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Updated: Feb 4, 2020

OKUTAMA town and HINOHARA village are part of the CHICHIBU-TAMA-KAI National Park.

Thanks to the great nature and the great accessibility from the metropolitan area, many people come visit and enjoy outdoor activities, cultural experiences and traditional cuisines.

Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park exhibits various types of plans unique to mountains and highlands. Owning to a number of mountains consisting of limestone, the vegetation of plants unique to a limestone region is another regional characteristic, making it a habitat for valuable plants that its existence is on the ropes. Many visitors come here to view the seasonal flowers.

The foot of mountains to the vicinity of the mountaintops of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park are covered with thick forests, making it a perfect habitat for animals, such as Asian black bear, Sika deer, and Japanese serow to wild boar, monkey, weasel, Japanese giant flying squirrels and rabbits.

Mt. Mitake have traditionally been a mecca of mountain worship, and the mountains formerly flourished as a place to train Buddhist priests. The periphery of Musashi-Mitake-jinja Shrine creates a solemn atmosphere as a site of mountain worship in combination with shrine pavilions, approaches, sacred trees, and temple lodges. (cited website : Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan )

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