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  • Musashi-Mitake Jinja Shrine
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    89 Reviews
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Mitakesan 176
    This shrine located on the top of Mt. Mitake (also known as Musashi Mitakesan) in Ome City flourished as a sacred place for mountain worship. It is reported to have been established in 91 BC. In addition to the former honden (main shrine), which was designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the Tokyo metropolitan government, the current honden in shinmei-zukuri style (a style of shrine architecture based on that of Ise Jingu), and the haiden (hall of worship) in gongen-zukuri style (a style of Shinto architecture in which the main hall and worship hall share one roof), visitors can see the “Akaito Odoshi Oyoroi (odoshi armor with red strings),” which is a National Treasure, in the Homotsuden (treasure house). A grand kagura performance that is open to the public is held every year on the third Sunday in June and on the Senior Citizen’s Day in September. Since Musashi-Mitake Jinja enshrines a white wolf in the form of an “oinusama” (sacred dog), there have been increasing numbers of worshippers who come to pray for their beloved dogs’ health, and the shrine accepts requests for prayers on behalf of pet dogs.

    Took a day trip with kids ages 9 and 7 to enjoy the colored leaves and hiking. I would strongly advise to arrive before 9 am if you are planning to park near Takimoto Station where you can take the...

  • Shiofune Kannonji temple
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    85 Reviews
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Shiobune 194
    A Shingon Daigo Buddhist temple located in Shiobune, Ome City, Tokyo. The temple is said to have been founded by the mythical 800 year old nun Yao Bikuni during the Taika era (645-650). The temple's principal object of worship is an 11 faced, 1,000 armed, 1,000 eyed figure of Avalokitesvara. Bigleaf hydrangeas, lilies, Japanese clover, red spider lilies, and other plants bloom seasonally on the temple's grounds. An azalea festival is held at the temple in spring when the azaleas come into full bloom.

    A lovely walk through beautiful gardens lead to this dramatic shrine in the heart of the city which gives some great views.

  • Daihigan-ji Temple
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    Tokyo Akirunoshi Yokosawa 134
    A Shingon Buddhist temple located in Yokosawa, Akiruno City, Tokyo. The temple is said to have been built in 1191 by the Kamakura period military commander Hirayama Sueshige. The temple is also famous for its white bushclover; when the samurai lord Date Masamune visited the temple, he was enchanted by their blossoms, and the temple still possesses a letter from Date sent by express messenger a few days later asking the temple to send him some of the flowers.

    東京都あきる野市にある真言宗豊山派の寺院。 創建は1191年(建久2年)で、武蔵国平山の武将平山季重が醍醐寺三宝院の僧を招いて開山としたとされる寺院です。 とても静かな場所にありますが、建造物が実に見事でした。特に良かったのは仁王門と観音堂ですね。 仁王門は安政6年(1859年)に再建された2階建ての重厚感ある見事な門で、色鮮やかで迫力ある仁王像、素敵な天井絵が注目です。 観音堂は寛政6年(17...

  • Seseragi no Sato Museum
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    Tokyo Nishitamagunokutamamachi Kawai Tanpaku 53
    This unique art museum is in Okutama's natural surroundings. It was made by relocating an antique house built in the late Edo period. The Tama River Valley flows right next to it and visitors can hear the constant murmur of the river. It's exactly half-way between the JR Ome line's Mitake and Kawai Stations and about a 20-minute walk from either one. It mainly exhibits paintings and traditional crafts made by artists with ties to Okutama. They hold special exhibits four or five times a year.

