Mountain climbing is a popular activity in Japan and without a doubt, Mt. Takao is one of the most popular hiking spots in Tokyo for its convenient location. With only about 50 kilometers from central Tokyo, it is a relatively short 50 minute train ride from Shinjuku via Keio Railways’ Limited Express. Visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and magnificent scenery all in a day’s trip. Mt. Takao also provides a good hike all year round.
Mt. Takao which is located in the city of Hachioji, stands at 599 meters tall and is one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo. It offers 7 hiking trails and lots of attractive scenery. The trails ranges from the broad & paved hiking path to narrow nature trails that leads up the slopes & travels along the valleys and limpid waters through a forest of low cedars. In just approximately an hour away from the metropolis, Takaosan is really an accessible place when one wants to commune with nature. It can definitely provide a good break from the concrete and crowds of the city.
Mitakesan (御岳山) is a 929 meters tall mountain and is considered as the most popular sightseeing spot in the Okutama region, the western most part of Tokyo, Japan. It is a part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park which covers Tokyo, Yamanashi, Saitama, and Nagano prefectures. It offers various walking and hiking paths for both new and pro hikers and it is one of the most favored hiking spot for people looking for a short break from the busy city and a day trip to commune with nature.