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Even the most hardcore urbanite needs a little escape once in a while. Reset your stress level by challenging yourself to one of these hikes in the plains and mountains surrounding Tokyo. All are same-day accessible from downtown, and some are close enough to be finished in one afternoon.
Mt. Takao is one of the busiest mountains in the world, in terms of human foot traffic. It’s not only close to Tokyo but also has plenty for visitors to see and do. Yakuoin Temple can be found halfway to the summit; there’s also a monkey park and scenic garden. What is most appealing about Takao, however, is its unrivaled views of Mt. Fuji and Tokyo. Take the Keio-Takao Line from Shinjuku to Takaosanguchi Station.