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Enjoy Hiking with Your Family: Mountains within 2 Hours from Tokyo

Hello Outdoor Path enthusiasts! Today, we're introducing some mountains that are perfect for family hikes and are within a 2-hour reach from Tokyo. These spots are ideal for refreshing getaways during weekends or short holidays. Additionally, we provide tips for families with young children and detailed information on the necessary gear. 1. Mount Takao (Tokyo) Overview First up is Mount Takao, a symbol of Tokyo. It’s conveniently accessible, about 50 minutes from Shinjuku via the Keio Line. At 599 meters high, it’s suitable for beginners and has many paved paths, making it safe for families with children. Recommended Course The Omotesando (Trail No. 1) is paved and easy to walk. The cable car is also available, which is convenient if you’re not confident in your stamina or if you have small children. Highlights The view from the summit of Tokyo is breathtaking, and on clear days, you can see Mount Fuji. Along the way, there are many points of interest like Yakuo-in Temple and various nature observation spots, providing plenty of enjoyment for the whole family. Necessary Gear and Preparation Comfortable Shoes: While there are many paved paths, some spots can be slippery, so sturdy sneakers or trekking shoes are recommended. Hat and Sunscreen: Although there are many shaded areas, these are essential on sunny days. Snacks and Water: Perfect for a picnic at the summit. Bring your children's favorite snacks for added fun. 2. Lake Okutama (Tokyo) Overview Next is the area around Lake Okutama, a natural paradise about 1.5 hours from Shinjuku by train. For families, the walking path around Lake Okutama or simple hiking trails are ideal. Recommended Course The walking path around Lake Okutama is flat and easy for families with children to enjoy. Walking along the lakeside allows you to fully appreciate the natural beauty. Highlights Enjoy the beautiful lakeside scenery and seasonal changes in nature. Cherry blossoms in spring and autumn foliage are particularly spectacular. The lake also offers activities like boating and kayaking. Necessary Gear and Preparation Rain Jacket: The weather can change quickly, so a lightweight raincoat is recommended. Insect Repellent: Especially essential in summer. Choose skin-friendly options for young children. Binoculars: Great for kids who love nature observation. They’ll enjoy spotting birds and other wildlife. 3. Kamakura Alps (Kanagawa Prefecture) Overview The Kamakura Alps are easily accessible from Kamakura, about an hour by train from Shinjuku. You can enjoy both hiking and historical sightseeing. Recommended Course The Tenen Hiking Course is safe for beginners. The route from Kita-Kamakura Station through Zuisenji Temple to Tenen offers a mix of mountain trails and historical sites, ensuring you won’t get bored. Highlights The view from Tenen is stunning, overlooking Kamakura and the sea. Along the way, you’ll find Zeniarai Benzaiten and Zuisenji Temple, one of Kamakura's Five Mountains. Necessary Gear and Preparation Map and Guidebook: With many historical sites, it's more enjoyable if you check them out in advance. Light Jacket: Though the elevation isn’t high, it’s handy on windy days. Packed Lunch: Enjoying a meal at the Tenen rest area while taking in the scenery makes for a special memory. 4. Mount Tsukuba (Ibaraki Prefecture) Overview Lastly, we recommend Mount Tsukuba, which is a bit further out but worth the trip. It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo by train and bus. Recommended Course Using the cable car or ropeway, even families with small children can easily reach the summit. The Otatsuishi Course is enjoyable for beginners. Highlights The views from the twin peaks, Nantai-san and Nyotai-san, are breathtaking. The view of the Kanto Plain from Nantai-san is particularly impressive. At the summit, there are restaurants and souvenir shops, making it a fun outing for the family. Necessary Gear and Preparation Windbreaker: It’s often windy at the summit, so a windproof jacket is reassuring. Trekking Poles: With many ups and downs, poles help with balance and reduce fatigue. First Aid Kit: Bring items like bandages and antiseptic in case of minor injuries. Tips for Hiking with Young Children Take It Slow Hiking with young children is different from hiking with just adults. It's important to go at a slow pace. Adjust to your children's stamina and interests, and take plenty of breaks. Incorporate Play Incorporate games like exploring nature, spotting plants and insects to keep the children engaged. Bringing a small sketchbook to draw what they find can also be fun. Safety First Ensure children stay away from slippery areas or dangerous spots and always keep an eye on them. Equip yourself with appropriate gear and prioritize safety. In Conclusion There are many family-friendly mountains near Tokyo. Spending time in nature is a perfect way to refresh and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The mountains introduced here are all great spots for families. On your next weekend, consider taking your family on a hike. Outdoor Path supports your fantastic outdoor life!
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