Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京Sightseeing
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 (929m, 3047ft) is really popular sightseeing and hiking place for a day in Tokyo. I have been there a few times. It is called Mitakesan in Japanese.
Hiking to Mt. Mitake is easy if you use bus and cable car from the bottom of the mountain.

There is a large and beautiful shrine Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 on Mt. Mitake 御岳山.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Let's have a break at scenic place!

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

You can enjoy one day hike in the moss forest.

Access

Train (Mitake 御嶽 Station) → Bus → Cable car → Walking to Mt. Mitake 御岳山

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

JR Ome 青梅 Line Mitake 御嶽 Station is situated in the mountain forest district.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
When you get off / in at the station you have to push the Open button!
Or else, you go pass the station.
The doors don't open automatically!
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There are many stations that have the same or similar names all over Japan. When we use the train schedules on a timetable, website, or smartphone application, those types of stations are confusing to find.

You should input (copy and paste) 御嶽.
If you use a timetable service available in English such as Hyperdia, you can just input MITAKE, and then select MITAKE (TOKYO).
Please make sure you use the proper spelling of the station you are searching. The station is on the Ome Line of JR (JR 青梅線).
HyperDia | Timetable and Route Search in Japan.
HyperDia-timetable is a service which offers the route and the timetable of the railway and the aviation within Japan. The route search corresponds to not only ...
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There are the information center and bathrooms outside of Mitake 御嶽 Station. In the information center, you can take a free map and other informative brochures about this area . Some maps are in English and the maps might be really useful to you. (Look around both the first and second floors.)

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Station building

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There is a river in front of the station.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Taking a walk along the river sides is also good.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There is the bus stop in front of the station.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Get on the bus from the rear door. It takes about 10 minutes to the cable car.
Bus fare: 280 290 yen (one way)
Time table is below.

御岳登山鉄道
御岳登山鉄道ホームページ
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Get off at ケーブル下 Cable-shita Bus Stop. Don't worry. It is the last bus stop.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Walk up to the cable car station for about 5 minutes.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Do you want to walk to the shrine without taking the cable car?
I don't recommend it because the road between the cable car stations is boring. The road pass thorough in boring forest.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Takimoto 滝本 Station of the cable car
Buy the ticket at the ticket vending machine.
One way: 590 600 yen
Round trip: 1110 1130 yen

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Take the free map.

There is a souvenir shop.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Wasabi (Japanese horseradish)
Grated wasabi root is good spice for sushi, sashimi and so on.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Wasabi cubic rice crackers

My favorite wasabi cracker is below. (It isn't sold at this store.)

My Favorite Rice Crackers: REKKA-WASABI 烈火わさび, HAPPYTURN ハッピーターン
I recommend you try 2 types of Japanese popular cheap and unique snacks.
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
If you bought the round trip ticket, you should keep it when you exit the station.
One way ticket should be put in the ticket box at the ticket gate, though.
If you lose the round trip ticket you have to buy it again.
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mitakesan 御岳山 Station of the cable car

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There are bathrooms.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Char-grilled rice dumplings 300 yen (It is served with sauce.)
だんご Dango

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Char-grilled river fish 500 yen
川魚の塩焼き Kawauo-no-shioyaki

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

It's my favorite food!

I recommend you go Mt. Mitake on weekdays.
On weekends, the bus and cable car are crowded with a lot of hikers.

Mitakesan Station of the cable car ⇒ Mt. Mitake

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mitakedaira 御岳平 is observatory located next to Mitakesan Station.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

April 2017 (Spring) ↑
The season of cherry blossoms

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

September 2017 (Fall) ↑

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

There is another observatory neat Mitakesan Station. You can take the lift to the top.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Let's go to Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社!

