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Kanto Fureai no Michi (Kanto Friendship Trail)

Kanto Fureai no Michi (literally: Shutoken (The Metropolitan Area) Nature Trail), also known as the Greater Tokyo Area Nature Trail, is a long-distance hiking course forming a loop that passes through seven prefectures in the Kanto area (Tokyo, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, and Kanagawa). In 2010, development of the Tochigi sections of the trail was completed, bringing the combined length of the trail to 1,799 kilometers (1,118 miles), divided into 160 sections. The trail begins and ends in Umenokidaira, in Hachioji, Tokyo.
There are seven Tokyo sections with a combined length of 74.4 kilometers (46.2 miles), stretching from Takao to Okutama. On this trail, not only can you enjoy beautiful nature, but you can also experience the countryside and historical and cultural heritage sites.


Symbol of Kanto Fureai no Michi

Notices

Trail Reopening

Part of Trail No. 5, the Limestone Caves and Waterfalls Trail (Shonyudo to Taki no Michi) was closed on November 14, 2014, due to age-related damage to a wooden bridge. However, all sections of the trail were reopened on July 6, 2015.

Alternate Photo Spots

On Trail No. 6, the Shade of the Cedar Trees Trail (Sugi no Kokage no Michi), the summit of Mt. Hinode was marked as the official photo spot for taking a commemorative photo for recognition of completion of the trail. Currently, however, the sign for the photo spot has been removed due to construction on the Mt. Hinode gardens. Until a new sign is erected, we ask that hikers who complete the trail take photos at the rest area on the summit of Mt. Hinode, or at another location around the summit.

Guide to the Tokyo Trails


Tokyo Trails

No. Name Length Start point and end point Approximate time required
1 The Lake Trail (Mizuumi no michi) 16.2 km (10 miles) (Start) Umenokidaira
(End) Takaosan-guchi Station
7 hours, 5 minutes
2 The Bird Trail (Tori no michi) 19.4 km (12 miles) (Start) Takaosan-guchi Station
(End) Jinba Kogen Shita
7 hours, 5 minutes
3 The Fujimi Trail (Fujimi no michi) 14.7 km (9.1 miles) (Start) Jinba Kogen Shita
(End) Kamikawanori
6 hours
4 The History Trail (Rekishi no michi) 8.0 km (5 miles) (Start) Kamikawanori
(End) Kita-Akikawa-bashi
3 hours, 30 minutes
5 The Limestone Caves and Waterfalls Trail (Shonyudo to Taki no Michi) 9.0 km (5.6 miles) (Start) Kita-Akikawa-bashi
(End) Kamiyozawa
4 hours, 20 minutes
6 The Shade of the Cedar Trees Trail (Sugi no Kokage no Michi) 11.5 km (7.1 miles) (Start) Kamiyozawa
(End) Mitake Station
4 hours, 40 minutes
7 Yamakusa no Michi (the Mountain Grass Trail) 13.1 km (8.1 miles) (Start) Mitake Station
(End) Kami Nikko
5 hours

System of Recognition for Completion of the Trails

This system awards a certificate and a commemorative badge to those who complete all trails in a specific prefecture.
Currently (as of April 1, 2016), 813 people have completed all of the Tokyo trails, and 119 people have completed all of the trails in all six prefectures.

How to Participate

For the Tokyo trails

An official photo spot is designated for each of the Tokyo trails. When you have completed all of the trails, submit an application containing photos of yourself (the applicant) at each of the photo spots, a brief statement expressing your impression of each course, and your name, address, and age to the Natural Environment Division of the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Our contact information is listed below. The Liaison Council for the Shutoken (The Metropolitan Area) Nature Trail will evaluate your application and issue a certificate and commemorative badge.
ダウンロードのリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Application and Report Form for Recognition of Completion of the Kanto Fureai no Michi Trails(ワード:18KB)
This form is only for your reference. Feel free to use this as a sample to create a form of your own.

For completion of all 160 trails in six prefectures

When you have completed all of the trails in the last prefecture, submit copies of the certificates you received in the other five prefectures together with your report. You will be issued a certificate of completion and a badge for all trails in all six prefectures.

No Name Trail photo spot(s)
1 The Lake Trail (Mizuumi no michi)
  • Signpost and instructions at the forked road at Umenokidaira
  • Sign at the summit of Mt. Ohora
2 The Bird Trail (Tori no michi) Sign at the summit of Mt. Kagenobu
3 The Fujimi Trail (Fujimi no michi) Sign at the summit of Mt. Shoto
4 The History Trail (Rekishi no michi) Sign on Mt. Sengenrei
5 The Limestone Caves and Waterfalls Trail (Shonyudo to Taki no Michi) Sign on the top of the Fujimidai plateau
6 The Shade of the Cedar Trees Trail (Sugi no Kokage no Michi) Sign at the summit of Mt. Hinode
7 The Mountain Grass Trail (Yamakusa no michi)
  • Aoi Shrine at the summit of Sogake
  • Sign at the summit of Mt. Bonoore (Bonomine)

Example Photos

Make sure that your photos clearly show both the photo spot and the applicant (the hiker), as in these examples. For an application made by multiple people at the same time, there is no need to submit individual photos of each person. Take a photo in which the face of each applicant can be clearly seen, and indicate which person in the photo is which applicant.


Example photo

Distribution of Pamphlets

Each participating prefecture has created maps of its sections of the Kanto Fureai no Michi. (Please note that some prefectures charge a fee for these maps.)
The maps of the Tokyo trails (a total of eight maps, consisting of one map of the entire trail system and seven maps of the individual trails) are free. The Tokyo maps can also be sent to those who are unable to pick them up in person. Note, however, that because the number of available maps is limited, we ask that hikers limit themselves to one set of maps per person.
Depending on the number of maps we have in stock at a given time, we might be unable to provide multiple copies. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Distribution locations
    See the contact information below.
  • Requesting maps by mail
    Please check the following information, and send your request in an envelope. Maps will be sent approximately one week after a request is received.
    • Note the name and address to which you would like the maps to be sent.
    • We also ask that you include enough stamps to cover the return postage (250 yen for one set, or 380 yen for two to three sets).
    • As the recipient's name, please write:
      Tokyo-to Kankyo-kyoku, Shizenkankyo-bu, Midorikankyo-ka, Shizenkoen-tanto, "Kanto Fureai-no-michi" Map kibo For the recipient's address, see the following contact information.
Department Contact this department for Address Telephone number
Natural Parks, Greenery Environment Section,
Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Applications for recognition of completion of trails
  • Distribution of trail maps
  • Requests for trail maps
2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
163-8001
03-5388-3508
Natural Parks, Natural Environment Section, Tama Environment Office
  • Distribution of trail maps
  • Inquiries related to maintenance and management
4-6-3 Nishiki-cho, Tachikawa-shi
190-0022
042-521-2947
外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Takao Visitor Center(外部サイト)
  • Distribution of trail maps
  • Information about the surrounding area
2176 Takao-machi, Hachioji-shi
193-0844
042-664-7872
外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Mitake Visitor Center(外部サイト)
  • Distribution of trail maps
  • Information about the surrounding area
38-5 Mitakesan, Ome-shi, Tokyo
198-0175
0428-78-9363

Related Links

Kanto Fureai no Michi - Information about each prefecture's trails

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