【MOSHI MOSHI Pick-up spot】Enjoy the nature in Okutama-machi and Hinohara-mura by using this transportation

14.November.2016 | SPOT

It is great fall season in the area around Okutama-machi and Hinohara-village which has 1500 meter high mountains and some lakes includeing Lake Okutama which is one of the important source for supplying drinking water for Tokyo. This west Tama area is popular for people who enjoy hiking. As a matter of fact, the free shuttle bus is going to run this round trip route which connects JR Okutama station, Okutama lake, Yama-no-Furusato-Mura to Hinohara-mori for limited period in 2016. The local buses do not go to these sections.

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<JR Oume line Okutama train station which you can start hiking in Okutama>

This shuttle bus runs a wonderful route which goes to quite popular spots in west Tama area such as Ogochi Dam in Lake Okutama where you can see the dynamic scenery and Hinohara-mori which preserves beautiful Japanese beech.  If you are going to walk in the forest in Hinohara-mori, it is recommended to go around Mito great falls which only takes about an hour to stroll.

It is also good to go sightseeing efficienctly by using a taxi. Keio Jidosha co. is setting a recommended route for tourist which goes from Okutama station, Nippara cave, Nippara valley, to JR Oume line Sawai train station.  (It takes about three hours, cost 17,280 yen. Prior booking is essential.) You can visit great places such as Nippara cave which is said to be one of the best sightseeing spots in Tokyo, Nippara valley which is little-known but a good place for seeing fall leaves, and Ozawa Sake brewing which is pretty close from Sawai train station.

Why don’t you go enjoy the nature in Okutama-machi and Hinohara-mura in this great fall season by using this special route?

 

■Information

▶Service Period:November 12th (Sat), 13th (Sun), 18th (Fri), 19th (Sat), 20th (Sun), 23rd (Wed), 25th (Fri), 26th (Sat), 27th (Sun)

 

▶How to use shuttle bus:You can use this bus for free without reservation, but its tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.  You are also required to fill out a questionnaire.

*The bus stop in Okutama station is in front of the tourist office where you go left after getting through the ticket gate.  Please be careful not to mix up with other local buses.

*if seats are full (40 seats are available), you won’t be able to use this bus even standing up.

▶Shuttle bus service schedule:Okutama train station to Hinohara mori : Ginkgo liner

  • Weekends schedule (three times per day)

 Leaving Okutama train station at 10:35AM, 1:15PM, 2:15PM

  • Friday (two times per day)

Leaving Okutama train station at 10:35AM and 2:15PM

*It takes about 15 minutes to Lake Okutama, 40 minutes to Yama no Furusato-Mura, 1 hour and 10 minutes to Hinohara mori from Okutama train station.

*Please note that if you used Ginkgo liner, there is no returning shuttle bus from Hinohara mori on that day. There is local bus which goes to JR Musashi-Itsukashi train station from Hinohara mori. (The last bus leaves at 4:45PM.)

 

Hinohara mori to Okutama train station: Autumn leaves liner

  • Weekends schedule (three times per day)

Leaving Hinohara mori at 11:20AM, 12:20PM and 2:50PM

  • Friday schedule (once per day)

Leaving Hinohara mori at 12:20PM

 

▶About using a taxi:It cost 5760 yen for an hour, 17,280 yen for about three hours.

*Prior reservation is essential.

*Recommended route is starting from Okutama train station, Nippara cave, Nippara valley to Sawai train station. (It takes about three hours.)

*Admission for facilities are not included.

 

▶Call for inquiries

  • Free shuttle bus service (only on weekdays 9:30AM to 5:30PM) TEL.03-5909-8090
  • About a taxi Keio Jidosha co. (9:00AM to 6:00PM) TEL.0428-22-2612

 

*This business is a demonstration experiment of Tokyo and Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

▶Top photo:Sanzu Great Falls in Hinohara mori

 

 

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            〈Beautiful fall weather in Mihara-yama〉

     

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    How you post the pictures on “TAMASHIMA Best Shot Stamp Rally”

    1. Follow the acount @tokyo_reporter(外部サイトへリンク) on Twitter.
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    This webcite is going to be updated three times (beginning of October, middle of December in 2016, and middle of March in 2017 ) druring this event.

     

    If you want to check more details, use this following website. https://tokyoreporter.jp/stamp/

     

    Call for inquiries:tokyo reporter Shima-tabi&Yama-tabi Office(Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau)

    ☎03-5579-2682

     

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    In 2020, it will be 1300 years since the oldest Japanese history book called “Nihon Shoki (The Chronicle of Japan)”was completed. Nara prefecture is planning a project utilizing historical books which are proven to be important tools for historians include Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, and Manyoshu.  They will sponsor serial lecture meetings themed Nihon Shoki from November 2016 to March 2017.

     

    There are going to be lecture meetings in ten different areas in Nara prefecture starting from Sango-cho, Kashiba city, Kashihara city, Ouji town, Gose city, Kawai-cho, Asuka-mura, Nara city, Takatori-cho, to Tawaramoto-cho. Ten different lecturers such as college professors and comic writers are going to talk about their specialized field of Nihon Shoki. Some places are also holding excursion tours with volunteer guides where you can visit some places associated with these historical books.

     

     

    This is a good chance to get to know about the Chronicle of Japan more deeply through these meetings in Nara prefecture where this book was accomplished.

     

    ■Information

    Event schedules, places, subject of lecture meetings and lectures

    Opening at 12:00AM

    Starting at 1:00PM

    Ends about at 2:40PM

    Excursion tours are going to start in the morning before the lectures.

