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Beyond the city lights of Tokyo is an abundance of hiking routes that range from easy to expert. However, with so many to choose from, it can be challenging to know which one to take on.
Luckily, hiking in Japan is rewarding, no matter which trail you are on or which mountain you decide to climb. With clearly marked paths, friendly fellow hikers, and provisions provided along the way, you will never have a bad experience on any of the peaks.
Read on for a few of the best hikes in Tokyo’s surrounding areas ideal for those seeking intermediate trails that provide a slight challenge.
Mt. Nabewari, (Nabewariyama) is part of the Tanzawa mountain range in Kanagawa Prefecture, close to Mt Fuji. It is a relatively challenging mountain hike, with an altitude of 1,273 meters (around 4,177 feet) and takes about six-seven hours to complete.
The first couple hours of the hike are quite relaxing, with only mild elevation inclines. The last hour or so gets more intense as you climb staircase after staircase until you reach the top.
The highlight of the hike is the nabeyaki udon noodles that are sold from a small hut at the summit. For 1,000 yen, you can get slurp up a comforting bowl of noodles while gazing at the stunning view of Mt Fuji. The restaurant, Nabewari Sanso, tends to run out of the noodles quite fast, so it’s recommended to get there before noon to ensure yourself a bowl.
Nabewari Sanso also provides lodging, so you can choose to stay there overnight to watch the sunrise or sunset.
From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Line to Shibusawa Station. Then, get on a Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Bus bound for Okura. From there, follow the trail for Nabewariyama.
Mt. Tonodake, like Mt. Nabewari, is part of the Tanzawa mountain range. However, it stands slightly higher at 1,491 meters (4,892 feet), making it a little more challenging.
You can actually get there from the summit of Nabewariyama, which will add about an hour and a half to your hiking time if you choose to do so.
If doing Tonodake only, the recommended route is to start from Yabitsu-toge bus station, and then to descend toward Okura bus station.
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