Okutama has an abundance of hiking trails ranging from the family friendly walk to mountain climbing. The small township of Okutama lies within Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park on the western fringe of Tokyo. The area is the place for nature starved with various outdoor activities including hiking, camping and fishing available. The keen photographer will also love the wealth of interesting plant and insect life. The nearby Lake Okutama supplies the vast amount of Tokyo’s drinking water and is only a 15 minute bus ride from Okutama Station.
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You should arrive here early to get the most out of your day as there is so much to see and do. You won’t be disappointed. If you have more time, you can try walking the Okutama Mukashi-michi, a 10 km trail from Okutama Station to the Ogouchi Dam. From the dam wall nice views are afforded through the valley and at the Mizu-to-Midori-no-Fureaikan museum you can learn about the culture and history of the Okutama area. If you are interested in spending whole night, there are bungalows, lodges and camp grounds along the river bed, as well hot spring facilities 10 minutes from Okutama Station to rest your tired body after a long day of exploring.
Okutama is one of the most beautiful places in Tokyo and is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast or anyone wanting a peaceful holiday from the frantic pace of city life. On national holidays, trains run direct to Okutama from Shinjuku. You can directly come here from noisy central Tokyo to here! Please check it out!