Sustainable lifestyle, mini trekking in Tokyo
There are a lot of mini trekking courses around Tokyo. You can enjoy them easily in half day trip.
I mean 1 hour train from Tokyo, 1-2 hours trekking, descend 1-2 hours, then back to Tokyo totally 4-5 hours day trip.
It’s a nice chance to see another aspect of Tokyo and you will feel the sustainable healthy lifestyle of us other than city life
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Takatoriyama is a mountain located between Yokosuka City and Zushi City in Kanagawa Prefecture.
It is characterized by its steep rock walls.
It was used as a quarry from the Meiji era to the early Showa era for mining rocks.
The area around Takatori Mountain has been developed as a park.
The view from the observatory is exceptional.
You can see the Shonan area, including Kamakura and Enoshima.
You can also see Izu-Hakone.
On a clear day, you can even see Mt.Fuji. I saw Mt.Fuji this day!
It is popular throughout the year. Not only hikers and climbers, but also climbers can be seen here.
Another highlight of Takatori mountain is the giant Buddha carved into the rock.
This statue of Buddha is about 8 meters high and 4.5 meters wide.
Mr. Shigeru Fujishima, a sculptor from Yokosuka City, created this work.
Mini-trekking course to Takatori mountain
We started from Keikyu Jinmuji Station.
It takes 1 hour from Tokyo.
There is a hiking course guide map in front of the station.
From Jinmuji Station, go west for about five minutes and turn right at the intersection with the Jinmuji-Takatoriyama Hiking Trail bus stop.
Pass Zushi Junior High School and head toward the Takatoriyama trailhead.
Pass a nursing home Seseragi and go to the mountain trail.
After a short walk, you will come to a junction with a restroom.
Turn left here and walk through the trees along the back path to reach the main gate of Jinmuji Temple.
This is a small temple founded in 724 AD.
There is a belfry and the famous “nanja monja” tree next to the main hall.
There are also benches where you can take a rest.
It takes about 30 minutes from Jinmuji Station to this temple.
After Jinmuji temple, the altitude gradually rises and the scenery opens up.
There are a lot of rugged rocky areas along the way, so be careful not to fall over.
Climbing up the stone stairs with handrails and passing through rocks.
The trail looks like an athletic one, and finally we arrive at Takatoriyama Park.
It takes about 60 minutes from Jinmuji Station.
Takatoriyama Park on the summit
From Takatoriyama Park, the view opens up to a panoramic view.
The park is full of attractions such as rock walls, cliffs, and observatories.
After fully enjoying Takatoriyama, return the way you came and go to Jinmuji Temple.
From Jinmuji Temple, descend the course you came on to Jinmuji Station.
Or you can continue on the Omotesando path to the Higashi-Zushi Station.
The descent will take 30-40 minutes.
In total, this mini-trekking takes 1 hour and 30-40 minutes.
But it will give you a taste of the joys of the Japanese mountains.
There are silent trail road with beautiful trees, rock area, temple and shrine, and nice view!
I highly recommend you enjoy mini-trekking in Tokyo other than Tokyo city life!
I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!