Okutama

Okutama – A Complete Travel Guide

Okutama

Okutama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo, making it the perfect day trip location. Find out everything you need to know before you arrive with us.

Okutama

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On the outskirts of Tokyo lies Okutama, a hiker’s paradise surrounded by trees, valleys and lakes – the perfect getaway from the city. It’s also home to three major mountains (Kumotori, Odake and Mito) and several minor peaks, blessing the area with several trails – ranging from easy to difficult – to choose from.

With a range of other activities to choose from and a selection of camping grounds in the area, Okutama is also perfect for an overnight stay or even an extended trip. Find out everything you need to know before you get there with our extensive guide. 

Okutama Hiking

Okutama Sightseeing

Okutama Camping

Okutama Onsen

More Things to Do in Okutama

Okutama Accommodation

Okutama Access

Okutama Map

Okutama Hiking

Mount Mitake (Mitakesan)

Mount Mitake

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Located in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, this 929m mountain is a popular hiking destination for Tokyoites. Find here the popular Musashi Mitake Shrine among the trees. 

 

Mount Odake (Odakesan)

Mount Odake

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Pass the summit of Mount Mitake and find another, that of Mount Odake, one of the Three Mountains of Okutama (the other two being Mount Kumotori and Mount Mito). This hike can be done all year round, but take extra precautions during winter when the ground can get icy. 

 

Mount Kumotori (Kumotorisan)

Mount Kumotori

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At 2,017m, Mount Kumotori is the highest mountain in Tokyo. While scaling this mountain, find yourself humbled by the towering evergreen trees. Additionally, en route to the summit is an “emergency” hut. The perfect overnight shelter for the less physically inclined. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of Mount Fuji barring bad weather.

 

Mount Mito (Mitosan)

Mount Mito

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Mount Mito used to be off limits to the public during the Edo period. As a result, it’s overgrown with large beech trees. Come autumn, these trees turn brilliant red and attracting more people than usual. The journey to the top boasts a view of the Tokyo Peace Pagoda on Mount Odera, while the summit boasts views of Mount Kumotori and Mount Fuji on a clear day.

 

Below is a list of some of the more popular trails around the aforementioned peaks:

1. Mitake Station -> Mount Mitake -> Mount Odake -> Mount Nokogiri -> Okutama Station

Duration: <6 hours
Length: 10.5km
Difficulty: easy
Sights: Tama River
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2. Mitsumine Shrine -> Mount Kumotori -> Mount Mutsuishiyama -> Okutama Station

Duration: <48 hours
Length: 31km
Difficulty: hard
Sights: Mitsumine Shrine
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3. Okutama Station -> Ogouchi Jinja Bus Stop -> Mount Iyo -> Mount Nukazasu -> Mount Mito -> Musashi Itsukaichi Station

Duration: >4 hours
Length: 8.5km 
Difficulty: medium
Sights: Lake Okutama Floating Bridge, Mito Otaki Waterfall and Hinohara Tokyo Citizens’ Forest
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4. Okutama Station -> Nippara Shonyudo Bus Stop -> Mount Takanosu -> Mount Kayanoki -> Mount Kurato ->Kuratoguchi Bus Stop -> Okutama Station

Duration: <48 hours
Length: 14km
Difficulty: medium
Sights: Lake Okutama
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5. Okutama Station -> Kawanori-Bashi Bus Stop -> Hyakuhiro Waterfall -> Mount Kawanori -> Hatonosu Station

Duration: <7 hours
Length: 14.2km
Difficulty: medium
Sights: Hyakuhiro Waterfall
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6. Kori Station -> Hatonosu Keikoku Valley -> Okutama Station (also known as the Otama Walking Trail)

Duration: ~4 hours
Length: 8km
Difficulty: easy
Sights: Soryu Falls and Shiromaru Dam
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Okutama Sightseeing

Lake Okutama and Mugiyama Floating Bridge

Lake Okutama and Mugiyama Floating Bridge

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The largest lake in Tokyo, Lake Okutama was formed when the Ogouchi Dam was built on the Tama River in 1957. The construction cost the lives of  87 workers. As a result, a monument was erected to commemorate these fallen workers. 

Sitting atop Lake Okutama is the Mugiyama Floating Bridge, also known as the “drum can bridge” because drum cans were once used to keep it afloat. Crossing this bridge takes you to the trailhead of Mount Mito (trail #3).  

