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.

Above, Lake Okutama and Ogouchi Dam.

Above, inside the visitor center on the dam.


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.

Here is an official map of the trail and below is the trail that I actually followed, since one section near Shiromaru Dam was closed for repair (download KML):

Above, Kori JR station.

Above, Tama river, near Kori JR station (actually a slight detour from the path).

Above, the trail is well marked, with English signs. It is possible to get lost though…

Above, this is the start of a forest trail to Hatonosu.

Above, Tama River.

Above, observation point. There is a trail that goes to the shrine of Mount Mitake branching from there.

Above, at Hatonosu.

Above, on the Shiromaru Dam. Starting there, the forest trail was closed so I had to cross the dam and walk on the Ome Kaido road until I found a bridge a little after Shiromaru JR station, in order to cross the river again and rejoin the trail. The road does not have a pedestrian walkway unfortunately.

Above, fish ladder. Normally it can be visited from April to October but it was closed for repair when I was there.

Above, Ome Kaido.

Above, bridge to the trail on the other side of the Tama River.

Above, at Unazawa.

Above, after Unazawa, I followed the road until I reached Okutama station since I wanted to be there in time to catch a bus to Lake Okutama. However, there is another forest path which starts near the high school and ends at the Tama River close to the station.

Above, Okutama.

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 and went down towards Mito Waterfall.

Above, there were a lot of steps…

Above, suspension bridge in front of the waterfall.

Above, Mito Waterfall.

Above, Therapy Road.

Above, Visitor Center.

Above, on the way to Mount Toishi.

Above, on Road 206, on the way to Mount Tsukiyomi.

Above, summit of Mount Tsukiyomi.

Above, on the way to the Parking Area #1 of Mount Tsukiyomi (月夜見第1駐車場).

Above, Lake Okutama from the Parking Area #1.

Above, on the way down, I took the road, which had barely any car on it at that late hour.

Above, on the way down to the Yama-no-Furusato Mura.

Above, at the Village.

Above, the Floating Bridge.

Above, Mount Tsukiyomi viewed from the bridge.

Above, red bridge on the other side of the tunnel.

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.

In this post, I will cover the path until Mount Mito. I will post photos of the part until Lake Okutama in part 2.

Above, the trail starts at the same bus stop as for the Hossawa Waterfall (払沢の滝入口; Hossawa-no-taki Iriguchi). The bus schedule is here.

Above, Mount Gozen.

Above, Mount Odake.

Above, this is the start of the forest trail.

Above, Mount Fuji from an area just before the summit of Mount Sengenrei.

Above, Kazuma Pass (数馬峠).

Above, Road 206, which goes to Lake Okutama.

Above, I had to walk on the road for a bit to reach the rest of the trail to Tokyo Citizens’ Forest and Mount Mito.

Above, structure at the east peak of Mount Mito.

Above, the middle peak of Mount Mito.

Above, the west peak of Mount Mito.

Above, Mount Fuji.

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.