    青梅市と奥多摩町の境にある美術館です。国道411号線を都心から走ると奥多摩町の標識を過ぎたすぐ左下にあります。近くには奥多摩フィッシングセンターがあります。

  • Tamashin MitakeArtMuseum
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Mitakehonchou 1-1
    This is a branch of the Tamashin Museum of History and Art. It mainly focuses on modern art from the Showa, Taisho, and Meiji periods. The exhibition hall is divided into several areas. The first exhibits the work of artists with a connection to Tama. It also displays numerous sculptures including works by Takamura Kotaro who was connected to the Nakamuraya Bakery which hosted aspiring artists from the Meiji to Taisho periods. The second exhibition room features modern Western paintings from Japan displayed by theme. In the Kurata Saburo room there are landscapes on display that he sketched at various locations worldwide.
  • Showa Retro Packaging Museum
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Sumiechou 65
    A museum located four minutes on foot from Ome Station. The museum collects and displays product packaging from the Showa period from around 1955 to 1965, including candy wrappers, medicines, tobacco, and stationery, etc. Works by Mr. Bankan Kubo, a movie billboard artist, are also on display in the adjoining Bankan Billboard Room. As well as exhibitions in the gallery space, on the second floor they display exhibits relating to Koizumi Yakumo’s Yuki-Onna (snow woman).
  • Ome Akatsuka Fujio Kaikan
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Sumiechou 66
    A museum dedicated to the manga artist Fujio Akatsuka, located five minutes on foot from Ome Station. The museum displays cartoons drawn by Fujio Akatsuka as well as photos and books, etc. The shop sells products and books based on the artist’s characters, such as Bakabon and Unagi-Inu.

    青梅駅南側にある商店街の中の赤塚不二夫さんの絵や写真を展示した場所です。 入館料は450円。開館時間は10-17時で、月曜は休館日でした。 近所には昭和幻燈館、昭和レトロ商品博物館があり、3館めぐり券を購入すれば1050円のところ800円になるようです。 どれも昭和風情のある素敵な雰囲気のお店でした。 赤塚不二夫さんのプロフィールを見る限り青梅との関連は見れませんでしたが、さびしくなる商店街を活...

  • Gyokudo Art Museum
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Mitake 1-75
    An art museum located in Mitake, Ome City, Tokyo, where Gyokudo Kawai, the great master of Japanese painting in modern times, lived. Exhibitions change seven times throughout the year depending on the season ensuring visitors will always see something new every time they visit. The building is wheelchair friendly, and not only are the exhibits well worth seeing but the gallery room itself, reconstructed to how it would have looked at the time is also a must-see. As well as being able to enjoy some soymilk yuba (dried bean curd skin) udon in the restaurant, Imoutoya, there are also plenty of local souvenirs to be had such as local sake and confectionery.

    Loved this small museum. I wasnt familiar with the artist Gyokudo beforehand but was impressed with his talent. Wish I couldve taken a photo of some of his landscapes and flowers. Just stunning...

  • Okutama Mizu-to-Midori-no-Fureaikan
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    49 Reviews
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    Tokyo Nishitamagunokutamamachi Hara 5
    At the Okutama Mizu-to-Midori-no-Fureaikan visitors can learn in an easy to understand way about the importance of water and nature, history of Okutama and the structure of dams. Visitors can learn from not only images and exhibitions but also by experience. There is also the Katakuri no Hana restaurant with a panoramic view overlooking Lake Okutama and the natural scenery from the windows, where guests can taste the regional cuisine of Okutama.

    無料の見学施設があります。湖畔にある駐車場は広く、また湖を眺めることができる広場やベンチがあり、ドライブではここはちょうどいい休憩スポットです。

  • Sawanoi Kushi Kanzashi Museum
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Yugimachi 3-764-1
    Sawanoi Kushi Kanzashi Museum is located on Metropolitan Route 45 in Yugi Town, Ome City. It has inherited the collection of Chiyo Okazaki who was a well-known collector, and possesses about 4,000 ladies fashion items such as costumes and daily items as well as combs and hair accessories using a range of materials and techniques.

    A museum specific to Japanese hair styles and ornaments through history situated on the banks of a white water river, this is a must visit. The museum showcases various beautiful and ornately...

