Trail running Mt.Takao to Mt.Jinba | Let’s eat shaved ice at the summit!

The course which goes from “高尾山 Mt. Takao” to “陣馬山 jimbayama” is a very popular course that you can enjoy historical temples and various types of tea houses and is a popular course for many hikers.

As we arrive within one hour by train from Shinjuku, good access is possible,The climbing mouth is directly connected when you get off the station, and there are hot spring facilities at the station.
Takaosanguchi Station

Hachioji City, Tokyo
Trail Running
Traveling time (not including breaks):
About 5 hours
About 15km
Maximum elevation difference:
Forward:JR Chuo Line「高尾山口 Tkaosan-guchi station」
Return:JR Chuo Line「高尾山 Takaosan station」

※This is a rough overview of the course.The mountain trail is not an accurate map.If you want to know the exact mountain trail, please refer to the map on the market.

Although there are many routes leading to the summit of Mt. Takao, “No. 1 Road” is connected to the Yakuin House, the summit, and you can enjoy worship and history.
Guide board in front of Takaosanguchi station

There are sightseeing spots such as shops and stone garden on the way, so you can slowly aim for mountaintop while enjoying Mt. Takao.
No. 1 Road of Takaosan
No. 1 Road of Takaosan

Heading towards the sign “Mt. Takao · Vistor Cenrer”
the sign "Mt. Takao · Vistor Cenrer"

You can enjoy various statues and monuments on the way to the summit.
various statues
various statues
various statues
various statues
various statues

You can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffet while enjoying the night view at “Takao beer mount” on the way.
It may be good to use for launch after running!
Duration: June 15, 2018 (Friday) to October 15 (Monday) 2018
Takao mountain beer mount

There are lots of restaurants dealing with souvenir and snacks.
souvenir shops
souvenir shops

”薬王院 Yakuouin” was opened by high priest Buddhist bodhisattva by Emperor Shomu in the Tenpyo 16th year (744) years ago from now.
薬王院 Yakuouin

薬王院 Yakuouin

薬王院 Yakuouin

Tengu Statue

薬王院 Yakuouin

A giant tengu face

薬王院 Yakuouin

薬王院 Yakuouin

薬王院 Yakuouin

At the summit of Mt. Takao, if the weather is nice, Mt. Fuji can be seen, and many climbers take a meal break.
the summit of Mt. Takao

There are many restaurants offering snacks such as buckwheat and curry rice.many restaurants
veiw of Mt.Takao

Trail runner may buy onigiri etc. before departure and take breakfast here may be just right.

The guide board is written as 5 hours to “陣馬山 Mt.Jimba” of the destination, if it is a trail running it may be about 3-4 hours.
The guide board

Let’s start with Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama!
The guide board

Various snacks and drinks are sold at Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama, and if the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal with the best view.
Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama
shop of Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama

I enjoyed the shaved ice this day!
the shaved ice

When You take a rest, You will head to Kobotoke Pass and Mt. Kagenobu.
Guide board

raccoon dog Statue

veiw of trail

guide board


veiw of trail

Mt.Kagenobu tea house is only open on Saturdays and Sundays until around 3 pm



It is finally arriving at Mount Jinjimayama which is the destination.Mount Jinjimayama
There is a monument of White horse Statue on the summit of Mt.
White horse Statue on the summit of Mt

White horse Statue

There is a wide lineup from snacks such as soba noodles and noodles to alcohol, soft drinks and ice cream at “Shimizu tea shop” at the summer mountain mountain mountain.
Shimizu tea shop

Drinking beer while drinking in sense of accomplishment is the best!
Shimizu tea shop

A steep descent continues to the bus stop “陣馬高原下 Jinbakougenshita”.guide boardtrail


Washing your face in a creece will heal your tiredness.

You can have soba with freshly picked vegetables on “Jinba Soba Yamashita”.
Jinba Soba Yamashita

Jinba Soba

“甘酒 amazake” is a sweet drink made by mixing glutinous rice (koji) into glutinous rice.
甘酒 amazake

Only one bus will come almost in an hour.Let’s eat also soba slowly and wait!
bus stop

time table of bus stop

Do you need a guide?

If you are looking for guide of this course, please refer to the following.

Mt.Takao to Mt.Jimba | Private Trail Running Tour JPY3000

Watching and Running around Yanaka Using Public Bath

If you think that you want to run downtown in Tokyo, I strongly recommend using “Fuku no yu”.

“Fuku no yu” is the so-called Japanese Public Bath, but running is available.
You can leave your package in the locker of “Fuku no yu”, and feel free to enjoy the running downtown (with just the smartphone and the coin) by hand.

Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi areas are called “Yanesenn”, and you can enjoy many temples built in the Edo period and cheap and delicious bars and restaurants unique to downtown.

After running, after refreshing in the bath, it is good to enjoy the downtown sightseeing slowly this time!

To “Fuku no yu”, “Honkomagome Station” of Tokyo Metro Namboku Line is nearest.
Honkomagome Station" of Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

Bunkyou-Ward in Tokyo

Traveling time (not including breaks):
2 hours
About 3km
Maximum elevation difference:
Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line「本駒込駅 Honkomagome  station」

“Fuku no yu” is a wooden, stylish Japanese architecture with a modern atmosphere.
Fuku no yu

As soon as you pass through the goodwill, it is a shoebox and a series.
Fuku no yu

When you run for 5 to 10 minutes from “Fuku no yu”, you will arrive at “Yanaka Gingansa”.
Yanaka Gingansa
Yuuyake Dandan

“Yanaka Ginko” is a top-class famous shopping street in Japan, with about 60 large and small shops lined up.
In the retro, a city where you can feel somewhere. Not to mention shopping, there are plenty of shops that you can eat.
Yanaka Gingansa

“Shi-no-nigoru” is a unique shop that can make your own private stickers.
Why do not you use your favorite kanji as a souvenir of Japan with Hanko?

