Okutama-ko Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98
  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98
  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98

Okutama-ko Things to Do

  • Ome's Old Movie Posters

    The area around Ome Station has lots of old movie posters, mostly on storefronts along the main road through town. The posters are generally from the 1940s through the 1960s and include Japanese movies, American movies, and some European films. Ome celebrates its Showa-era past, and these posters are memories of this bye-gone era. The signs are...

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  • Sumiyoshi Shrine, Ome Station

    Sumiyoshi Shrine in Ome is one of about 200 shrines that fall under the main shrine of this order, Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine in Osaka. The original Sumiyoshi shrine was built around the 4th of 5th Century. From 1871 through 1946, the Sumiyoshi shrines were in the group designated as the most important of the government supported shrines. This shrine...

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  • Ome Plum Blossom Festival

    Ome Plum Blossom Festival, or the Yoshino Baigo Plum Festival, takes place in Ome Ume-no-koen Park. There are more than 1,500 trees with 120 plum varieties in colors from white to pink to yellow.Plums are the first flowers to bloom in the early spring in Japan, around February or March, well before the famous cherry blossoms appear. Since the Nara...

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  • Baba-ke Oshi-Jutaku House

    This large wooden house with a thatch roof near the top of Mitake was constructed in 1866 for the Baba family. This wealthy clan has a long history in the region, serving for the ruler Shingen Takeda as far back as the mid 1600s. Later the family helped visitors traveling to the Musashi Mitake shrine, and their home was was a stopping point for...

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  • Hiking Around Mount Mitake

    The Mount Mitake areas has many miles of trails connecting famous peaks, water falls, temples, scenic vistas and interesting geographic features. Some of the main trails include the steep trail from the base of the cable car to the top cable car station (about 60 to 90 minutes), the walk from the top cable car station to the shrine (20 to 30...

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  • Musashi-Mitake Shrine

    Musashi-Mitake Shrine sits perched near the top of Mount Mitake, about 929 meters above sea level. The shrine dates back some 2000 years, and it is home of two Japanese national treasures: a piece of armor donated in 1191 by Hatakeyama Shigetada and a saddle dating back to the 13th Century. Before it became a Shinto Shrine, the Shugendo spiritual...

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  • Shugendo Shrine at Mount Mitake

    Prior to the establishment of Shinto in Japan, Shugendo spiritual mystical religion was very popular. Shugendo centered on this mountain and several others like nearby Takao-san. Followers of Shugendo, known for mountain and nature worship, believe in the bond between nature and humanity. Shugendo legends tell of spirits spirits called Tengu, often...

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  • Mitake Tozan Cable Car

    Mitake Tozan Railway is the name of the company, under the Keio Group, that operates the cable car and the chairlift at Mount Mitake near Ome. The Mount Mitake Cable Car run on a one kilometer track (0.6 miles), but it rises an impressive 424 meters (1,390 feet) vertically. The cost for a one way trip is about 600 Yen, with a slight discount for a...

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  • Nanayo Water Fall - Mount Mitake

    Nanayo Water Fall (in Japanese 七代の滝) is a nice series of falls just a short hike from the top of Mount Mitake near Ome. They say there are seven total drops in these falls, totaling 50 feet from top to bottom, but you can only see one drop easily from the hiking trails. At this drop in Nanayo Falls, there is a pool,...

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  • Mt Takanosu

    Takanosu-yama (鷹ノ巣山) is translated as Falcon's Nest Mountain. During the Edo era, it is said that nobles came here to hunt falcons. This is one of the tallest mountains in the Okutama area, and it very popular for hiking. You can drive on the small, narrow roads quite a ways toward the mountain, but not all the way to...

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  • Japanese Weasel near Okutama

    Japanese weasels are small orange-yellow colored carnivorous animals native to the Japanese islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. These animals are larger than cats, with a body length of about 14 inches, plus a tail that is another 7 or 8 inches long. These animals are carnivorous, and they consume mice, frogs, reptiles, insects and crayfish....

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  • Lake Okutama

    Lake Okutama, formed by Ogochi Dam, lies at the far western edge of Tokyo in the town of Okutama, Nishitama District. The large lake was constructed from 1938 to 1957, and it is the largest source of water for the city of Tokyo. At the time of its completion the Ogochi Dam was the world's largest, with a dam height of 149 meters and a length of 353...

