My husband loves to fish and after being in Japan for almost a year and not fishing, I knew it was time. I had overheard a friend talking about this place and we went the next day. Okutama Fishing Center did not disappoint. The drive is about 45 minutes from base. Once you arrive you will be on the opposite side of the Tama river and it looks as though you cant drive across. Keep going! The road is narrow but there is indeed a road going over the river to the decently sized parking lot.
The area alone is worth the drive. It is absolutely beautiful along the river. We went on a very rainy day and still had a blast. There are different types of fishing available. You can pay for day passes for fishing along the river. You can also pay for half day fishing on certain types of fishing. Prices vary depending on what you choose to do. We arrived around 11am and therefore decided to just fish in the pond. We had 3 children ages 4 and under and we were there to experience fishing with them.
The pond was 400 yen per child. We got the vibe the pond was more for children because it was very easy to catch fish and you could potentially get quite a bit in a short time. We were only charged for the children. We were then given bait and 3 fishing poles and nets. We hung our nets on a hook that hangs into the pond and began fishing. In less than 30 minutes we had caught 7 fish and we decided to call in quits.
When we finished the men working at the center cleaned our fish, put them on sticks and slathered them with salt. We paid an extra 500 yen to rent a small grill. Each fish you catch also costs 350 yen. After we got our grill we were shown an area out of the rain to grill our fish. They showed us how to grill it and when it was done we ate it right off the stick. It was amazing fish and an really fun experience. Near the rest rooms there is also bags of potatoes and onions you can purchase to grill as well.
When our fish was done we took one last walk along the river before heading home. There were fishermen set up everywhere. The kids had a great time playing in the streams leading to the river and throwing rocks. I imagine in nicer weather grilling right on the river is also allowed. Okutama Fish Center was a fun introduction to fishing in Japan and a fun day out. Deena Brunson, July 2019
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
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!