Day Trip to Mt. Mitake from Tokyo
Mt. Mitake, a relatively unknown place to hike near Tokyo. I got to thinking about my conversations with many of you who are curious about Japan and what is in and around Tokyo. People are always surprised when I mention the mountains in Japan. No, they aren’t as large as the Alps in Europe or Yellowstone park in the United States, but their lack of physical size is made up for by what they offer…each one is beautiful to hike and usually has a Japanese village or two located along the way. One of our favorites is Mt. Mitake.
The first time I went I was accompanying the youngest on her 3rd grade field trip. We went up and down the mountain with about 48 kids, and it was challenging to say the least. We took the cable car up and then walked up the other half of the mountain, this took us about 3 hours, and we weren’t walking slow. We hiked, not walked, as most of it is up hill. Once we arrived at the shrine, we took a mini break, then went down to the waterfalls, hiked back up and ate lunch, and then started our descent down the mountain. Although going down we didn’t take the cable car, we hiked it, even walked slower due to the rigorous nature of the day, it took us about 2 hours to get down with 48 children and 8 adults!
The kids had a great time, and I thought to myself this teacher is amazing?! This trip was educational and active, and what a unique way to not only get out of the classroom but to see and experience Japanese culture. The Japanese people who were hiking the mountain were all decked out in their hiking gear including walking sticks and hiking boots. (You see explaining culture is always included as part of our Tokyo Tours).
They stopped at the shrine to pay their respects and many pulled out snacks tucked in their backpacks for lunch afterwards. Mt. Mitake is technically a shrine. People have been going there since the Edo period, so for about 2000 years and without all the conveniences that are in place now! It is a place for dog lovers as originally it was founded to pay tribute to wolves. Check more out here:
We hurt a little afterwards, our legs literally burned for about a week, but totally worth it!!!
It is a beautiful place like shown in the picture with a view! I took the family to Mt. Mitake many times after that, and not only when I thought they needed exercise, ha ha! Here is a picture of our son at one of the waterfalls when we visited right before we left.
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