The Kanto Fureai no Michi in Tokyo

Walk Along the Natural and Cultural Treasures of Tokyo

Nathaniel Green   によって

The Tokyo area part of the Kanto Fureai no Michi stretches for 1665 km (1034.58 miles) over seven different prefectures: Tokyo metropolis, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Like the rest of the Kanto Fureai no Michi, the Tokyo area trails were laid out to take in not only Japan's natural heritage, but also cultural heritage. Starting from the southern part of the western, and mountainous, half of Tokyo metropolis, the trail begins near the easily accessible world heritage site of Takao San, then travels a little ways along the old Tokaido. Afterwards the trail departs from civilization for a couple of segments as it meanders north through the mountains. The last two segments of the Tokyo area portion of the trail system are in Ome city, the Tama river valley and Mt. Mitake with its wonderful shrine and ancient cedars.

Part 1) The Lake Trail (16.2 km, 10.07 miles) Ume no Ki Hira~Misawa Touge~Dai Tarumi Touge~Ichi Chou Taira~Takaosan~Takao Yamaguchi Eki

Part 2) The Bird Trail (19.4 km, 12.05 miles) Takao Yamaguchi Eki~Takaosan~ Shiroyama~Kobotoketouge~Kagenobuyama~Jinbayama~Jin Ba Kougen Ka

Part 3) The Fuji Trail (14.7 km, 9.14 miles) Jinba Kougen Ka~Wadatouge~Daigo Maru~Ifujisan~Kumakurasan~Asama Touge~Kamigawa Jou

Part 4) The History Trail (8 km, 4.97 miles) Kamikawa Jou~Asama Mine~Seto Sawa~Ji Saka Touge~Haraizawa no Taki~Kita Akikawa Kyou

Part 5) The Waterfall and Stalactite Cave Trail (9 km, 5.59 miles) Kita Akikawa Kyou~Sen Soku~Tengu no Taki~Aya Taki~Fujimidai~Ootaki~Jou Youzawa

Part 6) The Shade of Cedars Trail (11.5 km, 7.15 miles) Ue Youzawa~Youzawa Shounyuudou~Bi no Deyama~Mitakeyama~Ontake Keikoku~Mitake Eki

Part 7) The Mountain Grass Trail (13.1 km, 8.14 miles) Mitake Eki~Sou Takeyama~Iwatakesan~Gonjiri Touge~Bounomine~Hyaku Ken Chaya~Jou Hinata

It is possible to download maps for parts 3, 4, 5, and 7 from the main Japanese website servicing the trails. Maps for trails 1 and 2 can be found at both Takao Sanguchi and Mitake stations' information centers. The visitor information center near Mitake station in Ome city near the northern end of the trail system (for Tokyo that is) is the best place to get maps for the Tokyo area parts of the Kanto Fureai no Michi. Unfortunately the visitor information center in Shinjuku could not do more than print off a couple of pages from the official website when I went there. It could also be possible to buy maps of the Fureai (nature) trails of individual cities at bookstores.



Nathaniel Green

Nathaniel Green

I am fascinated by the Japanese ability to combine nature and culture and have travelled and hiked to as many of these such locations as possible over the last seven years. Of course, even now I have a lot to still see and learn.