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Ideal day trip hiking spots from Tokyo
- Tokyo is overflowing with people from all around the world and its city are constantly developing with the construction of new buildings, opening of new restaurants, shops and anything more you can think of. Some might get tired from these stream of people and would prefer to take a break out into the nature and of course, it's the perfect way to forget about the stresses of being in the big city right? Here’s some weekend or weekday getaway guide to hiking spots ideal for day trips from Tokyo. Mt. Takao (easy) Mt. Takao in the western Tokyo is a hugely popular spot and probably, the world’s most climbed mountain, as it’s a very easy hike, even for children. If you are planning to go over the weekend or during holiday season, the waiting line for the cable car may take upto 2 hours or even more. If you have strong legs, and don’t want to wait in line for long, try going route1 which is 3.8km in total, going up to the summit is between 70 -100 minutes, and going down is about an hour or so if you don’t stop in between. However, there are many scenic spots and Yakuoin, an attractive temple along the trail so if you decide to take this route, don’t forget to add additional time to your hike.If you are super lucky, you might be able to encounter this gentlemen who makes Tokyo Kokeshi Dolls. It’s a Japanese traditional wooden doll known as a lucky charm for children originated from Northern Japan. While the traditional kokeshi doll is made out of two pieces of wood, the head and the body, he is the only person in Japan who can turn a single piece of wood into the shape of a doll and while trimming to make the neck thin, he makes this signature necklace. He has no successor to pass on this skills and due to deforestation, the special wood to curve the dolls are more less gone. So it's a miracle to find it. It’s a breathtaking moment to watch him carve the doll from a single block of wood, then like magic, the jaw-dropping moment to see the ring materialize. Tokyo Kokeshi Doll, everything is handmade so no dolls are the same. 【Access】 Shinjuku station to Takaosanguchi via Keio Line ※60 minute train ride※Roundtrip ticket is offered including Shinjuku to Takaosanguchi with additional roundtrip for cable car, all inclusive for just 1390 yen for adults and 700 yen for children under the age of 12. Mt.Kintoki (moderate) Mt. Kintoki is in Hakone, and the view from the top is absolutely stunning, with 360 degrees panoramic views and of course, Mt. Fuji in the distance. The trail itself is about two hours and not too difficult, but some passages may demand good trekking/hiking shoes as they can be slippery especially after rain. Make sure to bring lots of water as it gets really hot during summer and there is no place to buy unless you reach the summit. At the summit, there is a toilet and little tea house where you can buy food and drink.Don’t forget to bring lots of coins as many huts and tea houses in the mountains will not accept credit card. The easiest way to the top is to take this route. If you decide to stay overnight and want to explore the outdoors in Hakone more, the article Exploring the Outdoors in Hakonemight give you some ideas. 【Access】 Shinjuku bus terminal to Kintoki-tozanguchi (金時登山口) or Kintoki-jinja-iriguchi (金時神社入口) bus stop via Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus ※ Strongly recommend to take either 6:35, 7:05, 7:35 or the 8:05am bus from Shinjuku bus terminal so that you have plenty of time to hike, take instagrammable photos and come down in time to catch the bus before it gets dark. ※Last bus leaves at 18:12 however, it gets dark fast and you will need a flashlight to get down. So going early in the morning and returning before sun down is highly recommended. ※The bus will cost 1940 yen (one way)※Booking the ticket prior to the trip is essential※2 hour bus ride※To book and buy this ticket, go to the ticket center on the 4th floor at Shinjuku express bus terminal between 6am to midnight. Mt. Tsukuba (easy) Mt. Tsukaba is a double peaked mountain in Ibaragi prefecture. The two peaks, Mt. Nantai-san and Mt. Nyotai-san are connected so you can easily hike up both. There are several courses to choose the hike from, and of course there is a cable car/ rope way to make your hike even easier. 