Skyscrapers that glitter like illuminated diamonds at night, flashing lights and loud cityscape sounds—these are some of the sights and sounds that people expect upon their visit to Tokyo. But what if there was another side to this bustling metropolis—one full of magical natural landscapes and people steeped in history—wouldn’t you want to see this other side of Tokyo?
Welcome to Akiruno and Hinohara, where there is nature, history, culture, and so much more—all in the western side of Tokyo.
Escape the bright and boisterous as you explore these two provincial towns in Tokyo on this fascinating virtual event taking place on January 23, 2022, from 13:00 to 14:00. Become familiar with the lasting vestiges of what was the Edo-period Musashi Province and has changed to Akiruno City and Hinohara Village.
Reaching Akiruno City takes less than one hour from central Tokyo and, as soon as you arrive, you are greeted by overwhelmingly beautiful nature. Lush trees blanket the hills and a clear river cuts through the valley—it’s as if all of nature conspired to create an idyllic getaway. No doubt that autumn is Akiruno’s best season. The rich palette of vibrant colors paints the valley in a way sure to take your breath away.
Not to be outdone by Akiruno, Hinohara is a gorgeous village with verdant nature and crystalline streams to boot. As the last remaining village of Tokyo, the passion of Hinohara’s people has been passed down from generation to generation. The people’s zeal for life and joy can be felt throughout the village and is especially noticeable at their many annual festivals.
Virtual Event: https://youtu.be/PoxIIzo5PcM
January 23, 2022 (Sun) 13:00–14:00
13:00 - Opening and introductions
13:05 - Akiruno City / Hinohara Village
13:15 - Temple cafe of Hinohara Village introduction
13:20 - Akiruno City introduction / silk-making experience
13:25 - Hinohara Village ryokan introduction
13:35 - Hinohara Village Urayama cycling experience
13:45 - Q&A with a local guide
13:55 - Tour close
About TCVB and Tamashima Tokyo
One City. Two Worlds. Tokyo is more than skyscrapers and high-speed trains. Discover the mountains, forests, and islands of Tokyo with Tamashima, your guide to discovering the Tama area and the islands south of Tokyo. Recharge yourself and jump into nature and local culture in one of Tokyo’s countless hidden nature power spots.
French & Italian living in Japan, I have been traveling to Japan every year until I moved to the Shonan area in late 2018. Coffee lover, I spend most of my free time looking for the best cafes the area has to offer.