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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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Japan Rail Pass @jrailpass - 2018-04-18
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みんと㌠ @mint_blancmanch - 2018-04-18
@tos Visitors to Mount Takao can choose to start climbing from the base, or take a funicular or ropeway ride halfway up the mountain. The(続く
the mighty t-saur @tannysaur - 2018-04-16
I thought Miyajima might have overtaken Mount Takao as my favourite place in Japan, but no, Takao is still the best 😍💕💕💕
your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-04-16
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and share a bento with me?
風神 @fuujinme - 2018-04-16
A Landscape seen from the sacred Mount Takao https://t.co/z6gE0KhK6t #attraction #autumn #beautiful
SuperKelby @SuperKelby - 2018-04-13
(Monkeying around Mount Takao) https://t.co/b1jTpWfOab
風神 @fuujinme - 2018-04-13
A Landscape seen from the sacred Mount Takao https://t.co/h1myEvu4cp #attraction #autumn #beautiful
fox🌾 @omgitsafox - 2018-04-09
I really want to do Mount Takao but getting there is like $40 round trip, f*cking yikes?
fox🌾 @omgitsafox - 2018-04-09
I really want to do Mount Takao but getting there is like $40 round trip, f*cking yikes?
Mithun C V @mithuncv - 2018-04-02
Just posted a photo @ Mount Takao https://t.co/gq4By8o95R
Leonard 🇯🇵 @Leonardwashare - 2018-04-01
@_Shaema Oooh, you're talking about Mount Takao!
I was saying I'm riding my bike to Takato Castle Park! Since It's… https://t.co/EQQEnL21gm
Shae @_Shaema - 2018-04-01
@Leonardwashare I was at Mount Takao the other day! Really beautiful, being able to see the sakura dotting the greenery around the city
zira 「ジラさん」 @zira_san - 2018-03-30
Researching about Mount Takao and spring hiking~Hmmm Interesting..🌸🚠🌄🗻 Maybe will put the plan into motion soon..he… https://t.co/UNrgMXIzbH
NightShade @NightShadeBand - 2018-03-23
Happy guys at the mount Takao hahaha
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your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-03-20
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and collect seashells with me?
cristy mcdaniel @sweetcj08 - 2018-03-16
Mount Takao Fire Walk Festival 2018 https://t.co/mPfzm0aJTE https://t.co/0ppI1qDmhl
your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-03-15
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and have a picnic with me?
your crush @cutedatebot - 2018-03-13
Do you want to come to Mount Takao and drink sake with me?
ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔦𝔰 🌝 @Chrisness - 2018-03-13
@galgantius I loved hiking up Mount Takao! It's a somewhat short hike and you have the option to take a lift halfway up/down :)
Giuseppe Nelva @Abriael - 2018-03-11
Me, firewalking at the Saito Goma-ku fire ceremony at the feet of Mount Takao. https://t.co/ui1oEToshH
Giuseppe Nelva @Abriael - 2018-03-11
Saito Goma-ku fire ceremony at the feet of Mount Takao. Of course I'm right downwind. https://t.co/GPC4Opp0pU
Giuseppe Nelva @Abriael - 2018-03-11
The feet of Mount Takao. https://t.co/wGQ03RAxZS
TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2018-03-11
Head out west today for the Mount Takao Hiwatari-sai. https://t.co/R3rkaVWpn1 https://t.co/2RrbJp3tuH
Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-03-10
Tomorrow is the fiery Mount Takao Hiwatari festival - you can watch the ceremony and even walk across hot coals if… https://t.co/D9sKSqkZ8E
Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-03-08
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Marc @metrotrekker - 2018-03-07
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TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2018-03-07
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Tokyo Cheapo @TokyoCheapo - 2018-03-06
Sunday is the fiery Mount Takao Hiwatari festival - you can watch the ceremony and even walk across hot coals if yo… https://t.co/Fvj6g8BhjN
Slowpoke @SlowpokeLain - 2018-03-05
Mount Takao Fire Walking Festival https://t.co/mEGVsmNYgS
Carter @Mr_Carter13 - 2018-03-04
Hello from mount takao https://t.co/TBDh1qVML7

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