【Access1】 Akihabara station to Tsukuba/Tsukuba Center station via Tsukuba Express (45minute-ish)Train ticket will cost 1,210 yenOnce you arrive, change to shuttle bus which operates once every hour.The bus will cost 740 yen. Unfortunately, the timetable is only available in Japanese but you can find it in here※平日=weekdays 土日祝=Sat, Sun. and holidays.※つくば センター Tsukuba Center/Tsukuba Station※筑波山 神社入口 Mt. Tsukuba Shrine Entrance※ つつじヶ丘 Tsutsujigaoka (where you can ride the Cable Car).【Access2】 Ueno station to Tsuchiura station via JR Joban line (45minutes on express, 1 hour by local train)From Tsuchiura station, take the bus.※Note of caution, the bus on the way back is very limited so plan your hike really well. The timetable is in Japanese only but you can check from here.※土浦駅 is Tsuchiura Station ※筑波山口 is Mt.Tsukuba Entrance. Mt. Otake/Mt. Odake in Okutama (moderate) On a clear sunny day, you can see a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji in the distance. The hike has some steep hills where it is mainly rock and tree roots. Good hiking shoes might be better than sneakers for safety and protection of your foot as this hike is between 4 to 5 hours round trip depending on how fast you walk. One of the recommended route to the summit is from Mitakesan station to rock gardens then to Mt. Otake/Mt. Odake, and back down via the loop. Just follow the signs as they are mostly in English. Don’t forget to stop by at the rock gardens for your final toilet break as there is no other while on this trail. 【Access】 Its a bit complicated but to get to Mitakesan station where the trailhead is, you will need to take 2 trains, 1 bus and a cable car from Shinjuku station. Train①Shinjuku station to Ome station via JR Chuo line bound for Ome station②Ome station to Mitake station via JR Ome line bound for Okutama ※from Shinjuku to Mitake station, its about 70 minutes train rideBusAfter finally arriving at Mitake Station and exiting the ticket gate, go down the stair on your left, you will find a bus stop with an English sign post “for Mt.Mitake cable car”. Get on this bus and get off at lower station(ケーブル下) of the Mitake cable car. Make sure to bring lots of coins! The bus costs 290 yen one way. There is only 2 bus per hour and its timetable is listed here.※ Top is from Mitake Station to lower station (ケーブル下)※Bottom is from lower station to Mitake station※Blue is weekday, pink is weekends & holidays)Cable CarOnce you get off the bus, go up the hill for 5 minutes to get on the cable car from Takimoto station to Mitakesan station where the trailhead is. Round trip will cost 1,130yen. take the bus from here to head for Mt. Mitake cable car Mt. Nokogiri (easy) Mt. Nokogiri or the “Saw Mountain” stretches over east and west direction along the border of Futtsu city. As the name states, if you look at the mountain from a distance, its ridges with its wooded peaks and depressions somewhat resemble the shape of a saw.【Access】 The closest station to the trailhead is Hana-Kanaya Station on the JR Uchibo Line. If you take the special express train, Sazanami, either from Tokyo or Shinjuku station, it will be 90 minutes train ride. However, this express train don’t operate in some seasons so it's best to go to the nearest JR ticket offices and ask. Also, one way tickets change its prices depending on the season, but usually it's 2,420 yen (unreserved) and 2,920 yen (reserved). Mt. Daibosatsu (moderately strenuous) Mt. Daibosatsu is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. Its summit is at the altitude of 2057m and seems really high and challenging to get there. However, the trailhead is already at the altitude of 1600m making it relatively easy for hikers to get up. Plus, it's easily accessible via train and bus making it a popular destination for day trip. The mountain overlooks the Southern Alps, Yatsugatake, and even Okutama-sanzan in Tokyo plus Mt. Fuji on a clear sunny day. It’s highly recommended for those who have strong legs and athletically fit as its trails get steeper towards the summit. Good hiking shoes is highly recommended for this hike. Bring lots of water but don’t worry. At the trailhead and in the mid point, there is a small hut where you can stop by for food, water and toilet break. Keep in mind that the hut is usually open from 8am to 4pm, but depending on the owner’s feelings, the opening and closing hours may change. The trail is easily marked with some steep hills and rocky parts in between. If you stay on the trail, you will be able to walk in a loop and get back to the trailhead without getting lost. 