Located near the summit of Mt. Takao-san, Yakuo-in Temple is said to have been erected in 744 by the priest Gyoki.
The temple is one of the three head temples of the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism, and has been highly revered by many Buddhists as one of the major temples in the Kanto region.
Its sprawling precincts contain several structures, including the Main Hall and the Izuna Gogen-do Hall.
These buildings boast a magnificent atmosphere cultivated over more than a thousand years as a traditional temple.
At Yakuo-in, visitors can sample vegetarian cuisine while taking in traditional Buddhist architecture, an unforgettable Japanese experience (Booking required).
In Takao-san Hiwatari Matsuri (Mt. Takao-san Firewalking Festival) held in March every year, a mountain priest and participants line up and walk across the remaining fires of a Homa ritual with their bare feet in prayer for good health and the safety of their families.
- 9:00 - 16:00
- No closing days
Access / 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. Get off at Takao-san Station on the Takao Tozan Cable Car or Sanjo Station on the Takao Tozan Lift, then walk 20 minutes.