Access: Ogouchi Jinja bus stop

 

Nippara Limestone Cave

Nippara Limestone Cave

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At 800m, Nippara Limestone Cave is the longest cave in the Kanto region. With a constant temperature of 11ºC all year round, don’t forget to bring a sweater during summer. This cave also marks the start of the trek up to Mount Takanosu (trail #4). 

Access: 1052 Nippara, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0211

 

Hatonosu Keikoku Valley and Soryu Falls

Hatonosu Keikoku Valley

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The Otama Walking Trail allows casual hikers to stroll alongside the Hatonosu Keikoku Valley. In addition to the gushing Tama River below, find on this trail suspension bridges, Shiromaru Dam and Soryu Falls. 

This valley is also popular for koyo, a traditional Japanese custom of viewing fall foliage.

Access: Hatonosu Station

 

Shiromaru Dam Fish Pass

Shiromaru Dam Fish Pass

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The longest fish ladder in the whole of Japan can be found next to Shiromaru Dam, 10 minutes away from Hatonosu Station. Open to the public from April to November, visitors can marvel at this 27m deep and 330m long installation for free! 

Access: Hatonosu Station

 

Abandoned Okutama Ropeway

Abandoned Okutama Ropeway

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Okutama Ropeway is an abandoned cable car that once connected both banks of Lake Okutama. 

As with the principles of haikyo (urban exploration), the location is never to be divulged. What we can say is that it’s found along the lake, hidden behind some abandoned tennis courts. 

 

Hyakuhiro Waterfall

Hyakuhiro Waterfall

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If you’re ascending Mount Kawanori (trail #5), you’ll be rewarded with a view of one of the highest waterfalls in Okutama. The trail is open all year round, so come winter you’ll encounter a frozen and majestic Hyakuhiro Waterfall. 

Access: Kawanori-Bashi Bus Stop

Okutama Camping

Kawai Camping Ground

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Kawai Camping Ground

Hikawa Camping Ground

This campsite is conveniently located minutes away from Okutama Station on the banks of Tama River. Hikawa Camping Ground provides cheap rental gear and BBQ facilities. Additionally, surrounding convenience stores offer a quick and easy bite.

Website: Hikawa Camping Ground

Access: 702 Hikawa, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0212

 

Kawai Camping Ground

East of Hikawa Camping Ground and along the Tama River find Kawai Camping Ground. The best thing about it is that you’re allowed to build an open fire!

Website: Kawai Camping Ground

Access: 187 Umezawa, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0103

 

Odake Camping Ground

Off the beaten path, this camping ground is perfect for those who just want to explore Mount Odake. Also find here Odake Falls. 

Website: Odake Camping Ground

Access: 1587 Yozawa, Akiruno, Tokyo 190-0171

 

Kanotoen Camping Ground (神戸園キャンプ場)

Away from the main attractions of Okutama, this campsite is located in Akikawa Valley. Find here cheap fishing and free rock climbing.   

Website: Kanotoen Camping Ground

Access: 8018 Kanoto, Hinohara, Nishitama, Tokyo 190-0203

 

In addition to these camping grounds, feel free to pitch a tent anywhere during one of your hikes here. No, it’s not illegal.

Okutama Onsen

Moegi No Yu

Moegi No Yu

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Perhaps the most famous onsen in Okutama, Moegi No Yu makes for the perfect wind down after having explored the many sights Okutama has to offer. It’s also conveniently located 10 minutes away from Hikawa Camping Ground on foot.

Website: Moegi No Yu

Access: 119-1 Hikawa, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0212

 

Seoto No Yu

Seoto No Yu

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Featured in our Onsens in Tokyo article, Seoto No Yu is difficult to get to but certainly worth it. Soaking in the onsen while being surrounded by luscious greens make for the perfect getaway. They even have a cottage for those who wish to stay the night!   

Website: Seoto No Yu

Access: 565 Otsu, Akiruno, Tokyo 190-0174

More Things to Do in Okutama

Okutama Mizuto Midorino Fureaikan (奥多摩水と緑のふれあい館)

Okutama Mizuto Midorino Fureaikan

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This free museum details the history of the construction of Ogouchi Dam which is only a stone’s throw away. The restaurant on the second floor also serves generous portions of Japanese curry whilst boasting panoramic views of Okutama – making it a great pit stop for lunch. Additionally, find here a 3D theater! 