Hanko is completed in about 30 minutes at 2600 yen per one.
It will be completed while running around Yanaka!

“Ichifuji” you can buy snacks that you can eat, such as croquettes and yakitori.

“Kanekichienn” is a traditional Japanese tea ceremony store and a traditional Japanese pottery shop.
They decorate lovely, reasonable and wonderful ceramics that they have independently found throughout Japan.

In the Yanaka Ginza shopping area, seven wooden carving cats are hiding and searching for the children is a secret boom among those who visit the shopping district.
wooden carving cats

How many cats can you find?
wooden carving cats

Yanaka, Sendagi area has grown as a “Temple town” since the Edo era.
Hongyouji Temple

It is dotted with traditional Japanese temples and historic treasures in every part of the city.
Enmyou JIzou
traditional Japanese temples

Suwa Shrine
Suwa Shrine
Suwa Shrine

“Yanaka Cemetery” The area is about 100,000 square meters and is a graveyard with about 7,000 graves.
Yanaka Cemetery

There are tombs of celebrities such as Tokugawa family 15th generation Shogun General Yoshinobu and Yokoyama Taiman of painter of the Edo period.Yanaka Cemetery

Tennoji is a temple where the lottery official certified by the Edo shogunate was performed.

From “Toho Goshiki”, “The figure of Yanaka Tennoji Lottery”
The figure of Yanaka Tennoji Lottery

Even now,  you can enjoy a quiet Japanese garden.

A large seated statue of Buddha, look-like for the giant image of the Buddha in Kamakura, has been enshrined in the this precinct since 1690.A large seated statue of Buddha

When I finish running my recommendation is “Standing Bar Sharaku”.
You can enjoy 10 kinds of homemade fresh lemon sour.
homemade fresh lemon sour

It is the original potato salad, which is like a ice cream, with mentaiko riding, it was delicious.
the original potato salad

You can going to eat around.Standing Bar Sharaku

Kamakura Diabutu(Great Buddha) Hiking Course

Daibutsu Hiking Course is a hiking course packed with highlights that connects ‘Jouchiji Temple of Kitakamikura’ and the symbol of Kamakura ‘Great Buddha’ which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple.

It is a course with a great relief and a walking distance of about 3 km in total length. Please avoid leather shoes and heels.
Hiking course which is representative of Kamakura very popular from hiking beginners to advanced people.

If you have plenty of time you can enter the hot spring in the ocean view and relax and return home.

Kamakura is a popular tourist destination to arrive in about 1 hour from Shinjuku. You can see lots of old shrines, temples and Japanese garden and enjoy various types of Japanese restaurants.

JR Yokosuka Line “Kitakamakura station”
JR Yokosuka Line "Kitakamakura station"

Kanagawa Prefecture South of Tokyo
Traveling time (not including breaks):
3 hours 30 minutes
About 8km
Maximum elevation difference:
JR Yokosuka Line「北鎌倉駅 Kitakamakura  station」
Enoshima-dentetu  Line「稲村ケ崎駅 Inamuragasaki  station」

※It is an outline of the approximate course, please note that it is not completely correct guidance.

There is a map of today’s course in front of the station.
a map of Hikking trails

Leave the station and turn to the left.
the Road in front of the KItakamakura staition

It goes through several temples by Jouchiji Temple for the purpose.
Gate of Toukeiji Tenple

Turn right at this sign.

Jouchiji Temple is more attractive than nature’s famous Zen temple, nature is deep and wild
Jouchiji Temple

Admission fee 200 yen.Jouchiji Temple

Continue along the bamboo stuff on the side of Jodiji Temple.
the bamboo stuff on the side of Jodiji Temple

It turns into a mountain path from this neighborhood.
entrance of Daibutsu Hiking Trail

a mountain path

Probably it is a squirrel on the way of the trail, if you hear strange cries from the trees.
Daibutu Hikking trail

I will arrive at the Kuzuhara shrine after going on a steep slope for a while.
sighn of Daibutu Hikking trail

a pond of Kuzuharaoka Temple

Kuzuharaoka Temple
Aizuchiinari Temple
Kuzuharaoka Temple

In the park adjacent to the shrine, a bench is set up and it is ideal for taking a break.
In the park adjacent to the shrine

It is a view which can see the city of Kamakura.
the city of Kamakura view

Nearby there is a grave of Toshimoto Hino which is a god of Kuzuhara Oka Shrine.
a grave of Toshimoto Hino

Let’s follow the signs of Daibutu Hiking Course.
the signs of Daibutu Hiking Course

It is a luxurious view with sea view.
sea view

There is a cafe “Ituki” on the trail.
a cafe "Ituki"a cafe "Ituki"
Daibutu Hiking trail

Koutokuin which there is a great Buddha is 400 meters away.
Daibutu Hiking trail

As you get off the stairs you have a tunnel so please go down the slope without going to the tunnel side.
the end of the Daibutu Hiking trail

Kotokuin entrance fee is 200 yen.
Kotokuin entrance
Kamakura Daibutu

It is a famous Kamakura Great Buddha.
Kamakura Daibutu

You can enter the inside of the Great Buddha with an admission fee of 20 yen.
the inside of the Great Buddha

the Great Buddha

There are many restaurants and souvenir shops around Kotokuin.
souvenir shop

Kamakura gelato is a popular gelato shop.
Kamakura gelatoKamakura gelatoTriple gelato is 520 yen.Kamakura gelato

Hase Temple is called the western paradore of Kamakura, a Hase-ji temple that is popular as a “flower temple” throughout the year.Hase Temple
the garden of Hase Temple
flowers of the Hase Temple
flowers of the Hase Temple
the Hase Temple
the Hase Temple
the Hase Temple
japanese garden of the Hase Temple
Cute jizo

Hydrangea was beginning to bloom at this time.
Senju kannon
Hase Temple
Hase Temple
Cave of Hase Temple
Cave of Hase Temple

It is said that it will come true if you write a wish in an ema.

