Saturday, 10 November 2012

Photo Essay : Autumn in Okutama

Todays planned trip was towards Okutama , western part. It took 3:30 hrs for me reach here because of heavy traffic jam. I started at 8:30 and reached there around 12:00. If started around 7 , this distance could have finished in 2 hrs. Stayed there for 2 hrs then again ride back at 2. It was bit hard to find free bike parking , but its nice to look around here by walk. Hiking will be best , just need to come bit early.

Today was just long ride and photoshot...





The town of Okutama, located in the extreme western part of Tokyo, can be reached within about 3 hours by bike. Here, you will see the other side of Tokyo, a world full of beautiful nature. Okutama is known for its water and greenery, which attracts many leisure enthusiasts who come to the area to enjoy hiking and mountain climbing at weekends.

Okutama is a treasure house of nature. The Tama River and the Nippara River, which both run through Okutama, are the best places for fishing, and many good fishing spots are scattered along the banks of both rivers. Many fishing fans come to find the best places to fish in the beautiful valley. In addition, the town provides many camping facilities including bungalows, lodges, and even camping sites on the riverbed when it is dry.



 The whole area of Okutama Town at the northwestern end of Metropolitan Tokyo locates in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. It is familiarized as garden spots of Tokyo.

It has a vast 225.63 square kilometer area, one ninth of the whole Metropolitan Tokyo, where the greater part of the Town is separated by mountains and Tama River runs through the center of the Town from West to East.

Okutama originated when "Okutama Valley", a beautiful spot in the upper portion of the Tama River was recommended as one of the 100 sceneries in Japan at the beginning of Showa era. Okutama Town cherishes water and green, and is a pleasant city where human harmonizes with Nature.

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Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama



Okutama is home to Tokyo’s highest mountain, separating it from Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures.  The area is also a popular locale for anglers. Get there via the Ome line from Tachikawa.

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Clear water in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama with YZF-R1

Autumn in Okutama

The Japanese are a people seriously infatuated with the seasons, and one of the greatest expressions of that obsession is the love of koyo. Koyo literally means “red leaves” but is used for all colors of autumn foliage, and in this season it seems the entire country goes mad for it. Much like cherry blossom viewing in the spring, people flock, cameras in tow, to famous gardens and parks to view the changing colors of the leaves. But unlike cherry blossom viewing, autumn foliage viewing seldom involves lively picnics and sake drinking: the impending fall of the leaves is more conducive to long walks and quiet reflection.

If you hurry, you might just be able to catch some final glimpses of autumn in Tokyo before the cold and snow set it. I grabbed this shot out in Okutama, which is in an area of Tokyo known as Nishitama.

Okutama  RedAutumn Leaf

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama

Autumn in Okutama with YZF-R1

Autumn in Okutama with YZF-R1


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