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Updated: December 9, 2019
While located within Tokyo’s borders, the area of Okutama couldn’t be further away from the hectic hubs of Shibuya and Shinjuku. Mountains, limestone caves, camping grounds and hot springs are all set to a backdrop of verdant green. Follow your day of outdoor adventure with a trip to nearby retro villages offering both Japanese and American nostalgia.
Your access point for Okutama is Okutama Station on the JR Ome Line.
From Haneda Airport: Around two hours 45 minutes by train.
From Narita Airport: Around three hours 30 minutes by train.
From Shinjuku Station: Take the JR Chuo Line to Tachikawa and transfer to the JR Ome Line for Okutama Station. (Travel time: around two hours)
From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Chuo Line to Tachikawa and transfer to the JR Ome Line for Okutama Station. (Travel time: around two hours 15 minutes)
An easy daytrip from the city center—or an ideal spot for some summer camping—the Okutama area is Tokyo's great outdoors. Hike the trail heading up to Mt. Mitake or Mt. Odake, and have a cooling dip in the crystal-clear river. Follow a spot of fishing with lunch on the banks of the Akigawa Valley—ideally grilling your catch. Three fishing sites offer rental equipment and everything you need for your BBQ. The onsen spots dotted through the expansive area are a great place for a post-lunch soak. Before you embark on your outdoor adventure, drop by the Okutama Visitor Center to get your bearings and also check if there have been any bear sightings.
Located close to the greenery of Okutama is Ome, a quaint, retro town with an air of Showa period nostalgia. The Showa Retro Goods Museum houses a wide range of Showa-period snack wrappers, drink cans, bottles and movie posters. The Kushi-Kanzashi Museum is dedicated to Japanese hair ornaments—view the wide collection of combs, hairpins and small bags in this museum on the banks of the Tama River. For a taste of something completely un-Japanese, the Fussa Base Side Street (in Fussa) runs alongside the Yokota U.S. military base and is packed with shops, restaurants and memorabilia of 1950's America.