The Delightful Unasawa Valley

Okutama at its Finest: Mitsugama Falls

In short, there are few more beautiful places in Okutama than the Unasawa Valley. The main drawcard are three waterfalls which snake their way along the Unasawa Creek downhill of Mount Odake. The hiking course to the falls commences from the carpark and rest area at Unazawa enchi. From Shiromaru Station allow 1 hr 15 mins to walk to the trail head. The initial plan was to pay a visit to all the waterfalls however after getting side-tracked with another photography buddy and succumbing to a migraine – I decided to leave the other two for another day. Even though I only made it to the Mitsugama Falls, it was a nice chance to kick back and enjoy this 12-metre-high stepped waterfall, it alone made the journey worthwhile.

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  Autumn colours Unasawa Valley.

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  Gorge along the Unasawa Creek.

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  Mitsugama Falls.

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  Looking down the Unasawa Creek.

  Access: from Shiromaru Station cross the Tama River and follow the Unasawa Creek to the Unazawa enchi rest area.

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  • I think these are the falls above America Camp Village? I have to try these one of these weeks. I’ve done the Kori-Okutama walk along the Tama many, many times so I’ve been pretty close to the trailhead. I can drive up there so that would make it easier also. How far is the first falls from America Camp? Thanks.

    • Driving up there would simplify things as there is a small parking area at the trail head. The day I went I hiked up from Shiromaru Station which is a tad far. From America Camp Village to the Mitsugama Falls takes about an hour to walk.

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