You can also enjoy a beautiful Japanese garden.
beautiful Japanese garden of Hase Temple
Kresannsui is a garden style that expresses the landscape of mountain water with stones, sand, etc. without using water such as pond and sewage.
beautiful Japanese garden of Hase Temple

Next to Hase Sta. There is “Haseka Shokudo”.
Haseka Shokudo

We will have beer at “Hase Shokudou”.
beer at "Hase Shokudou".
Raw Shirasu bowls will be served at soy sauce.
Raw Shirasu bowls

You are going to the sea in a few minutes from Hase Sta.
Yuigahama Beach

Let’s go to the seaside (to the right) and go to the hot spring if you have time!
Yuigahama Beach

The first floor of Inamuragasaki Onsen is a restaurant.Inamuragasaki Onsen

Let’s relax at the hot spring in the ocean view.
hot spring in the ocean view

Enoshima Dentetsu Railway “Inamura Gasaki Station”Inamura Gasaki Station

If you are looking for tour guide of this hiking course please refer to the following.

Private Hiking tour in Kamakura Daibutsu Hiking Course

The easiest way to enjoy running around the Imperial Palace

Running around the Imperial Palace is one of the most famous running courses in Japan.
Here we will introduce the course running through the Imperial Palace via the National Assembly building.

The running style that uses the public bath is called “Sento run” in Japan, and the person who enjoys it is called “Sento runner”.
You can run all the baggage in the public bath and you can enjoy the running of the moat of Edo castle easily.
Of course after the running let’s clean the body cleanly with a shower and let’s relax!

Click here to know more about “Sento Run”

Take the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line “Hanzomon station” to the public bath, 1 minute on foot.Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line "Hanzomon station"

Chiyoda-Ward in Tokyo

Traveling time (not including breaks):
2 hours 30 minutes
About 7km
Maximum elevation difference:
Tokyo Metro「半蔵門駅 Hanzoumon  station」

Koujimachi 2choume

The name of the sento is Pablic Bath”Van Douche”, bathing fee is 460 yen. (Luggage storage service is included.)Public bath "Van Douche"

Let’s run around the Imperial Palace immediately after changing to running wear!
Miyake zakaMiyake slope

As you can see the Supreme Court on your right hand side, let ‘s cross the traffic light and head towards Parliament Building.the Supreme Court

As soon as you go up a gentle slope you will see the Houses of Parliament.the Houses of Parliament

In front of the National Assembly building, police guards are severe, so it may be a bit front of the Houses of Parliament
in front of the Houses of Parliament

When you go down the main street of the National Assembly building you will see various Japanese government building.
government building

Sakuradamon Gate after Old Edo Castle has magnificent atmosphere.Sakuradamon Gate

Sakuradamon Gate
Sakuradamon Gate
Sakuradamon Gate

As you pass the gate you will see the buildings of Ootemachi around the Tokyo station.marunouchi billdings
Around the Imperial Palace
Around the Imperial Palace
Around the Imperial Palace
Around the Imperial Palace

Uchibori Avenue is a beautiful road chosen as a 100 road choice in Japan.Around the Imperial Palace

Beyond the bridge is Hirakawa gate.Around the Imperial Palace

Beautiful brick Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Crafts will be on the other side of the road.Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Museum
Around the Imperial Palace

As soon as you see the British Embassy in Tokyo on your right, it is the goal.the British Embassy in Tokyo

When You see the characteristic building of Wacoal, You returned to the starting point.building of Wacoal

You returned to the public bath “Van Douche”.the public bath "Van Douche"
the public bath "Van Douche"
There is an English guide of the sento at the entrance.the public bath "Van Douche"

Let’s relax slowly entering hot water!

Kita-Kamakura Ten-en Hiking Couse

What is Ten-en Hiking trail?

How about Kamakura hiking for only 1 hour by train from Tokyo?
Once serving as a holy trail for Shugendou priests, the Ten-en hiking trail along the so-called Kamakura Alps with its highest point Ohhirayama, 159.2meters(about 522 feet) above sea level, is the most popular hiking trail in Kamakura.
Hiker will be able to enjoy a view of Sagami Bay and Mt.Fuji, and visit cave tombs and other historic spots along the hiking trail that about 5.5 kilometers or 3.4 miles stretching from Imaizumidai to Zuisenji.
The hiking route is accessible from several point: Hansobo 半蔵坊 on the premises of the Kenchoji Tenple(an admission fee of 300yen required to enter the tenple), the trail exit near Zuisenji.
It will take two to three hours to enjoy the hiking trail.

Tenen Hiking Course ~ Okuzashiki of Kencho-ji Temple, To Hansobou

Here we will guide the trail in the direction heading from the Kenchoji Tenple to the Zuisenji Temple in kamakura.

First off is Kitakamakura station(East Entrance)Kitakamakura station(East Entrance)

Kanagawa Prefecture South of Tokyo
Traveling time (not including breaks):
2 hours 30 minutes
About 7km
Maximum elevation difference:
JR Yokosuka Line「北鎌倉駅 Kitakamakura  station」

JR Yokosuka Line「鎌倉駅 Kamakura  station」

Before Kitami Kamakura Station, it is a famous scenic temple”Enkakuji Temple”.Enkakuji Temple

Kenzoji Temple
In addition, although it is natural, since the Tianyuan hiking course passes through the precincts of Kenchoji temple, an admission fee is required. (Pay 300 yen)entrance of Kenchoji temple
Gate of Kenchoji temple
Gate of Kenchoji temple
本尊地蔵菩薩坐像 honzonjizou bosatu zazou
雲龍図 Unryuuzu
Beautiful japanese garden of Kenchouji
Flowers of Kenchouji
唐門 Karamon
Guide board to hiking course

When going to the direction length of Kencho-ji and passing too far, it becomes small diameter. It is a Hanzoubou road leading from here to Hanzoubou.
a Hanzoubou road leadinga Hanzoubou road leading

They are Hanzoubou Tengu! The Hanzoubou shrine is coming soon.Hanzoubou Tengu

Hanzoubou located at the far end of Kenchou temple, where the whole valley is in the precincts. When you climb up the curved stone steps, the statues of the Tengu line up, creating an atmosphere different from the Zen temple like the Kenchou Temple at the foot.From Hanzoubou View

Well, once you pass through the Hanzoubou, you enter the real mountain road. It is about 5 minutes from here to the winning dedicated observation deck. And about 2 hours to Zuisen temple.