  • Showa Gentokan
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    21 Reviews
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Sumiechou 9
    Showa Gentokan located six minutes’ walk from Ome Station is a museum. It is an annex for the Showa Retro Packaging Museum nearby. It holds a permanent exhibition for Q-kobo, a unit originating in Ome by Hiromi Arita, a sumie (Indian ink drawing) artist and Chabo Arita, a stuffed toy artist. It displays many sumie and stuffed toys with a cat motif.

    青梅駅南側にある商店街の中の小さい博物館。 旧青梅街道沿いの店で、近所には昭和レトロ商品博物館や青梅赤塚不二夫会館もあり、昭和のままの佇まいで営業する素敵なお店でした。 立ち寄りませんでしたが猫に関連した展示物やお土産・グッズを販売してる店のようでした。 怪しげな店頭も昭和幻燈館の雰囲気に合っていて良いですね。昭和レトロ商品博物館の別館のようです。 入館料は250円。開館時間は10-17時で、月...

  • Former Miyazaki Family Residence
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    Tokyo Oumeshi Komakichou
    This thatched roof minka residence is next to the Ome Municipal Museum of Provincial History at the entrance to Kamanofuchi Park. The single-story structure has a gabled, hipped roof and an interior divided into three large rooms. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century in the Yukura area, Ome City (former Kita-Osoki Village), but was dismantled and reconstructed at its present location. Details of the original workmanship can still be seen. Small but relatively well preserved, it's an important window into the lives of ordinary farmers in the Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture regions. It's a National Important Cultural Property and entry is free of charge.
  • Nippara Furusato Art Museum
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    Tokyo Nishitamagunokutamamachi Nippara 775-4
    You can reach this art museum by taking a bus from JR Okutama Station, getting off at the Higashi Nippara stop, and walking about three minutes. They have a focus on the work of the artist Saburo Kurata, originally from Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, who was invited to represent Japan at the International Society for Education through Art. He visited about 50 countries and created over 2,000 sketches. The exhibit changes several times a year. Housed in a restored elementary school, there is also a display of artwork owned by the town of Okutama. The museum is a good place to get in touch with art in a quiet setting in the midst of nature.
  • Hamura Folk Museum
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    8 Reviews
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    Tokyo Hamura-shi Hane 741
    An educational facility designed to cultivate the cultural imagination of city residents which was opened in 1985. The museum presents exhibits on the plant and animal life, climate, history, and culture of Hamura City, including a standing exhibition dedicated to the theme of the area’s growth and development along the Tama River. Hamura was carved out of the Musashino Terrace, and its history is inseparable from that of the Tama River. The Old Shimoda Residence, displayed outside the museum, is a home which was built in 1847 and later moved here and restored. The residence has been designated a National Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

