Mount Takao (Takaosan)


Mount Takao (Takaosan) standing at 599 meters tall, and within one-hour of Downtown Tokyo, is located one hour away from Shinjuku Station by train in Hachioji City. After its inclusion in the Michelin Guide in 2007, it has seen a rapid increase in mountain climbers. It has the most mountain climbers annually of anywhere in the world. There is a cable car and mountain trails to make mountain climbing easy.

There are seven mountain trails available for you to select the one that matches your level. The Takaosan Cablecar and Echo Lift can take you halfway up the mountain. There are many native plants on the mountain, and you can find beautiful flowers and trees regardless of the Season. In fall during the autumn leaves the mountain is alive every day with many visitors.

On the mountain you can visit Takaosan Yakuōin Yūkiji, a Buddhist Temple.

Takao Station on the JR East Chūō Line
Takaosan-guchi Station on the Keio Takao Line

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3 Responses

  1. Kiyo NY says:

    The hiking trail is well organized and it’s not too hard to go to the summit. You can enjoy beautiful scenery along the way 🙂

  2. meg says:

    This place is very easy to get from the center of Tokyo. It’s good way of taking in fresh air. The height isn’t high so that even kids could reach the top of the mountain.

  3. Sciencer says:

    To climb Mt. Fuji seems to be very hard for me, but Mt. Takao sounds easy. Since Tokyo is crowded with buildings, the hiking should be the best for relaxation

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