Ota Railway Town Trek participants pose for a commemorative photo after finishing the race on the 18th in Ota Ward, Tokyo.
In Ota Ward, Tokyo, where Keihin Kyuko, Tokyu, JR, and Tokyo Monorail lines run, Ota Railway Town Trek (sponsored by Tokyo Shimbun, etc.) is a city walking event in which participants visit checkpoints along the railway line and compete for points collected within a time limit. It lasted 18 days and approximately 500 people participated.
Families and groups of friends gathered at Camu Camu Shin-Kamata, the departure and arrival point, after obtaining a map with checkpoints written on it, each member devised a detailed strategy on how to get around efficiently, and each set off into the city. I let it out.
Forty locations have been designated as checkpoints, including restaurants, public baths, parks, and airports. Each one has different scores depending on the difficulty level. The time limit was 5 hours, and they traveled by train and on foot. Some people scored a perfect score of 1,600 points, but others finished after the time limit and had their points deducted.
Tomoe Yamamoto (36) from the ward, who participated with her family, said, “At first I thought I would just take it easy, but as I was doing it, I got more serious and started carrying my child on my back.This is the first station I’ve ever gotten off at. I enjoyed making new discoveries, such as finding a new shop.”