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Mt. Takao

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Address: Hachioji 193-0844, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 42-664-7872
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Don't attemp if you don't like walking

I wouldn't recommend this place if you are not into walking or hiking. The trek up the mountain takes about 40mins - 50mins from memory. This was done in January with icy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Danbelsofh
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a good choice for hikers! but for me with a young child, i choose to ride in a cable car and experience it's steepest railway! 5 minutes and you'll on the top! nice view from above!

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn't recommend this place if you are not into walking or hiking. The trek up the mountain takes about 40mins - 50mins from memory. This was done in January with icy, slippery paths. It can be very dangerous and I witnessed numerous people falling over. Once at the top it is a nice view.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not go on a holiday. It is absurdly busy. I felt less like I was hiking and more like I was standing in line at Disney. I mean it was shoulder to shoulder. The hike itself was fine. Average. But all those people brought it down. Pro: it is accesible and has many different trails. My advice is to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hike only an hour from the city. And you can stop at a great ramen shop to reward yourself only one stop away from takao san

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Thank Dylan A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a Keio train at Shinjuku Station bound for Takaosanguchi using discount one day pass, you can reach there within an hour.

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Thank Apinop K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Within a 50 minutes train ride one is transported into a beautiful mountain area. There is a hot spring spa right next to the train station if you want to soak in the hot spring. But for those who don't want a dip take a ride on the chair lift up the mountain and the view is fantastic! You could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Route 1 supposedly easiest is a wide uphill path of hard cemented or gravel packed trail. We gave up after a third of the way as it was too hard ground and we did not have the right shoes. An experienced trekker kindly explained the other trails are on mountainous unpaved grounds. We eventually opted for the cable car, a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Me and my Fiancée, accompanied by my Cousin, went to Mt. Takao to see Diamond Fuji (5 days a year you can see the sun set perfectly over the tip of Mt Fuji.) At the base of the mountain we were greeted by a man holding a puppet with a camera man, they were from a TV Channel called Mezamashi... More 

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Thank Elliot K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Since it wasn’t yet climbing season I missed out on going to Mt.Fuji, but I at least wanted to see it even from far away. So I went to Mount Takao to see the view of Mt.Fuji from the top. I got there very early (between 7:30 and 8 I think) and took trail 6 to the top so I... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Takaosan is a perfect day trip where you can walk up or down the mountain or choose to use cable car/chair lift instead. If you are fit, love nature and see less tourists choose other hiking/walking paths. There are quite a few around Takaosan. We love every bit of it and the autumn color was beautiful.

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