Okutama Mukashi Michi: Walk from Okutama Station to Lake Okutama

Okutama Mukashi Michi (literally “Okutama’s Old Road”) is a 9km path that roughly follows the Tama River from Okutama Station (the last stop of the Ome Line) to Ogouchi Dam and Lake Okutama. It used to be the main road in the area, until 1945 when the new road, which had been constructed originally for transporting material for the construction of Ogouchi Dam, became open to the public. Nowadays, the Mukashi Michi is a popular walking course that goes through mountain trails and paved roads, passing by suspension bridges, shrines and waterfalls along the way and offering a great view on the surrounding mountains, especially now with autumn colors near their peak.

There is a map of the trail right outside the train station and there are regular markers on the trail itself. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. For the way back, there are regular buses running from Lake Okutama (schedule).

Above, the Information Office, a 2min walk from the station. They give out pamphlets (in English) with maps.

Above, the new road.

Above, red Japanese Maple leaves.

Above, view of Tama River from the Shidakura suspension bridge.

Above, on Dodokoro suspension bridge.

Above, view of Ogouchi Dam and Lake Okutama.


4 thoughts on “Okutama Mukashi Michi: Walk from Okutama Station to Lake Okutama

  1. hi there! great photos and definitely look like a beautiful hike! Im planning to go this early December (probably 5th/6th), would I still be able to see some autumn colours? and also, I see that you did the Otama Trail from Kori to Okutama station too.. which is your favourite? many thankss xx

    1. You should still be able to see some autumn colors in early December, although it will definitely be past the peak. To give you some idea, here are some photos taken on December 3rd (2013) in the area : near Okutama station => https://flic.kr/p/i5fNTf https://flic.kr/p/i5gq6D ; at Lake Okutama => https://flic.kr/p/i5g7S2 https://flic.kr/p/i5g7zZ https://flic.kr/p/i5g7bG . As to which of the Otama Trail and Mukashi Michi I preferred, both were very nice and relaxing but the view of Lake Okutama would probably make the Mukashi Michi my favorite (however the Otama Trail might be somewhat easier and faster to get to and from). If you have time, you can also do both!

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