Okutama is located at 2 hours away from central Tokyo and has lots of falls and torrents filled with clear water. You can fully enjoy outdoors here, and you might not be able to believe that such beautiful nature is existing in Tokyo. After you enjoy the nature, let’s take a rest in spa. Okutama is a best place if you would like to enjoy spending time in nature.
It takes about 2 hours by JR Ome Line from Tokyo to Okutama. It is a unique place in Tokyo as it is surrounded by a lot of nature.
Okutama is well known as a spot where you can enjoy leisure activities.
“Moegi no Yu” is a spa located at just 10 minutes away from Okutama Station by walk. The spa is 100% natural as it comes from the source deep underground of Okutama.
Take JR Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station, and get off at Tachikawa Station. After that change to JR Ome Line to get to Ome Station.
1. Where is Okutama?
It takes about 2 hours by JR Ome Line from Tokyo to Okutama. It is a unique place in Tokyo as it is surrounded by a lot of nature. In addition, Okutama Station has a retro and adorable look, and is selected as one of the best 100 station in Kanto area. The station looks stunning with the mountain and blue sky at the back, and many tourists stop and take photos.
Spot Ranking in Okutama area
5th. Okutama Mukashi-michi Trail
Okutama Mukashimichi trail is a cycling road from JR Okutama Station to old Ome Road. The roofs of old housing or sliding doors of old housing remind you of those years. There is a museum called Mizu-to-Midori no-Fureaikan(Water and Green Muesum) exhibiting Okutama history or folk entertainment. Since it takes 10km in one way by bicycle, we recommend you to visit during your cycling. In addition, you will see many historical spots such as Shirahige-jinja Shrine, or Aome Fudo on the way.
To get to Okutama Mukashi-michi Trail: from Okutama Station, go to Ome Road. After you pass across Hikawa Ohashi bridge, you will see the sign of “Entrance of Mukashi michi” on the right.
4th. Hikawa Valley
Hikawa Valley is one of the largest valleys in Tokyo. Since it is located near the station, it is easy for everyone to take a walk. It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to walk around while taking photos. If you are considering visiting here, it’s better to wear hiking boots or sneakers. Valleys in Okutama has many suspension bridges, but “Hikawa Kobashi Bridge” and “Tokei hashi Bridge” in Hikawa Valley are one of the best. If you plan to visit, we recommend you visit during summer to fall. Especially the red leaves in fall is really beautiful.
To get to Hikawa Valley: Get off at JR Okutama Station, and walk for 3 minutes.
3rd. Unazawa Santaki
Unazawa Santaki Fall flows from *Mt.Ogaku(1,266.4 meter) up to north and become the Kaitaku Valley. The fall finally gets together with the Tama River. *Mt Ogaku is considered as the Okutama’s best three mountains as well as the Mt.Onmae and the Mt.Santo
This Unazawa Santaki is the generic name for the Mitsugama Fall, the Nejire Fall, and Otaki Fall.
When you walk from the entrance of mountain called Unazawa-Enchi having the rest room, you will see the wooden bridge. After you across the bridge, keep walking along the river, and go up the steel stair. Finally, you will find Mitsugama Fall, which falls in three step.
Furthermore, when you keep walking more along the river, you will see Nejire Fall which has the 6 meters in upper stage and 3 meters in lower stage. Additionally, if you go up to the upfill road, soon you will get to Otaki Fall, which is the biggest among the valley(23 meters height). The best travel season is summer. You can be refreshed as you can feel cool even in the hot summer.
To get to Unazawa Santaki Fall: from Okutama Station of JR Ome Line, it takes about 2 hours by walk. It will be about 5.8km-walk.
2nd. Nippara Limestone-cave
Nippara Limestone-cave is considered to be one of the biggest Limestone-caves in Kanto area. It is designated as natural monument in Tokyo, and many tourists visit here looking for a fun experience at this place.
Nippara Limestone-cave is about 800 meters of length. There are 2 limestone-caves, one is “kyudo (old cave)” where Koubou Daishi did training long time ago, and the other is “Shindo (new cave)” which was found in 1962.
The cave keeps around 11℃ throughout the whole year, so it is cool in summer and warm in winter. The inside has guides and lights, so it is easy for everyone to walk through.
The cave is open from 8:00-17:00 during April 1st to Nov 30th, and from 8:30-16:30 during Dec 1st to Mar 31st. The entrance fee costs 800 yen.
Take a bus for Nippara Limestone-cave from Okutama Station and get off at the last stop (Nippara Limestone-cave) and walk for about 5 minutes. If you go by bike, it takes about 50 minutes.
1st. Okutama Lake
Okutama Lake is man-made lake managed by Tokyo Bureau of Waterworks. About 20% of water here is supplied to Tokyo area, so it is essential for people in Tokyo. What’s attractive about this lake is that you can see the beautiful nature that changes from season to season. There is a promenade around the lake, so you can enjoy hanami(cherry-blossom viewing) in spring, fresh verdure or red leaves in summer or fall.
Okutama Lake has two bridges known as “Drum can Bridge”. The one named “Mugiyama-Ukihashi Bridge” is located near the Ogouchi Shrine bus stop, and the other named “Tozura-Ukihashi Bridge” is located near Tozura bus stop, so if you are taking bus tour, it would be good to visit.
Those bridges were actually made of drum cans before, but now they are replaced with resinous floats that look like drum cans.
Since the bridge is floating and unstable, everyone gets excited when they walk through. Additionally, If you are lucky, you can see the bridge opens temporally when a boat come across!
To get to Okutama Lake: from Okutama Station of JR Ome Line, take a Nishi Tokyo Bus for “Tamba” or “Kosuga-no-yu” direction, and get off at “Okutama Lake” stop. If you go by bike, go through “Mukashi michi Trail” to Okutama Lake.
3. Okutama Popular Activity
Okutama is well known as a spot where you can enjoy leisure activities.
You will be surrounded by the sound of oar tapping the water surface, birds crying, murmur of a stream, and the wind patting your skin. You will be able to have a very relaxing time.
Cycling is now becoming a popular activity. You can enjoy cycling in a big nature. What’s more, you can tour around many spots effectively such as old style housing, river, lake, valley, fall, temples or shrines.
4. Getting Around
“Moegi no Yu” is a spa located at just 10 minutes away from Okutama Station by walk. The spa is 100% natural as it comes from the source deep underground of Okutama. There is not only inside but also outside spa, so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tamagawa River. Ashiyu (Foot bath) is also available.
The spa might be crowded on the weekend during summer and autumn.
5. Getting to Okutama station from Tokyo
Take JR Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station, and get off at Tachikawa Station. After that change to JR Ome Line to get to Ome Station. At Ome Station, change to JR Ome Line Local (To Okutama), and get off at Okutama Station. It takes about 2 hours in total from Shinjuku Station to Okutama Station.