Hiking In Okutama

Autumn is personally my favourite season, and is the only season where I can be dragged out for a hike. On the first week of November, a bunch of friends and I headed to Okutama  for ‘a little stroll’. (If you’re a serious hiker, it’s definitely a little stroll. If you’re an unfit person like me, it’s more like a strenuous stroll. You’ve been warned.)

We met at Shinjuku and headed towards Okutama. We had to hop off to do a train change at Ome, and then we got off at Hatonosu station. From there, we hiked past the Shiomaru dam. Dam, it was pretty!

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Weather was great! Sunny but with a chill breeze.
Weather was great! Sunny but with a chill breeze.
This reminded me a little of the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, except with less tourists.
This reminded me a little of the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, except with less tourists.
OK, look at the middle of the picture..
OK, look at the middle of the picture..
Guess what this is? It's a 'fish escalator'! It helps the fishies swim upstream.
Guess what this is? It’s a ‘fish escalator’! It helps the fishies swim upstream.
Some sights while we walked towards the dam.
Some sights while we walked towards the dam.
Isn't this a such a postcard-y picture?
Isn’t this such a postcard-y picture?
Water gushing out of the dam.
Water gushing out of the dam.
This was cool. We got to go inside the dam. The only downside was walking down all those steps.
This was cool. We got to go inside the dam. The only downside was walking down all those steps.
This is what the dam looks like from inside!
This is what the dam looks like from inside!
We tried pressing our faces against the glass to see if we could spot any fishies but it was just too dark.
We tried pressing our faces against the glass to see if we could spot any fishies but it was just too dark.
Resurfaced back into the pretty scenery.
Resurfaced back into the pretty scenery.
Must be nice to live around here and see this view every day!
Must be nice to live around here and see this view every day!
There were quite a number of people doing..well, I don't know what you call standing on a kayak and paddling. But it looked fun!
There were quite a number of people doing..well, I don’t know what you call standing on a kayak and paddling. But it looked fun!
Lunchtime. Fried mushrooms as appetizers.
Lunchtime. Fried mushrooms as appetizers.
I had pork over rice. Oink!
I had pork over rice. Oink!
Comes with soup (yay!) and salad (nay!)!
Comes with soup (yay!) and salad (nay!)!
This was the specialty of the restaurant, tonkatsu. I kind of regret not ordering this.
This was the specialty of the restaurant, tonkatsu. I kind of regret not ordering this.
They give you real wasabi and a little grater to grate your wasabi. Did you know that most of the wasabi you eat isn't real wasabi and it's actually some kind of horseradish? *mindblown*
They give you real wasabi and a little grater to grate your wasabi. Did you know that most of the wasabi you eat isn’t real wasabi and it’s actually some kind of horseradish? *mindblown*
Tonkotsu comes with sauce on the side, and also rice! g
Tonkotsu comes with sauce on the side, and also rice! g
The happy hikers!
The happy hikers!
Make Wasabi Grate Again!
You will appreciate wasabi more when you grate it yourself.
Magical.
Magical.
Tunnels are always exciting.
Tunnels are always exciting.
I felt like I was emerging from the tunnel of 'Train to Busan'. If you haven't watched that movie, watch it!!
I felt like I was emerging from the tunnel of ‘Train to Busan’. If you haven’t watched that movie, watch it!!
Remember, there's always light at the end of a tunnel :)
Remember, there’s always light at the end of a tunnel 🙂
This is really what fall is all about!
This is really what fall is all about!
Beautiful Okutama!
Beautiful Okutama!

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Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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