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The Best Hikes Near Tokyo

Overview

Tokyo is possibly the most convenient city for accessing all areas of Japan, including the mountains. The vast network of trains and highway buses provide a highly efficient system for reaching some truly incredible hiking destinations. Although Tokyo has numerous easy-access day hikes, this list emphasizes truly amazing destinations that offer unique a experience within Japan's diverse landscape, even if they require extra travel time. We've included a mix of day hikes and overnight hikes with a focus on some of the best hikes in Japan, making sure the travel time and transport cost are worth the effort.

Links to the complete hiking pages will be included for each hike on this list, these pages provide extra info such as access details, photo galleries, hike data, trail information, maps, useful links, and weather details.

The 10 Best Hikes Near Tokyo

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Kamikochi

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Public Transport

4 - 7 hours

Driving

3.5 hours

Best Time

July - October

Trails

9+

Accommodation

Hotels, Huts, & Camping

Trail Summary

Kamikochi is the most famous hiking destination in Japan, with the exception of Mt. Fuji. Although it's not actually "near" Tokyo, the public transport options make access somewhat straightforward. There are multiple highway buses running daily that will take you right into the famous valley surrounded by staggering mountains. A faster and more comfortable option is taking the train to Matsumoto on a Friday night and then catching an early direct bus on Saturday morning. 

Kamikochi offers hikes and walks for all ages and skill levels, and a vast collection of mountain huts, camping options, and onsen. Although the weekend crowds can be a bit intense during summer and autumn, it's easy to escape the crowds if you head for one of the numerous peaks surrounding the valley. Check out our comprehensive guide for all the hikes in Kamikochi to help plan your next trip.

View Our Kamikochi Guide

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Mt. Kisokoma & Mt. Utsugi

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Public Transport

4 hours

Driving

3 hours

Best Time

July - October

Trails

3

Accommodation

Huts, Hotels, & Camping

Trail Summary

Mt. Kisokoma is considered to be the crown jewel of the central Alps, conveniently serviced by Japan's highest ropeway. This makes it perfect for both day trips and weekend trips, and the long travel time is not a problem with two comfortable trains departing from Shinjuku station.

 

Mt. Kisokoma really shines as an easy-access option for sleeping on dramatic peaks at nearly 3000m elevation. There's a humble hotel at the top of the ropeway, plus a couple of mountain huts that can be reached with just 2 hours of hiking. The hiking options include an easy stroll for sightseeing, a moderate 4-hour roundtrip hike, or an 8-hour roundtrip hike. The town of Komagane is also quite nice, with some onsen, hotels, and guesthouses, making it a popular option for Friday night before setting off for the ropeway the next morning.

For those seeking something a bit more difficult, the Mt. Utsugi to Kisokoma traverse is an incredible and overlooked trail covering the two best peaks in the central Alps. It's a 2-3 day hike with unique terrain and incredible views.

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