River Nippara – Village of Okutama, Tokyo

03 Apr River Nippara – Village of Okutama, Tokyo

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Northern most water of Tokyo is this River Nippara, tributary of Okutama River running through Okutama Mountains. One of the largest limestone quarry in Tokyo is located here and centuries of quarries have developed the composition of river rocks mostly made of limestone accordingly.

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Idea is to find the pockets between huge rocks which is rather difficult in early spring when meltwater rushes in or in typhoon season when rainwater change the terrain greatly. Best season in mountain creek is always mid spring onward when water is warm enough to produce good hatches.

Species

Cherry salmon, Nikko white-spotted char, and rainbow trout.

Open Hours & Season

Dawn-dusk
March 1st – September 30th

Fishing Permit & Regulations

Okutama Fishery Cooperative
1,500JPY/day
6,000JPY/annual

Location

GPS: N35 49.510 E139 04.566

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Map

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Access

  • From Shinjuku Sation, take JR Chuo Line to Tachikawa Station.
  • Switch to JR Oume Line and stay until the last stop Okutama Station (11 stops).
  • Take a bus Oku 20/21 bus bound to “Higashi Nippara” or “Nippara Shonyudo”.

Access to Tokyo Trout Country (stock fishery)

  • Get off bus at “Osawa”
  • Walk and find the fishery office house

Access to River Nippara Tributaries

  • Get off at Naka Nippara
  • Walk to “Y” intersection of rivers then take the left route which leads to trekking route going along the river which has cherry salmon then white spotted char as you go further upstream.
  • There is a paid fishery in between, but not open for fly fishing, so please pass that whole area.