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A trail with “old-time” spots including the Shirahige Shrine and Jizo stone statues, a suspension bridge and old folk houses along the way. This is a 10km trail ride to Tama Lake. Enjoy Trekkling with your fellow bikers!

Attention!
・For environmental conservation, climber protection and safety, we ask for bike riders to use the paths that are suitable for biking.
Please do not disturb the neighborhood residents.

Trekkling Okutama

Trekkling Okutama

1 minute walk from the Okutama station.
The trail starts from Trekkling Okutama.

Okuhikawa Shrine

Okuhikawa Shrine

Departing from Okutama station, you will come to the Ome Kaido road, and Okuhikawa shrine will come into sight. It is said that the name “Oku-hikawa” (the “inner” Hikawa) comes from its location. This shrine is the innermost part out of the three shrines of the former Musashi province, the head Hikawa shrine (in Omiya) and Naka-Hikawa shrine (in Tokorozawa).

Mukashi-michi path entrance

むかしみち入口 むかし道案内図

After crossing the Hikawa Ohashi bridge, you will see the sign for the “Mukashi-michi path entrance” on your right. From here starts the paths used in old times.

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Haguro-zaka slope

羽黒坂看板 羽黒坂

Enter the Mukashi-michi, and turn left. The paved narrow slope is the Haguro-zaka slope. The hill continues for a while, so pay attention to your pacing.

After a while, there is an unpaved forest road area.
Please walk your bike here since many hikers also use this path.

Saikachigi Rest stop (WC)

槐木(さいかちぎ)休憩所

The path turns into a gravel road after you climb the Haguro-zaka and pass a few houses. Although some parts may be paved, there are also narrow unpaved hiking trails, so for safety reasons, please walk your bike.

After continuing on the path for a while, you will come to a wider road and Saikachigi rest spot, where there is a toilet.

From here you can pedal on to Himura. The path beyond Himura will have some staircases where bikers must carry their bikes, so to avoid this, turn left to Route 411. The Himura-bashi bus stop and Sakai police substation are nearby.

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Fudo Falls (Fudo-no-taki)

不動の滝 不動の滝トイレTurn right near the Hashizume bus stop, and the road will take you to Fudo falls (Fudo-no-ue-taki). There is also a toilet available here.

Continuing on the path, when you look back at a certain point, you can view the railroad bridge of the Mizune line, and the road will take you to Sakai. From Sakai, the path will be unpaved, and it will stretch above the national route.

Shirahige Shrine

白髭神社 弁慶の腕抜き岩In this shrine, a huge 30m high rock itself is a symbol of god. Passing the Shirahige shrine and continuing on the Mukashi-michi path, you will see the Benkei’s Arm Rock (Benkei-no-udenuki-iwa). The rock is about 3m, and there is a hole on the lower left part just about the size for an arm to fit in.

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Sogaku Ravine

惣岳渓谷 しだくら橋

In autumn, Sogaku Ravine is a great place to see its wonderful foliage. Crossing the “Shidakura bashi” suspension bridge can be an exciting experience too.
※Due to the 5 people load limit, please note that you may not be able to cross the bridge when it is

Marriage-Tie-Jizo Statue

縁むすび地蔵 縁むすび地蔵尊看板

The marriage-tie-Jizo (Buddhist Ksitigarbha figure) could maybe make the Okutama-power-spot list someday (if such a thing exists).
It is a Jizo where locals prayed for meeting a good future partner. It is said the prayer will come true if you offer a double ended daikon (White radish) without being seen and pray very hard. Bring. The. Double. Ended. Daikon.

Aome-Fudo

青目立不動尊の展望台 青目立不動尊

On the way, you will find another suspension bridge, “Dodokoro-bashi” bridge, and “Mushiba-Jizo” (Cavity tooth Jizo), and the path will lead you to Aome-Fudo (Buddhist Acala statue).
The lookout at the Aome-Fudo’s rest place gives you a grand view of Lake Okutama.

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Ogochi Dam

青梅街道 小河内ダム

Through the tunnel and down the forest road, you will see Lake Okutama (Ogochi Dam), which is one of Tokyo’s valuable water sources. The huge reservoir contains 180 million tons of water. About 20% of the water used in Tokyo is serviced here through Tama River and Tamagawa Aqueduct.

Water and Green Museum (Mizu to Midori no Fureai-kan)

Water and Green Museum (Mizu to Midori no Fureai-kan)

Go further on the path, and the Water and Green Museum welcomes you.
Here, you can learn about the water system of Lake Okutama (Ogochi dam), and the culture and history of the Okutama area.

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Okutama Town Hall. You can get detailed information on public institutions, tourist information (note: Japanese only) , and traffic information here.
Okutama Tourist Association (Note: Japanese only) Website by the Okutama Tourist Association introducing sightseeing locations and experiences of the Okutama area.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks Information on the water supplies of the Tokyo, and fun pages to learn about the water system.
Water and Green Museum (Mizu to Midori no Fureai-kan) Website Information on the museum and news on local events and are area guide.
Tachion Walking Popular walking path on the Old Ome-Kaido road.
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