【Access】 You will need to take 2 trains and a bus to get to the trailhead. Train (total about 90 minutes ride)①Shinjuku to Otsuki station via JR Chuo Main line bound for Kofu ※take the express train Azusa ②Otsuki station to Kai-Yamato station via JR Chuo Main line bound for KofuBus (about 40 minutes ride)Kai-Yamato station to Kamihikawa Toge (上日川峠 ) stop ※There are only 5 buses per day from Kai-Yamato station to the Kamihikawa Toge stop where the trailhead is. ※The last bus from the trailhead leaves around 15:45. If you wish to enjoy the hike, strongly recommended to take either 8:10am or 9:20am bus from Kai-Yamato station since the hike may take 4 to 5 hours round trip depending on how fast you walk. ※Bus will cost 1000 yen one way and only accepts cash. Bring extra cash as the hut will not accept credit cards too. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Things to do on New Year's Eve Tokyo 2020
- There is nothing quite like enjoying New Year’s Eve in the biggest city in Japan, Tokyo. Tokyo is home to some of Japan’s best nightclubs, amusement parks, and Temples. Some of the country’s most exciting New Year’s Eve 2020 countdowns and parties will be occurring here in this busy metropolis.You can ring in the New Year in the heart of Shibuya, party all night with Mickey Mouse in Tokyo Disneyland, or watch fireworks on a boat in scenic Tokyo Bay. Let us be your guides for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience. Ring in the New Year at Tokyo’s Time Square: Shibuya Crossing YOU MAKE SHIBUYA COUNTDOWN 2019-2020 The biggest gathering in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve is the countdown at Shibuya Crossing. The streets will be closed to traffic from 21:00 on December 31 so that Tokyoites and visitors alike can ring in the New Year in this iconic location. There will be a stage in front of the Shibuya 109 department store so arrive early to secure a good spot. Due to the volume of people you can expect this event to be safe and heavily policed, which also means local stores may not sell alcohol on New Year’s Eve. Tokyo Countdown 2020 If you don’t like the cold and don’t fancy being outside all night, Shibuya has still got you covered with the Tokyo Countdown 2020 at BelleSalle Shibuya Garden. Whether you’re into Techno, House music or EDM, there will be something for you. This event boasts a large list of internationally renowned DJs who have also graced the stages of giant festivals such as Coachella and Burning Man. Tickets will be JPY18,000 at the door, which while not cheap, is still a good deal for an event of this scope. Shibuya Blue Cave Illuminations Join a Glamorous 2020 Countdown at Tokyo’s Most Famous Landmarks Tokyo Tower Nothing says Tokyo quite like Tokyo Tower, its warm orange color meant to symbolize a candle on cold winter nights. At midnight on December 31 the tower will change color and announce the New Year while nearby revelers release balloons into the air. The inside of the Tower is only open to visitors until 23:00 but they are doing a special Illumination event, “Winter Fantasy”. So, arrive early and t ake some epic photographs. Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Illumination – until December 25, 2019 On New Year’s Eve ROPPONGI HILLS – Tokyo City View will be open past midnight for your enjoyment. So do some shopping at Roppongi Hills, visit the Mori Art Museum, and then observe shining Tokyo from above. Tokyo Skytree Celebrate with Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, and more at Tokyo’s Amusement Parks Tokyo Disneyland If you are lucky enough to win the lottery you can welcome the New Year at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea. Tokyo Disney Sea From 20:00 on December 31 to the next day you can party with your favorite