Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is a 1,262 km2 (487 square mile) national park comprising the Okutama, Chichibu and Kai districts, and covering four prefectures: Tokyo, Saitama, Nagano, and Yamanashi. From the Tokyo metropolis, it starts with the Tama district (Nishitama, Okutama), goes somewhat north to the Chichibu district, then stretches out west to the Kai district in Yamanashi prefecture.
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is on the edge of the Tokyo metropolis, allowing easy escape from the urban conglomeration, and offering both facilities for the escapee and the refuge of the wilderness
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is made up of non-volcanic mountains averaging about 1,000 meters in height, forming river valleys that beautifully showcase each season. It has at its center the Okuchichi Sankai mountain mass, at least 18 peaks of which are over 2,000 m (6,500 feet) high.The two best known mountains in the Park are Mt. Mitake and Mt. Mitsumine, famous for the ancient Shinto shrine each has at its peak.
Mountains that are geographically prominent include Mt. Kinpu (AKA Mt. Kinpo) at 2,599m (8,527 feet) on the border of Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures, featuring the Kanazakura Shrine at its peak, Mt. Kobushigatake (see photo at top) at 2,475m (8,120 feet) at the junction of Nagano, Saitama, and Yamanashi prefectures, the majestically craggy Mt. Mizugakiat 2,230m (7,316 feet) in Hokuto City, Yamanashi prefecture, Daibosatsurei Ridge at 2,057m (6,748 feet) in Koshu City, Yamanashi prefecture, and Mt. Kumotori at 2,017m (6,617 feet) at the junction of Tokyo, Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures.
Nishizawa-keikoku (accessible from Kofu City via Route 140; take the Nishizawa-keikoku Exit at the northern end of the Hirose Dam lake), with numerous picturesque waterfalls on the Fuefuki River, most notably the Nanatsugama Five-Tiered Waterfalls.
On the next tributary north is Higashi-keikoku Gorge (the nishi , or "west," and higashi , or "east," are misleading here!) - not as famous as Nishizawa Keikoku, but also a trove of scenic beauty.
Mitake Shosenkyo in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, is at the westernmost edge of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, and is only half an hour's ride from Kofu City, the capital of Yamanashi prefecture. It was officially designated a National Beauty Spot in 1953.
Mitsumine Jinja, south-east of Lake Chichibu, is one of the three most famous shrines in Chichibu, along with Chichibu Jinja and Hodosan Jinja.
Lake Okutama is surrounded by natural hot spa establishments, including the famous Nomekoiyu Onsen spa.
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park has several public facilities, including visitor centers:
Yamano Furusato Mura ("Mountain Hometown Village")
Hinohara Tomin no Mori ("Forest of Tokyo Citizens")
Fureai-no-Mori Camping Ground
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park's huge spread means it can be accessed from three railway stations: Chichibu, Oku-tama or Enzan stations.
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