The Tama region is situated in western Tokyo. It lies outside of Tokyo’s 23 wards, and is comprised of 30 cities, towns and villages with a total population of about 4.3 million.
This place, adjacent to all the conveniences of the big city, boasts an array of diverse and distinctive facets.
The development of transportation facilities came to represent the face of the city. Despite its status as one of the world’s biggest cities, Tokyo is surprisingly rich in natural features.
The history and traditions of the area have been developed over many centuries. The produce grown in the soils of the region is actively utilized to create a variety of dishes that are gentle on the stomach.
The many that people live, work, and socialize in the area bring a variety of flavors to the Tama region in Tokyo.
The Another TOKYO TAMA project seeks to share the charm of the Tama region with the rest of Japan, eventually expanding to include the rest of the world.
There are many unique accommodations in the Tama area, which has urban areas and mountainous areas. For example, the latest city hotel designed for business trips. For example, an old quaint inn that makes use of tourism resources in the mountains. A place where cutting-edge and history merge in spite of the big city of Tokyo. That is the characteristic of the Tama area. From accommodations that meet a wide variety of needs, we will introduce 3 selected facilities and recommended spots in the surrounding area.
The Tama area was once known as a region where textile production was thriving. During the Edo period, many farmers raised silkworms, and it is said that cocoons and textiles were valuable cash income. A woven fabric called Ome stripe was produced in the Edo period and became famous all over the country. When textiles prosper, dyeing products that dye threads and silk are inevitably required. A result, its own dyeing culture in the Tama region has evolved. Please touch on the three dyeings that still remain, their techniques, and their "Chic". In honor of the craftsmen who have preserved and inherited the culture here for over 100 years.
In the Tama area, rich in nature, there are several mountains that are the objects for mountain worship. The typical examples are Mitake-san Mountain in Ome City and Takao-san Mountain in Hachioji City. Mitake-san Mountain, which is easily accessible from central Tokyo and is visited by more than 400,000 tourists annually, is famous for the Musashi-Mitake-Jinja Shrine near the summit and Shukubo (pilgrim’s lodging) run by the priest of the shrine.
Since the Edo period, wheat has been the chief crop of the historic Musashino plateau. In those days, homemade, hand-stretched udon, made from wheat, graced the tables of many families. Udon was an important regional cuisine, especially during events where people gather together, like Obon, the New Year, and other important familial ceremonies.
There are many trees in the Tokyo Tama area, so we can enjoy their seasonal colors no less than spring flowers. From the end of October to November every year, the Ginkgo planted in rows begin to turn along with the trees on the mountains, changing color to yellow and red. Many events suited for this season make for a lively time as the town changes color before the cold winter sets in. Why don’t you find your favorite autumn color in Tama while visiting parks, temples, shrines, and the mountains?
The area containing Okutama and the upper basin of the Akigawa River is in the mountains on the west side of the Tamagawa River, which runs into Tokyo Bay after converging with many of its tributaries. This area is close to the source of the Tamagawa River and retains its rich natural environment.
There are many spots where you can enjoy cherry blossom-viewing in the Tama area with its rich natural amenities. When spring comes, seasonal flowers bloom, especially those on the cherry trees. This beautiful scenery is enjoyed by crowds of many cherry blossom-viewers.
Since the start of the Kansei Reforms in 1787, many Sake breweries were born throughout the Tama region through the encouragement of the shogunate. After all is said and done, the appeal of Sake made in the Tama region is that it is brewed with quality groundwater. And it is also attractive to be able to collect brands of rare and valuable Sake that have been selected by Tokyo that is a large city. There are so many varieties of Sake that even habitual drinkers don’t get bored.
Held throughout Japan, there is a variety of large and small festivals. It is said that there are between 100,000 to 300,000 festivals held in Japan. The word "Matsuri" (festival) originates from the word "Tatematsuru," which refers to being in the service of blessed existence.
The Hachioji textile industry that flourished in the city made it a focal point for the merchant class's social activities. Various Japanese eating establishments sprang up as a result, and Geisha were employed to welcome guests with song and dance. The hospitality industry resulted in the flourishing of the city's Geisha culture. At its peak, some 200 plus Geisha worked in the Nakamachi area.
The Tamagawa river is a first-class river crossing the Tokyo metropolis, and Yamanashi and Kanagawa Prefectures. It is hard to believe that such clear waters flowing down through mountains from their source are to be found in Tokyo. The surrounding nature shows off its beauty throughout the four seasons. The varied currents and natural valleys with springs up water are host to a number of businesses offering a variety of river activities.