Let’s follow the signs of Tenen-Hiking course.
the signs of Tenen-Hiking course

I will advance the violent path of up / down. Tenen Hiking trail

My mood is Indy Jones!Tenen Hiking trail
Tenen Hiking trail
Tenen Hiking trail
The destination zuisen temple is 3.2km away.Guide Bord
There are narrowing, undulations, and quite a walking response.Tenenn hikking trail
Let’s enjoy a trail like a sense of athletics!Tenenn hikking trail
Finally arrived. Go through the mountain road that continued from Hanzoubou to the top of Mt. Oohira! Ten-En is a sighty square.the top of Mt. Oohira view

You can purchase beer, soft drinks and snacks at the Ten-En resting place, if it openned.the Ten-En resting place
Tenen hiking trail
After walking for about an hour the mountain path will end.end of Tenen hiking trail
It is Zuisenji temple right after exiting the road from the mountain admission fee is required. (Pay 200 yen)

 Zuisenji templeThe stairs of Zisenji TempleIt is almost like a Japanese garden on the moon of Zuisenji Tenple.a Japanese garden of Zuisenji Tenple
a Japanese garden of Zuisenji Tenple
a Japanese garden of Zuisenji Tenple
a Japanese garden of Zuisenji Tenple

It is Kamakuraguu as he goes down the road for a while from Zuisen temple.Kamakuraguu
Apart from Kamakuraguu, there are many temples around here.many temples
After walking for a while, the most famous Tutuokahachimanguu in Kamakura appears.Tutuokahachimanguu
There are many restaurants and souvenir shops around Tutuokahachimanguu.
We toast with German beer and sausage shop “Chouzume Ya”.German beer
The road that leads from Tutuokahachimanguu to Kamakura station is called “Komachi Street”, and many shops and shops line up.Komachi StreetIt is a popular Matcha ice cream shop “Kamakura Chacha”.Matcha ice cream shop "Kamakura Chacha"
You can choose the concentration of Matcha in your choice.Matcha ice cream

Eating out to Kamakura station is fun!Kamakura beerInarizushi

I arrived at Kamakura Station. Congratulations!Kamakura Station

Do you need a guide for this hiking course?

If you are looking for guide of this hiking course, please refer to the following.

Kamakura’s Tenen Hiking Trail Private Tour

Meiji Jingu Shrine. from the Shower facilities through Yoyogi Park

I will introduce a running course that passes Meiji Jingu from Yoyogi Park using the running facility “& MOSH” of Yoyogi Uehara with shower and cafe.

Of course, you can run all the baggage in “& MOSH” while running, so you can run it easily.
Even if you run slowly, it will take about 2 hours of course and you will be showered after running, so you can sip a sweat and go shopping in Shibuya!

It is an exciting course where you can enjoy traditional Japanese shrines and parks in spacious urban areas.

3 minutes on foot from To ‘& MOSH’ on Odakyu Line ‘Yoyogi Hachiman Station’ / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line ‘Yoyogi Park Station’Yoyogi Hachiman Station

Shibuya-Word, Tokyo
Traveling time (not including breaks):
2 hours 30 minutes
About 6km
Maximum elevation difference:
Odakyu  Line「代々木八幡駅 Yoyogiyawata  station」

Odakyu  Line「代々木上原 Yoyogiuehara  station」

‘& MOSH’ is in a slightly complicated residential area.Running Station "& MOSH"

At the entrance of “& MOSH”, You will give you the name and contact information at the counter, pay 800 yen, You will receive the key of the locker.
At the entrance of "& MOSH"

Address: BLD 1 F RAJIKUMAR 5 25, Motoyoyogi Town Shibuya Ward Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekday 9: 00-21: 00 (close 22: 00) | Holiday 8: 00-20: 00 (close 21: 00)
Usage fee: Shower and locker room 800 yen / 1 time
Tel: 03-6804-7256
Access: Odakyu Odawara line “Yoyogi Hachiman Station” / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Yoyogi Park Station” 3 minutes on foot

The locker room is in the basement.The lokker room of "& MOSH"

It is clean and well maintained.The lokker room of "& MOSH"

As soon as I start running there is Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine.Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine

If you have time please come and try it.Torii of Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine

Let’s pray that today is a good day!Main holl of Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine

Towards Yoyogi Park, we will proceed “Central Ring Line”.Central Ring Line

Eventually you will see Yoyogi Park on the left.Yoyogi Park

There are many entrances in Yoyogi Park, but today we enter from the West gate(西門).
the West gate(西門) of Yoyogi park

Green in the park is beautiful.Yoyogi park

There is also a dog run. But the day was early in the morning, so the dogs were still less.
a dog run of yoyogi park

You can enjoy various plants and flowers.various plants and flowers various plants and flowersvarious plants and flowers

You can purchase drinks and snacks with a shop in the park.a shop in the park

You can also see exciting graffiti.graffiti of yoyogi park graffiti of yoyogi park graffiti of yoyogi park

There is almost no difference in elevation so you can have fun running.flowes of yoyogi park

Fountains and ponds are also cool.Fountains and ponds yoyogi park

To go to Meiji Jingu Shrine, I will leave the Harajuku gate.the Harajuku gate of yoyogi park

As soon as I left the Harajuku gate there is Jingu Bridge, the other side of the bridge is Harajuku station.Jingu Bridge

The left side of the bridge is the Torii of Meiji Jingu Shrine.the Torii of Meiji Shrine
A shrine with luxuriant green surroundings where around 100,000 trees donated from all parts of japan have been planted on a site of about 700,000㎡.
In the precincts, you can find gardens, known as Gyoen, and the treasure museum annex Homotsu Tenjishitsu, which has exhibitions related to deities.
The square in front of the treasure museum Homotsu-den is a place where you can relax.

