Train is same as last week...0908 Ome special rapid train from JR Shinjuku station, platform 12 (check it)
As I come from Chiba I will get on the train at Ochanomizu so I will be on the train in the front carriage (train driver sits at the front end!). Be there 5-10 minutes early and meet other people.
Hiking map attached - login to see.
Weather good - sunshine in the afternoon - we are going! http://tenki.jp/forecast/point-733.htmlUPDATES [更新]: Very easy route for beginners with nice onsen at the end. BBQ if people want. Sake tour optional.
So far ( 8-9 ): Andy, Ikuko, Yumi, Angie, Maki, Jen, Miyako,
9-10 expected.Title and Date [タイトル, 日付]:
Sunday June 17th: Very easy Okutama walk and hike to Unazawa waterfalls + BBQ maybe (fresh fish bought from fish farm). Hatonosu gorge riverside path to Suikoen onsen with Hydrangea (Ajisai).Sawai sake brewery tour and / or just tasting from 3pm if we have time. If people don't want to go - I can cancel it.http://www.traviews.com/2012/01/ozawa-shuzo-brewery.htmlLocation [場所]:
Near Shiomaru station, Okutama, Tokyo, about 1hr 20 mins from Shinjuku.Event Grade [イベント等級]:
Fitness 1 (very easy), Technical 1 (easy). Very little uphill walking on this event and suitable for beginners
Contact Details (and sign up conditions) [連絡先詳細（と参加の条件）]
Sign up on website page. Keep my number 090 ....
AndyEvent Details [イベント詳細], Route and Time [ルートと時間]
Get off at Shiomaru station and walk 20 minutes along the road to fish farm.... buy fresh fish like trout, ayu or yamame if you want to BBQ. There is a coffee stand on the way. Continue on the road about 1 hour or less to Unazawa waterfalls - very beautiful.
Stay there a while and eat maybe. From there we take a short cut back to Hatonusu through the forest on easy hiking trail. It goes past 'huge' old oak trees and Koesawa Butress campsite and rock climbing cliffs to the river (1hr 30 mins). Walk along nice river gorge path 2 km to the Suiko-en onsen (水香園) with lots of Hydrangea in bloom. Can take train also but 1 or 2 stations only... Maybe also hot spiced red wine if road walk at the end.
If time, and people interested we can do a sake brewery tour and tasting but it is only available at 3pm - hope we have time...
2 train stops from the onsen at Sawaii - see bottom of message for details.
Maps and Useful links [地図と役に立つリンク]
Our route map attached.http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1685.0;attach=1353;imageUnasawa waterfallshttp://page.freett.com/yuhodo/unazawa.htmhttp://homepage2.nifty.com/guttyon/taki/kantou/unasawa/unasawa_021004.htmhttp://park7.wakwak.com/~zephyrus/una2.htmSuiko-en hot spring (水香園)http://www.suiko-en.com/index.htmlhttp://outdoorclubtokyo.com/gallery/var/resizes/070716kawanori/070716kawanori016.jpg?m=1271081946Sake Brewery
http://www.traviews.com/2012/01/ozawa-shuzo-brewery.htmlThings to Bring [持参するもの]
Outdoor clothing and footwear. Need jacket/trousers/maybe umbrella if any rain... should be ok.
If you want BBQ let me know - I can bring wire and charcoal, and stove for cooking.
We can buy fresh fish near Shiomaru but you can carry some food from Tokyo to BBQ. Leave a message on this.
Towel for onsen.Travel Details [旅行の詳細]0908 Ome special rapid train from JR Shinjuku station, platform 12 (check it)
Arrive Ome 1007 and change train - 1009 Okutama train. We get off 1 station before Okutama at Shiomaru at 1046.Meeting Time and Place [集合時間と場所]
Shinjuku station platform or on the train. Front carriage (train driver sits at the front end!). Be there 5-10 minutes early and meet other people.
Probably about 2,500en total with onsen. Food a bit extra. Organizer fee 500en.
About the brewery: Ozawa Shuzo
Established in 1702, the brewery's "treasure" is a well that provides it with abundant hard water which is mixed with soft water from another spring 4 km away.
Ozawa Shuzo's Sawanoi brand is light and dry, which complements the salty cuisine popular in Tokyo, but in recent years they have been trying to make a richer sake.
The brewery, built near the upper reaches of the Tama River, offers guided tours four times a day starting at 11 a.m. Although the guides only speak Japanese, there are English brochures that explain the brewing process.
There are two restaurants where visitors can find the Sawanoi lineup, as well as a sake-tasting spot that offers up to 10 varieties for 200 yen to 500 yen per cup. Visitors can keep the sake cups as souvenirs.
Ozawa Shuzo's main export to the West is Daikarakuchi -- literally "very dry taste." But its apricot-flavored sake is quite popular with foreign visitors, the brewery said.
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