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'''Okutama''' is a town located in a mountain valley at the western end of [[Tokyo (prefecture)|Tokyo]].
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'''Okutama''' (奥多摩) is a mountainous region located along the Tama River, at the extreme western end of [[Tokyo (prefecture)|Tokyo]].
  
 
==Get in==  
 
==Get in==  
 
===By air===
 
 
From Narita Airport, take a Keisei express train to Nippori, then the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku, then the Chuo Line as listed below (3 hr. 30 min., ¥2,210).
 
 
From Haneda Airport, take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho, then the Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line to Tokyo, then the Chuo Line as listed below (2 hr. 30 min., ¥1,680).
 
 
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
Okutama is located at the end of the '''JR Ome Line'''. Although a few direct trains run from [[Tokyo]] and [[Shinjuku]], the usual way to get there is to take a Chuo Line rapid service to Ome or Tachikawa, then change trains for Okutama at either Ome or Tachikawa. The trip from central Tokyo takes around 2 hours and costs about ¥1,200 one way.
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Okutama station is located at the end of the '''JR Ome Line'''. Although a few direct trains run from [[Tokyo]] and [[Shinjuku]], the usual way to get there is to take a Chuo Line rapid service to Ome or Tachikawa, then change trains for Okutama at either Ome or Tachikawa. The trip from central Tokyo takes around 2 hours and costs about ¥1,200 one way.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==  
 
==See==  
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The areas around Okutama and Mitake stations receive the most visitors, but the smaller stations in between are also good for hiking in the hills or enjoying riverside scenery and camping.
  
*'''Lake Okutama''', located behind a large dam on the Tama River, is the largest lake in Tokyo. Regular buses are available from Okutama Station (20 min). The western end of the lake extends into [[Yamanashi]].
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*'''Lake Okutama''', (奥多摩湖)located behind a large dam on the Tama River, is the largest lake in Tokyo; the western end of the lake extends into [[Yamanashi]]. Regular buses are available from Okutama Station (20 min). There's also a mostly gentle 9-km hiking trail called the ''"Mukashi-michi"'' (昔道) that can get you there in about 4 hours.
 
*Hiking trails lead to the top of '''Mount Ozen''' (1,405 m) and '''Mount Otake''' (1,267 m), two of the tallest mountains in Tokyo.
 
*Hiking trails lead to the top of '''Mount Ozen''' (1,405 m) and '''Mount Otake''' (1,267 m), two of the tallest mountains in Tokyo.
*'''Mount Mitake''' (929 m) is famous for the mountaintop '''Mitake Shrine'''. If you don't want to hike up the mountain, a ropeway and bus service cover most of the distance between the shrine and Mitake Station on the Ome Line.
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*The '''Nippara Caves''' (日原鍾乳洞), full of stalagmites and stalactites, can be reached by bus.
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*'''Mount Mitake''' (御岳山) (929 m) is famous for the mountaintop '''Mitake Shrine'''. If you don't want to hike up the mountain, a ropeway and bus service cover most of the distance between the shrine and Mitake Station on the Ome Line. On a clear day you can see all of Tokyo as well as Nikko's peaks to the northeast. From the mountaintop there are trails, some quite strenuous, that can make for a good half-day of hiking.
  
 
==Do==  
 
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===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
 
There are a number of ''minshuku'' in the area, charging around ¥6,000 per night.
 
There are a number of ''minshuku'' in the area, charging around ¥6,000 per night.
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* <sleep name="Ryokan Goshuen (旅館 五洲園)" address="Mitake Honcho 266" directions="3 min upstream from Mitake station" phone="+81-428-78-8375" url="">Small traditional inn with clean well-furnished rooms, pleasant location overlooking the river, and a spectacular dinner. &yen;8,000 per person for groups of two or more. </sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
 
*'''Suiko-en''' [http://www.suiko-en.com/] near Kawai Station is the most expensive ryokan in the area, with rooms starting from &yen;18,000.
 
*'''Suiko-en''' [http://www.suiko-en.com/] near Kawai Station is the most expensive ryokan in the area, with rooms starting from &yen;18,000.
  
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Latest revision as of 02:54, 2 June 2009

Lake Okutama

Okutama (奥多摩) is a mountainous region located along the Tama River, at the extreme western end of Tokyo.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Okutama station is located at the end of the JR Ome Line. Although a few direct trains run from Tokyo and Shinjuku, the usual way to get there is to take a Chuo Line rapid service to Ome or Tachikawa, then change trains for Okutama at either Ome or Tachikawa. The trip from central Tokyo takes around 2 hours and costs about ¥1,200 one way.

Get around[edit]

Several buses ply the main routes in Okutama, and taxis and rental cars are also available around Okutama Station. The town itself and several mountain hiking areas are within walking distance of the station.

See[edit][add listing]

The areas around Okutama and Mitake stations receive the most visitors, but the smaller stations in between are also good for hiking in the hills or enjoying riverside scenery and camping.

  • Lake Okutama, (奥多摩湖)located behind a large dam on the Tama River, is the largest lake in Tokyo; the western end of the lake extends into Yamanashi. Regular buses are available from Okutama Station (20 min). There's also a mostly gentle 9-km hiking trail called the "Mukashi-michi" (昔道) that can get you there in about 4 hours.
  • Hiking trails lead to the top of Mount Ozen (1,405 m) and Mount Otake (1,267 m), two of the tallest mountains in Tokyo.
  • The Nippara Caves (日原鍾乳洞), full of stalagmites and stalactites, can be reached by bus.
  • Mount Mitake (御岳山) (929 m) is famous for the mountaintop Mitake Shrine. If you don't want to hike up the mountain, a ropeway and bus service cover most of the distance between the shrine and Mitake Station on the Ome Line. On a clear day you can see all of Tokyo as well as Nikko's peaks to the northeast. From the mountaintop there are trails, some quite strenuous, that can make for a good half-day of hiking.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Okutama is home to several onsen (hot springs). Among them, Moegi-no-yu [1], 10 minutes walk from Okutama Station, is open to the public and features views of the Tama River valley. Admission is ¥750 for adults. Closed Mondays.

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Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Cheap[edit]

Okutama is home to many campgrounds, quite a few of which will allow you to pitch a tent for free.

Mid-range[edit]

There are a number of minshuku in the area, charging around ¥6,000 per night.

  • Ryokan Goshuen (旅館 五洲園), Mitake Honcho 266 (3 min upstream from Mitake station), +81-428-78-8375. Small traditional inn with clean well-furnished rooms, pleasant location overlooking the river, and a spectacular dinner. ¥8,000 per person for groups of two or more.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Suiko-en [2] near Kawai Station is the most expensive ryokan in the area, with rooms starting from ¥18,000.
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