A wonderful green forest spreads through the torii.the Torii of Meiji Shrine

Extensive trees cover the shrine so that it is incredible that this is the middle of the city.
Extensive trees cover the shrine

The Otorii gate
The second torii gate
With a height of about 12m, the wooden Myojin Torii gate is the largest in japan.

Third Torii.
Third Torii

If you go through this gate it is main temple。main temple

The crest of the chrysanthemum is the emblem of the Imperial family.chrysanthemum

The Main Shrine
main holl of Meijijinnguu
The main shrine visited by many worshipers from japan and abroad.
Where the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrinned.
In the vicinity of the Main Shrine there are two camphor trees which were planted at the time of foundation, which are called the “camphor couple”.

To return to the running facility break the main hall to the left and “西参道West entrance (参宮橋方面 towards Shingūbashi)”西参道West entrance

Let’s proceed to the “西参道West entrance (参宮橋方面 towards Shingūbashi)” sign.
西参道West entrance

You can see the group of buildings in Shinjuku beyond the huge lawn square.
the group of buildings in Shinjuku over the plaza

It is the exit of west approach.the exit of west approach of Meijijingu

When you leave the shrine there is the “Tokyo riding club“. If you have a child you can ride a pony.Tokyo riding club

As soon as you leave the “Tokyo riding club” you will find the station on the Odakyu Line Sanguubashi brige.the station on the Odakyu Line Sanguubashi brige

When you go down the hill along the railway track, you will return to the Yoyogi Park gates again.the Yoyogi Park

You have returned to “& MOSH” from Yoyogi Park.& MOSH

Take a shower and change clothes.shower

Each towel can be used freely.towel

Homemade smoothie follows with an additional charge of 200 yen, charging of mobile phone is free.Homemade smoothie

There are a lot of delicious restaurants around “& MOSH”.按田餃子 anda gyouza

On this day, I got a dumplings of “按田餃子 Anda dumplings”.按田餃子 Anda dumplings

Running course that the Imperial Palace area after Kanda Myojin and Yasukuni Shrine

I will introduce a special running course that not only enjoys The Imperial Palace, but also runs through Kanda Myojin Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine, two famous shrines, and in the end can relax with japanese public bath.

The running style that uses the public bath is called “Sento running” in Japan, and the person who enjoys it is called “Sento runner”.
The public bath “Aqua House Edo shop” introduced in this article is one of the public baths that can be used as such “Sento running” and JR Ochanomizu Station is nearest.

Click here to know more about “Sento Run”

JR Ochanomizu Station
JR Ochanomizu Station

Chiyoda-ku(in Tokyo)
Traveling time (not including breaks):
3 hours
About 8km
Forward:JR Chuo  Line「御茶ノ水駅 Ochanomzu station」

Go out to JR Ochanomizu Station at the Hijiri Bashi exit and go to the left to see “Tokyo Sola City”.Tokyo Sola City

Go down the escalator of “Tokyo Sola City” and you go to the plaza.Tokyo Sola City

Let’s go down the slope named “幽霊坂 Hill of gost” by cutting through the plaza.
By the way, it is written that “Tokyo Landmark Gallery” published in the Meiji Era generally came to be called “幽霊坂 Hill of gost” from the dark and lonely atmosphere at the time.

When you go down this slope you will see “神田アクアハウス江戸遊 Kanda Aqua House Edo-yu” on the right.
江戸遊 EDO YU

Address: 2-9-9 Kanda Awaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours:11: 00 ~ the next morning 8: 00 (last entrance reception 7: 00)
Closed: open all year round(It may be closed due to maintenance several times a year.)
Admission Fee: 460yen(3 hour restriction)
Tel: 03-3258-2611
Access: JR Chuo Line · Sobu Line “Ochanomizu Station” 5 minutes on foot from Hijiri-bashi Exit
Tokyo metro · Chiyoda line “Shin-Ochanomizu Station” 5 minutes on foot from “B2 exit”
Tokyo metro · Marunouchi line “Awaji-cho station”, Toei · Shinjuku line “Ogawamachi station” 5 minutes on foot from “A5 exit”

There is a coin locker on the right side as soon as entering the entrance, and you can leave luggage to this coin locker at “神田アクアハウス江戸遊 Kanda Aqua House Edo-yu”.(Four hours 100 yen)coin locker

Let’s start out when it gets easy!
Cross the Shouhei bridge and head towards Akihabara.
the Shouhei bridge

It was reported that the bridge was first built in this place was Kanei year (1624 – 1645). When the Tokugawa Tsunayoshi built Yushima Seido which is the Confucius Temple in Genroku 4 (1691), “Shouhei bridge” was named after Confucius’s birthplace of “Shōheigō”.

Kanda Myosin ShrineKanda Myosin Tenple

This shrine was founded in Tenpyo 2nd year (730).
When the battle of Sekigahara occurred in Keicho 5 (1600), Tokugawa Ieyasu prayed for the victory at this shrine and he won the victory on 15th September. Since then he ordered to perform as an auspicious shrine without disappointment.

The main hall appears when you dive in the torii.The main hall

Because of a shrine located next to Akihabara in sacred place of animation, anime girl welcomes us.
Anime girl welcomes you. Anime girl welcomes you. Guardian dog Ebisu Kanda Myoujin

Yushima Seido
湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou
Yushima Seido is a historical site located next to Kanda myoujin.
It is Confucius Temple built in Genroku by the Edo shogunate fifth generic shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, later became an academic center directly under the shogunate.

