Takamizu Three Peeks Hiking Course in Okutama, Tokyo

This is popular course of Okutama which walking in three peaks.
With about 4 hours of walking, It is a luxurious course that you can taste three mountain peaks, “Mt. Takizumi”, “Mt. Iwatakeishi” and “Mt. Sougaku”.

Easy access with public transportation is also GOOD!

It takes  about 1 hours and a half by train from Shinjuku to Okutamashinjuku station


Western Tokyo (Ome city)
Total walking time (not including breaks):
3 hours and 45 minutes
About 9.4km
Maximum elevation difference:
Forward:JR Ome Line「軍畑駅 Ikusabata station」
Return:JR Ome Line「御嶽駅 Mitake station」

JR 軍畑 Ikusabata station~高源寺 Kougenji Temple(about 30 minutes)

軍畑 Ikusabata Station to 高源寺 Kougenji Temple we walk on a general road where gentle climbing continues. The Hiramizo River flows on the right side of the road, making you feel cool. There is a toilet for 1 person in the Kougen temple.

Start from JR IkusabataJR Ikusabata station

Take the road sign in front of the station toward “Mt. Takamizu 高水山”.in front of Ikusabata station

You will cross a Railroad crossing.
Railway crossing of the Ome Line

Go down the slope and turn left.
Follow the road to the left

Let’s go straight ahead along the Hirakiga River.
Hirakiga River

When the sign of “Mt. Takizumi” appears, proceed to the left.
signpost toward "Mt. Takizumi 高水山"

Let’s proceed straight.

Kougenji Temple is going to the right on the parting road of the photo.

Arrive at Kougen temple
Kougenji temple

Kougenji Temple~Mt. Takamizu 高水山(about 60 minutes)

The altitude difference of Mt.Takamizu from the Kougenji temple is about 400 meters. Probably the first 30 minutes rise is a bit tough. Top of the Mt.Takamizu is surrounded by trees and the view is not good, but a benches and toilets are installed.

You will further climb the slope.
Wisteria flowers

This is the trailhead.
Mountain entrance

Finally to the mountain path.
mountain path

Let’s advance the cedar forest.
cedar forest

Be careful of the protruding root!the cedar tree root

Proceed to “Joufukuin Mt.Takamiz 常福院 高水山” direction.
「Joufukuin Mt.Takamiz 常福院 高水山」 direction

Arrive at 常福院 Joufukuin.
常福院 Joufukuin tenple

joufukuin main holl
Guardian dog
The guardian dog that sits on the left and right in front of 不動堂 Fudo-Do is a stone statue of Japanese dogs.
Even if you see it from the side or from the side it is a Japanese dog, the tail is wrapped like a Japanese dog, but the expression of the fangs and tortoise is like a wolf.
Although it is a Japanese dog, I feel that I am arranging for a wolf style somehow.
This is probably because the land is near the dog’s faith Musashi (Okutama, Chichibu), so that the characteristics of the wolves were added to the Japanese dog.


There is a toilets aside.Plaza

If you climb up a little, it is the top of Mt.takamizu.
the top of Mt.takamizu

Mt. Takamizu 高水山~Mt. Iwatakeishi 岩茸石山(About 35 minutes)

The mountain top of Mt.Iwatakeishi is the most prospective place in this course, You can see the mountains of Oku Musashi. Let’s have a good break at the summit of Mt.Iwakushiis.

A little downward continues from the top of the mountain.A little downward

Proceed to “Mt.Iwatkeishi 岩茸石山” direction.
The signpost "Mt.Iwatkeishi 岩茸石山"

A flat ridge walk continues
A flat ridge walk continues

Observation from the gaps in the treesObservation from the gaps in the trees

One step to the summit of the mountainOne step to the summit of the mountain

It is the summit of the highest “Mt.Iwatakeishi” among the three mountains
the summit of "Mt.Iwatakeishi"

Mt. Iwatakeishi 岩茸石山~Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山(about 40 minutes)

The way from Mt. Iwatakeishi to Mt. Sougaku is very rich with climbing rocks and steep climbs on the way.There are no toilets at both the mountaintops of both Mt.Iwatakeishi and Mt.Sougaku.

You will go down the steep slopethe steep slope

Move the signpost towards Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山
signpost"Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山""

There is also a little rock climbing
a little rock climbing

Let’s walk while paying attention to the root of the tree
the root of the tree

Arrive at Mt.Sougaku
Top of Mt.Sougaku Top of Mt.Sougaku2

Mt. Sougaku 惣岳山~JR Mitae station(about 60 minutes)

Let’s get down to the downhill for about an hour with sufficient care, as the root of the tree overhangs and there are plenty of steep slopes.

I will go down the climbing road where the root of the tree is exposedgo down the climbing road

Turn the signpost toward “Mitake station 御岳駅”
signpost "Mitake station 御岳駅"

A little shrine

The mountain path is already over in the endbamboo trail

You go to Temple of JionjiJionji Temple

“Tamagawaya” near Otaki station is a popular soba restaurant.
Soba shop "Tamagawaya" Goodwill of Tamagawaya Interior of Tamagawaya

It’s a popular menu “Ten Zarumori”Ten Zarumori

Beer is also good, but recommendation is local sake “Sawanoi”local sake "Sawanoi"

Strange daruma dolls are also uniqueStrange daruma dolls Strange daruma dolls2

At the end, break the soup with sobathe soup with soba entrance of Tamagawaya

When you come to the main street there is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Information Office.the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Information Office.

There is shower rental in this facility.shower rentalThere are cafes, used outdoor goods stores, convenience stores, etc. along the street.used outdoor goods stores, convenience stores, etc. along the street.

Arrived at JR Mitake Station.

JR Mitake Station. Station home

Do you need a guide?

If you are looking for guide of this hiking course, please refer to the following.

Private Hiking Tour of JPY3000 | Takamizu Three Peaks in Okutama Area