Website: Okutama Mizuto Midorino Fureaiakn

Access: 5 Hara, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0223

 

Shinrinkan (Forest Museum/奥多摩町森林館)

After exploring Nippara Limestone Cave, head on over to Shinrinkan to learn about the life and history of the giant trees of Okutama. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of a Japanese deer or Japanese serow from the observation deck.

Website: Shinrinkan

Access: 819 Nippara, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0211

 

Yama No Furusatomura (Mountain Hometown Village/東京都立奥多摩湖畔公園 山のふるさと村)

Yama No Furusatomura (Mountain Hometown Village)

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Yama No Furusatomura is an all-in-one facility that promotes Okutama’s rich biodiversity. Find here guided hikes, BBQ facilities, cabins,  a camping ground and much more. You can even make your own soba noodles here too!

Come mid-October, Yama No Furusatomura hosts a mountain themed musical festival.

Website: Yama No Furusatomura

Access: 1740 Kawano, Okutama, Nishitama District, Tokyo 198-0225

 

Okutama Noryo Fireworks Festival

Come mid-August, you’ll be greeted by 1,000+ fireworks as you step out of Okutama Station.

Access: Okutama Station

 

Wasabi

Okutama Wasabi

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Wasabi, grown in some of the finest spring water, is a local speciality here. You might even find random patches of wasabi on your hike.

Deemed one of three major wasabi producers, come get your wasabi souvenirs from one of the various shops dotted around. 

 

Sawanoi Sake (Ozawa Shuzo/小澤酒造(株))

Sawanoi Sake (Ozawa Shuzo)

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After fishing by the Tama River, head on over to Swanoi Sake brewery for a refreshing glass of sake. 

Access: 2-770 Sawai, Oume, Tokyo 198-0172

 

Outdoor Activities

In addition to hiking, Okutama offers a wide range of outdoor activities from zip lining to rafting. Check out the services below:

Canyons Okutama

Raft Okutama

 

Fishing

Okutama Fishing

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Home to some of the biggest bodies of water in Tokyo, Okutama is the ideal region to do some fishing. By the Tama River is Okutama Fishing Center (奥多摩フィッシングセンター), a popular fishing site. Find here whitespotted char, rainbow trout and cherry salmon.

Okutama Accommodation

American Village Camp

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American Camp Village

American Camp Village offers quaint log cabins by a stream. In addition to this, they also offer a wide range of facilities and services such obstacle courses, onsen and BBQ. 

Website: American Camp Village

Access: 230 Unazawa, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0213

Price: >5,000 yen

 

Mitake Youth Hostel (御嶽ユースホステル)

As the name suggests, this hidden gem of a hostel is the perfect accommodation for those looking to scale Mount Mitake. It’s also only a 15-minute walk from Musashi Mitake Shrine!

Website: Mitake Youth Hostel

Access: 57 Mitakesan, Ome, Tokyo 198-0175

Price: >3,000 yen

 

Suiko-En Ryokan (奥多摩 温泉旅館 水香園)

If you’re looking for a luxurious accommodation, then Suiko-En Ryokan is for you. With prices starting at around a whopping 20,000 yen per night, you’re guaranteed a peaceful retreat. 

Website: Suiko-En Ryokan

Access: 640 Kawai, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0102

Price: >20,000 yen

 

Arasawaya Ryokan (荒澤屋旅館)

This family owned and operated traditional Japanese inn gives off a warm and friendly vibe. Their private onsen sources its water from Tsurunoyu hot springs which is great for soothing your aching muscles after a day of trekking.

Website: Arasawaya Ryokan

Access: 1446 Hikawa, Okutama, Nishitama, Tokyo 198-0212

Price: >5,000 yen

*Prices are for single occupancy and per night.

Okutama Access

From Tokyo by Train

Chuo and Ome Line

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Take the JR Chuo Line for Ome at Shinjuku Station; stay on the train as it merges into the JR Ome Line. After about 2 hours, the train will arrive at Oku-Tama Station. The entire journey one-way costs 1,080 yen. Other stations of interest on this line include Mitake, Kawai, Kori, Hatonosu and Shiromatu.

For more information, you can visit the Okutama Visitor Center or check out Okutama Tourism Association.

Okutama Map

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