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Mt. Takao

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Address: Hachioji 193-0844, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 42-664-7872
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: An hour outside Tokyo by train, Mt. Takao is popular among city dwellers...
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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This place was amazing. We ended up getting the subway to as far as we thought we could go only to get lost in a small city near the base of Mt. Takao. Well worth it. I'd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This place was amazing. We ended up getting the subway to as far as we thought we could go only to get lost in a small city near the base of Mt. Takao. Well worth it. I'd recommend hiking up (if you are fit and able) as it was much more rewarding to experience it at the top. Make sure... More 

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Kuala Lumpur
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Visited Mt Takao during the autumn season. The scenery is beautiful. Colors of the leaves, sweet smell, fresh cool air. Be prepared to do some walking. There are areas where you need to climb some steps. The area is clean and well maintained. You may take the cable car if you don't like hiking. Refreshments are available but limited. You... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We made the trek to Mt. Takao from Tokyo to watch the sunrise for New Years Day, a tradition amongst the locals. Which included getting a train at 3am in the freezing cold Tokyo winter... but it was definitely worth it, an extremely memorable experience. The view was breathtaking. You can hike up the mountain, but there are also other... More 

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Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We were taken to Mt. Takao by our friend. We took the ropeway which is more of a rail track that climbs up very steeply. - almost at 75 degree angle. So once you reach there do look down to see the slope of the rails. From here we walked up to the top of Mt. Takao. There is a... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you need to get out of the city, this is a great little day outing. There is a cable car or a chair lift if you don't want to hike up the whole mountain. Many soba restaurants, bathrooms, vending machines, and souvenir shops along the way. We took our toddler and used the cable car. We were able to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We really enjoyed visiting Takao for the fantastic views over Tokyo on a clear day and the nice forrest with temples and shrines. Taking the chairlift up the mountain was a highlight of the trip, a lot of fun (although my hubby who is afraid of heights was a little scared). Well worth a visit. Make sure you allow enough... More 

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Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

毎年この時期に、紅葉とアウトドアクッキングをenjoyしに行ってます 山頂で楽しむ燻製とビールは最高! 手ぶらで行っても、途中途中に団子や豚まん、甘酒やおでんなどあったかいものも販売していますし、外国人の­登山者と会話するのも楽しいですよ(=^x^=) 行きは登山して、帰りはリフトかロープウェイがオススメ! デートなら、往復リフトやロープウェイで行って、景色とグルメを楽しむだけでもよいかも! 東京にある最高の自然観光地 which goes so that enjoy does colored leaves and outdoor cooking every year at this time.Smoking and the beer to enjoy on the mountaintop are the best! Even if it goes empty-handed, the warm thing sells a dumpling and a steamed meat bun, sweet alcoholic drink made from sake lees or oden in the... More 

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Mons, Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Managable with a family as a 1/2 day event. Look for clear weather to maximixe the experience. About 4-6 visits will be needed to actually hit all the trails, of which half are paved, and half are natural. (Fees for lifts are clear on the website, but it can be a free event)

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Mt Takao is a short hour drive from Tokyo. We went in early Dec and the place was crowded with visitors. There is a ropeway which you would have to take and then make you way up to the top on foot. You would pass many shrines which are interesting to stop by. The view up there is breathtaking. We... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I went there on a weekday thinking it may not be as crowded as on the weekend, however, was a bit disappointed as it was still pretty packed with folks. Nevertheless, a very nice walk up, not terribly strenuous, nice view of the fall leaves, etc. Take the cablecar up and the chairlift down. Nice time, especially with family.

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