For many Tokyoites, Mount Mitake offers the opportunity to connect with nature without needing to leave the prefecture. Only around an hour and a half from the center of Shinjuku, the area is full of postcard-worthy scenery, and if that wasn't enough there's now an additional reason to visit. Mitake Terrace is a newly opened cafe directly across from the JR Mitake Station, which serves up a host of eats and drinks to enjoy alongside a spectacular view.
One of the most popular menu items is the chicken and waffles (1200 yen), which comes served with maple syrup and manages to combine the best of sweet and savory on the one plate. There are a number of other dishes available which pair well with an ice-cold beer, including the grilled sausages (700 yen) and fried potatoes (500 yen). If you're after something a little lighter, particularly during the warmer months, be sure to check out the impressive range of gelato offerings. There's a flavor to suit just about every palate, including the standard favorites of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, through to some more Japanese inspired varieties like hojicha and green tea.
Another pleasant addition to the menu is the range of non-alcoholic drinks from Fentimans, a botanical brewery based out of Hexham in England. The drinks are served in retro bottles, and include options such as Victorian lemonade, curiosity cola, and gently sparkling elderflower to name a few.
The cafe's interior is full of natural light owing to the large windows, which show off the wonderful surroundings. Pull up a chair, enjoy some food, and soak in the views before or after your visit to Mount Mitake.