Lake Okutama-ko's deep blue waters run with a tinge of green and stretch as far as the eye can see. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is a mesmerizing sight throughout the seasons.
The lake lies above Ogouchi Dam and is also known as Ogouchi Reservoir
It provides more than 20% of Tokyo's water supply
The dam was opened in 1957 after 19 years of construction
Lake Okutama-ko is around two hours away from central Tokyo.
From Shinjuku Station, take the JR Chuo Line heading to Nakano. Change to Ome Line at Tachikawa Station and get off at Okutama Station. Take the bus bound for Lake Okutama-ko.
Whether it's framed by the pink cherry blossoms of spring, the lush greenery of summer, the warm hues of fall or the crisp, clean colors of winter, Lake Okutama's calm waters and refreshing atmosphere charm visitors.
The Mukashi Michi Trail starts from Okutama Station and ends at Lake Okutama-ko. Most of the trail is an easy trek starting from asphalt roads around the residential area that eventually leads to a forest trail. Many hikers and cyclers take this signposted route, enjoying the panoramic view of the lake as a reward.
Stretching across a portion of the lake is a pedestrian bridge that floats on top of water. The bridge is made of empty oil drums and is alternatively known "Drum Bridge." Its official name is Mugiyama.
Located 10 minutes away on foot from Okutama Station is Moegi no Yu, an onsen or a natural hot spring that draws water from the depths from Okutama. A nice, warm bath with a view is perfect for soaking your sores away after a day of outdoor fun.