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Course: Mitake Valley >> Former Inaba Residence >> Showa Retro Packaging Museum >> Enmeiji Temple

The course starts a two-hour ride from Tokyo, at Mitake Station, where a landscape formed by hills and valleys jumps into view. The area offers entertainment all year round with outdoor activities like mountain climbing, fishing, and rafting as well as seasonal flora to admire and sketch. After a riverside stroll, head to Ome Station, where the retro cityscape reflects the history and culture of Ome City.

9:00 JR Ome Line Mitake Station

From JR Chuo Line Tachikawa Station, take the JR Ome Line to Mitake Station, where an otherworldly natural landscape unfolds. A bus is available from Mitake Station to the cable car, which runs to the peak of Mt. Mitake.

Walk 3 minutes
 

9:03 Map: 1Mitake Gorge

Beside the station flows the Tamagawa River, leading to the beautiful expanse of the Mitake Gorge. The promenade is perfect for strolling while taking in the view of Mt. Mitake in the distance, the flora of the season, people fishing and rafting in the river, and those sketching and shooting photographs along the banks. Choose one of the galleries or cafés along the path and enjoy lunch along with music from the flowing stream.

Walk 3 minutes
 

13:00 Map: 2JR Ome Line Mitake Station

Train 20 minutes (for Tachikawa)
 

13:20 Map: 3JR Ome Line Ome Station

Walk 10 minutes
 

13:30 Former Inaba ResidenceMap: 4

The Inaba family was an eminent merchant of Ome in the Edo period (1603–1868). Besides being a wholesale broker of timber and cotton textiles featuring the Ome stripe, they served as town officials under the title machi-doshiyori. From the misegura architectural technique of using plaster walls not for a storehouse but for a place of business, the main building is believed to date back to the late 18th or early 19th century. It was designated a tangible folk cultural asset by Tokyo in 1981.

Walk 15 minutes
Follow Ome Kaido back to Ome Station. The road is lined with stores sporting a retro exterior, reflecting Ome’s efforts to create a nostalgic cityscape inspired by the Showa period (1926–89). The city’s symbolic movie posters are the work of Bankan Kubo, a poster artist based in Ome.

15:00 Map: 5Showa Retro Packaging Museum

The Showa Retro Packaging Museum displays objects like snack wrappers, soft drink cans and bottles, and medicine packages from the Showa period. The three-way discount ticket also allows admission to the nearby Ome Fujio Akatsuka Museum and Showa Magic Lantern Museum.

Walk 3 minutes
 

16:30 Map: 6Enmeiji Temple

Enmeiji is known to enshrine one of the Ome-Tama Shichifukujin, or Seven Gods of Fortune. The temple is dedicated to Daikoku-ten, the god of commerce and child rearing. The metal plaque, indicating that the building was erected in 1369, is the oldest record bearing the name “Ome” and evidence of the city’s 600-year-old history. Near the entrance is a five-story pagoda built in 1934 by a father who lost his son. This is your last stop on the course—a quiet old temple on a street off Ome Kaido.

Walk 10 minutes
 

17:30 JR Ome Line Ome Station

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The red lines indicate trains and subways, blue lines are buses and cars, green lines are for walking, pink lines are for bicycles, purple lines are ships and water buses.

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