Mt. Mitake is known for the sacred mountains, and it is a place full of
nature that you can enjoy seeing the beautiful
seasonal flowers and cute wild animals.
(L) Prsimmon trees along a highway (R) The upstream of Tama River
Mount Mitake Funicular Railway
Mitake Tozan Railway is a company which runs a traditional cable car line
that was built in 1927. The funicular line
runs from the lowerstation, Takimoto; elevation: 407.6m, which is in the
middle of Mt. Mitake, to the mountain,
upper station, Mitakesan; elevation: 831.0m,in about six minutes. This
cable car line is not only for the tourists
who visit to hike, but also familiar to the resident people in the top
area of this village. It was constructed in 1927.
A funicular railway track starts at Takimoto station and runs on the very
A funicular railway track close to the Mitakesan railway station
$B!!(B Mount Mitake Funicular Railway
Mount Mitake is a mountain in the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, near
Tokyo. It stands 929 m tall. On the mountain
is a Shinto shrine, which covers more than 1,250 k$B-V(B of forested mountains,
hills, gorges and some rural towns in the
prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo. The trip from Tokyo's
Shinjuku Station to Mitake Stationon the
Ohme Line takes about 95 minutes. A Holiday express train is operated on
holidays. A shuttle bus to Takimoto village runs.
From Takimoto village, the Mitake-Tozan Railway cable car operates to Mitakesan
village at its top. Mitake summit and
the Musashi-Mitake Shrine($BIpB"8fVV?@
A guide map about Mount Mitake area
(L) A villages at the foot of mountain forest (R) A nest of a Japanese
giant flying squrrel on the zalkova tree over 100 years old
On the top of Mt. Mitake, there is a shrine named $B!H(BMusashi Mitake$B!I(B, the
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The shrine was built by Suujin emperor the 10th in 91 B.C. This means that
the shrine has a long and distinguished
history. There are some other shrines such as, $B!H(BUbuyasusha$B!I(B, a shrine which
is believed in for having an easy and
safe delivery of child, raising children, and a good marriage. You can
feel the Japanese spiritual world coexisting
with nature here.
(L) Cedar forest (R) Stairs to Mitake Shrine
Stairs to Mitake Shrine
Guardian dogs and the place to worship to Okunomiya Shrine ( the top of
(L) Akebi collected in the shrub of the forest: The fruit becomes ripe,
and it turns purple.
(R) Wasabi raised in the mountain cold water.
Kuraya, a traditional 'shukubou', lodging, which stands at the highest
place among 'shukubou' in the Mitake Shrine area.
The house serves a soba, which includes Tororo-soba and Tempra-soba.
Kuraya ( In Japanese )
$B!!(B Mount Takao
$B!!(BPrince and Princess Akishino visited Takao 599 Museum.
$B!!(BEnoshima and Kamakura tour
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photograph was taken and the article was written in October 2017,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.