Lake Okutama / Ogouchi Dam in the rain

After completing the Otama Walking Trail, I took the bus to Lake Okutama. My goal was to walk the Ikoi trail to the floating bridge but the path was closed for repair. It had also started to rain very hard on the way there so I cut the visit short.

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Otama Walking Trail: Hike from Kori to Okutama

The Otama Walking Trail is a nice and easy 8km trail in Okutama, in western Tokyo. It follows the valley formed by the Tama River from Kori station to Okutama station. I had already followed the section of the trail in Hatonosu Valley last autumn but I came back for the whole trail in spring. It took me about 3.5 hours to reach Okutama.

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Hike from Hinohara Village to Lake Okutama (Part 2): Tokyo Citizens’ Forest & Mount Tsukiyomi

Continuing the hike from Hinohara Village to Lake Okutama. After Mount Mito, I stayed in the Tokyo Citizens’ Forest (Tomin-no-Mori) and went down towards Mito Waterfall then continued to Lake Okutama. Check Part 1 for the map.

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Hike from Hinohara Village to Lake Okutama (Part 1): Mount Sengenrei & Mount Mito

A few days after my hike to Mount Usuki and Mount Jinba, I went back to Hinohara Village: This time, I took the trail to Mount Sengenrei (浅間嶺). After the summit, I kept walking on the Sengen Ridge (浅間尾根) until I reached Hinohara Tokyo Citizens’ Forest (檜原都民の森; Hinohara Tomin-no-Mori) and Mount Mito (三頭山), which I had already climbed starting from Lake Okutama. After that I went down to the Visitor Center, enjoying the Forest Therapy Road and the sight of the Mito Waterfall (三頭大滝; Mito Otaki). When I set out in the morning, I had planned to stop there but there was still a bit of time before sunset so I decided to keep going all the way to Lake Okutama (奥多摩湖), going up again through Mount Toishi (砥山) and Mount Tsukiyomi (月夜見山) before going down to the lake through the camping grounds of the Mountain Hometown Village (山のふるさと村; Yama-no-Furusato Mura). I then crossed the lake at the Floating Bridge (浮橋; Ukihashi) and waited for the bus on the other side.

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Hike from Okutama to Mount Otake & Mount Mitake

A couple of weeks ago, I went to western Tokyo for the Mount Otake hike that I had already done last October. This time, however, I went in the other direction: I started in Okutama (奥多摩) and went up to Mount Otake (大岳山) and then on to Mount Mitake (御岳山). Unfortunately, the Rock Garden there was still closed because of the snow. I then took the cable car down to the valley. This page has directions and details for this trail (in the other way) in English.

Here is a map of the trail I walked (download KML):

Above, in front of Okutama station.

Above, looking in the direction of Atago shrine (愛宕神社).

Above, the Sanbonsugi (Three cedars) of Hikawa.

Above, Hikawa shrine.

Above, path to Hikawa Gorge, behind the cedars.

Above, Tama River.

Above, statue near the start of the trail to Atago shrine and Mount Otake.

Above, stairs to Atago shrine.

Above, Atago shrine.

Above, there is also a paved access road that is not as steep as the stairs (on the right).

Above, Ogouchi Dam and Lake Okutama in the distance.

Above, summit of Mount Nokogiri.

Above, summit of Mount Otake.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, Ohtake shrine on the way to Mount Mitake.

Above, torii and waterfall at the Rock Garden.

Above, the rest of the trail was closed because of the snow.

Above, Mount Hinode.

Above, Mitake Village.

Above, wasabi roots at the cable car station in Mitake Valley.

Above, Tama River in Mitake Valley.

Above, Mitake station.

Hike to Mount Kumotori

At 2,017m, Mount Kumotori (雲取山) is the highest mountain in Tokyo. The peak actually stands at the boundaries of Tokyo, Yamanashi Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture. I went there on a day-hike a few weeks ago. I basically followed the plan outlined here (with map).

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