Only an hour west of Tokyo lies the natural greenery and beauty of Mt. Takao and Okutama.
Within the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo, it’s easy to overlook the verdant mountains, hidden temples, and winding rivers nearby. The Tama area offers exceptional natural beauty and variety, all accessible from the city center. Mt. Takao has truly earned its must-see recommendation from the Michelin guide. The mountain region west of central Tokyo is as beautiful in the spring, with its “One Thousand Cherry Trees of Takao,” as it is in autumn, when the mountain maples turn vibrant shades of red and orange. While there are several hiking trails to the summit, there’s also a cable car for those requiring assistance getting to the top or those who want a scenic aerial view. Pack a picnic for a great date on the summit, or check out some of the quaint stalls and shops also offering delicious local delicacies.