I wanted to try hiking in Japan, but I wasn’t able to drag people with me. What’s a girl to do?
Solo hike! I’ve decided to go up Mitake-san, then just assess from there. First things first –
How to get there
(From Shimbashi Station)
1. Go to the JR Keihin-Tohoku line, pass through the gates using your PASMO card, go to platform 6 and board the train going to Omiya.
2. Transfer at Kanda Station to platform 6 (go down the stairs, then go to the other side)
3. Board the train going to Ome. If you can get the rapid line, better.
4. At Ome (last stop), just cross the platform to the other side. Board the train going to Oku-tama.
5. At Mitake Station, use your PASMO card and exit. (JPY1,080)
6. Upon exit, at the left side is a bus waiting to go to Mt. Mitake (JPY280, you can use PASMO)
7. Walk up the road for about 5 minutes, the cable car is there. Pay around JPY590 per ride (x2 if you wanna ride up and down)
8. Start walking!
What to do (at least what I did)
I got off the cable car around 10:45am, then boarded it again to go home at 3:45pm exactly.
10.50am Rotating seats (JPY190, rt)
11.00am Skyline lunch (JPY680 ramen)
11.45am Mitake Shrine
12.45pm Rock garden
02.00pm Mt. Otake
03.30pm Shopping district
03.45pm Back at Cable Car
- Good place for trail running – generally gently sloping. Might go up to the next level of difficulty if it rains
- There are a couple of sections that are a bit (eensy weensy bit) technical near Mt. Otake’s summit. Bring gloves to be safe.
- No shops in Mt. Otake. Bring enough water. I had about 750ml, but it was cold so that was enough.
- Mt. Mitake is all about the tourists, so no worries here.