As far west as one can get and still be in Tokyo, Okutama Town is tiny by population but huge in nature. Mountain forests, rivers, canyons and caves, the town is literally the natural space. Here is an introduction to some of the spaces of Okutama and how to reach them.
Furusato Mountain Village
Deep in the mountains and forests of Okutama, the Furusato Mountain Village is everything its name suggests. Offering cultural craft activities as well as camping opportunities, the area offers some of the most splendid of natural landscapes and hiking views. An excellent place to spend a night or two visiting an unknown Tokyo.
A 30-minute drive from Oku-Tama Station on the JR Ome Line.
Okutama Sogo Undo Park
A baseball field and children's play area with equipment, Okutama Sogo Undo Park is surrounded by mountains, trees and more mountains. Set up in the hills, the open space here offers great views over the valley and townscape below, enhancing the beauty of the rugged terrain all around it.
A 17-minute walk or a 10-minute no.10 bus ride from Oku-Tama Station on the JR Ome Line.
Toke-enchi Fureai Park
Close to the Hikawa Camp site and the Tama River, Toke-enchi Fureai Park is a rest area and meeting spot for visitors hiking along the local forest trails. A basic bench and table, the park space here is more of a reference point for hikers than an actual destination itself but surrounded by proper nature, it's hard not to enjoy the respite it offers.
A 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from Oku-Tama Station the JR Ome Line.
Leading into the town's hiking trails and verdant forests, Unazawa Park is a space for visitors to rest. A large gazebo stands over some benches while the trees and hills surrounding the space also afford some natural shade and protection. Be on the lookout for the three stone statues standing sentinel nearby.
A 16-minute walk from Shiromaru Station on the JR Ome Line.