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Courses for Enjoying the Charms of Nature Parks

Tama 2 days 1 night Akiruno/Hinohara/Hinode

A sightseeing route through the countryside near villages in the western Tama region (car plan; recommended for families living in the Tokyo metropolitan area)

This plan is filled with destinations accessible by car (your own or a rental) for the whole family to enjoy. Spend the day sightseeing, then recharge at the Seoto-no-Yu Spa!

Car Plan

JR Musashi-Masuko Station

Depart at 10:15
Arrive at 10:30

Honey Bee Farm Museum

This hands-on museum is popular for its beekeeping farm tours, and candle-making with beeswax. After the tour, you can shop for a wide variety of honeys or enjoy honey-rich confections in its café.
Note: Tour and experience are for groups of 5 or more.The café is currently being renovated as of February 2019.

Depart at 11:30
Arrive at 12:00

Tokura Shiroyama Terrace

This lodging and tourism facility in a repurposed school building combines four functions: experience, lodging, dining, and exhibitions. Enjoy a school lunch-style meal at the restaurant Shokuinshitsu, a play on the words “eating and drinking place” and “teacher’s lounge.” The third floor features exhibitions related to Akigawa basin geography, culture and heritage.

Depart at 13:00
Arrive at 13:20

Plan 1
Hossawa Falls (stroll around the area together)

The only waterfall in Tokyo featured in Japan’s 100 best waterfalls. Enjoy a guided tour.
Contact: Tokyo Hinoha Land
http://hinohaland.tokyo/guide/

Plan 2
Forest School (hands-on learning)

Offers hands-on lessons including traditional village cooking and making jam with locally-produced yuzu citrus fruits. Enjoy lectures given by teachers from the area.
Note: Advance reservation required for lessons

Depart at 15:00
Arrive at 15:15

Chitoseya

This shop lets you enjoy Hinohara tofu by itself or as desserts. The freshly-made Uno-hana donuts have a light and crisp flavor.

Depart at 15:45
Arrive at 16:00

Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu Spa

A cottage nestled between the Akigawa Valley and western Tama mountains. In addition to one of the most popular hot springs in Japan that make your skin smooth, it offers a footbath and a shop that sells vegetables harvested by local farmers in the morning.

Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu Spa

Depart at 9:30
Arrive at 10:00

Ootake Limestone Caves

This limestone cave is a natural monument in Tokyo. There’s lots to see inside, including unique stalagmites that have been named by the locals. Be sure to have a guide show you around.
Contact: Tokyo Urayama Base
http://www.urayama.com/cn18/index.html

Depart at 11:30
Arrive at 12:00

[Lunch] Kurochaya

This restaurant in a 250-year-old house built for the village headman overlooks the Akigawa Valley. Enjoy a Kaiseki style meal of charcoal-broiled cuisine and traditional village foods made with locally-sourced ingredients. There are other relaxing spots nearby such as Chikuan, which is popular for its oyaki buns, and the outdoor terrace Mizu-no-oto.

Depart at 13:30
Arrive at 14:00

Hinode Washi (Japanese paper)

(Tour of paper mulberry trees and washi-making)

Experience making traditional papercraft for modern lifestyles, such as paper lamps and smartphone cases. There are paper mulberry trees used to make washi on the premises, so you can witness the craft from raw materials all the way to paper processing.

Depart at 15:30
Arrive at 15:45 JR Musashi-Itsukaichi Station

Guides

Tours are available with guides who have extensive knowledge of the nature and history of the western Tama area.
Take part in one and discover the area’s wonders. Note: Inquiry in advance is recommended.

Akiruno City: Tourism Volunteer Guides
Tel: 042-558-1111
http://www.city.akiruno.tokyo.jp/0000008732.html
Hinode Town: Tourism Guide Association
http://www.hinode-guide.net/
Hinohara Village: Tokyo Hinoha Land
Tel: 042-598-1011
http://hinohaland.tokyo/guide/
Tokyo Urayama Base
Tel: 050-1417-6751
http://www.ura-yama.com/

Note: Tama is removed from the center of Tokyo, and very few residents speak any language other than Japanese.
For a smooth experience, we recommend that you travel with somebody who is able to communicate in Japanese.

Support/Contact

Honey Bee Farm Museum
Address: 37-3 Uenodai, Akiruno City, Tokyo
Tel: 050-3526-7117
Hours: 10:30-17:00
Closed: Wednesdays
http://88838.net/
Note: The café is currently being renovated as of February 2019.
Tokura Shiroyama Terrace
Address: 325 Tokura, Akiruno City, Tokyo
Tel: 042-595-1234
Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed: Tuesdays
http://tokura-taiken.jp/
Hossawa Falls
Address: Motoshuku, Hinohara Village, Nishitama District, Tokyo
Tel: 042-598-0069 (Hinohara Village Tourism Association)
Parking: About 10 places
Hinohara Village Regional Exchange Center Forest School
Address: 403 Hinohara Village, Nishitama District, Tokyo
Tel: 042-598-0069 (Hinohara Village Tourism Association)
Hours: 9:00-16:30
Closed: See official website
http://hinohara-kankou.jp/forestschool/
Chitose-ya
Address: 5557 Hinohara Village, Nishitama District, Tokyo
Tel: 042-598-0056
Hours: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a holiday)
Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu Spa
Address: 565 Otsu , Akiruno City, Tokyo
Tel: 042-595-2614
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (reception until 21:00)
No fixed holidays. Note: may be closed some days
http://www.seotonoyu.jp/
Ootake Limestone Caves
Address: 1587 Yozawa , Akiruno City, Tokyo
Tel: 042-596-4201
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Thursdays
http://otakecamp.web.fc2.com
Kurochaya restaurant
Address: 167 Konakano , Akiruno City, Tokyo
Tel: 042-596-0129
Hours: 11:00-21:00
Closed: Tuesdays
https://www.kurochaya.com/top
Hinode Washi
Address: 6436 Oguno , Hinode Town, Tokyo
Hours: Workshop has two sessions, from 10:00 and 13:30. (Reservation required)
Closed: Tuesdays
https://hinodewashi.tokyo

Note: Tama is removed from the center of Tokyo, and very few residents speak any language other than Japanese.
For a smooth experience, we recommend that you travel with somebody who is able to communicate in Japanese.