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Updated: January 7, 2021
The Okutama area to the far west of Tokyo is full of natural beauty that exemplifies Japan: mountains covered in lush forests, valleys bisected by clear rivers, and rocks covered by delicate moss. This course takes you through a gorge and a massive cave network, and ends at a hot spring. It's perfect for people who want a day out in nature...or just lots of gorgeous pictures for social media!
This imposing dam is home to the longest fish ladder in Japan. At 330 meters long, Shiromaru Dam's fish ladder helps trout migrate upstream. The dam is only open for public viewing from April through November, and only during selected dates—mainly weekends and public holidays.
After checking out Shiromaru Dam, head toward Okutama Station on the JR Ome Line.
These karst caves are filled with stunning limestone formations created over thousands of years. Inside, you'll find a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, that's said to help with matchmaking—a remnant from the times when ascetic monks used the caves for their training. At times, during the day, the Nippara Limestone Caves are lit up in a rainbow of color, accompanied by relaxing music. The average temperature inside is 11℃, so it's best to bring a jacket to keep yourself warm.
Retrace your steps back to Okutama Station for the final attraction of the day.
Time for a well-earned soak at this onsen (hot spring)! Enjoy indoor and outdoor baths, or just take a moment to relax at the communal foot bath. At Moegi-no-Yu, 100% natural hot spring water is drawn from deep underground. The onsen's outdoor baths also offer lovely views of the Tama River.