Disney Characters, which means you can continue riding attractions, watching shows, and shopping all night. There will be a number of elaborate performances as well as a big firework show at midnight. From January 1 Disney Characters will be dressed in special costumes inspired by Japanese traditional attire so don’t miss this shutter chance! Fukubukuro Party like it’s 2020 at Tokyo’s Hottest Nightclubs AgeHa Centrally located in Shibuya is nightclub WOMB, well-known for Asia’s largest mirror ball and excellent electronic music. They will host New Year’s Eve with doors opening at 21:00. Their line-up features local and internationally renowned artists and DJs as well as special guest AGORIA, a popular French techno artist. Advance tickets are JPY2,800 but you can also get them at the door, however the later it gets the more expensive they will be.In case of admission by New Year's Eve 10:45PM : Re-entry stamp and New Year dishes (Osechi) included. WOMB Also in Shibuya is Sound Museum Vision, a large nightclub with several floors featuring a variety of genres of music. Depending on the vibe you’re looking for check out the two dancefloors GAIA and DEEP SPACE, or the two lounges D LOUNGE and WHITE. Joining their countdown event are special guest DJs MAYA JANE COLES and Anja Schneider. It will cost you from JPY2500 to JPY5000, depending on when you arrive. WOMB Enjoy Extravagant New Year’s Fireworks from Land or Sea Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise A really popular option for enjoying New Year’s Eve fireworks in Tokyo is Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. Located on a small Island 30 minutes by train from Yokohama this is an amusement park with a large aquarium. Join the ‘Happy Island Countdown 2020’ and witness the spectacle of 3,000 fireworks synchronized with music. The aquarium and other attractions will be open all night as well. You can enter from 15:00 but countdown events will start at 23:30. Tokyo Bay Cruise If you’re not big on crowds the best way to enjoy Tokyo’s nighttime views and the New Year’s fireworks is on the Tokyo Bay Cruise. There will be a buffet-style dinner featuring unlimited food and drinks, as well as entertainment such as a live band, DJ, and some games. Popular tours： Tokyo Bay Cruise—Countdown to 2020! Image for Hakone Fireworks Forget the Stress of 2019 and Relax at an Onsen Ōedo-onsen-monogatari New year, new you! Rejuvenate at Ōedo-onsen-monogatari（大江戸温泉） an Onsen theme park. This complex features Yukata rental as well as a Japanese style garden with foot baths where you can walk around and chat with your friends. They use natural hot spring water and have a variety of baths to choose from. There is a lively indoor Edo-period inspired “town” and a variety of restaurants as well. It’s open all night but be aware, they have a strict no-tattoo policy. Ōedo-onsen-monogatari Another Onsen option is Yamato no Yu （大和の湯）which is tattoo-friendly and located near Narita Airport. This is a very modern building, a kind of designer’s hot spring, by famous architect Habuka Takao. There is also a private bath you can reserve if you would rather not bathe with others. Indulge by getting a massage and facial at the spa or enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool if that’s more your style. Korean Body Scrub Get your Last-Minute Shopping Done at these Unique Markets Ameya-Yokocho Mingle with locals at Ameya-Yokocho（アメ横）, a loud and busy outdoor market. If you’re interested in the Japanese New Year’s culture of Osechi this is a great spot to barter for some prime ingredients such a king crab and salmon roe. Ameya-Yokocho Fans of Japanese pop culture and anime need to check out COMIC MARKET９７, or Comiket. This is a giant four-day festival (December 28-December 31.) of Cosplay and Doujinshi (fan-made comics). It’s best to buy entry wristbands in advance at Anime stores like Animate as they can sell-out. If you want to Cosplay, arrive early and pay a small fee to register. Unique Ways to Celebrate the New Year; Standing under a Waterfall or Watching Pro-Wrestling? Image for Waterfall Meditation If you’re interested in Japanese culture and traditional religious practices, we recommend going to nearby Mount Takao and its