Main holl of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou gate of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou 孔子 statue gate of 湯島聖堂 Yushimaseidou

Leave Yushima Seido’s Gyoukou Gate and go up the slope and pass through under  Hijiri-bashi Bridge and go up the stairs beside the bridge.
Hijiri bridge

the church "Nicholai-do"

Once you cross Hijiri-bashi Bridge you will find the church “Nicholai-do”.
Nicholai-do is an Orthodox Cathedral located in Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. “Nikolai Temple” is a common name, derived from the Russian priest priest, St. Nikolai who brought the teachings of Orthodox to Japan. The official name is “Tokyo Resurrection Cathedral”, it is a cathedral that memorizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ota Princess Inari shrineShrines

According to the literature, Ota Doukan ‘s daughter suffered from smallpox in the middle of the Muromachi period, wandering around the border of life and death. Doukan heard that Imo-arai-inari Shrine in Kyoto had an inspiration for smallpox and prayed for Imo-arai-inari Shrine to recover her daughter that his daughter’s smallpox cured.
Doukan appreciated this event and built Imo-arai-inari in Edo castle in the first year of Chouroku (1457).

Book Town in JimbochoKanda Secondhand bookstore town Kanda Secondhand bookstore town

This Book Town has a 130-year history.
It is said that the old book shops targeting many law school students founded in this area in the 1880’s opened one after another,
The feature is that each old book store is not a non-genre, each has a specialized field, and the field is rich in variety, such as literature, philosophy, social science, theater, natural science, foreign books, bunko books is there.
The total number of shops is about 200.
Approximately 140 of them are old book shops and about one third of Tokyo’s old books are concentrated in this area.

It happened that there was a festival of the city on this day, and Omikoshi(a portable shrine) were out.
japanese festival

A huge entrance(torii) of Yasukuni Shrine will appear when you go up the slope.
Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine is a shrine located in Kudan nourth, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, worshiping war deads such as accidents and wars in Japan and abroad as “Eirei”.

Torii of Yasukuni Shrine

you can see a gate door with decoration of chrysanthemum pattern.Gate of Yasukuni Shrine

The pattern of the chrysanthemum is the emblem of the Imperial Family.chrysanthemum pattern

It is the main holl of Yasukuni shrine.the main holl of Yasukuni shrine

At the exit there is a type of protective dog different from the entrance.
guardian dog guardian dog

It is the entrance of Kitanomaru Park which was once Edo Castle.Kitanomaru Park

Nippon BudokanBudokan(martial arts arena)
The Nippon Budokan was built as a judo competition venue of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, and is now used as an indoor stadium, concert, multi-purpose hall other than martial arts too.

In the park there is a spacious and relaxing lawn area and a large pond and fountain.
Kitanomaru park

Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and Crafts
Going through the park there is the “The National Museum of Modern Art”.
The buillding was built as the headquarters building of the Konoe Division in 1910(Meiji 43).
The Konoe Division was said to be a division composed of excellent soldiers selected from all over the country as a guardian of the Emperor.
After the defeat of World War II, the building was designated as an important cultural property in 1972 (Showa 47), and it opened as Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Museum in November 15, 1977 (Showa 52 years).

Aircraft cannon pedestal trace of Chidorigafuchi
Aircraft cannon pedestal trace of Chidorigafuchi | 千鳥ヶ淵高射機関砲台座跡
It is a trace of an aircraft firearm which built to protect the Imperial Palace and surrounding facilities from air raids by the B-29.
During the wartime, the unit that was located here in the Chidorigafuchi camp was “The Konoe Organic Gun No. 1 Battalion” by The Konoe Division.
At the time, the headquarters building of The Konoe Division was the next CRAFTS GALLERY, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.


There are beautiful landscape “Miyake Zika” in Area around the Imperial Palace.
Miyakezaka is a slope that goes down Uchibori street from outside Hanzomon to the vicinity of the Metropolitan Police Department. Sakurada moat along the slope is known as a very beautiful scenic spot. It was called Miyakezaka from the fact that there was a mansion of the Miyake family of the Mikawa Tahara lord in the place of the present Supreme Court.

Sakurada-mon Gate
The surroundings of Sakurada Gate
Sakurada-mon Gate is one of the gates built in the moat of Edo Castle and is between Sakurada Moat and Gaisen Moat. In 1956 it was designated as an important cultural asset of the country as “Sakuradamon outside the former Edo castle”.
In Edo castle there are two gates of inside Sakuradamon and outside Sakuradamon, but the former is also called Kikyoumon gate, and in the case of simply “Sakuradamon” it often points to the latter.

You can go under Sakurada Gate in the Edo castle wall.under Sakurada Gate
a huge castle wall The surroundings of Sakurada Gate The surroundings of Sakurada Gate

As soon as we pass the Imperial Palace area, we can see the Tokyo station.

Tokyo Station

After passing Tokyo Station, we pass the Ootemachi business district.
Ootemachi area

Iliad Japan
Iliad Japan
This is a steel monument produced by Alexander Liberman (1912 – 1999) in 1987.”Iliad” is an epic of ancient Greek where Homer ranked the Trojan War.Liberman is a Russian-American photographer and sculptor. Worked as a Vogue art director during the 1940s and 1950s

Crossing the Nihonbashi River is in the Kanda area.
There are many delicious restaurants around here.
Why do not you try going when you finish running?
The picture below is a famous Soba shop “Yabusoba”.

Yabu soba
KANDA YABUSOBA is a famous Soba shop in a pure Japanese-style atmosphere.
You can enjoy quality buckwheat using domestically selected buckwheat flour.
Course dishes are also available.

Because KANDA YABUSOBA is expensive,I went to “Topka” famous for Indian curry this day.

