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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

An hour outside Tokyo by train, Mt. Takao is popular among city...

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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Very nice view on top of the mountain. We went on a sunny autumn day during the weekend, so it felt like whole Tokyo was hiking here.. Far too many people, I would recommend to go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's in the Guiness Book of Records as the most popular hiking spot in the world. Which means crowds, crowds, crowds, and no joke. I was well prepared and got on the first cable-car at 08:00, waiting in line for about 15-minutes. Seriously, if you can't wake up early, and if it's on a weekend and peak autumn foliage season,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice view on top of the mountain. We went on a sunny autumn day during the weekend, so it felt like whole Tokyo was hiking here.. Far too many people, I would recommend to go on a sunny weekday if possible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

About an hour train ride from central Tokyo you can get to Mt Takao. I hiked on a weekday and went up the non-paved trail. It was a pleasant, moderate hike. Plenty of elderly people were able to complete the site without difficulty. I found it to be a tranquil, peaceful experience. Once you get to the summit there are... More 

Thank Maikai_hoaloha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city, only being a 30 minute train journey away. I takes around 2 hours to reach the top, but it is definitely worth it for the breathtaking view. On a clear day you can actually see Mount Fuji! Not to worry if your not up to the... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mt. Takao is one of the finest places to be visited if you are in Tokyo. If you have any constraints in visiting Mt. Fuji, here, Mt. Takao comes as a rescue. You can make a one day trip to Mt. Takao from Tokyo using Japan rail systems. Perfect place for couples, family, children, teenagers etc., You can also have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trip to Mt. Takao takes approximately two hours. Just to get to the mountain from Shinjuku takes an hour. The funicular only takes you halfway, after which you will have to walk for 40 minutes to get to the top. The view from the top is not considerably better than that of the 'base camp'. Hint: If you are... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This half day hike is well worth while for the views that it provides. Unfortunately the day we hiked we were not able to view Mt Fuji. The hike took us 90 min on a well groomed 3.1 km trail and came down by the funicular. The top in addition to the views is the site for an interested temple.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Except on weekends this is a perfect place to get awyt from the crowds in Tokyo. A short train ride from Shinjuku, you can get a guided tour or just follow the trails to the top. Walking up to the top can be fairly strenuous and take an hour or more. Easier is the cable cars which are not expensive.... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a lovely country day out from Tokyo. We used the ski lift to take us half way up, then joined the others trekking to the summit (follow the red arrows past the temple). The views from the summit are fab, and the noodles very good. On the way down we used route 4 and a snake slithered across... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I went to visit Takaosan one Saturday in September and was expecting it to be packed with people. While there were certainly quite a few climbers out that day there was no where near what I expected. This was a pleasant visit with various means of access to the top. There is a paved/cobbled path to the top which I... More 

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