Hinohara is a municipality in Nishitama District, Tokyo, Japan. It is the only administrative unit left in the non-insular area of Tokyo that is still classified as a village.
Hinohara lies in the mountainous upper reaches of the Akigawa, a tributary of the Tama River. The highest point is the summit of Mount Mito at 1528 m. 93% of its area is forest.
The name Hinohara means the field or forest of Chamaecyparis obtusa.Formerly the trees were cut down to build wooden structures in Edo.
Motoshuku, at the confluence of the north and south branches of the Akigawa, is the center of the village and is where the village offices are located.
Mountains in Hinohara include Shoto (990 m), Ichimichi (795 m), Kariyose (687 m), Usuki (842), and Odake (1267 m).
Communities surrounding Hinohara are: to the east, Hachioji and Akiruno and, to the north, (Okutama) in Tokyo; to the west, Fujino in Kanagawa Prefecture; and to the south, Uenohara in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Hinohara is one of the closest nature spot from Tokyo. Many people visit here for hiking or camping on the weekend.
(reference: Wikipedia, Wikitravel)