It is a popular menu of pork curry with a sharp spicy.
Topka curry
Address: Takeuchi Building 1F 1-11 Kanda Suida-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11: 00-15: 30/17: 30 – 22: 30 (Izakaya business at night)
Sat, Sun, Holiday: 11: 30 ~ 18: 00
Closed: open all year round
Tel: 03-3255-0707
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line “Awaji-cho Station”, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “New Ochanomizu Station”, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line “Ogawamachi Station” 3 minutes on foot from A3 Exit
7 minutes on foot from JR Chuo Line · Yamanote Line “Kanda Station”
6 minutes on foot from “JR Sobu Line / Yamanote Line” Akihabara Station “

Mt.Hinode (in Tokyo) / Hiking Guid


I will introduce the popular hiking course of Musashiitukaichi in Tokyo which can be reached from Shinjuku in 1 hour and a half.

The wonderful thing about this course is that most are gentle downhill.
If you climb up the steep slope to the mountain peak of Mt.Hinode, the remaining trails are the awsome downhill.
Moreover, the best hot springs are waiting at the end of the trail.

With about 3 hours and a harf on running, The majority of the course is gradual descent and can be said to beginners course.
In addition to a wonderful trail, you can taste traditional Japanese cuisine called “konnyaku” at “konnyaku shop Issui” !

Trail Map:

the map of Hinode mount | Clicking the image will display the enlarged size with a new tab.
the map of Hinode mount | Clicking the image will display the enlarged size with a new tab.

※The mountain trail is not an accurate map.If you want to know the exact mountain trail, please refer to the map on the market.

Western Tokyo(Musashiitukaichi  city)
Traveling time (not including breaks):
4 hours 30 minutes
About 8.4km
Maximum elevation difference:
Forward:JR Musashiitukaichi  Line「武蔵五日市駅 Musashiitukaichi  station」to Nish Tokyo Bus「松尾 Matuo stop」
 Return:Nish Tokyo Bus 「十里木バス停 Toriki bus station」to JR Musashiitukaichi  Line「武蔵五日市駅 Musashiitukaichi stop」

Change to the bus at Musashi Ginkokichi station.
Musashi Ginkokichi station

Take the “松尾行 Matsuo Line” or “つるつる温泉行 Tsuru Tsuru Onsen Line” at No. 3 bus stop.
"松尾行 Matsuo Line" or "つるつる温泉行 Tsuru Tsuru Onsen Line" at No. 3 bus stop

Get off at “松尾 Matsuo” or “日の出山登山口 Hinodeyama Tozanguchi”."日の出山登山口 Hinodeyama Tozanguchi"

A cute little goat welcomes you as you get off “Matsuo”A cute little goat

Go up a gentle slope along the streamthe stream

Proceed to the sign for “hinodeyama miyakesan”. (To the left)the sign for "hinodeyama miyakesan"

The path of peaceful sunflower leaves continues.The path of peaceful sunflower leaves continues

Crossing a bridge where pretty frog figurines were installed is a mountain trail.pretty frog figurines

”Mt.HInode Hiking trail entrance”Mt.HInode Hiking trail entrance

A steep mountain road will continue for a while.A steep mountain road1 A steep mountain road2

It is a branch to “Mt.Konpira Musashiituka Station”, but please do not go over there. I’ll be back here later.a branch to "Mt.Konpira Musashiituka Station"

The sign goes toward “日の出山 Mt, Hinode”.The sign "日の出山 Mt, Hinode".

A steep staircase followsA steep staircase

It is the last staircase to the topthe last staircase to the top

It is finally the summit!the summit of the Mt.Hinode

“Mt.mitake” and weather permitting “Mt. Fuji” can be overlooked."Mt.mitake" and weather permitting "Mt. Fuji" can be overlooked. Top of the Mt.Hinode Top of the Mt.Hinode2

Late breakfast, the picture below is my recommended “curry rice” (instant curry).
curry rice" (instant curry)

Go back to the previous branch and proceed to “Mt.Konpira Musashiituka Station”.
 proceed to "Mt.Konpira Musashiituka Station"

From here it is the beginning of a long down road.the beginning of a long down road

Although there is only a little uphill, basically it is descending. there is only a little uphill

You will meet places with some nice views.some nice views

Proceed to “Kinrara Mt. Konpira”"Kinrara Mt. Konpira"

Please be careful not to put too much speed as it is a comfortable slope too!
a comfortable slope too flower

Take this sign as a landmark towards “瀬音の湯(2.7km) Shionenoyu”(To right)
sign as a landmark towards "瀬音の湯(2.7km) Shionenoyu"

It is the end of the mountain trail.the end of the mountain trail

Turn this sign rightsign

There is a “konnyaku shop Issui” on the way. Konjak is a Japanese traditional,
It is a plant produced from a plant of the family Taro, or its corm.konnyaku shop

Various kinds of konnyaku can be eaten at 300 yen.Various kinds of konnyaku

Go out to a thick road and turn this yellow sign to the leftturn this yellow sign

The hot spring is almost over if you cross this bridge.bridge

At last you arrived at the hot springs!the hot springs

The bathing charge is 900 yen.shioneno-yu shioneno-yu2

This facility also has a restaurant, which also serves meals such as pork cutlets and soba.
meals such as pork cutlets and soba

A nap with a rattan’s chair is also possible in a luxurious space while watching the Japanese garden.a rattan's chair

You can drink beer on a tatami mat and take a breath.a tatami mat

The return bus stop is “十里木 Toriki Bus Stop” about 10 minutes on foot.brigde

From “十里木 Toriki Bus Stop” to “武蔵五日 Musashiitukaichi Station” it is about 20 minutes by bus.
"十里木 Toriki Bus Stop"

In front of “Musashiitukaichi Station” station there is a cafe for climbers and trail runners.
Tokyo Urayama Base

You can also shower and eat and charge the mobile phone.charge the mobile phone

“武蔵五日 Musashiitukaichi Station”武蔵五日 Musashiitukaichi Station

Takamizu Three Peeks Hiking Course in Okutama, Tokyo

This is popular course of Okutama which walking in three peaks.
With about 4 hours of walking, It is a luxurious course that you can taste three mountain peaks, “Mt. Takizumi”, “Mt. Iwatakeishi” and “Mt. Sougaku”.

