Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I toured from central Tokyo to Lake Sagami on a Harley Sports Glide. Lake Sagami is an artificial lake located in Midori Ward, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is a spot rich in nature surrounded by water and greenery. We will introduce you to Lake Sagami’s charms, highlights, motorcycle parking, etc., so please use it as a reference.
What is Lake Sagami?
Lake Sagami is an artificial lake created by the Sagami Dam, which was completed in 1947. Water from the Sagami River is used to supply water for multiple purposes, including water supply, industrial water, hydroelectric power generation, and flood control. Lake Sagami was created as Japan’s first full-scale multipurpose dam, and was also the first artificial lake to be named ○○ Lake. The name was given by Iwataro Uchiyama, former governor of Kanagawa Prefecture.
Lake Sagami was the venue for the canoe competitions at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Currently, the Kanagawa Prefectural Sagami Lake Rowing Course is located here, and it is one of the hubs for rowing competitions in the Kanto region. It is also known as a famous spot for black bass fishing, and a festival on the lake is held on August 1st every year. A fireworks display is also held on this day, so it is crowded with many people.
Route to Lake Sagami
The route from central Tokyo to Lake Sagami is as follows.
- Proceed west on the Chuo Expressway.
- Get off at Takaido IC and enter National Route 20.
- Proceed south on National Route 20.
- At the Koshu Kaido Irumagawa Bridge intersection, turn left onto National Route 412.
- Proceed west on National Route 412.
- At the Sagamiko Ekimae intersection, turn right onto Prefectural Route 64.
- Proceed north on Prefectural Route 64.
- Cross the Sagamiko Ohashi Bridge.
- At the Sagamiko Ohashi Nishizume intersection, turn left onto Prefectural Route 517.
- Proceed north on Prefectural Route 517.
- At the Sagami Dam-mae intersection, turn right onto Prefectural Route 518.
- Proceed north on Prefectural Route 518.
- Arrive at your destination.
This route is about 80km and takes about 2 hours. Along the way, the train often runs along major roads such as Koshu Kaido and National Route 412, so there are many traffic jams and traffic lights. Also, please be careful as the Sagamiko Ekimae intersection is often particularly crowded.
Highlights of Lake Sagami
At Lake Sagami, there are various activities and facilities where you can experience water and greenery. I will introduce some of them below.
- Pleasure boats: Pleasure boats are in service at Lake Sagami, and you can go around the lake in about 30 minutes. There are excursion boats such as the swan-shaped Swan Maru and the retro Uchigo Maru, and the view from the lake is very beautiful. The fee for the pleasure boat is 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children.
- Boat Rentals: Various boats are available for rent at Lake Sagami, allowing you to explore the lake on your own.
- Black Bass Fishing: Lake Sagami is famous for its black bass fishing and is popular with anglers. Black bass have been inhabiting Lake Sagami since around 1950, and large ones can sometimes be caught. You can fish at Lake Sagami using motorboats and canoes.
- Sagami Dam: Sagami Dam, which created Lake Sagami, has historical value as Japan’s first full-scale multipurpose dam. Sagami Dam is a concrete gravity dam with a height of 49.5m and a width of 156m, and the embankment body reflects the technology and design of the time. At Sagami Dam, dam cards are distributed and tours are held, which is recommended for people who are interested in dams.
- Sagamiko Prefectural Park: Situated in a prime location facing Lake Sagami, Sagamiko Prefectural Park has waterside plazas and grassy areas, making it ideal for picnics and walks. The park also features artwork such as a glass cascade and a generator monument. There is also a scenic spot from the park where you can see Mt. Fuji and the city center.
Motorcycle parking lot at Lake Sagami
There are several motorcycle parking lots at Lake Sagami. I will introduce some of them below.
- Prefectural Sagamiko Park Parking Lot: This parking lot is located within Sagamiko Prefectural Park. Motorcycle parking is 60 yen per ride. Paid days are Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, New Year’s Day, May holidays, summer vacation, and the day of the Lake Festival. Free on weekdays other than those listed above. It can accommodate 5 large vehicles, 138 regular vehicles, and 7 motorcycles.
- Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest Parking Lot: This is a paid parking lot within the Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest. Motorcycles are charged 500 yen per vehicle. It can accommodate 500 large cars, 2000 regular cars, and 100 motorcycles. Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest is a facility where you can enjoy an amusement park, athletics, hot springs, and more.
This time, I toured from central Tokyo to Lake Sagami on a Harley Sports Glide. Lake Sagami is a spot rich in nature surrounded by water and greenery, and offers activities such as sightseeing boats, rental boats, and black bass fishing, as well as attractions such as Sagami Dam and Prefectural Sagami Lake Park. The route to Lake Sagami often takes you along major roads such as the Chuo Expressway and National Route 20, so be sure to enjoy your ride while paying attention to traffic jams and traffic lights. There are several motorcycle parking lots at Lake Sagami, but please be aware of the paid days and the number of motorcycles that can be accommodated. Lake Sagami is a touring spot that is close to Tokyo and easy to access. Please come and visit us at least once.
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