One of our first destinations in Tokyo was Mount Takao (高尾山, Takaosan) which was about an hour’s train ride from Shinjuku. It was fun standing in the first carriage that’s just behind the driver!
At Mount Takao, there are eight trails ranging from 900m to 18.5km that will lead you up to the summit as well as a chair lift and cable railway that will bring you to the halfway mark. We decided to take the chair lifts up (it is too scary to take it down the steep slope) and cable railway down, so that we can try both. 🙂It took us about an hour to hike our way up, and boy was it a great way to exercise in the cool weather and escape from the urban area for the day! We could see the mountains through the foggy day although we were not sure if Mount Fuji was one of them. I’m sure it will be very pretty when the tree leaves change colour in the later part of autumn.
Our reward for surviving the hike with my heavy camera gear? Delicious black bean snack that looks like an angry bird!
- Visit Mount Takao on a weekday to avoid the crowd
- There are many shops along the way and traditional snacks in the surrounding area so you don’t need to pack much food or drinks for the hike
- The purple soft serve ice cream was not nice unless you like ice cream that taste like bubblegum
- You can wash your shoes with a brush at the tap in the station