woods and river

Okutama Hiking: Mukasi-Michi

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Near Tokyo there are many mountains and rivers. So hiking is a common sports among people live in Tokyo. Okutama is an rural area belongs to Tokyo. There is a lake made by Dam Okutama.

Mukasi-Michi, meaning Old Road, is a abandoned road full with historical memories. By going hiking we can get more understand about this area.

We took a Chuo Line train from Shijuku Station. Just remind you that some Japanese train will get split into two different direction. I saw some one got left in the wrong train but I couldn’t help them since my train started.

the train will be split into two directions
the train will be split into two directions

The train arrived at Okumura Station. After 10 mins walk we got at the starting point of Mukashi-Michi.

The first scene ran into my eyes is this green trees and water. Automatically my mouth opened and breathed deeply “it is worth to take 2 hour train here”.

creek
creek

Even small Buddaha statue has chance to drink water.

Buddaha statue and morning tea
Buddaha statue and morning tea

What a nice and clean day. This area was disturbed 50 years ago by building the dam. But from then on no more heavy industry chose here. So we can enjoy the freshness of woods and rivers.

valley
valley
mountain
mountain
mountain
mountain
only 3 people can stand on this suspension bridge at the same time
only 3 people can stand on this suspension bridge at the same time
woods and river
woods and river

A cute bridge and the color recalled me Ghibli.

bridge
bridge

Walked into bushes.

road with bush
road with bush

Look an abandoned railway tunnel. With enough bravely we went into along the tunnel. Luckily no aliens came out there was only cool breeze.

abandoned railway tunnel
abandoned railway tunnel

Finally we got Okutama Lake.

lake okutama
lake okutama

This dam is selected as Top 100 Dams in Japan. This gave me a shock: are there so many dams in Japan?

lake okutama view from dam
lake okutama view from dam
okutama dam
okutama dam

Here is the route.

From Shijuku Station you can take a Chuo Line to Okutama Station. It will take 2 hours.

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