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Mt. Mitake: A One-Day Itinerary for Nature and Serenity

Originally a pilgrimage site for pilgrims to the Shinto shrine, Mitakesan has recently become popular as a hiking destination and has trails to satisfy all levels of climbers.

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When the excitement of Tokyo has gotten to be too much, head to the mountains to recharge in nature. My favorite mountain is Mt. Mitake, close enough to be accessed during a day trip from Tokyo yet still feeling worlds away.

Originally a pilgrimage site for pilgrims to the Shinto shrine, Mitakesan has recently become popular as a hiking destination and has trails to satisfy all levels of climbers. Read on to discover the top spots in this one-day itinerary up to Mt. Mitake. 

Hiking in the Okutama region of Japan on a day trip from Tokyo.
Lush, forested mountains so close to Tokyo!

Getting to Mt. Mitake

Getting to Mt. Mitake on a day trip from Tokyo is a journey in itself, but it’s easy to navigate. Depart Shinjuku Station in the morning and take the Chuo line to Mitake Station, changing trains at Ome, about 90 minutes. From Mitake Station, transfer to a shuttle bus to the Taikimoto Cable Car station at the base of the mountain. Athletic types might prefer the steep hike up, but personally I prefer to ride the charming cable car

The adorable Mitake Tozan Railway cable car, a great way to get out of town on a day trip from Tokyo!

Once at Mitakesan Station, stop to admire the scenic overlook. While this mountain is still part of Tokyo, it feels worlds away from the city. If you are hungry, there are a few restaurants here and also on the shopping street near the shrine. If you prefer a bento or packed lunch, it would be best to buy this before leaving for your day trip from Tokyo, as there are no convenience stores or supermarkets up on the mountain. 

Make your way away from the station and enjoy your first glimpses of the forest, pausing to admire the quaint rustic signs along the way. As you enter the priests’ village, you will see the Visitors Center to your right. This is an excellent place to get some local maps and ask any questions. The staff at the centre are knowledgeable about the best hikes, and also which seasonal flora is in bloom. 

Laminated signs detailing bird calls on Mt. Mitake.
Quaint local signage with bird calls.
Photograph beautiful mountain flora on this day trip from Tokyo.
Summer flowers.

(You can read the rest of the article at this link. This article was first published by Team JJ on September 24, 2020. Check here for deeper and unique insights into visiting Japan, including wellness, travel, cuisine and more. Find us on Instagram and on Facebook.)

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