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Mount Takao-san

Travel Guide - Mount Takao-san

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Mt. Takao-san is located in Hachioji City on the western edge of Tokyo. The mountain is rich in nature and is designated as a national park. Though the elevation is only 599 meters, the mountain boasts lush broad-leafed forests, fully blooming cherry blossoms in spring, brilliant autumn colors, and stunning winter views of Mt. Fuji.
Since the mountain is located about an hour from central Tokyo, it is a popular spot for easy mountain hiking. There are several routes to the top of the mountain, allowing people of any physical condition, level of interest, group size or purpose to enjoy hiking. The halfway point (472 meters above sea level) can be reached by either a cable car or a chair lift, and you can freely enjoy a relaxing hike on the mountain that takes about one and half hours to reach the mountain's summit from there.
In addition to Takao-san Yakuo-in temple, there are many places to visit along the main path to the summit, such as Monkey Park, Wild Plant Garden, and an observation deck. In the Monkey Park, visitors can see 48 Japanese macaques up close. The Wild Plant Garden features around 300 varieties of plants, which flower at various times to provide beauty in every season.
Another great site of the mountain is Tako-sugi (Octopus Cedar). This over 450-year old tree is famous for its role in a legend. Long ago, when the tree was going to be cut to widen a path, its roots miraculously bent out of the way and into the unmistakable shape of an octopus.
The summit of Mt. Takao-san has observation areas and snack shops, as well as a visitor center where you can learn about the nature and history of the mountain.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Visitor center: 10:00 - 16:00

ClosedClosed

  • Visitor center: The third Monday of each month (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 5 minutes walk from Takaosan-guchi Station on the Keio Takao Line (KO53). Take Takao Tozan Cable Car at Kiyotaki Station or Takao Tozan Lift at Sanroku Station.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 2176, Takaomachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 193-0844

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ALEX🇨🇦アレックス @osakamambo - 2019-04-15
@Sherlockette history: hie shrine, imperial palace+gardens

nature: mount takao, todoroki ravine

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Umeer @UmeerRama - 2019-04-13
@anocam_ I remember befriending people that were staying at the same capsule hotel and making a spontaneous plan to… https://t.co/PVohD5OPav
Zerah @zerahkawami - 2019-04-13
@eatyourkimchi Passing by Kichijoji today on my way to Mount Takao. It's beautiful and I will see it before I leave… https://t.co/1bYlj1kWAW
Zerah @zerahkawami - 2019-04-13
Mount Takao. Holy wow... https://t.co/x922sh68lo
Sleepyheads @aru_cooking - 2019-04-09
I went to Mount Takao last Sunday.
We are now making videos to introduce Mt. Takao! https://t.co/dXJKpnzlvq
The Sleepyheads @aru_cooking - 2019-04-09
I went to Mount Takao last Sunday.
We are now making videos to introduce Mt. Takao! https://t.co/dXJKpnzlvq
R(アール) @aru_cooking - 2019-04-09
I went to Mount Takao last Sunday.
We are now making videos to introduce Mt. Takao! https://t.co/dXJKpnzlvq
Dragons Forge Tattoo @dragonsforge - 2019-04-07
3 years ago I was discovering this beautiful temple hiking up Mount Takao - for a short time I could see Mount Fuji… https://t.co/RTVoevXUVD
志摩-Chris @hnk_chris - 2019-04-07
First visit Mount Takao. #ヤマノススメ #yamanosusume https://t.co/UaJCBouzjD
Javi Lavandeira #JoSócCDR @javilm - 2019-04-06
Today I went to Mount Takao to bury my boy Nico, who passed away a few days ago.

I didn't realize we're in the sak… https://t.co/IeSCtPJilS
Javi Lavandeira #JoSócCDR 🏅 @javilm - 2019-04-06
Today I went to Mount Takao to bury my boy Nico, who passed away a few days ago.

I didn't realize we're in the sak… https://t.co/IeSCtPJilS
Internet Ghost @Pampelmeister - 2019-04-04
Today @chocostxr and I climbed Mount Takao on corpse paint because why not https://t.co/gTam674vZ3
Derek James Richards @richards_james - 2019-04-03
Tokyo's Most Accessible Mountain: The Complete Mount Takao Guide for Stunning Vistas, Sumptuous Cuisine, and Spirit… https://t.co/I0kMi4bgio
your crush @cutedatebot - 2019-04-03
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and drink sake with me?
Akshay Kumar @kakshay92 - 2019-04-02
Unexpectedly long and beautiful hike up Mt. Takao. The weather made it so much better. Everything's very well conne… https://t.co/SpNmt1datz
TaKao and his Chocobo flock @ChocoboRaid - 2019-04-01
@dbloodymoon One does not mount Takao oh one does not it's Takao that allow it's rider to mount him....only Ardyn,… https://t.co/nFUs2jtQGT
William Bollinger @William33572221 - 2019-04-01
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law ☂️ @ SERIZAWA IS 200CM @d4imeiwaku - 2019-03-31
The only video I recorded on Mount Takao was the sound of frogs croaking. Quality video
Myriad Design @Myriad_Design - 2019-03-30
Yesterday we visited Mount takao here are a few more photos of our journey
GlobalStudies@Temple @TUGlobalStudies - 2019-03-29
Fatoumata Bah is currently studying abroad in Tokyo! This picture is of her at the top of Mount Takao in Hachioji,… https://t.co/CETL2FGxb3
CountZero @countZero00 - 2019-03-27
@Fawnduu Mount Takao is only an hour away from central Tokyo. There are some nice temples at the top of the mountai… https://t.co/KPk3saxHOC
Kenkojuku Karate @KenkojukuSJ - 2019-03-27
October 2017, the most amazing karate training trip of my life. A perfect shot of Mount Fuji from the top of Mount… https://t.co/jcoAv0q1pT
law ☂️ @ SERIZAWA IS 200CM @d4imeiwaku - 2019-03-26
Read my mount takao comic https://t.co/BFwIsd1UHW
TakeYourBag @takeyourbag - 2019-03-23
We love Tokyo so much we really can't wait to go back! We had the best time in the winter and even managed to go on… https://t.co/CW9ca1Lya3
POW photos @pow_photos - 2019-03-21
Religious supporters walk across the embers of a large fire at the Mount #Takao Hiwatari fire-walking festival, nea… https://t.co/Z5nndwJhW5
kay's translation acc @kay_translates - 2019-03-21
Translated HiHi Jets complain about their hiking trip up on Mount Takao!
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law ☂️ @ FRIENDSHIP @d4imeiwaku - 2019-03-21
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law ☂️ @ SERIZAWA IS 200CM @d4imeiwaku - 2019-03-21
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sylvie @sylvie_b - 2019-03-21
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Benedict Reuschling @bsdbcr - 2019-03-20
I’m hiking on mount Takao today. This is the view from the cable car station, with the steepest ascend that I’ve ev… https://t.co/OzoSSuKPsW

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