waterfall Biwa Taki.You can actually try standing under the waterfall, a traditional form of ascetic training. It’s generally on the first Saturday of each month as well as the 18th and 28th. If you prefer to be, well, very very hot, another option is to try fire-walking. Good luck, and always call ahead to see if it will be available on the day you go! Mt. Takao On the opposite end of the spectrum is New Year’s Eve Pro-Wrestling. See giants in flamboyant costumes crashing in Tokyo Dome City. The match starts at 20:00. Popular tours： Get Tickets for the New Japan Pro Wrestling Show! New Year’s Soba Have a happy New Year in Tokyo! Related Articles:New Year 2020 in Japan: A Cultural Guide for Participating in Japanese New Year’s Traditions ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Hiking Day Trip near Tokyo! The best mountain hiking spots in the Kanto region
- Are you tired of the busy city life in Tokyo? Do you want to stretch your legs or enjoy a deep breath of fresh air? You might be feeling that it’s a big deal to go hiking in the mountains from a big city such as Tokyo, but there are quite a few destinations close by that you can visit, without having to spend the night. Here’s an introduction to the mountains that can be easily accessed by bus or train from Tokyo. All of them are friendly mountains for beginners too! Enjoy the greenery and wash away your stresses from the excessively crowded city of Tokyo! 1. Mt. Takao (高尾山) in Tokyo Mt. Takao Mt. Takao Mt. Takao is probably the easiest option if you want to go mountain hiking in Tokyo. Many elementary schools send their students there for day trips, which reflects that it’s a very easy hike, even for children! The easiest course only takes about two hours to get to the top. If you are still worried it might be too tough, you can ride a cable car to the middle of the mountain. At the base of the mountain is a popular tourist area with various shops where you can enjoy a variety of food and even a soak in the hot springs! Mt. Takao is only an hour and a half away from central Tokyo.URL：https://www.takaotozan.co.jp/ 2. Mt. Mitake (御岳山) in Tokyo Mt. Mitake Mt. Mitake Many people visit this refreshing place to be re-energized as they face the daily stresses of life. Mt. Mitake is a famous “power spot” - a place where you can heal yourself and recharge your energy from nature. Mt. Mitake is also famous for the beautiful colors of its tree leaves during the fall. You can ride a cable car from the nearest station to the start of the hiking trail while enjoying beautiful views of the city. The hike to the summit where the Musashi Mitake Shrine is located takes around 1 - 1.5 hours. There is also a shrine that celebrates dogs on the way to the top, so you might see people hiking with their dogs!URL：https://www.mitaketozan.co.jp/ 3. Mt. Odake (大岳山) in Tokyo If you make it to the top of Mt. Mitake, we recommend that you challenge yourself to trek up this mountain. Mt. Odake is known as one of the top 200 mountains in Japan. There are various courses to the top that you can choose from, depending on your experience and fitness levels. On sunny days, you can see Mt. Fuji and other beautiful mountains from the top of Mt. Odake. When you walk back down to the bottom, opt for the route that takes you through the rock garden, passing a waterfall and interesting rocks along the way. It’s about two hours from the center of Tokyo to Mt. Odake’s nearest station. 4. Owakudani (大涌谷) in Kanagawa Owakudani Owakudani Owakudani is a volcanic valley that was created over 3,000 years ago. You won’t experience the changing four seasons here, but you will come face-to-face with the power of nature as volcanic white smoke plumes from the valley. You can’t actually “hike” the mountain but you can definitely enjoy its natural setting by riding the ropeway that leads to the valley. This is the perfect place to visit if you want to be on top of a mountain but don’t want to climb up on foot. From central Tokyo to the nearest ropeway station is about two hours, followed by a 25-minute ropeway ride to the top of the valley. URL：http://www.owakudani.com/ https://www.navitime.co.jp/poi?spt=02301.2100569 5. Mt. Oyama (大山) in Kanagawa Mt. Oyama Mt. Oyama Kanagawa