All of the hikes in and around Tokyo that we will introduce can be enjoyed as a day trip when traveling from the Kanto region. What’s more, we will also introduce how to choose what to wear on these hikes.

What to Wear and Bring on a Hike in Tokyo

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Even for beginner trails and mountains, it’s important to know what to wear and bring to enjoy the experience fully. Before getting into the recommended spots, we will introduce these items.
No matter the season, hiking causes you to perspire heavily. When clothes soak up this sweat and dry, it can cause you to catch a chill. To avoid this, we recommend wearing thermals made from synthetic fibers both in the summer and the winter. It’s best if you can find quick-drying and absorbent kinds. Furthermore, long-sleeved tops and bottoms are a must when it comes to preventing insect bites or injuries.
Also, jackets should be worn throughout every season. Because temperatures in mountainous areas are quick to change, hiking in just a t-shirt is not a good idea.
In the summer, we recommend wearing a windbreaker, and in the winter, it’s best to have a hard-shell jacket with cold-resistant properties at hand. For the icy periods, we suggest wearing leggings to keep warm.
Shoes for hiking are highly recommended. However, for the hiking trails, we’re introducing, there’s no need to wear mountain climbing boots. We recommend choosing hiking shoes with a good grip or trail running shoes. You will want to pair these shoes with thick socks during the winter, so it might be nice to purchase a slightly larger size than usual.
Backpacks are a necessary item for hiking. When choosing one, there are three criteria your backpack should meet:
・It fits your body
・It comes with waist and chest straps
・It should be around the 30-liter range.
The most important aspect of a backpack is how it fits you. It’s hard to figure this out by yourself, so we recommend going to an outdoor goods shop and getting assistance from a clerk. Backpacks with waist and chest straps are great because they prevent the backpack from swaying while you walk. If you are going on a day trip, a 30-liter-sized bag is more than enough.
●A list of items you need when hiking
We have made a list of items you need while hiking.
・1 or 1.5-liter portable water bottle
・Backpacking foods
・Trash bags
・A portable battery charger
・Tissues (for the bathroom)
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