More autumn colours! Living in Tokyo, I’m spoilt for access to some of the best autumn foliage, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out about a new place to visit – Okutama. This area has many rural villages, forested mountains, hills, rivers and gorges and, even though it’s 80km west of central Tokyo, is still within the metropolitan city limits.

One of the many tunnels through the mountains One of the many tunnels through the mountains

After 2 hours on the train from Shinjuku, I hopped off at Hatonosu Station to start walking along the river towards Okutama.

Hatonosu Valley Hatonosu Valley

I was lucky to catch so many leaves still in such bright colours. The trail along the valley is clearly signposted and takes you across Shiromaru Damn on the way.

CIMG7165 Hatonosu Valley

From Okutama, I took a bus back down the river towards MItake, to take the cable car up Mitakesan (Mt. Mitake). On the hillside…

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