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My Favorite Okutama - Lake, River, Mountain, and Arts

12 Hours
up to 11 people
English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Have you visited major tourist place already and want to do excursion without being bothered by tourist chaos? If so, come to Okutama! This mountainous are of the west side of Tokyo has all elements of Japanese culture. Shrines, temples, dry garden, traditional arts, pottery making, hiking routes, water sports activities, sake brewery and hot spring! I can make a customized tour for your choice.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

  • You can choose what you want from the list below.

  • Hiking in Mt.M - 4 hours hiking from a rope-way station, along stream and falls. level: beginners (Trekking shoes and back pack is needed)

  • Mt. M Shrine - A shrine at the top of mountain, there is a rope-way to reach there. You can see the magnificent view over central Tokyo.

  • Monastery Domitories - Lodgings which have been used for pilgrim. Guest can have a course lunch of shojin ryouri (food for monks) or experience of zen training if they stay.

  • Museum and Garden - A museum of a Japanese painter Kaway Gyokudo and a beaturiful dry garden attached to the museum.

  • Kushi-Kanzashi Museum - Precious collection of traditional hair corms and accessories. Here are supreme arts of old craftsmanship.

  • Pottery Making - Create your cup, vase etc with the pottery wheel. The touch of the clay is calming your mind. There is an hidden pottery studio which artworks are simple but detailed.

  • Sake Brewery - Traditional Brewery since Edo period (1702) which famous label is '澤の井'. They host a brewery tour ( free ) and tasting ( 200-500 yen for each products)

  • Mitake Valley - a beautiful valley of Tama river which water listed as one of the 100 most excellent natural water sources in Japan. There is a path along river.

  • Limestone Cave- you can walk this cave with natural air conditioner which temperature always stays around 10 degree Celsius all year.

  • Onsen - there are several Onsen facilities in this area. If you never tried Onsen before, but would like to try, this is the time!! I can give some instruction of how to.

  • Lake 1 - Natural Lake along the valley. It is a good spot for kayak or SUP for beginners.

  • Lake 2 - A man-made lake with museums and hiking routes along ancient path towards Okutama Station (4 hours).

  • Water Sports - Flat water Canoeing, Flat water SUP boards, White water Rafting, Kayaking (only for advanced ), and Canyoning in upstream,

  • Kamameshi - A set menu of a rice in ceramic bowl using local ingredients, sashimi, konnyaku and soup. Healthy and delicious.

  • Soba Restaurant - They serve savory soba and most delicious Katshu-don I have ever had in my life.

  • Craft Beer Brewery - Okutama has original brand of craft beers! There is a tasting room nearby Okutama station and you can drink at cafe in Okutama st.

  • BBQ - Enjoy BBQ for lunch in the fresh air! Price differs according to which day the tour is.

  • Woodcraft - Best for kids. You can create bird box or other crafts from 500 yen~.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point At your hotel in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

・guide fee
・hotel pick up
・a PDF data of customized itinerary before trip
・a printed brochure of the tour

What‘s not included

・transportation fee (you and your guide) . It differs according to your hotel location, and your choice of destination. Please see the lists below for reference.
・entrance fee or activity fee (you and your guide). Please see the lists below for reference.
・lunch (you, and your guide)
・dinner (you, and your guide)
・insurance : I strongly recommend to apply for a leisure insurance since if emergency happens in activities, we have to call for air-ambulance and it will cost a lot. Please show your travel insurance or I can help you to apply for a 1 day insurance if you have not applied for any.

List 1: transportation fees
・Tokyo ⇔ Okutama area : 2,500 yen (return)
・Railway transportation within Okutama area , Sawanoi brewery, Museums, Onsen, Restaurants : 170 yen for one ride (one way)
・Mitake station ⇔ Takimoto Cable station ⇔ Mt. Mitake Cable station : 1,740 yen (return) * If you visit Mt. Mitake shrine and hiking course
・Okutama st. ⇔ Nippara Limestone Cave:920 yen (return) * If you visit Lime stone cave.
・Okutama st. ⇔ Okutama Lake:700 yen (return) * If you visit Okutama Lake.

Hiring taxi can be another option( please inquire for fees).

List 2: entrance and activity fees
・Gyogudo Museum 500 yen (400 yen for students/ 200 yen for under 12) *not open on Monday
・Kushi & Kanzashi Museum  600 yen (500 yen for students/ 300 yen for under 12) *not open on Monday
・Okutama Lime Stone Cave 800 yen ( 600 yen for under 15, 400 yen for under 12)
・Hotspring Facility 820 yen ~

・Canoe (flat water) 6,000 yen ~per person ( 3.5H ) including gears, photo shoot and shower room.
・SUP (flat water) 5,000 yen~ per person( 3.5H ) including gears, photo shoot and shower room.
・Caynoening (stream) 6,000 yen ~ per person( 3.5H ) including gears, photo shoot and shower room.
・Rafting (white water) 6,000 yen ~ per person ( 3.5H ) including gears, photo shoot and shower room.


For a customized tour, I recommend you to book in at least 2 weeks advance for the best preparation. However, if you already are in Tokyo, please just message me. I will see what I can do.

・The starting time can be flexible, but I recommend to leave your hotel by 9 at latest because it takes 1.5-2 hours for one way by train from central Tokyo to Okutama.

・ 3-4 items from highlights are good volumes for one day tour(depends on the activity).

・Any outdoor activity will be canceled if there is a storm predicted. If the railway stopped due to bad weather, the tour itself will be cancelled.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to do cultural tour rather than activity tour.

No problem. We can visit museums and gardens, and you can still enjoy the magnificent view of mountains and rivers without hiking.

Can beginner try Canoeing, Rafting or Canyoning?

Yes. As you will wear safety jacket, and there will be experienced instructors supporting the activity, beginners can try. However, you would better be able to swim a bit and not scared of water. Canoe on flat water < SUP on flat water < Rafting on whitewater & Canyoning.

Can I come back to Tokyo before 18:00 ?

Yes, you can choose finish time between 17:30-22:00. The price is fixed price for 1 day (maximum 13H ).

Should I pay all cost in advance?

Please pay only guide fee and booking fee for activity of your choice in advance. You do not have to pay transportation fees or entrance fees on the day of the tour. If you do not want to carry lots of cash on the day, you can choose pay inclusively (excluding food) and I will return in cash if we skip any from the original plan.

Can I do whitewater kayaking?

It depends on the condition of rivers, your skills and instructor's availability. As the water is shallow and I haven't paddled for a while, it is dangerous to do down river without a local professional guide. Please inquire me first if we can make it.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Esty Esty Indonesia ( Family with kids )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ unforgettable 4 hours tour ”

Kaori is very nice and lovely person. I booked 4 hours tour to Tokyo Skytree and around Asakusa area. We arrived in the evening time. Unfortunately, it was raining all day in Tokyo. When we entered Tokyo Skytree, we couldn't see anything from above :(. Kaori brought us to Senso-ji temple and we had dinner in a very nice restaurant. Kaori has a good knowledge in Japan history. If I go to Tokyo again next time, I will book definitely book her!!

Prue Prue Australia ( Family with kids )
9 months ago

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11 months ago

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