Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao, Hachioji: Address, Mt. Takao Reviews: 4.5/5

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An hour outside Tokyo by train, Mt. Takao is popular among city dwellers for the views from its seven hiking trails. To enjoy the view without the work, take the cable car or chairlift to the top and visit the Takaosan Yakuoin Yuuki-ji Temple, founded in 744.
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John doe
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Just one issue
Mar 2021 • Friends
Need a smoking spot at the top.
Why did you tear it down?

Honestly, it used to be tucked away to the side. Now, there is 500 no smoking signs so it’s clear that management understands people want to smoke.
Written 29 March 2021
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Julene A
Minato, Japan17 contributions
Up up we go
Nov 2020 • Family
Beautiful view of Tokyo and great hike in nature if you take the trail as we did. Was crowded on top of the mountain but a beautiful day out of the city.
Written 27 March 2021
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NYLON_nomad
London, UK3 497 contributions
Surprisingly crowded
Nov 2020 • Family
Under COVID, we were thinking of somewhere remote by trying to stay away from the crowded place but we were wrong.

The queues for cable car and lifts were too long so we decided to take a path up to the summit.

It was bit challenging for my 6 year old daughter but we managed to climb!

It was more surprising that the summit was as crowded as the bottom.

Unfortunately we could not see Mt Fuji but we were happy to make it to the peak.

It was great for one day hiking!
Written 22 November 2020
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
Nice day trip for some good walks and views
Jun 2020
Pleasant day trip but a bit more pricy by train compared to other day trips from downtown Tokyo. Several nice walks and beautiful views of the city but the view of Fuji-Yama wasn't brilliant as I went in early-mid summer and its best seen in Autumn or Winter under clearer skies.
Well recommended and the trails have different degrees of difficulty to chose from.
Written 17 June 2020
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mzzyap
Philippines2 330 contributions
Worth a second visit
Nov 2019
Mt Takao changes faces every season. Again we availed of the Keio Mt Takao train/tram/chairlift package deal from the automatic ticket machine at Shinjuku. It's convenient and saves us money. Less than an hour away, Mt Takao is a totally different world from the cement canyons of urban Tokyo.
Written 14 February 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2 235 contributions
Worth the effort...I think
Nov 2019 • Solo
I came here with a good friend who had been before. I read everything on line and it all said that if you use route one it's easy "like walking in the city"...it's not. If you are not fit, are overweight or asthmatic you may find it quite challenging. That said, it is worth the effort. Just to note my friend did the whole thing on foot when she came before...so it is possible if that kind of thing floats your boat!

Route one takes you up in the funicular (which is called a cable car here) to half way-ish. Then you just follow everyone else along paved paths, up steps to the summit at 599m. The day I was there it was packed at every stage, but it was clear so we were greeted by a lovely view of Fuji-San and about a million people trying to take pictures of themselves at the summit marker thing and picnicking.

There are lots of stops on the way up/down with food, drink, shrines and even a monkey park!

On the way back down we had to wait for around 90 mins for the funicular back to the base. It was ridiculous. Soooo many people, over organised queuing system and nowhere to wait. It was a rubbish end to what was a lovely day.

Glad I went though.
Written 25 January 2020
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Mount Takao, Tokyo, Japan
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is a 599.15m high with easy road to the peak, always prepare yourself with comfortable clothing and enough water.
Written 27 December 2019
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Soo C
Singapore9 contributions
A Day Trip to Mt Takao
Dec 2019 • Family
One of my favourite places to visit. A very enjoyable trip. It will take about one and a half hour’s train ride from Shinjuku. Weather was fine and the walk up and down was very comfortable and good exercise. There were many trees with autumn leaves so the mountain was very scenic. Try the soba shop on the summit. The konyakku was superb! The more adventurous and fitter ones can take some of the trails which are more challenging.
Written 26 December 2019
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Lynkster
Australia253 contributions
A great day trip out of Tokyo
Nov 2019
Mt Takao annually has an autumn festival, and it is quite a beautiful place to visit during that time. The station has an onsen, and a tourist information centre that provides English services. You can either hike or take a chair lift halfway up the mountain (you can use your Suica card to buy tickets - a return ticket has a discounted price than two separate tickets). The hiking trails range from easy to challenging, and the temples and shrines are worth a visit, as few places venerate the tengu as guardians and deities. It gets crowded of course - as any popular place would - but most tourists (either older or wearing high heels for some reason) usually pound the easy route, so even a slightly more challenging route will be relatively free of people if you wish to enjoy the forest alone. Try the restaurant at one of the summits - they serve simple but delicious soba.
Written 9 December 2019
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Eli Mikhael
Jakarta, Indonesia47 contributions
Good on a Clear Weekday
Dec 2019
I visited on a clear Tuesday and had an amazing experience. The autumn leaves were gorgeous and I could see Mount Fuji in the distance. I recommend taking the cable car/chairlift, as the hike up to the station does not offer particularly good views.
Written 7 December 2019
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