    羽村の外れにある博物館。羽村市の歴史や蚕の意図など、さまざまな展示品がある。校外学習で必ず訪れる場所

  • Shiromaru Dam Control Lake
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    Tokyo Nishitama-gun Okutamamachi
    A power generating dam completed in 1962. It delivers water to the Shiromaru Power Plant and the Tamagawa 3rd Power Plant, generating a total of about 17,000 kilowatts of electricity. The smallish concrete gravity dam is about 30 meters high and 61 meters across the top. It also has the largest fish ladder in Tokyo. These structures provide passage for fish, and varieties including yamame salmon, sweetfish, and rainbow trout use Shiromaru Dam's when swimming upstream. There are only 30 fish ladders in the whole country, and it is rare for a dam of this size to have one.
  • Chiyotsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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    Tokyo Akiruno-shi Ushinuma 63
    Nakamura Shuzo is a long-standing sake maker which was founded over 200 years ago in the Bunka era. The company's museum adjoins its brewery just off the Akiruno Interchange on the Ken-O Expressway. The museum is housed in a remodeled two-story sake brewing tool storehouse built in 1884. Inside are displayed tools used throughout the company's many years in business as well as relevant materials and information. There's also a shop which sells Chiyotsuru, a seishu refined sake which is one of the company's most renowned brands; as well as shochu and ume and yuzu liqueurs. Customers can sample the shop's various wares while looking for the perfect beverages to bring home as souvenirs.
  • Kogonji Temple
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    Tokyo Akiruno-shi Tokura 328
    This Rinzai Kenchoji Buddhist temple was founded in 1334 on the order of the shogun Ashikaga Takauji. The temple stands at the foot of the ruins of Tokura Castle west of Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line via Prefectural Route 33. The temple takes its name from Emperor Kogon, who, when he was still Prince Iyahito, was protected by Ashikaga in the area during the Nanboku-cho period. Highlights include a hill cherry over 400 years old which stands towering on the grounds. Because of its size, it is said to be one of the three greatest trees in Tokyo and has been designated a Natural Monument by the metropolitan government. The tree comes into bloom approximately two weeks after Yoshino cherries in Tokyo flower.
  • Akiru Shrine
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    Tokyo Akiruno-shi Itsukaichi 1081
    "Located a 15-minute walk from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line. Exactly when this ancient Shinto shrine was founded is unclear, but in the ""Sandai jitsuroku"", a history text compiled in 901, the shrine is noted to have been conferred Sixth Order of Merit, Junior Fourth Rank. The shrine grounds are enwrapped in so many Japanese cedars and hinoki cypress trees that they are dark and shadowy even in the middle of the day, creating a magical atmosphere. Today, the shrine is also known by the nickname ""Matsubara-sama"" (""Lord Pine Grove""). The Akiru Shrine Grand Festival, considered one of the three biggest festivals in Akiruno, is held at the end of September. During the festival, a 100 kan (400 kilogram) hexagonal portable shrine, a style seen almost nowhere else in the country, is carried throughout the town and is truly a stunning sight to behold."

    武蔵五日市駅から徒歩15分ほど。 創建年不明。祭神は大物主神、味耜高彦根神、建夷鳥神、天児屋根命。鳥居をくぐり、参道を進むと右に直角に折れたところに社殿がある。現社殿は1888年の再建。神輿殿には立派な神輿が収められていたので、例大祭が盛大に行われるのであろう。

  • Itsukaichi Museum of Provincial History in Akiruno City
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    3 Reviews
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    Tokyo Akiruno-shi Itsukaichi 920-1
    "This area history museum is located at the Itsukaichi Keshatsusho-mae Intersection on Hinohara Highway in Akiruno City. The museum introduces how people once lived in the Itsukaichi area as well as the local culture and famous people born here. The museum also displays fossils dug up in the city. The museum's fossil of the upper jawbone of a Paleoparadoxia, an extinct aquatic mammal, was discovered in almost perfect condition and is extremely rare. One of the museum's highlights is its many old and ancient local texts, such as materials concerning the famous Itsukaichi draft constitution. Each week, the museum also holds ""touchable Saturdays"" in which visitors can touch and interact with old-fashioned folk tools and life implements such as a real stone mortar. The museum has made various efforts to make it easy for children to become interested in local history."

    いつもは飛ばしていたのですが、初めて、ちゃんと訪問することにしました。 郷土の暮らしを知るのは興味があります。 そこにずっと人間が息づいていました。

  • Grave of Nakazato Kaizan at the Zenrinji Temple
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    Tokyo Hamura-shi Hanehigashi 3-16-23
    "The Zenrinji Temple is a Buddhist temple situated along Tokyo Metropolitan Road Route 163 west of JR Hamura Station. The grave of Kaizan Nakazato, who wrote ""Daibosatsu toge"" (""Daibosatsu Pass"") with the aim of creating the longest novel in the world, is located on the temple's grounds. Nakazato was born in Hamura City in 1885. ""Daibosatsu toge"" was serialized in newspapers from 1913 through 1944, but Nakazato passed away before finishing it. The writer's grave is located on a hill behind the main temple. The stones piled up on the grave were brought here from the Daibosatsu Pass in Koshu. A memorial service is held each year on April 29th on the anniversary of Nakazato's death."

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