There are many popular mountains in Tokyo that serve as a haven for people who are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. In Japan, hiking mountains is a way of life. If you happen to visit one of these famous mountains, you’ll notice that there are even small children who accompany their parents in their mountain hiking expedition.

This article will serve as a guide for those who are interested in challenging some of the mountains around Tokyo. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or not! Gear up and prepare to embark on a journey as I introduce to you the famous mountains around Tokyo!

1. Mount Takao

Due to its close proximity to city, Mt. Takao is considered as one of the best hiking areas near Tokyo. There are plenty of lucrative hiking trails that you can choose from, but for those who want to have it easy they can choose to ride the cable car that leads halfway up the mountain. Once you reach the summit, you will have a fantastic view of Tokyo and even have a chance to see Mt. Fuji if the weather is clear.

Elevation: 599 meters

Difficulty: Easy – Medium
It is possible for children to climb the mountain with the help of their family by riding the cable car.

Website: http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/

2. Mount Mitake

Mount Mitake is another popular Mountain that is less than 2 hours away from Tokyo. Aside from the beautiful Tama River and the impressive shrine on top of the mountain, the surrounding forests is filled with beauty and wonder. For beginners who intend to go hiking on Mount Mitake, they will find the trail to be quite a challenge.

Elevation: 929 meters

Difficulty: Easy – Medium
It is possible for children to climb the mountain with the help of their family by riding the cable car.

Website: http://www.mt-mitake.gr.jp/

3. Mount Kawanoriyama

Once you get off at Okutama Station, it will take an additional 15 – 20 minutes (by bus) to reach the starting point of the trail which will lead you to climb the top of the mountain. With a height of 1,363 meters above sea level, it would take an average of 7 – 9 hours to reach the summit of the mountain.

Elevation: 1,363 meters

Difficulty: Medium
It would be quite difficult for children to climb this mountain.

4. Takamizu-sansan

Takamizu-sansan is a perfect place to go hiking especially for those who have average physical prowess. Do you know that Takamizu-san is a group of three mountains? So make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear good shoes that are meant for hiking because It takes approximately 4 – 5 hours to complete a trail. There is also a small shrine located near the summit and it serves as a landmark that you are near your goal.

Elevation:
Mount Takamizusan (759m)
Mount Iwatakeishiyama (793m)
Mount Sogakusan (756m)

Difficulty: Easy – Medium
It may be possible for children to climb this mountain. However, it is not advisable for very young children.

5. Mount Kumotori

Mount Kumotori is known as the highest mountain in Tokyo and serves as the boundary of Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi Prefecture. Because of its difficulty, there is an emergency hut that is located on the mountain trail which people can use to stay overnight. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you’ll be able to see a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji as long as the weather permits it!

Elevation: 2,017 meters

Difficulty: Hard
This mountain is very hard to climb and it is advisable that children should not climb this mountain.

6. Hachijou Fuji

Hachijou Fuji is not really a mountain but a dormant volcano that is found on Hachijou Island. It is said that it was formed due to an underwater volcanic eruption some thousands of years ago. To reach the island you need to ride the ferry and from there climb on a trail up the mountain.

To Hachijou Fuji’s trailhead, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes drive from the ferry port. It also takes approximately 3 – 4 hours to reach the top and gives you a scenic view of the island and the Pacific Ocean.

Elevation: 854 meters

Difficulty: Easy – Medium
It may be possible for children to climb this mountain. However, it is not advisable for very young children.

Website: http://www.hachijo.gr.jp/html/saguru.html

7. Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture)

Mount Tsukuba is a mountain with two peaks and it is also the reason why people call it the “Double Peak Mountain”. Experienced hikers may tell you that hiking Mount Tsukuba is easy (heavily emphasize on the word experienced). But, if you are just an average person who has no idea on how to hike a mountain then you’re in for a very thorough leg workout.

Elevation:
Nantaisan: 871meters
Nyotaisan: 877 meters

Difficulty: Easy – Medium
It may be possible for children to climb this mountain. However, it is not advisable for very young children.

Website: http://www.mt-tsukuba.com/

8. Mount Oyama (Tanzawa in Kanagawa Prefecture)

Mount Oyama is an interesting place to enjoy a recreational hike. There are various trails with varying difficulties for people of all ages. Some people even go to this mountain in preparation for climbing mountains with greater height and difficulty. The trails are well marked and it is easy for beginners to just follow the path and enjoy a few hours of uphill climb.

Elevation: 1,252 meters

Difficulty: Medium – Hard
It may be possible for children to climb this mountain. However, it is not advisable for very young children.

9. Kintokiyama (Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture)

Kintokiyama is one of those mountains that is considered as a “family friendly hike” location. During the weekends you’ll often see children below 10 years old climbing the mountain with their family and friends. There are plenty of trails that you can use to climb the mountain. The reason why even children can climb this mountain is because there are stairs leading to the summit.

As you climb the mountain, take some time to look around and enjoy the view as well. You can also see Mt. Fuji from the summit if the weather is clear.

Elevation: 1,212 meters

Difficulty: Medium – Hard
It may be possible for children to climb this mountain. However, it is not advisable for very young children.

10. Nokogiri-yama (Chiba Prefecture)

Nokogiriyama is a small mountain on the Boso Peninsula and it literally means “saw mountain”. The reason why this mountain has such a peculiar shape is because in the past, people used to quarry stones from the mountain. While the viewing platform in the mountain is called Jigoku Nozoki which literally means peeking inside hell, you won’t get a glimpse of hell. In fact, you’ll be able to see a scenic view of the Boso Peninsula, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Bay!

Elevation: 329.4 meters

Difficulty: Easy
It is possible for children to climb this mountain.

Website: http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp/pc/p010000.php

Data is as of October 2016

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