Only an hour and a half away from central Tokyo, Okutama offers rich nature and spectacular landscape throughout the year. While the mountains, ranging from lower than 1,000m to over 2,000m invite climbers for a good hike, the valleys created by the upper stream of Tama River attract photographers with its breathtaking beauty especially in autumn. The Otama Walking Trail, between Kori Station and Okutama Station, is a relatively easy route recommended for families. The trail is about 8km long and takes 2.5 to 3 hours walking along the river, in the woods and crossing suspension bridges. In addition to hiking and walking, you can also camp and there are outdoor sports/activity courses offered (except during winter) such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, river SUP, canyoning and more. If you go further west from Okutama Station by bus, you can reach the dam lake Okutamako, or Nippara Shonyudo, a stalactite cave where you can go inside for a 40-minute walk.
The pictures shown here are from the Otama Walking Trail between Hatonosu Station and Okutama Station. Unzen Bridge, a particularly famous site for the autumn leaves, and Shiromaru Dam are on the way.
From Shinjuku Sta., take the JR Chuo Line and get off at any station between Mitake and Okutama to reach the trails. On weekends there are direct trains connecting Shinjuku and Okutama (Holiday Express Okutama) in the morning and evening hours. During other hours, transfers at Tachikawa Sta. and Ome Sta. may be necessary.
- Hatonosu Gorge: 10 min. from Hatonosu Sta. on the JR Ome Line
- Okutama and beyond: Get off at Okutama Sta. and walk to the trails or take the local bus to reach further destinations.