A natural wonderland, Akiruno City is home to the brilliantly beautiful Akigawa Valley, a great place to go hiking, swimming and location of the fabulous Ishibune Bride and Otake Limestone Caves. The city also features a huge water park in Tokyo Summerland, the rustic Kotokuji Temple and the quirky Fukuzawa Chiisana Museum.
Extraordinarily idyllic, Kotokuji Temple was first established in the 14th century and is famous for its majestic moss-covered sanmon multi-storied gate. Invigorating with the fresh air of its mountain surrounds, autumn is a particularly lovely time to visit courtesy of the temple's ginkgo trees.
Twenty five minutes from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.
Fukuzawa Chiisana Museum
An art gallery showcasing the works of sculptor Tomonaga Akimitsu, the Fukuzawa Chiisana Museum is as about as quirky as you can get. Almost fairy tale in look, Akimitsu built and designed the museum himself. Exiting the station, a series of gnomes guide visitors towards the museum.
Forty minutes on foot or ten minutes by taxi from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the Jr Itsukaichi Line.
With its stunningly beautiful autumn leaves, Akigawa Valley is a natural scenic spot worth every effort to visit. Famous for its Ishibune Bridge, the valley features swimming opportunities as well hiking, fishing and camping. The Otake Limestone Caves are here too, one of Tokyo's recognised natural monuments.
Ten minutes by bus from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.
A huge water park, Tokyo Summerland is an absolutely great way to spend the day beating off the summer heat. Along with its massive pools, slides, and rides, the park also features a 40m free fall waterslide and a 650m long 'river'. A word of advice, however, tattoos are strictly prohibited.
Ten minutes by bus from Akigawa Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.