Looking for trail and mountain runs near Tokyo? I'm often asked about this, so here are a few ideas:
The best hills to do within a day when in Tokyo are are on the west side, and if you have an early enough start you should be able to get back in the afternoon. They are mostly less than 1000m high, and you can choose to make it as easy or tough as you like. The stations to start from are marked in red. For example:
Musashi-itsukaichi station on the JR East Itsukaichi Line
The Okutama area: Hinode-san to Odake-san and back – nice undulating ridge running. This post is from that area: http://trailrunningjapan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/mitake-mountain-trail-race-tokyo.html
Or here is someone's linear route using different station
There is a prestigious 71km race using this area called the Hasetsune Cup with an English webpage: http://www.hasetsune.com/en/cup/
|On Hinode-san in winter with Taku and Kick|
Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio-Takao Line
Mt Jimba via Takao-san
Ome station on the JR East Ome Line
Head north west for Takamizu-san. It is also a race course: http://www.kfctriathlon.jp/html/event_trail.html#2009_takamizu_trail
|Even ex-international orienteers like Alessandro need to stop and look at the map sometimes! Near Ome|
Higashi-Agano Station on the Seibu-Ikebukero Line
Trails to the north for Koruyama-san-taki and Kamakitako lake see this post: http://trailrunningjapan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/running-from-kamakita-lake-and-kuroyama.html
|A hot runner cooling down under Shukuya no Taki near Kamakitako: me|
Seibukyujo-Mae Station on the Seibu Sayama Line
I advise your to buy a map of the area (Mapple Yamachizu series), and if time is an issue doing an out-and-back course is safer than doing a circle or point-to point when you don't know the area. The navigation is up to you, but I advise a map and compass and take time to match the signs with the map – all mountain trails in Japan can be complicated, especially if you don't read Japanese, so allow time for checking as you go along. Mistakes will occur!
Enjoy, and please send photos and a report to go on the website to help other runners who come later.
Please note: a certain amount of radiation from the Fukushima Daichi disaster reached this area. Please research the risk before eating local food or drinking from springs.