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Okutama-ko Restaurants

  • Chicago Chicken, Ome

    On the main street in central Ome, next to the Showa Retro Packaging Museum, is a takeout yakitori restaurant called シカゴチキン, which seems to translate to "Chicago Chicken." This shop opened in 1976, almost 40 years ago, and it is still going strong, even if it's a bit aged. We stopped here and got two pieces...

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  • Dumpling Soup Bon Bon Tei, Ome

    Bon Bon Tei (ボンボン亭) is the name of a very inexpensive restaurant located in central Ome, just a short walk from the station. The specialty here is gyoza soup with noodles. They offer four kinds of broth for the soup (Thai-style curry, Italian tomato, Chinese Szechuan, and Japanese-style egg, seaweed and soy),...

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  • Kotobuki Happy Home Restaurant - Ome

    Kotobuki Happy Home is the rough translation of the Japanese name 寿々喜家 of a great little restaurant in Ome. Kotobuki also means "wishing for longevity" or "blessing to one's longevity." The restaurant was established in 1901, so it is celebrating its own longevity. The current structure was built around 1930.The...

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Okutama-ko Transportation

  • Riding the JR trains to Okutama

    From Tokyo or Shinjuku station to Okutama, use JR. Chuo line, about 2 hours, 1,210YEN. You can begin one of many hiking courses from a few stops before the terminal stop Okutama, for example, get off at Hatonosu station, hike a nice trail which follows to Shiromaru station, thenceforth to Okutama terminal station. If you are interested, try it! I...

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  • By JR Chuo Line and JR Ome Line

    From Shinjuku, take JR Chuo rapid Line towards Ome direction and transfer at Tachikawa to Okutama. Then take bus to Okutama-ko. Train one way takes about 2 hours and bus one way is about 10-15mins.

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Okutama-ko Tourist Traps

  • What is a "Sightseeing Toilet"?

    Fortunately it's just a literal translation of "tourist toilets", as in public toilets for use by tourists, though the word choice in the original Japanese is rather dodgy too.

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  • What it takes to sustain our urban...

    These not-so-behind-the-scenes unsightly structures do spoil the otherwise spectacular scenery, and in trying to find out their purpose, it seems that the dam is called the Ogochi Dam, completed in 1957 after 30 years planning (including stall time during 2nd WW), and is a control for the flow of the Tama River, which is a major water supply source...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Okutama-ko Off The Beaten Path

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    Day trip to see Chichibu's Shibazakura

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 24, 2015

    In the mountains of Saitama Prefecture, west of Tokyo, is the beautiful town of Chichibu, a city famous for nature and an anime cartoon called Anohana. We visited in the spring, and were fortunate to find the beautiful shibazakura in early bloom at Hitsujiyama Park. Here you can see beautiful fields of pink and white moss phlox in bloom in April and May, along with a small street of festival foods and gifts. The backdrop of the park is Mount Buko, which has been almost completely decapitated by limestone mining.

    The Shibazakua fields have some 400,000 moss phlox plants have been planted to form beautiful patterns along two small hillsides. Along both edges of the phlox plants are benches where mostly Japanese visitors relax on rustic benches to watch the plants grow and bloom. Entry is around 300 or 400 Yen per person.

    To get to Chichibu, take the JR line to Chichibu Station or the Seibu Line to Seibu Chichibu Station.

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Okutama-ko Sports & Outdoors

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    Any summer outdoor related activity is...

    by RoseAmano Written Feb 2, 2008

    The usual summer mountain activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, river swimming may all be done here.

    Fishing, Okutama Japan Rock Climbing, Okutama Japan Canoeing, Okutama Japan Hiking, Okutama Japan Hiking, Okutama Japan
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Okutama-ko Favorites

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    Random scenes of Okutama

    by RoseAmano Updated Feb 2, 2008

    Favorite thing: Just spectacular scenery with reasonably good transport access to Tokyo.

    In one of the minor photos, yes there is a rock climber, and yes it's scary for me to lean off the bridge like that to get a good angle shot.

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    • Kayaking

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