Updated on October 29, 2019
Satoyama Minka opens from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(until 5:00 p.m. from March through September)
Head northwest by bus from Tachikawa Station. After some 40 minutes, a lush green space appears in the middle of a quiet neighborhood. Before you is the Tokyo Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park located on the western edge of the Sayama Hills. The park, which spans about 3 kilometers from east to west, is about 56 times the size of Tokyo Dome.
On the huge grounds, you can find various recreational areas that both adults and children can enjoy, including the Boken-no-Mori (“adventure forest”), which has field athletic facilities, and the Satoyama Minka (“countryside house”), where you can take delight in viewing the nostalgic Japanese rural landscape. There are several hiking routes -- each of which takes about 30-45 minutes to complete -- for visitors to explore the park. Get maps at the Tokyo Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park Information Center before you set off hiking.
This time, let’s take one of the “Mountain Hiking Trails” that run along the mountain ridge. Go up a gentle mountain path, which includes stairs, by following directional signs for about 30 minutes, to arrive at the Rokudoyama Observatory overlooking the Sayama Hills. This old-fashioned red-brick building is on the grounds of the Forest of Culture, Rokudoyama Park, in Mizuho Town. From the top of the observation tower, you have great scenic views overlooking Shinjuku and Okutama -- and even Mount Fuji on sunny days.
Back on the trail, descend toward the Satoyama Minka to find rice fields ready for harvest and a thatched-roof house. Take a peek at the omoya (main house) which is the restoration of an old folk house that actually existed in the Edo period. The burning flame of the irori (a Japanese traditional fireplace for cooking) sets you in a relaxed mood, evoking a strange feeling, as if time is passing slowly.
Why not plan a trip to this special place, which is easily accessible from the center of Tokyo, to enjoy the fall panorama?
◎To go to the Tokyo Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park Information Center, take a Tachikawa Bus for Hakonegasaki Station or Mitsufuji-Jutaku from the JR Tachikawa Station, and alight at Mine Bus Stop. The information center is about 15 minutes on foot from the bus stop.
[Tokyo Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park Information Center (Administration Office)]
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed during the year-end and New Year holidays.
The Information Center's Website (External link)