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Okutama

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Tokyo : Okutama
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Okutama is a town located in a mountain valley at the western end of Tokyo.

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

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.

Get around

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Do

  • 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.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Cheap

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

Mid-range

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

Splurge

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