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Updated: December 20, 2019

Countless amazing landscapes await amid caves, dams, and waterfalls

The Okutama area in the far west of Tokyo is full of natural beauty that exemplifies Japan: mountains covered in lush forest, valleys bisected by clear rivers, and rocks covered in 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!

General Tips

  • Look out over the Hatonosu Gorge to see vibrant scenery that changes with the seasons
  • Go deep in the Nippara Limestone Caves
  • Take a well-earned soak at the Moegi no Yu hot springs

Map Legend

  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus

1

Starting our journey in deep western Tokyo

Begin at Hatonosu Station

Start your Okutama exploration at Hatonosu Station, a stop on the JR Ome Line that's roughly an hour from Tachikawa Station. It's also close to Okutama Station, which we'll be traveling through later.

Walking5 mins

2

A stunning overlook

Vibrant Colors and Scenery at Hatonosu Gorge

Just a short walk from Hatonosu Station you'll find its namesake gorge. Head to the suspension bridge and look out over the Tamagawa River and the trees around it—vibrantly green in the summer, and enchanting red and gold in autumn.
*This area is currently closed due to damage to the Nippara Shonyudosen road caused by Typhoon Hagibis. The area is expected to reopen in March 2020.

Walking10 mins

3

See Japan's Longest Fish Ladder

Shiromaru Dam

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.

TrainandBusandWalking1 hour 10 mins

4

The largest cave network in the Kanto region

Nippara Limestone Caves

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 psychedelic 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.
*This area is currently closed due to damage to the Nippara Shonyudosen road caused by Typhoon Hagibis. The area is expected to reopen in March 2020.

WalkingandBusandWalking1 hour

5

The ultimate end to a day out in nature

Pamper Yourself at Moegi-no-Yu

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 Tamagawa River.