Easy access with public transportation is also GOOD!

It takes  about 1 hours and a half by train from Shinjuku to Okutamashinjuku station


Western Tokyo (Ome city)
Total walking time (not including breaks):
3 hours and 45 minutes
About 9.4km
Maximum elevation difference:
Forward:JR Ome Line「軍畑駅 Ikusabata station」
Return:JR Ome Line「御嶽駅 Mitake station」

JR 軍畑 Ikusabata station~高源寺 Kougenji Temple(about 30 minutes)

軍畑 Ikusabata Station to 高源寺 Kougenji Temple we walk on a general road where gentle climbing continues. The Hiramizo River flows on the right side of the road, making you feel cool. There is a toilet for 1 person in the Kougen temple.

Start from JR IkusabataJR Ikusabata station

Take the road sign in front of the station toward “Mt. Takamizu 高水山”.in front of Ikusabata station

You will cross a Railroad crossing.
Railway crossing of the Ome Line

Go down the slope and turn left.
Follow the road to the left

Let’s go straight ahead along the Hirakiga River.
Hirakiga River

When the sign of “Mt. Takizumi” appears, proceed to the left.
signpost toward "Mt. Takizumi 高水山"

Let’s proceed straight.

Kougenji Temple is going to the right on the parting road of the photo.

Arrive at Kougen temple
Kougenji temple

Kougenji Temple~Mt. Takamizu 高水山(about 60 minutes)

The altitude difference of Mt.Takamizu from the Kougenji temple is about 400 meters. Probably the first 30 minutes rise is a bit tough. Top of the Mt.Takamizu is surrounded by trees and the view is not good, but a benches and toilets are installed.

You will further climb the slope.
Wisteria flowers

This is the trailhead.
Mountain entrance

Finally to the mountain path.
mountain path

Let’s advance the cedar forest.
cedar forest

Be careful of the protruding root!the cedar tree root

Proceed to “Joufukuin Mt.Takamiz 常福院 高水山” direction.
「Joufukuin Mt.Takamiz 常福院 高水山」 direction

Arrive at 常福院 Joufukuin.
常福院 Joufukuin tenple

joufukuin main holl
Guardian dog
The guardian dog that sits on the left and right in front of 不動堂 Fudo-Do is a stone statue of Japanese dogs.
Even if you see it from the side or from the side it is a Japanese dog, the tail is wrapped like a Japanese dog, but the expression of the fangs and tortoise is like a wolf.
Although it is a Japanese dog, I feel that I am arranging for a wolf style somehow.
This is probably because the land is near the dog’s faith Musashi (Okutama, Chichibu), so that the characteristics of the wolves were added to the Japanese dog.


There is a toilets aside.Plaza

If you climb up a little, it is the top of Mt.takamizu.
the top of Mt.takamizu

Mt. Takamizu 高水山~Mt. Iwatakeishi 岩茸石山(About 35 minutes)

The mountain top of Mt.Iwatakeishi is the most prospective place in this course, You can see the mountains of Oku Musashi. Let’s have a good break at the summit of Mt.Iwakushiis.

A little downward continues from the top of the mountain.A little downward

Proceed to “Mt.Iwatkeishi 岩茸石山” direction.
The signpost "Mt.Iwatkeishi 岩茸石山"

A flat ridge walk continues
A flat ridge walk continues

Observation from the gaps in the treesObservation from the gaps in the trees

One step to the summit of the mountainOne step to the summit of the mountain

It is the summit of the highest “Mt.Iwatakeishi” among the three mountains
the summit of "Mt.Iwatakeishi"

Mt. Iwatakeishi 岩茸石山~Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山(about 40 minutes)

The way from Mt. Iwatakeishi to Mt. Sougaku is very rich with climbing rocks and steep climbs on the way.There are no toilets at both the mountaintops of both Mt.Iwatakeishi and Mt.Sougaku.

You will go down the steep slopethe steep slope

Move the signpost towards Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山
signpost"Mt.Sougaku 惣岳山""

There is also a little rock climbing
a little rock climbing

Let’s walk while paying attention to the root of the tree
the root of the tree

Arrive at Mt.Sougaku
Top of Mt.Sougaku Top of Mt.Sougaku2

Mt. Sougaku 惣岳山~JR Mitae station(about 60 minutes)

Let’s get down to the downhill for about an hour with sufficient care, as the root of the tree overhangs and there are plenty of steep slopes.

I will go down the climbing road where the root of the tree is exposedgo down the climbing road

Turn the signpost toward “Mitake station 御岳駅”
signpost "Mitake station 御岳駅"

A little shrine

The mountain path is already over in the endbamboo trail

You go to Temple of JionjiJionji Temple

“Tamagawaya” near Otaki station is a popular soba restaurant.
Soba shop "Tamagawaya" Goodwill of Tamagawaya Interior of Tamagawaya

It’s a popular menu “Ten Zarumori”Ten Zarumori

Beer is also good, but recommendation is local sake “Sawanoi”local sake "Sawanoi"

Strange daruma dolls are also uniqueStrange daruma dolls Strange daruma dolls2

At the end, break the soup with sobathe soup with soba entrance of Tamagawaya

When you come to the main street there is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Information Office.the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Information Office.

There is shower rental in this facility.shower rentalThere are cafes, used outdoor goods stores, convenience stores, etc. along the street.used outdoor goods stores, convenience stores, etc. along the street.

Arrived at JR Mitake Station.

JR Mitake Station. Station home

Do you need a guide?

If you are looking for guide of this hiking course, please refer to the following.

Private Hiking Tour of JPY3000 | Takamizu Three Peaks in Okutama Area