5 hiking spots near Tokyo to admire the autumn leaves

La vallée Todoroki

The Todoroki Valley

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Mountains, valleys, and Momiji in the Kanto region

If Tokyo is famous for its parks and gardens which offer magnificent colors during the Koyo season, the Japanese capital is not the only place in Kanto where it is possible to admire the beauty of autumn. Mountains, valleys, and ravines, eastern Japan is rich with natural landscapes and ideal for hiking in the fall season!

 

2. Mount Takao

 

Located less than an hour from Shinjuku, Mount Takao is perhaps one of the most popular places for Tokyoites when it comes to hiking!

Between its marked and concrete paths (some even have toilets!), its cablecars, its chairlift, and its Buddhist temple, Takao-zan is one of the most popular excursions for hikers in the capital, both for its ease of access and for the landscapes sublime that it offers once arrived at the summit: Tokyo, Yokohama, and even Fuji-san during days of good weather, it is a beautiful part of Kanto and a delight for those who dare to visit!  

Mount Takao, near Tokyo.

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3. Mount Mitake

 

A little further from Tokyo than Mount Takao and a little steeper, this mountain in the center of Kanto offers a nice walk to seasoned hikers. With its gorges and its 5 km long path, Mount Mitake is indeed one of the more appreciated by good walkers in the region. Especially at the end of the year, since it allows you to discover a multitude of striking autumnal landscapes.

 

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The gorges at the foot of Mitake san

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4. Otama's paths

 

Connecting the towns of Kori and Okutama to the north of Mount Mitake, the Otama trails form a beautiful 8 km hike through the forests and mountains of Kanto.

Divided into three trails of increasing difficulty, they then allow you to discover several unknown places in the region : the suspension bridges and the rivers of the Hatonosu valley, the Kazuma ravine, and the Hikawa gorges whose clear water color contrasts with the red of the maples that border them.

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Otama's paths

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Kameyama Lake

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