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Review of Mt. Mitake

Mt. Mitake
Ranked #1 of 87 things to do in Ome
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

After a few days in crowded Tokyo, we relished the chance to escape to the mountains to do a bit of hiking, and to walk off all the goodies we had eaten the last couple of days.

We started the hike at the cable car station at Mt Mitake. Proceeded to walk uphill to Musashi Mitake-jinja shrine for about 20mins, which also serves as a pet shrine, and along the way met people who brought their cute doggies along for the walk. From the shrine, there are a few ways to go - one to Nanayo Falls, or the Rock Garden, or Mt Otake. We chose to go to Mt Otake, which is about 4km away from Mitake shrine.

It is mostly uphill from Mt Mitake to Mt Otake, so it was a little strenuous on the knees. We manage well without any equipment, as there are clear signages along the hike and railings for parts which are a bit more challenging. There were certain stretches closer to the peak where we had to climb up/down, but everything was manageable. Being winter, the view during the hike wasn't fantastic but I can definitely imagine how beautiful the sights will be in the other seasons.

It took us about 2 hours to reach the peak of Mt Otake, and we were rewarded with a clear view of snow capped Mt Fuji in the distance. I had seen Mt Fuji from Kawaguchiko two days before, but I thought this view was much more stunning.

We took the same route back to Mt Mitake, which took about 1.5 hours. All in all, the hike from the cablecar stop at Mt Mitake to Mt Otake and back took about 4.5 hours. Definitely one of the best days spent in Tokyo.

Directions -
We took the JR Chuo Special Rapid from Shinjuku to Ome station, then changed at Ome station to Mitake station (just board the train at the opposite platform, about 950yen). When you exit from the station, right across is the bus stop where you can take the bus to the foot of Mt Mitake (280yen). From there, you can either take the cable car up (590yen one way, or 1,100yen both ways) or hike up, which will take about an hour. The pasmo card can be used the entire way (including the cable car). Also, if you need to grab some snacks for the hike, there is a convenience store near Mitake station.

Have fun at Mt Mitake!

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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Went from Tokyo, took JR until Mitake Station (around 90min), then a bus (10min, it departs right from Mitake Sta to where you take the lift up to the mountain), then the lift (around 5min). Then we started to go up, soon you will arrive in the shrine. I just discovered when was there, but people take their dogs to be blessed and have long life to this temple, so there were lots of people with their dogs up there! Most of them just go until this temple and go back, but we continued until the top, saw the waterfalls and all nature around. People go with whole family: grandfathers, children, dogs... and make picnic there. It is a super nice program to do in family, friends or couples! We brought some food and ate besides the waterfalls, such a nice moment!!

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Reviewed 27 June 2016

A great day out from Tokyo just 90 minutes by JR train to Mitake. The transport connections are well timed and at no point did we feel rushed. The bus to the cablecar station takes around 10 mins, 280 yen. Then the cablecar to the top of the mountaing is another 6 minutes, 590 yen. Very cool ride!

At the top of the mountain, there is a nice area with a couple of omiyage shops (souvenir and snack shops). There is also a chairlift although I could not see where this went to - did not look as cool as the one on Mt Takao. There is also an open area where you can look at the scenery. On a clear day, you are supposed to be able to see the Skytree and other various buildings in Tokyo. It wasn't clear enough for us to see this when we went but it was a great view nonetheless.

There's enough to do for a half day and a short walk, around 30 mins on an incline takes you to the Shrine and small village where there are more shops and restaurants. There is also a visitor's centre along the way. The whole place is very peaceful and worth a day trip, especially for those wanting to get out of the crowds and city life.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

A short journey from Tokyo but feels worlds apart. A beautiful place to visit. The trails to temples, shrines, waterfalls and look-outs are great - lots of stunning views. Highly recommend a visit if you appreciate the outdoors and nature.

3  Thank Liz C
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Reviewed 18 March 2016

Beautiful view - you can see the pretty scenery and villages surrounding the mountain. The hike up may be tiring for those not used to it, but the village at the top is a very nice reward! There is also a lift for those not wishing to hike.

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