In need of a relaxing walk through some quiet neighbourhoods last Sunday, I took the train to Okachimachi and went seriously off-piste for a few hours
One of the most frequent enquiries I get from folks coming to Tokyo wanting a photo tour is ‘get me off the beaten track, please’.
Over the years I’ve walked a lot of Tokyo. It’s helped me develop a series of photowalks that I’ve come to call ‘Off Piste Tokyo’.
These are walks I do a lot, myself, too. Walks I use to keep my eyes sharp, keep my mind fresh and just to relax myself. Tokyo is a big, busy, frantic place. But at heart it’s just a collection of villages, each with its own charm. Keeping that in mind and keeping in touch with it regularly can help make sense of the chaos and pace of the city.
Last Sunday was just one such episode: I’d had a manic week, shooting an event for five days solid. My brain was tired, my eyes had been looking at much the same thing (and shooting it) for five days straight.
Starting at Okachimachi, I basically headed east then south. These are all areas I know well. But I hadn’t walked them all in one go for a while.
It’s a few years since I’ve walked through Okazu-yokocho and it has changed a little but it still has 90% of the olde-worlde charm I remembered from my last time there.
I ended up walking over 12kms. It was a great outing.