Nokogirisan / Odakesan / Mitakesan, Western Tokyo, Japan
Three peaks on this longish walk in far Western Tokyo, the highest of which is Odake-san (Mt Odake) at 1266m of elevation. The views can be good if it’s a clear day, but there’s also attractive forest scenery and an excellent shrine near the end of the walk.
If you are travelling to Tokyo it’s possible to do some hiking in the far western reaches of the Greater Tokyo area. We did this walk up and across three peaks – Nokogirisan, Odakesan (1266m), and Mitakesan – in a day, travelling by public transport, and still managed to get back to Tokyo for a shower and then dinner (you’ll want to start early). The views are apparently excellent on parts of this walk (you can see Mt Fuji on a clear day) however not on the day we did it – winter is probably the best time for visibility. We walked in mid autumn before the colours had changed, and it got quite hazy by time we ascended, so we instead enjoyed the walk for the forest scenery, a number of small shrines along the route, and the impressive Mitake Shrine on Mt Mitake itself.
We walked from the town of Okutama at the end of the Ome train line, and finished at the so called cable car (funicular railway), which takes you down to a bus, which then goes to Mitake station. We got a map from the tourist office in Okutama, and that was good enough to follow the Japanese language signs along the way. You can see much of the track on Google maps. This website describes the walk in the reverse direction, which seems to be more common, but I enjoyed finishing at Mitake Shrine.