Dominated by Mt. Hinode, Hinode Town in far western Tokyo is surprisingly historic. Home to the private villa used by a former prime minister to meet with US and Soviet leaders in the 1980s, the town features a warehouse museum filled with local and national cultural artefacts. The town's Shiraiwa Falls are a popular part of hiking in the area and Hokotoji Temple's giant Rokuya Daibutsu statue of the Buddha is even larger than the one in Kamakura.
Originally built in the 15th century, Hokotoji Temple features a beautifully crafted wooden gate and is highlighted by its massive daibutsu statue of the seated Buddha. The statue, larger than the famous one in Kamakura, was named Rokuya Daibutsu in honour of where Buddha is said to have achieved his awakening.
Five minutes from Shiosawayamahokoji-mae Bus Stop from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.
A gorgeous series of natural waterfalls, Shiraiwa Falls is surrounded by verdant wild nature. The highest of the waterfalls has a fifteen metre drop while the most elegant spreads out in a series of rivulets across the rocks. Not the largest falls but impressive after rain and delightfully fresh after a couple of hours of local hiking.
Ten minutes from Shiraiwataki Bus Stop on the No.20 bus bound for Tsutsuru Onsen from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.
Chiisana Kura no Shiryokan
Sourced from traditional warehouses within the city, the Chiisana Kura no Shiryokan is a surprisingly rich source of Japanese history and culture, both local and nationally. With over two hundred items in its collection, the display includes calligraphic works, lacquerware and even authentic swords and armour.
Access from Kanyo Bus Stop on the No.20 bus bound for Tsutsuru Onsen from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line.
Hinode Sanso, US-Japan Summit Memorial Hall
Once a summer residence own by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, this private retreat once hosted meetings between Nakasone and USA President, Ronald Reagan as well as Soviet Presdient, Michail Gorbachov. Ronald Reagan. Hidden away in the mountains surrounding the town, the two-storied retreat is now open to the public.
Fifteen minutes by taxi from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Lline.