn Tour!

Ahead of the 2018 IWA World Water Congress to be held in Tokyo and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, bus tours will be held to explore the history and culture of Tokyo’s waterworks. These tours aim to deepen interest and understanding of Tokyo’s waterworks by introducing its long history and remarkable technology. Other than tours in Japanese, a guided tour in English will also be conducted for international visitors.
The reception of the application is to start at 9:30 a.m. on Sep. 7, Wed.

Tour Outline

Title: Autumn Tour of Mitake Valley and the Tamagawajosui headrace
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Course: Hamamatsuchou Station (9:00 a.m.) → Mitake Mt. Railway → Ome Ishigami Onsen → Hamura Intake Weir → Tamagawajosui headrace → Shinjyuku Station (5:00 p.m.) → Tokyo Station (5:40 p.m.)

Highlights

Tamagawajosui Headrace

State of the Tamagawajosui Headrace

This headrace was dug in the year 1654, linking the Hamura Intake Weir, on the Tama River in western Tokyo, to the Edo checkpoint at Yotsuya. Though it covers a total length of around 43 kilometers, the difference in elevation between its start and finish points is just 92 meters. The 12-kilometer section between Hamura Intake Weir and the Kodaira Observation Point is still in use today as a water supply headrace. In 2003, a 30-kilometer length of open headrace was designated under the Act on Protection of Cultural Properties as a national historic site. During the tour, participants will view the old water channel and hear a talk about its fascinating history.


Hamura Intake Weir

State of Hamura intake weir

The weir was constructed in 1653 to draw water for the Tamagawajosui headrace. The current concrete structure was built in 1909, but the diversion weir technology has been passed down from the Edo period. In fiscal 2014, it was designated by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers as a heritage site.


Attendance

40 people (first-come, first-served)

Registration starts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Participation Fee

2,500 yen (includes lunch and entrance fees)

Where To Apply

Hato Bus Reservation Center at Hamamatsucho Office (for tours in foreign languages): 03-3435-6081

Notes:

  • Pictures taken during the tour may be published on the brochures and so on from Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
  • The press may interview.
  • This is the last recruitment of this fiscal year.
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