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

It is a good idea to stop by Mt. Mitake Visitor Center 御岳ビジターセンター.
You can get the free English map. There are bathrooms.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mt. Mitake Visitor Center 御岳ビジターセンター

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

April 2017 (Spring) ↑
The house next to the tree is a restaurant Komadori Baiten 駒鳥売店.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

September 2017 (Fall)

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Ancient Japanese Elm Tree
神代欅 Jindai-keyaki
It is one of the natural monuments in Japan.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Shopping Street 商店街 Shoutengai

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Nice view from inside the restaurant Komadori Baiten 駒鳥売店. (No Smoking)

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Soba topped with grated Yamaimo (yam) 930 yen
I had Tororo Soba とろろそば at Komadori Baiten 駒鳥売店 on the shopping street.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

A restaurant Senbonya 千本屋
There is a picture menu board in front of the restaurant.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Tasty green tea and pickles (Free of charge)

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Deep-fried pork cutlet on rice bowl 1100 yen
カツ丼 katsudon

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

About the two restaurants:
No service fee / No cover charge

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

No admission

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

The shrine is upstairs.
If you will pass the shrine and directly go into the forest (Nagaodaira 長尾平, Rock Garden ロックガーデン), walk to the left.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Treasure Hall
宝物殿 Houmotsuden
If you want to see inside the hall, the admission is 500 yen.
Open: Saturday, Sunday and National holiday

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

This place is the top of Mt. Mitake 御岳山 (929m, 3047ft).

Website (in Japanese)

武蔵御嶽神社【公式サイト】
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Nagaodaira, Nanayo Falls, Rock Garden

This recommended round trip route takes two hours and a half (2:30) from Mitakesan Station of the cable car.

At this fork, check your map and choose a path among the three.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Turn left: View Point 展望台 (Nagaodaira 長尾平) 0.3km
Step down the steep slope: Nanayo Falls 七代の滝 0.6km
Turn right: Rock Garden ロックガーデン 1.0km

Nagaodaira 長尾平

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Nagaodaira 長尾平

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Tokyo in the distance as seen from the observatory, the day was clear enough to see the downtown core.

Nanayo Falls 七代の滝 ⇒ Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

From the fork, you walk down the steep trail for a while.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Nanayo Falls
七代の滝 Nanayo-no-taki
* Actually it is small falls but it has relaxing atmosphere.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

You walk up steep stairs after visit the falls.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

If you are tired of walking you can go back to Mitakesan Station of the cable car from this fork.
There are two statues on Tenguiwa Boulder 天狗岩 beside this fork.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Tenguiwa Boulder (Tengu-iwa Rock)
天狗岩 Tenguiwa

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

These are small.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Let's head to main trail! (Rock Garden)

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Rock Garden ロックガーデン

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Mitake-sawa Rest Area
御岳沢休憩所 Mitake-sawa Kyuukeijo

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Ayahiro Falls
綾広の滝 Ayahiro-no-taki

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

It is small falls.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Let's go back to the station via another trail.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi-mitake Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京

Tengu Perching Tree
天狗の腰掛け杉 Tengu-no-koshikake-sugi
On the way to the station, you can stop by this tall Japanese cedar.

Information

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社

Website (in Japanese)

武蔵御嶽神社【公式サイト】
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Mitake Tozan Railway (in English)

MitakeTozan Railway | Train Company in Tokyo Japan
We, MitakeTozan Railway is a train company that runs the traditional cable cars.

Mitake Tozan Railway (in Japanese)

御岳登山鉄道
御岳登山鉄道ホームページ

Mt. Mitake Maps (in Japanese)

御岳登山鉄道
御岳登山鉄道ホームページ

Photos were taken in 2017. The fares are as of November 2019.


Another hiking place in Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture located next to Tokyo.

One Day Hike to Mt. Oyama 大山 / Oyama Afuri Shrine 大山阿夫利神社 / Oyama-dera Temple 大山寺 in Kanagawa 神奈川 Prefecture 1/2
Let's go Hiking in Mt. Oyama 大山 in Kanagawa Prefecture. You can see Mt. Fuji 富士山 from the top of Mt. Oyama. You can stop byOyama Afuri Shrine 大山阿夫利神社 and Oyama-dera Temple 大山寺.

Do you want to go trekking in the best moss forest?

1/2 Yakushima (Island) National Park, World Natural Heritage in Japan 世界自然遺産 屋久島
4 nights 5 days trip in Yakushima Island 屋久島to see ancient Jomon ceder 縄文杉!!

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