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Mt. Takao

Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture 193-0844, Japan
+81 42-664-7872
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As featured in Daytrips from Tokyo
Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Hachioji
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This mountain is easily reached from Tokyo, and has either a chair lift or cable car to help you get up it. We took the chair lift, and the views were great! Beautiful shrine towards the top, great views of Tokyo too. Peaceful and calm, the way up is paved and easy to use.

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Hachioji, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

all you can eat/drink JPY3,500 including suntory beer premium malts with panorama view of Hachioji city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I hiked path 1 with my boyfriend. It was the steepest, but shortest path. It took about 1.5 hours one way. We stopped many times for pictures, so that took up a few minutes. There is a monkey park, small shrines, restaurants and some shops for small gifts or umbrellas. It rained when I was there first of August. So,... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We purchased the discount tickets (1380 yen apiece, including a round-trip train ticket and a round-trip cable car/chair lift ticket) at Shinjuku Station of the Keio Line. The trip from Shinjuku to Takaosanguchi took us almost an hour on the Semi-Special Express train. When we arrived, we chose to take the chair lift on the way up and the cable... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Takaosan is a very popular "escape" from Tokyo, and it's not hard to see why. I climbed Takaosan around lunchtime on a quiet weekday in mid-August. I chose climb Trail 6, which passes by Biwa Waterfall. Early on in the trail, there were a few small shrines here and there. It was quite a hot day, but the hike was... More

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Shinjuku, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I climbed mt. Takao with wife and 4 years old son in 2013. If it does not snow children can climb to the top. The view is fantastic and it makes people happy ! I recommend to have soba noodles in the small dinner on the top. Because it's japanese food style, don't eat ramen.. :)

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

As everyone else says, don't try to go on a weekend or this place will be jammed. I went on a Monday afternoon and had a great time. They have different trails with varying difficulties, but none are very challenging at all. I did trail 6 which had a few bumps in the road and was very fun. Trail 1... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I totally disagree with most of the comments. Takao isn't quiet. At least when I went there there was a queue pretty much everywhere. Even while going up it was a long road full of people. So if you want to enjoy the biggest crowd you've ever seen around the mountain, that's the place to go.

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

After a few days in Tokyo, we really needed to get out of the city and into some open space. We'd seen Mt Takao mentioned in a "20 things you must do in Tokyo" video and decided to give it a shot. Getting there is relatively easy, there is a train that takes you right to the base of the... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I dont know about you, but I can't do city activities continuously on end without a break. Mt Takao was a good break (about half day) from the city and gave a chance for me to put in some physical exercise, and the chance to breathe in fresh air! I took one of the harder/longer trail roads up and it... More

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