"Okutama, Ome & Mount Mitake" Okutama-ko by Ewingjr98

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Lake Okutama, formed by Ogochi Dam, lies at the far western edge of Tokyo in the town of Okutama, Nishitama District. The large lake was constructed from 1938 to 1957, and it is the largest source of water for the city of Tokyo. At the time of its completion the Ogochi Dam was the world's largest, with a dam height of 149 meters and a length of 353 meters. The construction of the dam displaced 6,000 people and submerged nine shrines, which were replaced by Ogouchi-jinja Shrine, located on a peninsula jutting into the lake.

The north shore of the lake is famous for its Some 10,000 cherry trees which bloom during mid-April each year.

The lake is accessible by car from Tokyo with a two hour drive. You can also take the Chuo Line JR train to Tachikawa, then switch to the Ome Line to Okutma or a number of other stations near the lake.

Ome is the last large town you will pass when heading from Tokyo into the mountains around Lake Okutama. Ome has no major attractions, but it has a busy business district around its train station, to include a number of restaurants and many shops selling local crafts like ceramics, samurai armor, kites, and more.

Mount Mitake is the most famous tourist attraction around Okutama. Here you can ride a cable car to a small village near the peak of the famous mountain, then hike about a kilometer to the famous and ancient Musashi Mitake Shrine. There are also numerous hiking trails to nearby peaks and a few waterfalls.

  • Last visit to Okutama-ko: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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