Do you like hiking? Now is the best season to climb the mountain I guess! Even if you are having busy life in central Tokyo, it would be still possible! You can go to Mt. Takao!
Mount Takao has the excellent access from midtown Tokyo. It is about 50 minutes by express train from Shinjuku (the Keio Line) to Takaosanguchi station which has the gateway to Mount Takao. You can get up in the morning, check the weather, and go there carefree.
Mount Takao received three stars, the highest ranking, as the “Must Go” mountain from the Michelin Green Guide which introduces tourist spots. The reason described is “the breathtaking beauty of nature which is unimaginable for a metropolitan area”, but the easy access and the opportunities it provides to experience the traditional culture and food of Japan cannot be ignored. It is particularly spectacular and full of charms in autumn with colored foliage of trees.
Hikers can climb to the top in about 90 minutes on any of several clearly marked trails. Other visitors can ride to the top in a cable car or chair lift from the foot of the mountain. The summit of Mount Takao commands the scenic distant view of the magnificent Mount Fuji on a sunny day and the vista of the glorious broad leaf forest colored in red and yellow just below our eyes. Do you wanna enjoy the beautiful season on top of the mountain? Please check it out!