Mt. Takao, Tokyo
Mt. Takao is a popular sightseeing spot where you can enjoy the beautiful air and the magnificent scenery overlooking Tokyo with only 1 hour from the city center with easy access. Mt. Takao is a world-proud mountain that French guide book “Michelin Green Guide Japon” posted as three stars. On sunny days, you can enjoy a magnificent view overlooking Mount Fuji from the top of the mountain. It is a paradise where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring, autumn leaves in autumn, and beer in summer.
When you get on Keio Electric Rail from Shinjuku, you will arrive at the Takaosanguchi Station in about an hour. From the Takaosanguchi station building that received the Good Design Award of 2016, there is a cable car Kiyotaki Station about 5 minutes on foot. It will arrive at the Takaosan station which is 472 meters high in about 6 minutes.
From the foot of the mountain to the Takaoyama station there are three ways: cable car, lift, walking. It takes about 12 minutes for lift, about 1 hour for walking. The shortest route is a cable car in about 6 minutes.
There are six walking courses with different climbing difficulty levels from the Takaosan station. The main route is Route 1 (Omotesando course).
The attraction of this route is also a lot of highlights. There are lots of spots that you want to stop by, such as the “Takao Monkey Park and Wild Plant Garden” and “Octopus Japanese Cedar”, so you can climb fun without getting tired of it. It is “Octopus Japanese Cedar” to meet first, as soon as you start walking. Roots are like feet of octopus. It seems that age is about 450 years old.
There are also breaks, photo spots, benches and so on, which is easy for mountaineering beginners.
The course goes through the precincts of Yakuo-in Temple and goes to the summit. From Yakuo-in Temple to the top is a little further down the road. You can go slowly with the trees along the street, enjoying nature.
The summit is a natural park, and it is crowded with lots of people in the season of cherry-blossom viewing and autumn leaves. In the center of the park, there is the Takao Visitor Center, where you can get detailed information on events, animals and plants, etc.
|Address:||Takaomachi Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844 Japan|
|Access:||Keio-Dentetsu Takao-sen “Takaosanguchi-eki Station” (6 minutes by cable car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 42-626-3111 (Hachioji City Office)|
One Way/Round Trip
480/930 yen (Adult)
240/460 yen (Elementary School Children or Under)
Please refer the official web page.