"Far away, but still a part of Tokyo Metropolis" Okutama-ko by RoseAmano

Okutama-ko Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 134 photos

Where exactly is Okutama located?

In the illustration, look for "Ome" on the left side and follow the river leftward until you see the lake symbol. This is Okutama Lake.

Actually, there is a minor mistake in the VT auto geographical classification database as it ought to read "Okutama-machi" indicating the local town jurisdiction, rather than the name of the lake as indicated here by "Okutama-ko" which is just the name of the lake rather than any administrative jurisidiction.

Anyway, even though Okutama Town is just barely a part of the Tokyo-to metropolis administration, it doesn't seem so as it's so rural, and rather a distance away from central Tokyo. It's very convenient that there are direct train runs, and makes a nice under-rated place for a day trip.

From Tokyo station to Okutama , use JR. Chuo line, about two hours journey time. 1,210YEN.

http://www.town.okutama.tokyo.jp/english/index.html

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Train runs from central Tokyo, and still rural despite this
  • Cons:Some ill-placed (and now very old but still operating) industrial factories which ruin the spectacular scenery
  • In a nutshell:Nice under-rated place for a day trip from Tokyo
  • Last visit to Okutama-ko: May 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 1, 2008
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