Tue. May 21st, 2024
Cycling from Tokyo to Okutama: A Scenic Escape into Nature

Hop on your bike and leave the bustling center of Tokyo for an adventurous trip to Okutama. This charming town is surrounded by lush hills in western Tokyo, providing a refreshing escape from the city hustle. Enjoy the serene landscapes featuring lakes, waterfalls, and forests—a perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Distance from Central Tokyo to Okutama: ~40.4 miles (65.02 km and ~4h30 one way)

Here are some places to explore on your bike route. Just remember, this is just a sample course, and you might not be able to cover it all in one day, depending on your cycling pace.

From the city center to Tamagawa Josui(玉川上水)

Tamagawa Aqueduct in Spring

Starting from downtown Tokyo, our initial stage will be to follow the picturesque Tamagawa Josui. We leave the noisy city behind, enter a tranquil, green area, and savor the scenery until we reach the heart of Okutama.

Tamagawa Josui | Tokyo Metropolitan Government Welcome to TOKYO Waterworks

Hatonosu Valley(鳩ノ巣渓谷)

Hatonosu Valley in fall

When arriving in Okutama, stroll along the winding trails of Hatonotsu Valley and immerse yourself in the symphony of nature’s sounds. As you ascend to the valley’s observation deck, breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains await.

Tokyo Travel | Hatonosu Valley | WOW U Japan

Hyakuhironotaki Falls(百尋ノ滝)

Hyakuhironotaki Falls

Check out the awesome Hyakuhironotaki Falls—a waterfall that tumbles over rocks, making it an amazing sight. Feel nature’s power as the water crashes down, creating a cool sound that echoes through the nearby forest. Take a moment to enjoy the natural beauty of the falls, a sign of nature’s enduring force.

Hyakuhiro Falls | MustLoveJapan Video Travel Guide

Nippara Limestone Caves(日原鍾乳洞)

Inside of Nippara limestone caves

Discover the Nippara Limestone Caves, tucked in the Okutama Mountains. These caves stretch for 1270 meters and feature amazing stalactites and stalagmites formed by time and water. As you explore deeper, let the enchanting beauty transport you to a world of wonder. The caves are lit up with colored lights, adding to the mesmerizing atmosphere and showcasing the unique rock formations.

Nippara Limestone Caves – Okutama, Tokyo – Japan Travel

Hikawa Gorge(氷川渓谷)

Hikawa gorge in green

Following that, explore the lovely Hikawa Gorge, a natural paradise crafted by the Tama River over countless years. This breathtaking area features cascading waterfalls, abundant greenery, and inviting hiking trails. Take a stroll along the riverbank, immersed in the soothing sounds of nature, and let the mild breeze gently sweep away any worries you may have.

Hikawa Gorge | Guy Jean’s Japan

Ogouchi Reservoir(水源地ふれあいのみち小河内ゾーン)

Ogouchi Reservoir

The construction of the Ogouchi Dam started in the 1930s and finished in the late 1950s. 

The structure is pretty tall and offers awesome views of the nearby mountains and valleys. Go up to the dam’s lookout point and enjoy the wide view, appreciating the beauty of nature and the clever building work.

Ogouchi Reservoir (Lake Okutama) | Tokyo Metropolitan Government Welcome to TOKYO Waterworks

Lake Okutama(奥多摩湖)

Lake Okutama

Lake Okutama is a tranquil spot with a lovely charm. The Okutama Dam was created in 1957, and it’s a big one, covering 6.68 square kilometers and going down 60 meters deep in some parts. With the impressive Okutama Mountains around it, the lake’s beauty comes to life with lots of greenery on the slopes, meeting the shiny water at the lake’s edge. The peaceful waters reflect the colorful forest, making it quite a sight.

Lake Okutama

Mugiyama Floating Bridge(麦山橋)

Mugiyama Bridge

Walk across the Mugiyama Floating Bridge, a scenic path hanging over the peaceful Lake Okutama. This well-known spot gives you a nice view of the surrounding area. While you’re strolling on the 220-meter-long bridge, enjoy the gentle sway of the planks beneath your feet—it adds to the delightful atmosphere.

Mugiyama Floating Bridge | Another TOKYO TAMA

Okutama Hot Springs(奥多摩温泉 もえぎの湯)

Okutama Hot Springs foot warming bath

After a full day of biking, how about treating yourself to the Okutama Hot Springs? It’s a great place to chill and recharge. Jump into the warm waters and let the soothing heat melt away any tension or stress. When you come out, you’ll feel refreshed and ready for more adventures.

Moegi no Yu | Health and beauty in Tama area, Tokyo

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