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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Hiking in Okutama: Beautiful autumn leaves

November 6, 2015

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Okutama station

Okutama is a mountainous area in western Tokyo.
In Okutama you can enjoy its rich nature such as a lake, valleys and limestone caves. Various activities are also available such as cycling, rafting and canoeing. Amazingly you can go there by train in 1 hour and a half from Shinjuku station, which is the largest shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo.

I have hiked on “Mukashimichi” and visited Nippara Limestone Cave and Lake Okutama.

On this article, I would like to introduce hiking on “Mukashimichi”, which is a part of the old Ome Street from Lake Okutama to Okutama station.

First I arrived at Okutama station and then transferred to a bus for Lake Okutama. I got off the bus at a bus stop called Mizune, which is right before Lake Okutama bus stop and started to hike towards Okutama station.

The course is about 10 kilometers in length. Due to its moderate slopes, it is a relatively easy to hike. So you can hike on this course even putting on sneakers.

It was very fun to walk on the roads because there was rich nature and they were rich in variety. Also the roads themselves were highly diversified and I didn’t get tired of walking.

And what was better, the leaves began to turn red and yellow, so I could enjoy beautiful autumn leaves too.

One of the most wonderful places of the course was Sogaku Valley and Shidakura-bashi Bridge.
Sogaku Valley features uniquely shaped rocks varied in scale. You can enjoy wonderful scenery of this valley from Shidakura-bashi Bridge, which is a suspension bridge across Sogaku Valley.
This time the scenery was really amazing with beautiful autumn leaves.

Sogaku Valley

Shidakura-bashi Bridge

I could spend very nice time and got refreshed.