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Okutama-machi

Okutama-machi, the westernmost point of Tokyo. Mt. Kumotori(elevation: 2,017 m) is the highest point in Tokyo. Abundant hot springs, with four different types. Lots of ryokan inns, minshuku inns, and camp sites. Enjoy kayak on the Tama River or nature walks from JR Okutama Station.
Melissa C.Koh

Melissa C.Koh

A Singaporean travel / life style blogger and creative director, who has been popular in recent years.

Fall

Day 1

Introduction

Introduction

What if I told you that you could explore some beautiful lakes and picturesque scenery's without actually leaving Tokyo?
Never did I imagine for a place like this to exist in a metropolis like Tokyo. Just a short train ride from the city centre, you can find this hidden oasis and gem, offering majestic views, and an extremely calm and peaceful aura.
Okutama

Okutama

Throughout the year, this beautiful place offers a visually spectacular changing landscape that you can feast your eyes on. Lush greenery in summer, golden hues of red and yellow leaves in fall, snow in winter and the famous pink sakura's during spring time.
JR

JR

I actually really enjoyed the train ride from the city to Lake Okutama. The ever-changing landscapes are quite fascinating to observe as the train speeds by. Plus, if you go during non-peak hours, the train is less typically crowded, unlike what you usually get commuting between the busier stations in the city.
Oume Station

Oume Station

Directions are quite straight-forward: From Shinjuku, take the JR line to Tachikawa Station and change to the JR Oume Line. From Okutama Station, there is a bus that goes straight to the lake. The bus stop is just across the road from the station.
Oume Station

Oume Station

Kanponoyado Oume

Kanponoyado Oume

I alighted at Oume Station and stayed over in a Ryokan for the night before continuing my journey from Oume to Okutama.

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Day 2

Okutama Station

Okutama Station

We arrived Lake Okutama early in the morning. Although the weather was quite rainy and wet, there was still an unspoken charm to it.
Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)①

Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)①

The mist over floating over the lake and the casual breeze on my face was absolutely magical.
Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)②

Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)②

James and I spent some silent moments appreciating the wonders of nature and it's glory.Although there were a few other recommended places to explore´╝îwe stayed around the vicinity of the lake and trekked around some parts of it before it was time for us to head back to the city.
Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)③

Lake Okutama(Ogouchi dam)③

You'd notice that most of it typically revolves around Tokyo city but discovering this gem gave me a new perspective of what Tokyo has to offer and I'd highly recommend it to those who are looking for a detox and some contrast from the busy city life.

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