Nishi-Rokugo Tire Park

It’s been a while since I’ve played around with my trusty 10-22mm lens – I guess that’s what happens when you start shooting with L-glass – it’s hard to go back to shooting with anything else!

tire park blue skies

Nonetheless, the blue skies of summer have been out over Tokyo in force recently (accompanied by a ferocious sun and ridiculous temperatures in the high 30s – it got up to 39C on Thursday!) and I decided it was high time to drag myself and my wide-angle out to take some photos of something.

tire park blue skies

Originally I was going to climb a mountain and get some nature, but I’ve had the striking misfortune of being sick all week (this is actually the second time I’ve been sick in less than a month, wtf?!) so I figured that probably wasn’t the wisest idea in the world. And with the temperatures being what they were, I wasn’t sure venturing somewhere outside of Tokyo would be a good idea either, so instead I opted to stop by the Nishi-Roku Tire Park in Kamata.

tire park blue skies

I don’t really remember how I first heard of this place (I think the lovely Bethann told me about it?), and it’s not particularly famous. What it is, however, is a random park filled with random piles of tires shaped into random sculptures like robots, dragons, dinosaurs and so forth. I think it’s actually aimed at kids and families, although when I went there last week there were precious few people there – a couple wilting from the heat, a dog panting in the shade, and two mothers with their children, although the children seemed more interested in playing with the water fountain than with the pitch-black tires radiating ungodly amounts of heat.

tire park blue skies

Anyway, it was a fairly interesting place to visit (though I recommend you do so on a day when you’re not in imminent danger of dying from heatstroke every 30 minutes or so) and is less than a 10 minute walk from Kamata station. If we’re being honest here, there not much reason to visit Kamata besides this tire park (itself a fairly dubious reason to visit) – believe me, I looked. However, Kamata is only a few minutes train ride from Shinagawa so you know, if you’re bored and/or really, really love tires (or tire dinosaurs), then you should take a look.

tire park blue skies

More photos after the jump.

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

tire park blue skies

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Anonymous

    I guess the heat was pretty debilitating. In either case, loved the robot and dinosaurs made of tires. Reminded me a park in MI with some rock and glass bottle sculptures (life size people and animals). Cool way to recycle!