     

    1. Sat November 5th

    Cultural center in Sango, Cultural hall

    “Prince Shotoku and Japanese” by Minoru Senda (Director of Public library in Nara)

    No excursion tour

    1. Sat November 26th

    Kashiba city, Takafumi Cultural center in Kashiba city, civic hall

    “After the generation of Katshuragi clan (The history of hilly area in Umami)”by Shinji Yoshikawa (the professor of Kyoto University)

    Kashiba city excursion tour “going the place where Sumo has started and inherited”

    1. Sat December 3rd

    Kashihara city, Nara Prefecture Integrated Social Welfare Center, Big hall

    “The textbook of “The Chronicle of Japan” and “The History of Japan”” by Shunichiro Kanaya (Pundit and CEO of Nippon Culture Promote Organization)

    Kashihara city excursion tour “Learn about old capital of Japan from the great mountain of Unebi”

    1. Sat December 27th

    Ouji Town Local Exchange Center, Liebell Hall

    “Things that the chronicle talk about Yamato sovereignty and Kawachi” by Takehiko Yoshimura (the professor of Meiji University)

    Ouji town excursion tour “Going ruins in Yamato River and Ouji”

    1. Sat January 14th, 2017

    Gose city, Gose Cultural Center

    “Interaction of People and Mountain in Katsuragi” by Hajime Baba (the principal investigator of Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Property)

    No excursion tour

    1. Sat January 28th

    Kawai-cho Central Community Center, meeting room

    “Establishment of Uniforms and Court Rank Systems” by Sachiko Takeda (The professor of Outemon University)

    Excursion tour “Visit to Hirose Shrine where Tenmu emperor associated with”

    1. Sat February 4th

    Asuka-mura, Nara Prefecture Complex of Manyo Culture, exhibition room

    “The hidden truth of Isshi incident” by Masahiro Sonomura (Pundit, the storywriter of comic called天智と天武)

    Excursion tour “The life of Emperor Tenmu”

    1. Sun February 19th

    Nara city, NaraMachi Center, civic hall

    “Interpret Nihon Shoki with Pottery” by Yuki Oda (Researcher of Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)

    Nara city excursion tour “Visit the place where Emperor Jintoku associated with”

    1. Sun February 26th

    Takatori-cho, Takatori-cho Liberte Hall, Big hall

    Nihon shoki and Yama-taikoku” by Fuminori Sugaya (The manager of Archaeological Institute of Kashihara)

    Takatori-cho excursion tour “tour for the ancient history of Takatori-cho”

    1. Sun March 5th

    Tawaramoto Aogaki Lifelong Learning Center

    “Messages from Nihon Shoki” by Makoto Ueno (The professor of Nara University)

    No excursion tour

     

     

    Call for inquiries:Lectures secretariat meetings to talk about chronicle of Japan

    ☎︎03-5226-8537 Weekdays 10:00AM to 5:00PM

    Entry from this following website

    http://www.sap-co.jp/nihonshoki.html

     

  • 【MOSHI MOSHI Pick-Up Spot】Traditional Culture Festival: Shin Akita no Gyoji in Odate 2016

    06.October.2016 | Uncategorized

    Experience a variety of Akita’s traditional culture all in one place

     

    Akita prefecture has 17 different kinds of nationally designated, intangible, folk cultural properties which is the largest number throughout Japan. The big event that gathers festivals, traditional cultures and other folk events is coming up this fall. It’s named “Traditional Cultures Festival: Shin Akita no Gyoji in Odate 2016.” It is a new type of event where you will be able to experience Akita’s traditional culture in Odate Jukai Dome, Odate city.

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    There is a main stage inside the dome which holds more than 2000 seats where you can see the strong and powerful performances. There are also booths near the stage where you will be able to see other performances. The program consists of “Akita no Kanto” from Akita city, “Kemanai no Bonodori” from Kazuno city, “Honkai-Shishimai-Bangaku” from Yurihonjo city, “Tsuzureko no Odaiko” from Kita-Akita city, “Odate-Shinmeisha-Reisha no Hikiyama Gyoji” from Odate city, “Sannai-Bangaku” from Gojome-machi, and “Namahage Daiko” from Oga city. You will also be able to participate in some experience such as holding “Kanto” which is a bamboo pole bearing many lanterns and dressing up as “Namahage” which is a Japanese folklore demon-like being. The traditional craft of making containers such as lunch boxes by bending wood called “Odate Magewappa” from Odate city will be exhibited as well.

     

    At the same time, there will be a food festival for many different kinds of meat dishes from this area called “Niku Haku ~Niku no Hakurankai in Odate 2016.” Outside of the Odate-Jukai Dome, booths which sell Hinaijidori, one of the most popular chicken brands in Japan, Odate-Sakura pork, Akita beef, and horse meat will be lined up. Other than these, there will be a lot of booths that advertise sightseeing spots, foods, sake, hot springs, and special products from this area. These events in Odate where people can enjoy watching and experiencing many different traditional events from Akita will attract a great deal of public attention.

     

    ▪️information

    Event Schedule : October 29th Sat 12:00~7:00PM

                                   October 30th Sun 10:00AM~6:00PM

    Place : Odate-Jukai Dome

    Access : A free shuttle bus will be running from JR Ou Main Line, Odate station to the Dome.

    It takes about 2 hours to go from Akita station to Odate station on the JR Ou Main Line.

    Admission Free

    Call for inquires : Shin Akita no Gyoji Executive Committee Office (018-860-1530)

    http://shinakitanogyouji.jp/

     

     

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