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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


KOTARO HORIUCHI @kotaro_horiuchi - 2020-08-03
Surprisingly steep 場所: Mount Takao https://t.co/fsbgwDxUhy
Steffie Bär @missrainartwork - 2020-08-03
i Love japan! I also love the fuji and the traditional side of the country! I was able to see the fuji once when I… https://t.co/nE8tNas1ef
Japan Wonder Travel @JapanWTravel - 2020-07-23
Mt.Takao is an easy access from the central part of Tokyo. There are some different courses so choose the hiking tr… https://t.co/yjen6ROFqc
nhiguchi @nnhiguchi - 2020-07-21
The open-air baths offer a spectacular view of Mount Takao.
Although it is not very big, the nature around… https://t.co/dIGg4zK7SX
your crush @cutedatebot - 2020-07-16
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and get caught in the rain with me?
🎌河合傳二郎 @pontaq23 - 2020-07-16
@AnilBhauHindSWa @boseofjapan Shintoism centered on the Tennou is a fundamental religion of the Japanese, but Buddh… https://t.co/dpQ6IC5YB5
Dev In Japan 🇯🇵 @dev_in_japan - 2020-07-10
@OsumiKayo I recommend visiting Mount Takao with some friends. It's very beautiful and peaceful on a light rain day.
Dev In Japan 🇯🇵 @dev_in_japan - 2020-07-10
@OsumiKayo I recommend visiting Mount Takao with some friends. It's very beautiful and peaceful on a light rain day.
Japan Wonder Travel @JapanWTravel - 2020-07-09
Mt.Takao is less than an hour away from the central part of Tokyo. When is the best season to hike? Which trail you… https://t.co/3wNNlKdoI3
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Swift⬡nSecurity @SwiftOnSecurity - 2020-07-04
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Kirika Akatsuki/Kirika Kure @kirika_ebooks - 2020-07-01
@MariaE_Ebooks 💚 oh, like mount fuji or takao dess? they're pretty close.
Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2020-07-01
After a COVID-19 induced delay, Tokyo's highest beer garden opens for business today. https://t.co/WOxQ4VcyKc
Treasury Full of Stolen Watch Money @PhilipTKingston - 2020-07-01
Good morning. In Seoul today, the Cheonggyecheon Flea Market is open, and the Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism… https://t.co/1oDCuegmD1
Moldau @Moldau08 - 2020-06-27
@Vasconium @Tipsycaek I want at least a bit of natural area. Maybe the pattern repeats, and you get a whole bunch o… https://t.co/oq5NiPYqfs
All About Japan @AllAbout_Japan - 2020-06-25
If you're an #outdoor #enthusiast and have already #hiked Mount Takao—or would like a similarly gentle hike with fe… https://t.co/jdYeV3JxXk
N in Tokyo 🌍 @JapanIsFun - 2020-06-25
A tunnel in Mount Takao. (Photo taken in 2018)
#Japan #Tokyo #MtTakao https://t.co/epZowV7EgF
your crush @cutedatebot - 2020-06-24
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and enjoy a massage with me?
your crush @cutedatebot - 2020-06-23
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and go hiking with me?
Tokyo Weekender @Tokyo_Weekender - 2020-06-22
Summer and fall are the best seasons to conquer this Tokyo mountain. 🚶‍♀️👣 https://t.co/1BU5xxSExs
eyddieee @eyddieee - 2020-06-19
@acnh_janelle Different places actually! Taichung, Mount Takao, Miami Beach and Shinjuku Gyoen! Here's to us hoping… https://t.co/8aBG2xkgIJ
Kanpai! Japan @KanpaiJapan - 2020-06-17
[Today's Kanpai picture]
Mount Takao - Great hiking spot close to Tokyo
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AmélieMarieinTokyo @AmelieinTokyo - 2020-06-16
My in-laws regularly send us pictures of their garden where they grow flowers, vegetables and fruits and this morni… https://t.co/xhubbN1CnP
Emerald Oracle @Emerald_Oracle - 2020-06-09
@TAHOpaints I love it! Do you also recommend going to Mount Takao. If so I might go on my next trip.
TAHOpaints @TAHOpaints - 2020-06-09
Based on a trip to Mount Takao, Japan #conceptart #environmentart #digitalart https://t.co/6aF7NnQ1iG
田中 良季 @vercingetorix91 - 2020-06-09
Tomorrow we will climb Mount Takao.
Day 27
Funimag @funimag - 2020-06-04
Installation of a new cable at Mount Takao chairlift. Reopening on June 10th 2020 🇯🇵 🚡
#chairlift #ropeways… https://t.co/tTtyIP9eee
Funimag @funimag - 2020-06-03
Mount Takao chairlift is still closed while they are changing the cable. Reopening on June 10th 2020 🇯🇵 🚡… https://t.co/MhitL5KfuN
your crush @cutedatebot - 2020-05-31
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and sing karaoke with me?
your crush @cutedatebot - 2020-05-22
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