Tag: Tokyo hikes

A Month Out: Olympic Rings at Mt. Takao

Takaosan Propping Up the Olympic Rings Like the cloak of mist which shrouded Mt. Takao for the unveiling of the Olympic rings back in April to mark 100 days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the weather last Sunday was much the same. An omen...

Sayama Hills Mountain Bike Course

Tama Lake – Sayama Lake – Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park . . Nature and Mountain Biking at Tokyo’s Doorstep If you search Google Maps and look for parks with abundant nature within 30 km of central Tokyo there is one spot bound to catch your eye –...

Meoto Falls in Hinohara Village

Efforts Rewarded at this Seldom Visited Waterfall In November last year I failed in my attempt to reach the Meoto Falls due to a dodgy trail and fear of being picked off by some local hunters. Hence a revenge mission was high on the agenda. Of the...

15 Terrific Hikes in and Around Tokyo

Mountains You can Climb in a Day from Tokyo Unless otherwise stated all prices are for one travel using local trains and bus services. For residents and tourists alike spending too much time in Tokyo can well, make you go bonkers after a while...

Mt. Raiden 雷電山

Enoki-toge 榎峠 – Nago-toge 名郷峠 – Mt. Sanbosan 三方山 . . Ome Kyuryo Hiking Trail If you’re after a half-day beginner friendly hike close to Tokyo, then the Ome Kyuryo Hiking Trail 青梅丘陵ハイキングコース could be just the spot. While the rolling hills which...

Autumn Colours in Tokyo’s Hinohara Village

Guns, Momiji, and Waterfalls If you’re in search of abundant nature Hinohara Village on the outskirts of Tokyo is a good place to start. Each year I make more than a few trips to the metropolis’s only village to escape the city and enjoy fresh air...

Lake Okutama Ikoi-no-Michi Hike

Ogouchi Dam 小河内ダム – Yama-no-furusatomura 山のふるさと村 . . Wandering the Gentle Shores of Lake Okutama The Okoi-no-michi 奥多摩湖いこいの路 is a 12 km mostly flat walking path that winds around the banks of Lake Okutama in western-most Tokyo. The trail stretches...

Hachikokuyama Park: One of Tokyo’s Finest

Rainy Season Delights at a Suburban Tokyo Park A mere 25 km (16 mi.) from Shinjuku Station finds one of Tokyo’s most underrated parks that being Hachikokuyama Park 八国山緑地. Together with Kitayama Park abutting to the south it is one of four discrete...

Sayama Hills Loop Hike

Saitama Prefectural Nature Park – Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park . . A Green Oasis in Tokyo’s Outer Suburbs I’ll go out on a limb and say this is possibly the best 4-hour hike within 30 km of downtown Tokyo. The Sayama Hills measure 11 km...

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