prefecture’s Mt. Oyama has long been revered as a holy mountain. It rises to 1,252 meters in height but is known as an easy mountain to hike. Simply take a bus from the nearest station, Isehara, to the cable bus stop from where you can journey to the hiking trailhead. On the way to the top, there is a spot called “Fujimi-dai, which offers the best views of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. It’s even better than the view of Mt. Fuji from the top of Mt. Oyama, so don’t forget to check it out when you pass this point! From Tokyo to Isehara station is 1.5 hours and the hike to the top takes about two hours. URL：https://www.ooyama-cable.co.jp/ 6. Mt. Kobo (弘法山) in Kanagawa Mt. Kobo Mt. Kobo is located in Kanagawa prefecture and rises to just 230 meters in height, which is not very high in terms of mountains. It’s famed for its beautiful sakura blossoms in spring, but you can still enjoy nature during summer and fall. There are also three other mountains nearby, so you can enjoy multiple mountain hikes! The area is known as Mt. Kobo Park and its hiking courses are neatly organized so that children can enjoy hiking too. At the base of the mountains is the Tsurumaki Onsen (a hot spring) where you can wash away the sweat and tiredness from your hike. The journey from central Tokyo to Mt. Kobo Park takes around 1.5 hours and the hike about two hours. 7. Mt. Ono (大野山) in Kanagawa Mt. Ono Mt. Ono is the best mountain for enjoying views of Mt. Fuji and has been selected as one of the top 100 Mt. Fuji viewing spots in the Kanto region. As you climb up, the sky appears to open up before you - there is nothing between you and the sky at the top! At the top of this mountain used to be a ranch and you can still see its wide and beautiful grassy field. As the grassy field is flat, you might feel like you’re just relaxing in the park, accompanied by an extraordinary view and fresh mountain air. When you come down to the bottom of the mountain, you can stop by the Japanese public bath Sakura-Yu to rejuvenate your body! Mt. Ono is around 1.5 hours away from central Tokyo and it takes about the same time to climb up to the top. 8. Mt. Nokigiri (鋸山) in Chiba Mt. Nokigiri Mt. Nokigiri Situated on the Boso Peninsula is Mt. Nokigiri whose summit offers wonderful ocean views. The surrounding area is touristy, with many souvenir shops and hot springs. If you want to enjoy a sightseeing atmosphere while hiking, then this is the perfect place to go! They also have a ropeway where you can enjoy great views, which is open from 9am to 5pm. If you’re feeling energetic, however, of course you can hike up independently. Don’t forget to stop by the most famous viewing spot at Kangetsu-dai, a Nihon-ji temple where you can greet the Buddha and enjoy the “view of hell”!URL：http://www.nihonji.jp/ 9. Mt. Hiwada (日和田山) in Saitama Mt. Hiwada Mt. Hiwada is a 305-meter-high mountain that is known as the symbol of Hidaka City in Saitama prefecture. There is the option to choose a harder course, Otoko zaka, or an easier course, Onna zaka when hiking up this mountain. You will pass through two torii (traditional Japanese shrine gates) and an actual shrine on the way to the top. It takes one hour to get to the nearest train station, Koma Station(高麗駅), followed by a 20-minute walk to get to the trailheads. From the starting point to the top will take about one hour. 10. Mt.Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺) in Yamanashi Mt.Daibosatsu Mt.Daibosatsu Mt.Daibosatsu is a 2,057-meter-high mountain that’s located in Yamanashi! It’s pretty high and you might think that you can’t challenge this mountain but in fact, the hiking’s not too hard! The mountain road is nicely organized and it’s popular among beginner hikers. It takes around 2.5 hours to hike to the top of the mountain from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji on sunny days. It takes two hours from Tokyo to the nearest train station but from there, you will need to take a taxi or local bus for 40 minutes to arrive at the mountain’s trailheads.URL：https://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/spot/p1_4768.html ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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