Drive a little further and you will find beautiful nature. Did you know that 40% of Tokyo is forestry? Also, 70% of popular hiking and outdoor areas is in "Tama area". In other words, the Tama area is "Tokyo's healing forest"... So, this time, we will be paying close attention to the "charm's of Tama trees"! We'll be going on a trip to explore "Tama products" which has been a recent hot topic ♪
The Okutama fishing center in Ome city is a managed fishing spot that takes advantages of the nature of Tama River. Trout is released at the fishing spot, so beginners to advanced people can enjoy fishing at an accessible spot. The items needed for fishing are rented or sold; rods, foods, lures, etc. So you can come to the facility empty-handed. It is also very popular to BBQ where you can eat the fish you catch. This time, we came on the day where they held an inauguration ceremony where a facility where people with disabilities can also enjoy. This fishing center can be enjoyed by both young and old, men or women, and people with disabilities.
|Okutama Fishing Center|
|Address||2-333 Mitake, Ome City, Tokyo, 198-0174|
|Business hours||7:00 - 16:00 (March - November) 7:30 - 16:00 (December - February) 8:00 - 16:00 (Fishing moats only)|
|Holiday||Every Thursday from December till February New Year's holiday|
|Access||15 minutes walk from Mitake Station (JR Ome Line) Free Parking|
Hinohara Village of the four seasons" is known for the top 100 waterfalls in Japan. At the entrance of the fall, you can enjoy dishes made from local ingredients. The popular and recommended dish would be the "Hiruge (Midday meal)", which on holidays will generate a long queue for. Hiruge is a lunch made with ingredients procured on the day, so the dishes change from day to day and because of the limited ingredients used, it always gets sold out. All things are handmade, even from stock. The dishes made by the local housewives reminisce a taste of home, with an authentic seasoning to be served at a restaurant. I am very full from experiencing a lot of the local ingredients. We were able to enjoy the facility with everyone!
|Hinohara Village of the four seasons|
|Address||5493 Sugawara-mura, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo, 190-0214|
|Holiday||Mondays and Fridays|
|Access||Take a bus from JR Musashi Itsukaichi station to West Tokyo (Nishi-Tokyo) A bus to Kazuma for 20 minutes, get off at Hossawa falls and walk 2 minutes|
"Mori no Uta" enjoys woodworks and freshly brewed coffee made with Tama products. The husband and wife of the owner said that they were originally developing a car engine, and said why don’t we change from machinery to woods? The wood works which the owner makes is very cute, practical and filled with creative ideas. Such as the small bird-shaped shoehorn. Also, we are focusing on activities to spread Tama products. The "Hinohara Mobile" jointly developed a Toy museum in Yotsuya which is gifted to all babies born in Kashihara. I was able to experience and listen to the passion which the owner has and the delicious coffee his wife makes.
|Wood workshop and Mori no Uta teahouse|
|Address||1215-1 Hagiwara-mura, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo, 190-0223|
|Holiday||Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)|
|Access||Bus from JR Musashi Itsukaichi station to West Tokyo A bus ride for 40 minutes and get off at Shimokawa stop|
Farmers bring in fresh produce which was harvested from Kashihara and sold at Yamabuki-ya. In spring, we grow cod bods, nobils, fukinotou, norabou vegetables. In summer, special products such as sweet potatoes, cucumber, and corn. During Autumn and Winter, you can purchase seasonal agricultural products such as taro, konnyaku potato, and yuzu. There is also an online shop where you can order the ingredients harvested from Sugawara's mountain. If you go directly to the shop, try their famous potato ice cream while listening to the beautiful scenery and the river buzz at the superb viewpoint behind the shop.
|Special product shop Yamabuki-ya|
|Address||847 Kakino, Kashihara-mura, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo, 190-0223|
|Holiday||Middle of December to March|
|Access||Take a bus from JR Itsukaichi station from West Tokyo towards Kazuma Ride the bus for 35 minutes and get off at Miyanosawa bus stop.|
Here’s another Tokyo short trip
A trip to experience the nature of "Okutama"
"Experience" the nature of Okutama with your whole body! It was a fun trip to discover new attractions in Tokyo.
In this trip, I was able to "experience" the nature of Okutama. The local people have a lot of feelings and thoughts to protect nature, and I was able to feel the charm in nature as well as the local town. I hope to come back to stay in the Okutama area rather than a day trip.