SATOYAMA @TOKYO is a neighborhood located to the west of the metropolitan area in Tokyo. There are no crowds, no skyscrapers and no bustle of a city, but mountains, rivers, good old Japanese culture and sound of nature. In such surroundings, people and nature coexist in harmony.
The one of the most remarkable aspects of this region is the distance from the central Tokyo. You will enjoy cultural experiences, visiting historic sites and even outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and river rafting as a day trip from downtown hotels in Tokyo.
All our tours include transport by chartered vehicle or public transportation and English speaking tour guide. Check out the details of this tour.
7:15 Meet a guide at Shinjuku station & take a train to SATOYAMA @TOKYO area
9:30 Okutama Old Trail
There are several shrines, scenic spots and statues of douso-shins along this trail. A douso-shin (also referred to as douso-jin) is a deity on roadsides which is believed as a traveler's guardian deity. You will enjoy cycling and seeing a good old Japan. This 9 km trail takes about 2.5 hours to the Lake Okutama. Let's check out some remarkable sites.
Railroads of discontinued line are still remain in the middle of a mountain. It feels like running far away.
And there are statues of douso-shins standing in line to pray for our safe road trip. More douso-shins are waiting for us pass by them.
You can hear melodies of water and feel a brilliance of great nature in the depths of the mountain. This is one of the most beautiful falls in this area and one of water sources of the rivers that have created SATOYAMA culture and life-style.
Shirahige Shrine & Overhanging Huge Rock
This overhanging huge rock with 20 m diameter and about 5 m height stands as if it covers over the shrine. The top part of the rock shows reverse faults, which were created by lime stone from the Cenozoic era being thrust onto pelitic rock from Cretaceous period.
Shidakura Suspension Bridge
From the middle of this suspension bridge, beautiful views of the valley can be enjoyed. If you have a fear of heights, we would recommend you to stay at the entrance of the bridge.
It swings a lot besides the height.
12:00 (approx.) Lake Okutama
Lake Okutama was artificially made as a reservoir for Tokyo and now providing approximately 20% of the water used in the metropolitan area. The view of the lake varies with seasons. Beautiful sceneries of cherry blossoms in spring, greenery in summer, changing leaves in autumn and covered with snow in a severe winter can be enjoyed.
You will take a lunch break at a restaurant by the lake. You can try some local foods like river fish or Konjac, jelly-like food made from the starch of konjac yam.
You can learn how to convey water from the lake on the mountain to the metropolitan area, the history and the culture around this area in the local museum by the lake.
15:00 Ozawa Sake Brewery
After going downhill back to the station, we're going to take a train to a sake brewery.
5 sake factories are located in this area because of the fresh and clean water from rivers. All the breweries are founded over 120 years ago.Enjoy taking one of the guided brewery tours and knowing how to make sake and how the factories are. And sake sampling is also available to find your favorite one and buy it or two on the spot.
You're going to relax in the scenic garden next to this brewery placed along Tamagawa river（多摩川）.
Ozawa（小澤 ） sake brewery, founded in 1702, is the oldest sake maker around this area. Their brand name is called SAWANOI（澤乃井).
・If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know when you book. ・Please note that the tour itinerary and order may change. ・Due to weather conditions, natural disasters or any other special conditions, we could cancel tours. When we cancel the tour, we will refund all the tour cost you paid.
Departure & Return details
Meets a guide & concludes at 新宿駅 Shinjuku station in central Tokyo at 7:15am & 5:15pm (approx.).
*We take a train to SATOYAMA @TOKYO area from Shinjuku, and on the return trip guide services end after guiding you to a train bound for Shinjuku station.
**Hotel pick-up is available with an additional charge. Please contact us for details.
If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 8 and 13 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
We can arrange hotels and a historic ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in this area. If you don’t want to rush in the morning or you want to stay overnight and relax in onsen (hot springs), feel free to contact us for more information.