Hiking Mt. Takao (Takaosan) is one of my favorite hikes, and one that I have done many times during different seasons. The wintertime hike was more breathtakingly beautiful than I had anticipated. The weather was perfect that day, and the summit offered extremely clear views of the city and the mountains – I could have stayed up there forever just taking it all in.
Mt. Takao is a very popular hiking spot for tourists, probably because of how close it is to Tokyo. You can easily get there by train from Shinjuku station. There are numerous hiking trails depending on your skill level and time constraints. Takaosan offers a lot of restaurant options, gift shops, a monkey park, and even a chair lift and cable car if you decide to enjoy the views without hiking.