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.
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.