Category Archives: Okutama

Hiking from Mt. Mitake to Okutama

The hike from Mt. Mitake to Okutama is a gnarly one made even more adventurous with an overnight at an inn on the mountain.  I had a cousin of mine, a hard core hiker, coming to town so I researched some of the hiking options in the area.  My research led me to spend a night at the Shukobo Komadori-sanso Inn, a lovely little spot in the village near the top of Mt. Mitake.  This seemingly forgotten and a little bit dusty place (not perfect) was our introduction to the Japanese Inn.  My wife and I and my cousin and his girlfriend arrived after a short walk from the top of the cable car and a stop at the Mitake Visitor Center where we picked up a map of the hike (a map with Japanese letters is a must!).  Upon checking in, the innkeeper insisted that we change into our robes and return for dinner.  Dinner in the small dining room was surprisingly good!  Our room was good sized with futons on the floor and a table inside the room and on the shared patio.  A small onsen tub is available in both the women’s and men’s washroom.  The next morning we were served a hearty breakfast before we headed for Okutama.  This hike is no joke.  We summited two different mountains as we trekked up and down (it seemed like the trail was never flat).  A few of the spots had great views of Mt. Fuji.  Bring lots of food and water; there are no vending machines up here, baby. The trail leads down to Okutama where you can get some food and take the train back home. This hike is not for children. Teens may be okay.  This trip sure makes for a pretty simple 24 hour getaway from Yokota for those with only one day to spare.  Happy Travels!  – Zeke Lyons, January 2018

http://www.komadori.com/

Vertere Beer Cafe – Okutama

A 45 minute drive from base, Okutama is an easy day trip with some beautiful views of the Tama River.  While visiting there one weekend we stumbled upon a brewery called Vertere Beer Cafe.  It is tucked back on a small street across from the Okutama Train station.  We were able to parallel park on the street but there are also paid lots in town.  We took our 8 and 4 year old boys with us so it was child friendly during the day.  They had a variety of foods you could order along with a nice beer menu.  We tried the homemade pickles, chips & salsa and french fries but there were many other options on the menu.  We tried 4 out of their 5 beers and liked them all.  They did not have a tasting flight so we both ordered two glasses and sampled each others.  My husband liked the Cream and Red IPA while I enjoyed the Weizen and Golden.  We sat out back in their garden area for about an hour before going out to explore more of the area.  Its definitely a spot we will return to!

– Angela Vaillant, September 2017