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Mount Takao-san

Travel Guide - Mount Takao-san


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


  • 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


Kenickie Cher @kenickiecher - 2018-07-23
• Mount Takao •

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Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-07-22
Mount Takao is Tokyo's favourite mountain: it has amazing views, unusual statues and even a special noodle dish to… https://t.co/sHQhj67uCn
tamsin @akaifreesia - 2018-07-22
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Sophie Rollo @Sophiecevrollo - 2018-07-21
Throw back to climbing mount Takao near Tokyo. Wish I was back there right now ! https://t.co/zUg4E76awS
Stefan @st3f4n - 2018-07-20
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George Peck @georgepeck76 - 2018-07-19
We had an amazing encounter with the mythical Japanese Tanuki today on Mount Takao. As we hiked down, I looked bac… https://t.co/kS3juLbS7n
One Day In Japan 🌸 @OneDayInJapan - 2018-07-19
Mount Takao – Five Attractions To Enjoy On Tokyo’s Sacred Mountain https://t.co/vJIMh6ZEom
風神 @fuujinme - 2018-07-18
A Landscape seen from the sacred Mount Takao https://t.co/IaKGfsJG2g #attraction #autumn #beautiful
Lyan❦☆.。.:*・゜ @kissmegreen - 2018-07-17
@KTomoshita lol let's go up mount takao someday
Paul (ポール) @ToshiroSan - 2018-07-16
Just posted a photo @ Mount Takao https://t.co/GkWmYLczw0
Paul (ポール) @ToshiroSan - 2018-07-16
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Paul (ポール) @ToshiroSan - 2018-07-16
Just posted a photo @ Mount Takao https://t.co/hDeFB43dJI
Paul (ポール) @ToshiroSan - 2018-07-16
What better way to enjoy a day of 36 degrees than with a trek to the top of a mountain. Think I gave myself mild he… https://t.co/BxDQhY3zAP
Simo @simopimo - 2018-07-16
@quekchannel The Mount Takao trip was so funny! 😁
your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-07-15
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and pretend to be secret agents with me?
your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-07-14
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and watch One Piece without the sound with me?
Akira Yamada @akirayamada_ - 2018-07-10
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Akira Yamada @akirayamada_ - 2018-07-10
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Akira Yamada @akirayamada_ - 2018-07-10
Just posted a photo @ Mount Takao https://t.co/DnWJn0ABJH
TOKYO_Trip @Tokyo__Trip - 2018-07-10
Let's walk on Mount Takao's Rute 6 (高尾山6号路)
Tokyo is sunny from morning! Maximum temperature exceeding 30 degrees!… https://t.co/L5xM6DrMok
Long Dominic @DominicEl55 - 2018-07-09
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One Day In Japan @OneDayInJapan - 2018-07-09
Mount Takao, Tokyo – Hike The Most Visited Mountain In the World! https://t.co/L8gSPehflV https://t.co/aWIjxKzLZ3
Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-07-07
Takao is everyone's favourite mountain, with unusual characters, hiking trails (or cable cars if you're not feeling… https://t.co/AHTJMHHPDj
Japan Rail Pass @jrailpass - 2018-07-06
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Japan Rail Pass @jrailpass - 2018-07-04
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Naho Ayashi @naho_ayashi - 2018-07-04
@lee_the_hoopers You should go to mount Takao (高尾山) I heard it’s a nice place😁 I plan to visit it this October( ^ω^… https://t.co/WTnGPJz460
tamagosando92 @naho_ayashi - 2018-07-04
@lee_the_hoopers You should go to mount Takao (高尾山) I heard it’s a nice place😁 I plan to visit it this October( ^ω^… https://t.co/WTnGPJz460
Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-07-02
Climb Mount Takao and be rewarded with a cold pint (or 5) since they have a beer garden at the top this summer!… https://t.co/n5JC4b4HyV
nidski @NidskiProperty - 2018-06-29
A beautiful cable car station in Japan! https://t.co/LPH1uLfJ2z #architecture #design #inspiration
First we take Iserlohn @beingevil - 2018-06-27
Mount Takao in autumn... 🍂 sigh Japanese documentaries -> instant desire to hear back
🔥Trash Fire von Reuenthal🔥 @beingevil - 2018-06-27
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