Best places to go this spring and summer in Okutama, Tokyo

Tokyo is more than just bright lights in the big city. Known as “Tokyo’s Adventure Line,” the JR Ome Line connecting Ome Station to Okutama Station in western Tokyo’s Tama area is a true treasure trove of natural wonders! Here are some recommended spots within a 60 to 90-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station.

Ozawa Brewery (Sawanoi)

Famous for its “Sawanoi” sake brand, this brewery has a history of more than 300 years. See the liquor being brewed in clean spring water on a tour of the brewery (advance reservation required). Also, be sure to stop by the Kiki Sake Dokoro to sample various types of sake from 200 yen per cup. Feel free to take your sake cup home as a souvenir.

At Seiryu Garden Sawanoi-en overlooking the mountain streams of the Tama River, savor light Japanese meals like udon and soba noodles, or cooling shaved ice in the summertime. On the premises, Mamagoto-ya serves homemade tofu and yuba dishes using Sawanoi’s brewing water, and Cafe Shizuku makes coffee from the same source. Even those who don’t drink alcohol are sure to enjoy the delicious taste of the clear water.

Nearby, the Kushi Kanzashi Museum houses a collection of traditional Japanese hair ornaments, including combs and hairpins, with 4,000 beautifully crafted pieces.

From Seiryu Garden Sawanoi-en, stroll along the river promenade for about 30 minutes to Mitake Station. A delightful walk with a view of the mountain stream!

Address 2-770 Sawai, Ome City, Tokyo
Access 5-minute walk from Sawai Station
Business hours 10:00-17:00
Regular holiday Monday (Tuesday when it falls on a national holiday)

Musashi Mitake Shrine

With Musashi Mitake Shrine on the summit at an altitude of 929 meters, Mt. Mitake has long been viewed as a sacred mountain. This shrine houses the Japanese wolf god “Okuchi Magami,” who wards off evil, popularly known as “Oinu-sama.” In recent years, many come here to pray for the health of their dogs. Amulets for pets are also available.

Although Mt. Mitake is now popular with hikers, the summit is also easily reached by cable car. At the peak are more than 20 lodges called “shukubo” for those on pilgrimage. Some shukubo offer spiritual purification and ascetic training upon request, giving ordinary travelers the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of Mt. Mitake.

Address 176 Mitakesan, Ome City, Tokyo
Access From Mitake Station, take the bus for 10 minutes to Takimoto Station and board the cable car for 6 minutes to Mitakesan Station, then walk for 30 minutes.


A brewpub in a renovated country house over 70 years old. The beer brewed here is born from creative combinations of Okutama’s clean spring water with hops and malt from around the world. The many flavors are easy to drink, featuring fruity orange and pineapple, while others have a hint of honey. An ideal spot to slake your thirst after enjoying the scenic outdoors and hot springs of Okutama.

The beer cans with their sophisticated designs make great souvenirs. The bottle shop in front of Okutama Station sells original goods such as beer and T-shirts. VERTERE’s draft beer is also served at Port Okutama on the 2nd floor of Okutama Station, so if the cafe is closed, we recommend going there.

Address 212 Hikawa, Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo
Access 2-minute walk from Okutama Station
Business hours 11:00-19:30 (Last order: Food 18:30, Drink 19:00)
Regular holiday Monday-Friday, national holidays (The bottle shop is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)

Okutama Onsen Moeginoyu

After a hike, head to the hot springs! This 100% natural hot spring water is ideal for healing your tired muscles in the great outdoors. Relax in the open-air bath surrounded by trees, while listening to the babbling brook.

Fee: Adults 850 yen

Address 119-1 Hikawa, Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo
Access 10-minute walk from Okutama Station
Business hours 10:00-20:00 (admission until 19:00), December to March 10:00-19:00 (admission until 18:00)
Regular holiday Monday (Tuesday when it falls on a national holiday)

Cherry blossoms of Lake Okutama

Early to late April

Access 15 minutes by bus from Okutama Station

Azaleas of Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple

Mid-April to early May

Entrance fee during the azalea festival: 300 yen for adults

Access 15 minutes by bus from JR Kabe Station
Business hours 8:00-17:00

Fresh green foliage of Mt. Mitake Rock Garden


Access Hike from the cable car Mt. Mitake Station

Outdoor Activities on the Tama River

May-October (depending on the type of activity)

Various places along the Tama River

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The information herein is as of February 2022
I am Ayumi from Chiba Prefecture. I love sweets. I majored in Japanese history in my university. I have visited many historic sites from the ancient days to the modern days on my trips. I have visited about 100 castles of various sizes. I am also obsessed with visiting “anime pilgrimage sites,” the locations featured in popular anime and manga.

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